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posted 01-25-2000

 

Janet Wukman and Ray Meyer announce Engagement !!

 

The amazing SSQQ Love Virus has claimed two more victims as SSQQ Staffer Janet Wukman and her Heartbeat-Heartthrob team member Ray Meyer told me they are engaged to be married. On a tiny sad note, Janet says she is "retiring" as an Assistant on Fridays, but will continue to dance on Susie Merrill's Heartbeat Dance Team. Best Wishes to Both !

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posted 01-09-2000

The Infamous SSQQ Orgy Pit

Want to read about the amazing story of the Toga Party that went way out of control back in 1989 ? click here 

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posted 01-09-2000

Donnie Jacobs and Kimberly Bryson announce Engagement

This just in. Donnie Jacobs sent this to me in an email on Monday :

I thought Id give you another entry for your Whos getting married at SSQQ list. On November 22, 1999 Miss Kimberly Bryson accepted my proposal of marriage. At the time, we were in a helicopter hovering over Niagra Falls. We dont have a firm date yet, but were looking at the first part of March. It will probably be a small wedding with a larger reception to follow.

Editor's Note : Congratulations !! Nothing like starting off the next 1000 years in style !

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posted 01-04-2000

Michael Gabrysch and Shannon Barton Announce Engagement !

Proud mother Maria Barton reports that on New Year's Eve, Michael Gabrysch proposed and Maria's lovely daughter Shannon accepted !  Considering that I happen to think both Michael and Shannon are pretty wonderful myself, I too am pretty excited.

Yes, I have to be honest. I patted the couch at SSQQ one night in mid-December and beckoned Maria to come sit with me. I pointed out that ever since Shannon and Michael started dating, we didn't see much of them any more.

Maria frowned a little and shook her head in agreement. Maria said she saw her daughter once a day for 10 minutes - the length of time it took for her to come home from work, change clothes, and head out the door to see Michael. I then asked Maria if I could ask a personal question - did she hear any wedding bells ?  Maria smiled this time and nodded a strong "probably". I told her that's what I thought to.

And you know what, I am happy for both Shannon and Michael !

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posted 01-04-2000

SSQQ Survives the Millennium !

SSQQ did indeed survive the New Years Millennium Party, but just barely. I cannot recall a more stressful event.

First of all, I was very concerned about Y2K. Not just for me, but for my responsibilities as a host to many people. Accordingly I bought $50 worth of batteries, $50 worth of candles, and $100 worth of water for the occasion. And yes, I bought matches too.

Then the people up in Seattle caught that madman trying to bring the makings of an Oklahoma City-style bomb into the country. That made me realize that the crazy-person potential of New Year Eve was enormous. I actually took the time to look up in the ceiling at the studio for anything suspicious. Talk about paranoid.

I stayed up to watch CNN report the start of the New Year at some previously-unheard of island called "Kiribati" in the middle of the Pacific at 4 am Houston Standard Time. It was fun watching those gorgeous naked Polynesian women do frenzied hula-style dances to celebrate the new Millennium in style... wrong....no, they weren't naked and yes, I was grateful they had their clothes on... I think they eat nothing but potato chips on this island. Still I was relieved at 4 am to find that not one computer misfunctioned on the island. Then I found out there weren't any computers on that island. Hmm.

So I stayed up longer. For some reason, when Auckland, New Zealand, made it past the New Year in style, that allowed me to go to sleep. I figured there had to be one computer on New Zealand somewhere.

When I awoke, I discovered Australia, Japan, and China had survived without any Y2K. I loved China's Y2K solution - all the head honchos of their airline industry were expected to be flying in the air at midnight. Yes, China's airplanes did indeed fly very well thanks to this creative solution !!  I might add we should try this technique in our country sometime.

Russia of course was the country I was most worried about with its history of Chernobyl and many current problems. Even Yeltsin had the sense to quit just before the New Year, another indication maybe he didn't want to be in the country at the time. But somehow Russia made it through.

London and Paris had great New Years celebrations, but I have to be honest - as the fireworks exploded over the Thames River in London, I saw a lot of nervous faces. And we all know what they were nervous about. Same thing at Times Square - you had to be nuts to visit that place at Midnight. I imagine if I am a TV Correspondent, I don't want to cover NY NY. Give me....Kiribati. Yeah, that's it, give me Kiribati. I will learn to hula.

Thank God  it truly was a Safe New Year.

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The SSQQ Millennium Party !

The SSQQ Millennium Party was a smashing success... hmm... it was a great bash....hmm... it was a blast.... hmm. Actually it was a great party especially because there was no smashing, bashing, or blasting. That alone guaranteed it was a success whether one person showed up or 200. The fact that we had 200 people made the party even more wonderful !

As always when we throw a party this big, there a some heroes that deserve credit for their huge contribution. First I would like to thank Debbie Awad for coming early and helping to set up. Second I would like to thank Russell Rice for being nice enough to share his time and take pictures for us. And third I would like to thank Donna Tillery for volunteering to drop by the studio the next day to help us clean up. These three people were pretty wonderful !!

Then I would like to thank Judy for all the work she put into preparing the wonderful food table. In all she spent three days getting it ready. Goodness.

And I would like to thank my daughter Sam. She is now old enough to contribute and it was pretty neat to see her at the kitchen table helping Judy prepare the food and load it into the dishes. Give her a pat on the back for me if you think of it. Tell her you heard what a good job she did helping her mother prepare for the New Year Party.

And finally, thanks to the 200 people who joined us to bring in the Millennium. It was a very nice party and a wonderful conclusion to 1999, the most successful year ever in the 20 year history of our studio.

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