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When Cupid strikes: Area residents share their stories about falling in love

There is an old saying about finding love: There's a lid for every pot. People find love in all kinds of places, from the supermarket to the Internet.

The Spotlight spoke to some area residents who met their other halves in a variety of unexpected ways. Some were set up intentionally by friends while others were falling in love but didn't even know it.

One of my best friends in high school was named Jim. He and I ran on the track and cross-country team together, and by junior year we began hanging out with a group of track guys, going to movies, parties, dances and concerts, said Jack Rightmyer of Burnt Hills.

"Jim had a younger sister named Judy, and during senior year he began asking us, 'Do you guys mind if I bring my sister and her friends to the concert?'" said Rightmyer.

While he and his friends groaned at first and resisted, thinking that they couldn't have as much fun with their friend's little sister hanging around, over time, Rightmyer started to enjoy hanging out with Judy.

"All through college, Judy became a good friend of mine. We'd write letters to each other, and on our vacations we'd always make sure to get her friends out with my friends," said Rightmyer.

"By the time I was a senior in college, I had a secret crush on Judy, but she was my friend Jim's sister and I couldn't ask her out," said Rightmyer.

However, they continued spending time together in groups, heading to the Adirondacks, skiing, swimming at Lake George, and going to movies and concerts at SPAC.

"After I graduated from college I began teaching at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady. I was busy teaching and coaching full time," said Rightmyer.

Judy was a junior at Plattsburgh State College. Rightmyer was getting settled into life as an adult, living in his own apartment and working full time.

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