Local residents often talk about a supposed Pantagraph marriage announcement that read “Oblong Man Marries Normal Woman.”
The McLean County Museum of History has extensively researched the “Oblong Man Marries Normal Woman” story, but has not located the actual headline. There is a good chance that the headline never ran in The Pantagraph.
However, the couple in question does exist—their marriage license ran in February 1971, as the story goes, and they reached out to our newsroom in 2011.
Better yet, in 2012, another Oblong man and Normal woman announced their marriage, in a case of history (or legend) repeating itself.