Fateful Meetings

When Harry Met Sally ... well, they got on each other's nerves. Two destinies graze, then merge. In the little picture, they may end up as a wedding photo on a mantelpiece. In the big picture, they become part of 80 years' worth of collective memories. The close encounters we profile in the following pages aren't always first meetings; often they are the first significant ones. But sooner or later, they all created a cocktail of personalities--gin and vermouth, nitro and glycerin--that changed us. In a world that often seems out of people's control, these meetings prove that intimacy still matters;...

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