July 5, 2003
The high school debating circuit drew together E.R. Caitlin Talmadge ’03 and her fiancé, Steven Lehotsky. They first met in 1997 at a tournament where Talmadge was debating. Lehotsky, who is four years her senior, was judging. The second time they met, Lehotsky was Talmadge’s counselor at debate camp and, though they became well acquainted, Talmadge says, “It seemed unlikely that anything would happen.” Nevertheless, the two began dating while Talmadge finished high school in Dallas and Lehotsky completed his college at Dartmouth. Talmadge says Lehotsky visited her in Texas during the year and the two continued to spend the summers together at debate camp. “My mom was very overprotective,” she says, but her father, also a Dartmouth alum, figured that anyone sharing his alma mater must be alright. When Talmadge became an undergraduate at Harvard, Lehotsky entered Harvard Law School. The two became engaged on Valentine’s Day last year and will get married at Dartmouth this summer.
Benjamin D. Grizzle ’03 & Heather A. Woodruff ’03
June 21, 2003
Benjamin D. Grizzle ’03 and Heather A. Woodruff ’03 met in Annenberg as first-years. Woodruff remembers being intrigued as Grizzle recounted the story of one Harvard senior’s wedding proposal to another. She says she was impressed by the future groom’s creative tactics, but Grizzle assured her that some day his own proposal would be more elaborate. Grizzle and Woodruff became friends that year, while each maintained a long-distance relationship with someone from home.
At the time, it seemed unlikely that any romance would develop between the two. Grizzle recalls that after running Primal Scream in his first semester, he returned to Thayer Hall and bumped into Woodruff, who had observed the event. “Benjamin David Grizzle,” she said, as she approached him, “I just saw more of you than I ever hoped or needed to see!” But by March of their sophomore year they began dating, and they became engaged last August. Grizzle asked Woodruff to marry him while standing in a field of wild daisies at his farm in Virginia. “What else do you do with beautiful places, but propose to beautiful people?” he asks. The couple, who both have parents that met at Harvard, will continue a family tradition when they marry this summer.