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EMPLOYEE MEMORIES: An office romance that worked out

Dec. 02, 2008 @ 09:24 AM

In the summer of 1955, I had been a writer/editor in the Associated Press office just off the newsroom of The Herald-Dispatch for about two years when Terry Price, newly graduated from West Virginia University, was hired as the newspaper's Woman's Page Editor.

In addition to coming up with ideas and photos for a weekly page targeted at female readers, Terry also wrote obituaries. She worked daytime hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but was required to stay until 10:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when she took information from funeral directors.

As the newsman with the least seniority, I worked nights on a steady basis. I had to walk the length of The Herald-Dispatch newsroom to get to the AP office. In doing so, I also had to pass by Terry's desk. Her addition to The Herald-Dispatch staff quickly grabbed my attention. It wasn't long before I found myself one night in my car parked at the door that Terry had to come through as she left the building. I offered to drive her to her apartment, she accepted, and we began dating.

We were married Nov. 24, 1956, at the home of Terry's parents, Richard and Marian Price, in Glen Ferris, Fayette County.

Terry continued working at The Herald-Dispatch until shortly before our first son was born in 1960. We moved away from Huntington after I transferred to the AP bureau in Charleston, where I served as West Virginia Broadcast Editor. We remained in Charleston until I transferred to AP Headquarters in New York City in 1965.

Our marriage lasted 51 years, until Terry's death on Nov. 30, 2007, and that perhaps is a reminder that "office romances" can be very successful.

Charles Monzella lives in Westfield, N.J.