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Old 01-23-2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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Captain and Tennille Divorcing

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It’s been a rough week for Baby Boomers: First the Professor from “Gilligan’s Island,” actor Russell Johnson, died at the age of 89. And now the Captain and Tennille have called it quits after 39 years of marriage.
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Toni Tennille, 73, filed for divorce from Daryl Dragon, 71, in Prescott, Ariz. on Jan. 16. The Grammy Award-winning duo was known for a string of catchy (and sometimes-annoying) 1970s hits like “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Muskrat Love” and “Do That to Me One More Time” and even hosted their own television variety show for a season.
Captain and Tennille, musical duo of the ’70s, divorcing after 39 years of marriage

I could see the conversation now...

Captain: You better stop, 'cause I really love you
Stop, I've been thinkin' of you
Look in my heart
And let love keep us together

Tennille: Yeah, whatever


On the serious side, it is kind of sad, after 39 years and also the mention of health related issues.
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:01 PM   #2
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This is sad news. I would have expected their marriage to be one of the ones that endured and they could be happy together for the rest of their lives. Must be my happily ever after thinking.
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This saddens me. DW and I were just discussing how they were one of the few who "made it." Dang.

You have to think that Daryl's condition is a part of this in some way.
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Insurance? Protecting assets?
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That's a blast from the past. Sad that they are divorcing. They also both look very good for their early 70s. I really really hated their 70s music!
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I saw them perform in Lake Tahoe back in 1979 while on my honeymoon...their marriage lasted a lot longer than mine!
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I saw them perform in Lake Tahoe back in 1979 while on my honeymoon...their marriage lasted a lot longer than mine!

Ha! Several years ago, my only remaining uncle's only daughter was wed. The ceremony was very long, with music, videos, etc. Afterward I told him that the wedding lasted longer than my marriage! Not sure he saw the humor in that, perhaps because it cost him a small fortune..,
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Sad in a way but this is becoming my first response more often these days:

"Are they still alive?!"
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I saw their TV show way back in the 70's. It was quite good. What we noticed was that the 'captain' while appearing to be a piano playing buffoon on stage was actually very subtly managing the show and keeping it going at a lively pace.
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I guess love won't necessarily keep you together !
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I read that this divorce may be due to medical issues and protecting their assets and necessarily not due to lost love. Apparently, the Captain has had a long struggle with Parkinson's and divorce was the only option to keep medical costs putting them in the poor house. It is a crazy world.

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/encore/...tain-tennille/
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I read that this divorce may be due to medical issues and protecting their assets and necessarily not due to lost love. Apparently, the Captain has had a long struggle with Parkinson's and divorce was the only option to keep medical costs putting them in the poor house. It is a crazy world.

Did insurance woes break up The Captain & Tennille? - Encore - MarketWatch
If this is the reason, then chalk one up for love as the divorce is just a financial move.

Sounds like the divorce is to have the Captain get medicaid assistance and not deplete her assets along the way.
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If this is the reason, then chalk one up for love as the divorce is just a financial move.

Sounds like the divorce is to have the Captain get medicaid assistance and not deplete her assets along the way.
I'm no lawyer, but this may or may not work. Aren't there clawback provisions that could apply?
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I'm no lawyer, but this may or may not work. Aren't there clawback provisions that could apply?

I thought exactly the same thing. If this were that easy, every couple with any assets would do this.
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Yes, there usually are clawback provisions, typically if he dies within 5 years. And it may not be every couple with assets that does this, but it is an awful lot of them. There are lots and lots of elder law attorneys pushing this and similar schemes. I do know several couples who did similar things to prevent exhausting all joint assets in care of one. If the issue here is memory care (which was at least one report) then there's good reason to think he will require more than 5 years of care.

I'm more surprised in this case that they don't have enough assets to pay for the care without running out. That's my plan, so I can avoid the ethical problems of what to do in such a situation.
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So, are they scammers of sort just trying to get somebody else to pay for their stuff? Or are they, even with their hit records, copyright royalties, & show bizz bucks, that tapped-out from medical expenses (or trying to avoid being tapped-out) that they need to resort to this kind of thing?
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