He met his future wife when she was 16 and then just kept his eye on her and finally married her at 24. She was 14 years his junior so in a way he just got tired of chasing 16 year olds and waited for "the one" to ripen!
That's pretty much the definition of "straightening up his act".
Some never change their ways...Anthony Weiner comes to mind. There are a lot of things that bother me more about Roy Moore than his preference for younger women so I was pretty happy when those allegations destroyed his chances of becoming Senator Moore.
I am guilty of bird-dogging "the young stuff".
I first started chasing Karen when she was 17 and I was 28.
A couple of key differences, however:
She had just signed up to join the Navy. I was unaware of this until our third date, when chemistry started setting fire to everything in a ten mile radius. But the fact remains, a 17 year old who has signed up to join the Navy is an emancipated 17 year old.
Secondly, I never had two Alabama State Troopers assigned exclusively to me for the purposes of keeping me from bird dogging all the young things wandering in a shopping mall where I had already been officially 86-ed anyway.
Third, I didn't commit any unwanted or unsolicited sexual assaults.
I was just madly in love, and when it was clear it wasn't meant to be, I went my own way, until I found out that my former 17-year old had now divorced herself from her first marriage and was maybe available once again.
I gulped and mustered up the "twenty seconds of raw courage" it took to let her know she was still the one, and by sheer dumb luck, my ploy worked, and we rediscovered each other once again almost a decade and a half later.
It wasn't that Karen was seventeen, it was just something about her that clicked in my head. She could have been thirty-four and it would have been the same reaction, because Lord knows, the lady I wound up marrying the first time around was ten years MY senior!