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They Knew, From The Start, They Were Right For Each Other

Love Story Dan And Betty Russell

No one had asked Betty Russell for a date for 50 years. "What is happening?" she wondered when Dan Russell invited her to a movie.

She was sitting in a meeting of the East Hartford Fine Arts Commission at the time. "One evening he's sitting across from me, and he looked up at me and said, 'I'm going to 'Gosford Park.' Would you like to join me?'" Betty says.

Stunned as she was, "My mouth muttered, 'I'd love to,'" Betty says,

Dan was a long-time member of the commission, but Betty was newly appointed. He noticed that Betty had left a previous commission event to attend a movie, and thought she might like to see the British film, which he...