Despite the chaos of adorable 3-year-olds running around, Caryn Freirich noticed Rob Mandel at the parent orientation at the Child Development Center at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Caryn knew Rob was divorced and thought, “He is cute and seems like such a nice dad. I’m going to get a date with him.”
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
Lora Ceperley and Dana Buckner, one in Kansas City, the other in Seattle, emailed for four months, then began talking on the phone. Soon they realized their friendship was deepening and they were in love.
During the fall semester of 1999, Rachel McQuown didn’t see Ben Linnemeyer around. As it turned out, he was avoiding her: Though he’d never asked her out, he wanted to date her and felt she’d rejected him.
Mark and Tracy had both attended Eisenhower Middle School in Kansas City, Kan., and even though they hadn’t been friends, they remembered each other. They hit it off, and at the end of the evening, Mark asked Tracy for her phone number.
Dan Gates was excited about a coming blind date. It was April 1964, and 24-year-old Dan was finishing his seminary studies in Kansas City, Kan. He had an opportunity to speak as a guest preacher in Boone, Iowa, and a friend had arranged for him to meet the host minister’s daughter, Edie Eicher, 22. That Saturday night, Dan and Edie had dinner with his friend.