The February page of our 20th anniversary calendar, appropriate to the theme "U.S. 1 – 20 Years Young," shows people puckering up for U.S. 1 photographer Craig Terry. In 1988 Terry took his camera to the Hyatt, the Marriott (now the Westin), and Scanticon (now the Doral Forrestal) looking for readers willing to get into the frivolous spirit of Valentine’s Day.
Among the kissers for that cover spread were a married couple (John French, then the WPST DJ, and Susan French), classical guitarist Barry Peterson; designer Pam Tortella, and two IBMers – Doug Dickison (a recent graduate of the College of New Jersey) and Maryann DeCocco, Dickison’s boss. "A lot of the interns were kidding around," says Dickison. Now he works in the pharmaceutical industry, and he and his wife of 15 years have two children.
To our surprise and delight, when we published the calendar, we discovered that the two remaining couples in that photo layout have gotten married. Ralph Scheibner came in with a light in his eyes to get his own copy of the calendar. His wife, the former Sheila Hess, spied it at her hairdresser.
Scheibner tells the story: "I met my future wife at the first anniversary of the Hyatt Hotel in Princeton. I was a resident of Florida but I had an apartment in Bedminster. Sheila was with friends and I was with friends. (They used to have a club downstairs in the early days.) We were together from 1985 until seven years ago, in April of 1997, when we were married. We stole away – we didn’t tell the family – and were married by a justice of the peace at the Inn at Little Washington. Then we went to surprise Sheila’s daughter in Washington."
It was Saturday and the inn was full of excited preparations for some sort of secret occasion that no one would reveal. That weekend at the inn, Alan Greenspan married NBC journalist Andrea Mitchell. "All the papers were full of pictures of the place where we had been married," says Scheibner.
Sheila retired after 28 years with the membership department of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Together, they have six children and eight grandchildren.
The other groom – Craig Musser – has an equally romantic memory of their three-photo sequence (first he puckered up, then she did, and finally they perfected their smooching timing). "I still carry that picture with me to remember my wife in her early days," says Musser. "I stuck it on my visor." Musser and Christine Wedderman were engaged when the photo was taken, and they tied the knot the following September. Now they have three children – a 13-year-old girl, a nine-year-old boy, and a six-month old boy – and live in Columbia. Together they have a DJ company, Creative Entertainment Concepts, and a candy distribution business, the Candy Man, a corporate party concept.
If you know the "back story" of any of the calendar pictures, please pass it on to us.
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