Author, When God Winks on Love
Former ABC TV executive, 20 years
Major Impressionist, Host of Living the Life
Has appeared on The Today Show, Hollywood Squares
SQuire Rushnell and Louise
DuArt: Love and 'Godwinks'
The 700 Club
The first time SQuire saw Louise was in Madison Square Garden. Louise
was playing the part of Witchiepoo in Kroffts' H.R. Puf-n-Stuf road
show. Not long after that, SQuire began working with the Kroffts on a
Saturday morning block of programs on ABC. He cast Louise as a comedienne,
which was her first big break on TV. Weeks later, they met for the first
time, and over the course of the next 30 years, SQuire and Louise, both
married to other people at the time, ran into each other at various ABC
Several years had passed and SQuire's marriage had broken up. Once, on
a last minute visit to New York City, SQuire caught a musical and realized
Louise was the star. He met with Louise backstage for coffee after the
show and discovered the musical had been cancelled. This had been the
last show. When SQuire asked Louise how her husband was, he was startled.
Louise's husband had left her for another woman. Later that day, SQuire
found out that Louise called her mother and said, "I met the man
I'm going to marry." Four years later, that's exactly what happened.
PIECES OF THE PUZZLE
SQuire says that while it took a long time to fall into place, he is
clear that jamming together two pieces of a puzzle together never results
in true happiness. "As Louise and I look at our lives through the
long lens of time, we have to admit that God has had a lot of patience
with us and our choices," says SQuire. When comparing notes recently,
SQuire and Louise realized that there were many "Godwinks" that
prepared them for their destinies and eventual marriage. SQuire defines
"Godwinks" as answers to prayer, or coincidences.
Louise dreamed of being in show business. SQuire dreamed of being in
broadcasting. In their twenties, both of them read and were impacted by
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's book The Power of Positive Thinking.
(Today both are on the board of Guideposts Publications, founded by Dr.
Peale.) When reflecting on the parallel tracks leading them toward an
ultimate intersection, Louise and SQuire realized they knew the same people.
Louise was discovered at a comedy clubs bar where Star Search scouts were
auditioning someone else. While Louise was doing her Star Search performance,
Donna Summer happened to tune in. She called Louise to become her opening
act, and Louise traveled on the road with her for two years. Meanwhile,
SQuire met Donna under different circumstances.
a musical video SQuire created for ABC called Kingdom Chums, he
befriended Tony Orlando, who sang and provided the voice for the lead
character. Louise, it turns out, was introduced to Tony through Donna
Summer. Louise and Tony were performing in Atlantic City at the same time.
During the course of a dinner conversation, Tony told Louise that his
former TV variety series had just been picked up for rebroadcast by SQuire.
Less than eight weeks later, SQuire invited Louise for coffee after her
Broadway show in New York City.
After they were married, Louise and SQuire realized more parallels to
their lives. They had the exact taste in furniture: English antique. They
both collected clocks all of their lives. But what is more important than
similar tastes and hobbies is having a rock-solid mutual faith upon which
to build a relationship. Their marriage works because they work at it
and because God is in the middle. "Why wouldn't it be likely that
God has created a perfect design for your life that includes a perfect
soul mate?" Squire asks.
He says there are six key words for a successful relationship that spell
the word "laughs": Laughter, Appreciate, Understand, God, Hold,
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