UPDATE: An extra prize!
Here’s my story: 1983. I had finished graduate school in North Carolina and was looking for jobs in New York, collecting names of everybody and anybody in the journalism business. Someone gave me the name of AP Radio’s correspondent in New York, who had worked at WCHL in Chapel Hill a few years before I got there. My very first Monday in New York I called him. Twice. When we met for lunch that Thursday, I asked if he knew anyone who used freelancers. He did. I started working for him, doing five-minute radio features for $25 a pop, and was charmed by the news poems he recited from memory in his radio studio. The rest, as they say, is history.
We’ve got a terrific — and romantic! — prize for the best story: a $50 gift certificate to the new Brazilian place, Samba Montclair, which Holly Korus calls “one of the most romantic restaurants in Baristaville.”
And, to make it even sweeter, Arthur Murray will give the winning couple a free private dance lesson. Pick your Passion: Tango, Fox Trot, Waltz, Salsa, Swing, Rumba, Cha cha, Hustle, Merengue, Bachata, Samba or even Country Western.
The rules: Post the story of how you met your sweetie in comments by Friday at 11:59 p.m. I’ll decide the winner on Saturday based purely on whose story charmed me the most.