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

"One afternoon in March I went out for a long run after school. While I was on my run, Judy drove by, rolled her window down, and we had a nice talk. She was home from college for a few days," said Rightmyer.

"After she left, I continued my run, but all I could think of was Judy and how much I liked her; how much I had always liked her."

Later that night, he called his friend Jim and told him that while he knew it "sounded weird," he wanted to ask Judy on a date. He wanted to make sure it was OK with Jim first.

Jim gave his permission, and the rest was history. The two began dating that summer.

"A few months after we began dating, we knew that we wanted to spend our life together," said Rightmyer. "In September of her senior year, I visited her for a weekend in Plattsburgh. We sat on two Adirondack chairs overlooking Lake Champlain and talked about getting married."

He told his future wife that they would get married and have two children " a boy and a girl " and that they would travel a lot.

"Twenty-six and a half years later we're still married, and we've traveled to England, Ireland, Poland, the Caribbean, Italy and all over our country. We also have two children, a boy and a girl," said Rightmyer.

Anna Carbonneau, 76, of Colonie, and her late husband, Donald, also met through friends, but they were deliberately set up.

They were next-door neighbors, but didn't interact much until mutual friends decided to play Cupid. For Carbonneau, the attraction was instant.

They were first introduced by their mothers but didn't end up spending much time together until a few months later, when she had just finished nursing school and he had just gotten out of the service.

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