'Net courtship sealed in Times Square
April 3, 1996
Web posted at: 11 p.m. EST
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Bob Norris and Catherine Smylie, both of Columbia, South Carolina, met just last August in a chat room on America Online.
Since then, their relationship has progressed from electronic to in-person -- but Bob decided to commemorate the way they met by proposing marriage to his beloved via the Internet.
His message, posted on an e-mail bulletin board run by the underwear company Joe Boxer, got the couple an all-expenses paid wedding in Times Square Wednesday amidst traffic, sunshine, parents, friends, and a smattering of curious onlookers. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani officiated. Their vows were simulcast on the nearby Joe Boxer "Zipper" board.
The couple will honeymoon in Europe.
"The wedding not only represents the times we live in but that Bob and Catie are confident and close enough to be here today speaks volumes about the future of this partnership," said Nicholas Graham, chief underwear officer for Joe Boxer.
Joe Boxer estimates that since the bulletin board's September debut, about a dozen couples have proposed on the 100-foot-long electronic bulletin board. It is attached to the lower half of a 6,000-square foot billboard in Times Square.
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