ASU Love Stories

Special Category Winner: Sweetest Story

His Love for Her Lives On
Submitted By: Bill Faust
In memory of Pat Thomas Faust '61 (3/7/37 - 2/11/01)

“Love, love changes everything: Now I tremble at your name, Nothing in the world will ever be the same.”  Love Changes Everything: From The Aspects of Love, words and music by Andrew Lloyd Weber.

“From over here I still see you, when my eyes have left your face. And can’t you feel me still hold you, though my hands have left your waist? Oh I wonder, wonder, Oh I wonder, at the wonder of you.” The Wonder of You: Words and music by Chip Taylor
I discovered these songs long after my wife of forty-three years had died; and they, as all love songs do, make me think of her. Read More

Grand Prize Winner

McClintock Hall Friends Turned Soul Mates
Submitted By: Sjaak and Virginia Van Der Geest

Our initial thoughts when our first-floor RA introduced us:
(me) - "I wonder if we'll have any classes together?"
(her) - "Oh, he's the cute guy's roommate!"
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Grand Prize Winner

A Spark at ASU
Submitted By: Megan Hamrick

The truck and trailer are packed with my possessions and essentials to start college life. Dad, Mom, Grandma and myself are ready to make the 1500 plus mile trek across country from Minnesota to Tempe, Arizona; leaving behind close friends and a serious relationship behind. Who would’ve thought a shy, quiet girl from Minnesota would end up finding her soul mate two doors down in a dorm named Manzanita Hall. Read More

Honorable Mention

ASU Love Rooted in Tradition
Submitted By: Louis H. Coor and Barbara Heflin Coor '49

[as told by Louis] I had just returned from serving my country, in the Navy, in World War II. My country said, “Thanks, you may now take advantage of our G.I. Bill of Rights. You pick the college, and we will pay the tuition, books, and an allowance of $65 per month.” A native son, returning home to Peoria, Arizona, I had no money, no job and a faint future. I said, “Tempe, here I come!.” Read More

Honorable Mention

Love is Blind
Submitted By: Edward & Jo Anne Anderson

Both of us had moved to Arizona for health reasons. Ed in 1948 from Washington DC to save his vision and Jo Anne in 1956 to overcome eczema and asthma. In fact, Ed’s parents moved to Scottsdale, and Ed was sent to the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind in Tucson as a sight saving measure. Having lived in Tucson, he had become a Wildcat fan but his parents wanted him to move home to go to college, and they purchased a home in Tempe so that transportation would not be a problem for him. Read More

Honorable Mention

A Limerick of Love
Submitted By: Karen and Andrew Kwarciak

Once upon a time in a land called Tempe, There lived a young man and his blonde wife to be. He was from the East Coast and she from the West, They came to ASU to strive for their best. Karen majored in Art Ed., got a tan and went Greek, Andy, an engineer, studied daily, was a geek. They shared no classes, no teachers, no seats, But fate had decided that they were to meet. Read More


Honorable Mention

Their Physics were Right
Submitted By: Ernest Camponovo

It’s understood that the first thing a guy does when he walks into a new class is scout out the cute girls. We start doing this about age 8 or 9, when we realize that somehow, the little girls have all gotten over their cooties and there seems to be something alluring about those ponytails and freckles, after all. So it was in August 1974 when I stepped into Dr. Trelease’s Biology 101 class as a freshman, and I first saw her. There was no question she was the prize. So the next step was to migrate into a seat next to hers, slowly and surely, much like a lion stalking prey, over the next few days. Read More

 Honorable Mention

He Ran Into the One He'd Come to Love
Submitted By: Greta Worm Pendergast

On a bright, brisk April morning in 1947, I had left Matthews Library and was hurrying south College Avenue toward my next class fearful that I would be late. AS I scurried along, I noticed that a tall, dark young man in dungarees, white sox, brown shows and white t-shirt with a pencil cocked jauntly over his right ear was approaching me on my side of the sidewalk so I moved to the left. He, apparently oblivious to the fact that I was there, responded by moving into my path again. So, I moved to the right once more. Read More