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 1. My grandfather, Peter Panagis Jr., is currently 90 years old and is still in love with his bride, Marian
Panagis (Russell) who just turned 88 on January 3, 2013. Peter joined the Army to help defend this great country in WWII. At just 20 years old he was shipped overseas to the Pacific, and left his family and sweeheart back in Milwaukee, WI. While overseas he never forgot about his love at home and wrote many letters to Marian. The plan was made to meet in Georgia during a short leave and get married. There was no parent knowledge and no parent consent, just two kids running off to get married because they were in love. They continue to hold on to those letters written seventy years ago. On February 21,1943 they put the plan into action and became man and wife and on February 21, 2013 they will have been married for 70 years.

 2. Scott and I met 28 years ago and went on our first date. We both knew on that date that we were meant for each other. On our second date Scott asked me to marry him. I have never regretted that decision. We have been though much together over the years and are proud to celebrate 27 years of Marriage this coming June 7th. We have four adult kids and one daughter-in-law. I can't think of a better way then to celebrate Valentines Day with my silly Husband Scott.

Scott & Jennifer Rausch Twin Lakes,WI

 3.  My thanks goes to Milwaukee county transit system. In the summer of 1997 my cousin and I went to Summerfest. We took the bus home and at one of the stops I got hot (there are a lot of people on the Summerfest shuttles) so I opened a window and BAM there he was getting off the bus. He is my world. He has giving me 3 great kids and many great years.

 4.  We met a couple of years ago, I was doing my daily walk and I saw this young man on my trail and he smiled and I smiled back. I didn't walk the trail for a couple of weeks, so I started back and I saw this young man again, he approached me and asked my name and gave me his number and asked me to call him sometimes. I waited a while (being recently divorced), I wasn't looking for anyone, so I saw him again riding by and we waved. My sister talked me into to calling him, just to see... So I did, we talked on the phone like teenagers all time, our first date was a walk in the park. Taking things slow. We started to see more and more of each other, he met my parents and the rest of my family, and we traveled so I could meet his parents and rest of his family. It was so wonderful, something I never experienced in a relationship before. Thanksgiving 2012 was so special, Marcell proposed to me in front of all of my
family and friends. I am so blessed to have another chance at love with a wonderful man that loves me and loves my children like his own. I know that bad things happen to good people, but I never gave up on love or ever wanted to be a bitter woman. Marcell was my special, knight and shining armor, my prince I am so lucky to have him.

 5.  The year was 1966; I was in basic training, for the Army, with orders for Germany. My mother worked at the Mitchell Street Woolworth's store, along with a young high school girl, Mary. My mom asked Mary if she would like to write to her son, Mary agreed. Letters were written, pictures exchanged and gifts for almost two years before our meeting for the first time. A year and a half later we were married, that was almost 44 years ago. Our family includes: a wonderful son, Mark; a fantastic daughter-in-law, Jeanne and two of the greatest grandchildren ever, Chad and Morgan. “Life is good” our love makes life great.

 6.  I met John in college in 1998. We were just good friends back then and we were both dating other people. After graduation, he went into the military and the last letter I sent to him included my mom’s phone number if he ever needed to reach me. After that, we lost touch. However, he kept my letter with him over the years; it even went to Kuwait when he was deployed there. Eight years after I sent that letter, my mom’s phone rang one day. Many adventures, one wedding and two kids later, we’re very happy!

 7.  Fate stepped in when Andrea got a flat tire on her way home from work. I was coming home from school when I saw a damsel in distress. After removing her tire I realized she did not have a spare. I offered her a ride; that is when I realized I got lucky. She's going two doors down from my apartment! She's friends with my neighbor! That night we talked til the sun came up, it was magical, hours flew by. We were married the next year. 16 years and 3 children later we are still best friends. (Goes on to mention their how their daughter is named Savannah. It's that story).

 8.  In 1992, before online singles websites, my future wife, Robin, was visiting a friend, who put a personal in the newspaper after breaking up with her fiance. The friend reunited with fiance but the responses came flooding in. The friend gave the responses to Robin and told her to call. The first call she made was to my house. My roommate had responded to that personal ad. Robin asked to speak with Steven. Ironically, my name is Steven too. I never handed the phone over to the other Steven...we are going on 20 years marriage and 3 wonderful children.

9. My husband and I met in a teepee! Our families participated in 1840s reenactment rendezvous for 20 years - this is how we met. Growing up, we spent every other weekend together camping with our families. He'd give me piggy-back rides, and I'd chase him around camp. As we grew older, we stopped the rendezvous to pursue some of life's milestones: colleges, careers, travel, etc. and lost touch. Almost 15 years later, in 2006, we reunited at my sister's wedding. A few months later we decided to give dating a try, and five years after that he proposed.

 10.  Jamie Rinehart (Boy)Jami Gardebrecht (Girl) I was doing yard work at my house one fine summer weekend and one of my neighbors stopped to talk to me. As the people in the neighborhood all seem to know a little bit more about you than you do about them, my neighbor mentioned that she heard I worked for Kalmbach Publishing Co. I said yes! She asked me if I knew her Granddaughter, Jami, who
worked there. I said no, but that would be an easy name to remember because THAT'S MY NAME TOO! I promised my future grandmother in-law I would stop by her cube and say hi. The following Monday I found Girl Jami's cube, knocked on her wall and opened with the line, "I know your Grandma!". Somehow it worked! We are getting married in October.


Contest Rules
Story of Us Photo Contest - TOP 10 - VOTING!
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3.Please select your choice below*
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Choice Seven
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Contest Rules

Official Rules:

Contest Dates: 1/18/2013 – 2/14/2013.
General Submission: 1/18/2013 – 2/6/2013 at 12:00pm CST
Public Vote on Top Ten: 2/7/2013 – 2/14/2013 at 12:00pm
Winner Announced on 2/15/2013 and will be notified via email.

Photo Submission Entry deadline is 12pm (central time) on February 6, 2013.

No purchase necessary.

Limit of one entry per person.

To enter this contest you must submit a photo accompanied with a story of you and your
significant other to our station’s I Contribute photo service. The email addresses are, and T
he story needs to include the names of the individuals in the photo and be entered into the body
of the email.

Based on the photo/story submitted, a panel of judges will select ten qualifiers on February
7, 2013. Those ten qualifiers will be featured on, and The public can then vote online for their favorite couple, February 7 –
February 14, 2013.

Prize info:

The Story of Us will be featured on the websites of three broadcast properies: Today’s TMJ 4,
94.5 The Lake and 620 WTMJ. One winner will be made from all entries on all websites. There
is NOT one winner per website.

One winner will receive: certificate for two (2) night stay at a Hilton Chicago property, including
parking and breakfast for (2) two for (2) two mornings. Two (2) tickets for transportation from Milwaukee to Chicago aboad Amtrak. Rooms are based on availability.
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Prize Value: $500


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contestants as a result of winning.

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likeness for publicity without additional compensation.

Prize is non-transferable, may not be substituted or redeemed for cash and winners are
responsible for all applicable taxes. Prizes not claimed after 30 days will be forfeited.

All decisions regarding winners are final. Winners will be contacted by email.

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Hotels in Chicago, or their agencies and their immediate families.

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