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    Friday
    Aug242012

    The MAD Reception!

    About a month ago I told John Ficarra, the editor of MAD, that Dennis & I were going to get married. John jumped out of his chair and said: “Can I be a witness?” I said I’d be thrilled if he were, but that at the City Hall Chapel, it’s “marriage by number”. That meant we could wait 10 minutes or maybe an hour or more. John didn’t care, he was in! Wow! We both hugged, and both got teary eyed. The original plan was that after the ceremony, we’d all go back to MAD (along with Lindi Dunn, our other witness). Dennis and I were going pick up some sweets and surprise the MAD staff by saying we were just married. But a few days before the ceremony, I decided it would be fun to let the folks at TWiT (This Week in Tech) and the TWiT chat room know about the wedding during the live Giz Wiz Show Leo Laporte and I do every Tuesday. (www.twit.tv/dgw1378) The wedding was announced on air via a secret letter to Leo authored by our dogs, Maggie and Fairway. (Letter below.)  So after the wedding John treated us to a cab up to MAD. When we stopped I asked John what he considered the best place for me to buy some goodies. He said: “Don’t worry about it.” Hmmm…I guess they already brought some goodies. When Dennis, Lindi & I entered MAD everyone was waiting with champagne, and a TON of fancy cakes, chocolate covered fresh fruit, etc. Sam Viviano, MAD’s Art Director, even did an original poster of us. Whoa! I never expected such a great reception, such a sugar-fest! Of course as in any office, if you don’t think to take a picture of the food before the staff gets to it, you won’t get one. But here’s a look about 15 minutes into party. It was the PERFECT after-wedding reception.  

    Reader Comments (11)

    Dick,
    Best Wishes to you and Dennis on your special day!

    August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShane Shellenbarger

    How could anyone tell you to stop posting about your wedding? Enjoy the moment and congratulations!!!

    August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie (Moo!)

    My heart is just full of happiness for the two of you. May you have years and years together with the happiness you know now.

    August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinnette B.

    Congratulations again and so happy for the both of you!

    August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJay

    Of course the only thing left is the healthy fruit salad.

    August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMyra

    Congrats Dick on finally tying the note. Your MAD work and now THE GizWiz show has brought many many hours of fun and joy to me. I hope you and Dennis have many more years of joy and fun together!

    John

    August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Long

    Congratulations on the wedding! Wishing you all the best for the future.

    August 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrent Comer

    Very happy for you two. Best wishes!

    Congrats on being legally bound. I pray you and Dennis grow in understanding of marriage soon and come to know a better future.

    August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTWIT Listener

    Fantastic news. I was just searching for Mad as I do sometimes and just found out that you got married. Congrats from me in Australia!

    March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

    I am kind of late to the party, delighted to read of this and your happiness. Wishing you many more happy years together!

    Ian :-)

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