Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Mark 74 Years in Their Record-Breaking Marriage

He and Mrs. Carter “have had a good life together,” he said at the time.

Decades of memories bond them as do some of their shared hobbies, including bird-watching (“Rosa and I have seen about 1,300 different species of bird”), tennis (they have a court behind their house) and downhill skiing, which they took up when he was 62.

Older now and physically frailer, the couple plan only one year in advance. They savor periodic pauses in the public life from which neither will yet retire.

“Now when we have a quiet moment, like a birthday or something," he told PEOPLE, "we like to stay at home, just by ourselves, and enjoy a quiet day in our own house without any visitors and with minimum phone calls and emails coming in.”

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