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The Winnetka Current 021617

12 | February 16, 2017 |

12 | February 16, 2017 | The winnetka Current NEWS How We Met Contest Half a century of romance Northfield couple married 53 years wins contest Jacqueline Glosniak, Editor Anyone who has ever been in a relationship has undoubtedly been asked the question, “So, how did you two meet?” Whether the story is simple, chock-full of details or recalled from two totally different perspectives, couples typically enjoy reminiscing back to the first time their eyes met and that special moment when each one knew the other was “the one.” At The Winnetka Current, we love sharing all types of stories about our beloved community members, so to celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day, we hold our annual How Northfield residents David and Leween Kay met nearly 55 years ago at a failed fraternity/sorority soiree. Lucky for them, the two have celebrated over 50 years of marriage. PHOTos submitted We Met contest, offering Winnetka and Northfield residents the chance to profess their love for their significant others for the community to see. Out of six beautiful submissions, this year’s winning couple is David and Leween Kay of Northfield. Read below for Leween’s sweet story of how she met her match by just a touch of good old-fashioned hospitality: As a 19-year-old junior attending a commuter college in Chicago, I looked forward to the social events sponsored by our local BBG sorority. One snowy November evening, it was my turn to host a social gathering for a fraternity from IIT. As the snow continued to fall, creating blizzard conditions, my sorority sisters called one after the other to cancel because of the hazardous driving conditions. Meanwhile, fraternity members continued to arrive at my home until they numbered about 16. Feeling awkward that only two sorority sisters had braved the weather, I apologized for the weather and the poor turnout of girls from the sorority. Meanwhile, I flitted from one guest to another in an effort to be hospitable. Hours later, I breathed a sigh of relief when the last young man left. The next evening, I received a phone call from one of the fraternity members who had attended the night before. When he introduced himself as Dave K., I could not recall his name nor his face and was irritated that he would only provide the first letter of his last name. I answered, “K what?” He said, “K,” and I answered “K what?” Once again, he replied Dave “K” after which I said, “What’s Rob and Nan Krause, of Winnetka, met in December 1983 after a “divine intervention” at their Evanston church. The two have been married 31 years. the rest of your name?” Patiently and with good humor, he replied, “Dave Kay, K-A-Y.” At that point, I was so embarrassed I mumbled some inane response followed by, “Oh, how did you get my phone number?” He said he was impressed by the way I tried Winnetka’s Crispin and Cecile Hales met 45 years ago on a Moroccan excursion. Northfield’s Jill Nesbit and Larry Lundberg, both widowed, met on a blind date on Halloween 2014. The two are now engaged. Winnetka’s Jonathan and Liz Kunkle played rounds of golf back and forth in Florida before tying the knot in 2001. Ranjini and Ravi Shankar, of Winnetka, are the prime example of true love from an arranged marriage. to handle a difficult situation by engaging each one of the guys in conversation, but unfortunately, he never had a chance to chat with me. Instead of trying to corral me as I flitted from one to another, he had made his way to the den where he proceeded to copy the phone number off the dial of the phone. Impressed with his ingenuity and tenacity, I agreed to a date. Three months later, I accepted his fraternity pin, six months later, we were engaged, and on Aug. 16, we were married. This year, we will be celebrating 53 wonderful years of marriage together. Congratulations to the Kays, who won a charming Valentine’s dinner for two courtesy of Winnetka’s Avli Estiatorio, 566 Chestnut St. Winnetka the winnetka current | February 16, 2017 | 13 Coming Soon IN NEW TRIER! COMING SOON! 654 Elder Lane, Winnetka Classic 3-story beauty with 6 bed/4.1 bath in convenient location steps from town, train, schools, parks & beaches. 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