Their marriage was as short as it was spontaneous. Jan and Leonard S., as they are known in their divorce proceedings, married in August 1966 during a three-day stopover in Acapulco. They were told the marriage would make it easier for Jan to obtain a visa for Australia, where Leonard was headed on a Fulbright scholarship.

Jan obtained her visa, and the couple returned to the United States 13 months later, at which time they immediately and permanently separated — Leonard headed to New York, Jan to Maryland.

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