It’s Pat Sajak and Lesly Brown’s wedding anniversary. And their daughter Maggie is celebrating the Wheel of Fortune couple on Twitter.
“Happy (32nd!) anniversary to these two crazy kids,” the social correspondent wrote. The message is written alongside a throwback PEOPLE magazine issue that shares exclusive details from the ceremony.
Happy (32nd!) anniversary to these two crazy kids✨🤍 pic.twitter.com/inOPFEHdE6— Maggie Sajak (@MaggieSajak) December 31, 2021
The world-famous game show host said “I do” to his then-model wife in 1989. The two were introduced by a mutual friend a year earlier.
When Pat and Lesly first met, Lesly had just graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in television production. And Pat was fresh off his divorce from his first wife, Sherrill Sajak.
According to an article by Closer Weekly, there weren’t instant sparks between the two. Pat is 18 years Lesly’s senior and had sworn off serious relationships. So they began their relationship as friends.
In the PEOPLE wedding exclusive, Lesly shared that she and her eventual husband talked on the phone “often” after meeting. But Pat always hung up saying, “well, I have to hang up now. I’m going out on a date.”
Lesly and Pat admitted that they developed feelings for each other long before they actually started dating. But both of them were too scared to make a move. However, when Lesly won a trip to Mexico on an episode of The Dating Game, Pat’s jealousy got the best of him.
As soon as Lesly Brown returned from her vacation, Pat flew out to see if his feelings for the model were genuine.
“I knew she was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with,” he remembered thinking after their reunion.
‘Wheel of Fortune’: Pat Sajak Never Saw Himself As a Game Show Host
Since 1983, Pat Sajak has been the iconic host of Wheel of Fortune. And during his time with the show, Sajak has picked up a few Emmy Awards, including a lifetime achievement award in 2011. His name is also memorialized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
So it’s apparent that Pat is a natural in his career. But according to an interview with NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday program in 2013, he never thought that was the case. And after graduating with a degree in broadcasting, becoming a game show host was the last thing he thought he’d do.
“Honestly, I didn’t see myself as a game show host,” he admitted to NPR. “And I don’t even know what I mean by that. Nothing against it, but if I were to make a list of the 50 things I thought I’d end up doing in broadcasting, you know, game show host would have been 47th, or something.”