Walking the Walk

updated 06/13/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/13/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

YOU KNOW THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY has come into its own when conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh finds true romance on a computer bulletin board. On May 27, the man who once said he had little time for amore because "I'm too much in love with myself' married a woman he met through his e-mail.

The wedding, at the Fairfax County, Va., home of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was a closely guarded secret. According to a press release, Justice Thomas married Limbaugh, 43, and Marta Fitzgerald, 35, in "well under the groom's imposed time limit of 15 minutes." Afterward the 10 guests repaired to a sit-down dinner followed by "cigars and adult beverages on the deck."

According to the bride's second husband, Tom Fitzgerald of Memphis, Marta first sent Limbaugh (current mailbox: 70277.2502 @compu-serve.com) an electronic message in 1990 asking how to stand up to a Reagan-bashing history professor at the University of North Florida, where she was a student. Limbaugh never replied. In a February newspaper interview, Fitzgerald said his former wife later wrote Limbaugh a scathing letter, calling him pompous.

Evidently that was enough for the Most Dangerous Man in America, as Limbaugh has been known to call himself. He and Marta soon began exchanging e-mail messages through CompuServe, a computer network. Later he reportedly escorted Marta, who was divorced from Fitzgerald in 1992, to the '94 Super Bowl, Israel and New Orleans. Earlier this year, Limbaugh, who has been married twice before, began leasing radio listeners with tidbits about his "Jaguar." This spring, Marta moved to New York City, where Limbaugh lives in an Upper West Side Manhattan apartment.

As hush-hush as Rush has been, he does want it known that—contrary to published reports—Marta is not an aerobics instructor. What she is, says TV commentator and wedding guest Mary Matalin, is a "very smart, nice, commonsensical person" who graduated summa cum laude last year from UNF and is now a freelance journalist. The couple are honeymooning at an undisclosed location, but don't be surprised to find a kinder, gentler Limbaugh upon their return. "He's transformed by her," says Matalin. "He's just happier and calmer. They were meant for each other."

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