Doris McLaughlin, 43, was late to the group counseling session. She stood nervously in the doorway, staring at all the people sitting on the floor. Come sit by me, a man said. She settled beside 30-year-old Ron Mock and immediately felt electricity.
Why dont you wear that cute Ed Hardy shirt? Sara Ann Haneys mother suggested. It was April 2008, and 28-year-old Sara Ann and her mom and dad were heading to an American Indian festival in Overland Park. As they stood in line to buy tickets, a good-looking Indian man with flowing black hair rushed past and Sara Ann thought, This is going to be a good day.
Enrique Gutierrez, 61, had struggled in the Cuban underground and been a political prisoner. This day hed bypassed the churchs greeters and quietly come in through the back door. Karen, speaking Spanish, asked Enrique his name. She soon returned with a nametag that she pressed onto his chest.
Calvin D. Norwood was at a swimming pool in Seville, Spain, playing with some younger kids. He noticed a beautiful young woman walking by and greeted her in Spanish: Hola. Hi, replied Asuncion Z. Pablo, 18.
In fall of 1990, Teresa Freeman, 19, and Adrian Barnhill, 20, both went through training to become resident advisers at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. During their college years they were occasionally thrown together, and the two became friends.