Green lives alone in a Miami Beach home a few blocks from where the famous couple lived with their four children on North Bay Road.
''I jog past the house and I say I wish I was back there in the good old days,'' said Green, 76. ``I used to jog on North Bay Road and cry all the way. I don't have any friends. I have my family and people in the neighborhood. I'm kind of like a hermit. I'm not antisocial. It's just the way I've become.
When Green and Bryant married in 1960, they had a bright future. He was a popular South Florida radio and television personality; she was a former Miss Oklahoma and runner-up to 1959 Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley.
Bryant, with a powerful singing voice, already had a hit record, Till There Was You from Broadway's The Music Man.
Green became Bryant's manager and her career took off. She performed for the troops with Bob Hope. She regularly appeared on television and at conventions. The Green family represented Coca-Cola on radio and television.
In 1969, the Florida Citrus Commission hired Bryant as its spokeswoman. She and the orange juice industry became nationally famous as she sang on TV commercials about Florida's ``Sunshine Tree.''
Bryant was among the most popular stars in the country, earning millions of dollars a year, Green said.
Also guided by theatrical agent Richard Shack, Bryant made a career of performing live at conventions. She sang The Battle Hymm of the Republic at President Lyndon Johnson's funeral in 1973 and performed it again at the Super Bowl halftime show in 1976.
But the next year, Bryant's show-biz career derailed as she led a successful vote to repeal Miami-Dade's gay-rights ordinance.
From the campaign forward, Bryant dodged death threats and protesters, Green said.
He recalls Bryant performing before 3,000 fans at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. Gay-rights activist Bob Kunst and a few of his friends protested outside and got as much publicity as Bryant, Green said.
Convention work disappeared because of the angry gay activists who protested everywhere Bryant traveled.
The Greens launched Anita Bryant Ministries to counsel gay people and built a radio studio in Pembroke Pines for a planned Anita Bryant Christian show, he said.
In 1980, Green came home one day and Bryant was gone.
''The pressure was so great on her, I really believe that was the time she decided to get the divorce,'' he said.
The breakup caused many conservatives to also abandon Bryant, accusing her of not being a good role model.
'There were those who said, `You've written all these books about family togetherness and we're not supporting you anymore. We're not into buying your books and records anymore,' '' Green recalled.
The ministry failed and the radio show never happened, he said.
Green had trouble getting work, too.
After 1980, Green had a job doing documentaries for a U.N. relief agency. ''I did that and I did some party planning. Convention planning,'' Green said. ``As far as any holdover or spillover from Anita, I was also labeled. There were times when we made a presentation to a client and they found out who I was, it was over.''
For a year after their divorce, Green tried to get Anita back. She wasn't interested and later married Charlie Dry, a former astronaut test pilot. They live in Oklahoma and have had a series of bankruptcies and tax troubles. Bryant, 67, still performs occasional gospel concerts.
Green says that today, his ``religious beliefs are stronger by 1,000 than they ever were on a personal level, not a political level.''
''My faith has increased and I think much of that was accomplished by the trauma I suffered and having to reach out to God. For a couple of years I was really devastated,'' he said. ``Blame gay people? I do. Their stated goal was to put [Bryant] out of business and destroy her career. And that's what they did. It's unfair.''
If Green had it to over again, he wouldn't. ``No. It just wasn't worth it. It just wasn't. The trauma, the battling we all got caught up in. I don't want to ever go back to that.''