I met my wife in the UMD library.

She was SO studious, which I observed as I staffed the check out desk and shelved books.

We are still married 40 years later.
#1 Steve Schewe on 2009-04-07 11:55
What a great story! I hope you can attend our reunion party!
#1.1 Kathy Irwin on 2009-04-07 12:03
Do you remember an engineering student named Alan Ardanowski? I am trying to facebook him. He was good friends with me but I moved from Livonia to Grand Rapids 30 years ago and havent heard from him since. He was in the class from 1977. I graduated in 1978. thanks.
#1.1.1 Marylou Malone Sundt on 2009-10-11 20:52
Sorry, I do not know Alan.
# Roman Beyer on 2009-10-21 13:16
I too met my wife in the UMD Library. (1975-1977)
She was working behind the desk and I walked into the library with a paper cup full of water. If you recall there was a sign posted on the door that said: "NO BEVERAGES ALLOWED IN THE LIBRARY."
She said to me as I tried to breeze by: "Excuse me, but no beverages in the library."
I informed her that it was water, and that water is not a beverage.
I continued to walk down the stacks and hid to see if she would go up to the large Webster dictionary sitting on the podium to look up the definition of "beverage." She sure did!
Beverage: any potable liquid, esp. one other than water, as tea, coffee, beer, or milk.
Later she admitted telling a coworker, "He is cute, but what a smarty pants!”
This August we will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.
She went on to become a librarian and myself an engineer.

Why does this feel like, "When Harry met Sally"?

Take care,
Roman Beyer + Joanna Steinke
#1.2 Roman Beyer (Link) on 2009-04-08 01:30
I loved that she used a reference resource to deal with a behavior issue! You guys have a great story, and could easily have been one of the couples "interviewed" during the Sally/Harry movie! I look forward to meeting you at the reunion!
#1.2.1 Kathy Irwin on 2009-04-08 08:36
I was a student assistant 1979-1981, and an intern in 1982. I am a librarian and would like to be invited to the anniversary party. Thanks!
#2 Karen Rae Mehaffey (formally Forsyth) on 2009-04-07 11:57
We'd love to have you! I'll forward your name and email address to our admin office.
#2.1 Kathy Irwin on 2009-04-07 12:02
I worked in the library while finishing my undergraduate degree between 1992 and 1994. It will be fun to connect with my former library workers. Maybe even Jean Ryski and John DePoli will attend.
#3 Matthew Papp on 2009-04-07 17:36
We do plan to invite former staff members too. It should be a fun event!
#3.1 Kathy Irwin on 2009-04-08 08:33
I met my husband at the library while working. He came in carrying a glass of water and I told him that beverages were not allowed in the library. He replied that water is not a beverage. I looked at my co-worker and said, that guy's kinda cute, but what a smartie! That was in 1976. We've been married 30 years.
#4 Joanna Beyer (formally Steinke) on 2009-04-07 18:45
I love your story! And the funny thing is that now beverages (and food!) are allowed in the library! You might never have met your future husband if the rules had been different!
#4.1 Kathy Irwin on 2009-04-08 08:34
I attended UMD from Oct. 1964 to Feb. 1969 and during that time I worked at least one semester in the library. I remember the young lady who worked at the checkout desk during the time I worked as having one eye brown and the other blue. If life permits I would love to come for the party and revisit the campus. It has been over 20 years since I have had the opportunity revisit. I however did not meet my wife in the library - how I did is another story.
#5 Kenneth Poling on 2009-04-11 23:11
It is interesting to hear people's stories about working at the library! I wonder if anyone knows the girl to whom you referred?! Hope you can attend the reunion party!
#5.1 Kathy Irwin on 2009-04-13 20:09
I have fond memories of my fellow part timers and library staff while a student and hope they consider attending this event : Catalog Dept: Kathy Schriener and asst. Linda ?, plus Linda (who loved to sing) and Diane (who always had the nicest hair and nails); Tim Joy (who was always looking to laugh and have fun) Ginny Coots, Circulation Manager who had her hands full but a good sport, and one of my best college friends the aforementioned, JoAnna. We worked in the original library that was opposite the old cafeteria (remember the french fries?) which had two or three study modules or trailers for students, beyond the collection. (The new building came up after 1979). One summer, the library gang piled into cars and drove to Cedar Point for a day trip and it was the best!
#6 Judy Kraatz on 2009-06-20 18:37
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