A conversation at Bagwell Hall as students turned into 30 years of marriage

February 13, 2015
By Bill Krueger

When move in day at NC State arrives every year, the campus becomes alive with students reuniting with friends and setting up their dorm rooms. In 1981, little did two students know that Cupid was choosing them for his next arrow.

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THEN: Sandi Long and John Langdon as students at NC State

The couple was John Langdon and Sandi Long, who met while moving into Bagwell Dorm. The two were introduced while talking with friends in the hallway, and ended up staying up long into the night talking to each other.

The lovebirds had no idea that their first pizza date would turn into thousands of dinners together and a family. Cupid’s arrow had found its mark.

“I thought she was really good looking,” John says. “Up until that point, I never felt like there were any girls that I could talk to. The communication was great.”

“He was nice-looking,” Sandi says. “We had a similar background and that helped us get along really well.”

Today, the Langdons have been married for 30 years and live in Charlotte, N.C. John, who holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from NC State, works for SFCS Architects. Sandi earned an accounting degree from NC State, and is a CPA and head of credit management for Clariant Corporation of America.

Even though the pair may have moved away from the Raleigh area they have never lost their allegiance to the Wolfpack. “1983 was an awesome year,” Sandi says. “And some of our favorite memories of our daughter growing up were chasing around Mr. and Mrs. Wuf and trying to get a picture of all three of them together.”

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NOW: Sandi and John Langdon at their daughter’s high school graduation

The duo also shared some advice for those taking out their significant others this Valentine’s Day.

“There is no perfect person,” Sandi says. “You just have to find someone that has faults you can live with. People give up on relationships way too easily.”

“It’s really important to find someone that you can talk to, and talk to for a long time,” John says. “Chances are that element of the relationship will never change.”

With the help of Cupid, John and Sandi Langdon created a genuine Wolfpack family.

—Christian Candeloro

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3 Responses to “A conversation at Bagwell Hall as students turned into 30 years of marriage”

  1. Susan Harris says:

    They must have been moving into Bagwell as I was moving out . . . . sweet and kinda makes me sentimental for a simpler time . . . . Congrats!

  2. Karen Vreeland Kennedy says:

    Met my husband through my brother. Both RAs at Lee Dorm back in late ’70s. (Whoa that seems forever ago). Anyway, we had the best time of our lives. After graduation in ’79 , he joined the Navy in 1980. I followed and we have been married for 34 years with three grown children and 3 grandchildren and two more on the way. How lucky I feel. He is my everything even to this day. Happy Valentines Day to a wonderful man.

  3. Totgia says:

    “You just have to find someone that has faults you can live with. People give up on relationships way too easily”. This is really true. Many of young families nowadays divorce so easily when they face a little difficulty.
    Thanks for the great blog post 🙂

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