Sandra Day O'Connor was born in El Paso, Texas, and attended college and law school at Stanford University. She has been married to John O'Connor since 1952, and they have three sons. She was an Arizona state senator from 1969 to 1975, and she served on the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1979 to 1981. Nominated by President Reagan as associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, she took the oath of office on September 25, 1981, the first woman to do so.
H. Alan Day is a lifelong rancher who, after graduation from the University of Arizona, managed the Day ranch, the Lazy B, for thirty years. He also purchased and ran ranches in Nebraska and South Dakota, where he established a wild horse sanctuary that cared for fifteen hundred wild horses under contract with the U.S. government. He lives in Tucson.