Meet-cute: N. A fictional scene, typically in film or television, in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing.
These real-life Mizzou meet cutes definitely aren’t fictional, but they certainly are adorable, entertaining, amusing – and, out of more than 20,000 Mizzou Matches out there, some of the worthiest of their own big screen debut. (A Mizzou rom-com?! Swoon.)
Think you and your partner have a movie-worthy Mizzou Match? Share your story in our online gallery before Valentine’s Day for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Tiger Team Store.
Met at Shakespeare’s during the first game of the 1985 World Series, when it was so crowded that his friends had to ask to share a table with her friends.
His first words to his future wife were, “Are you gonna eat the rest of that pizza?”
Denis (’87) and Lisa (’87) Finley, married June 3, 1995
Met playing bridge in the Student Union in 1946 and found one another again years after graduation when they ended up working for the same newspaper in California
According to the couple, the house mother at her dorm had very bad eyesight, which made it possible to stretch some of the dorm’s curfew rules. During their time at Mizzou, they dated as often as circumstances allowed.
Gerald J. (’48) and Jackie (Ishmael) (’50) Brown
Met when he was a computer science TA and she was a student, when he prearranged his shift in the Art & Science Computer Lab to coincide with hers
On their first Valentine’s Day together, he walked with a bouquet of roses in freezing rain to the building where she was working in the computer lab.
Urvi (’01) and Asheesh (Khengar) (’02), married May 26, 2003.
Met when they lived in Hatch Hall and their peer advisor invited them both to a Survivor watch party
Six years later, he proposed outside Hatch Hall on her 25th birthday.
Stephanie (Heffernan) (’08) and Alex (’08) Anderson, married June 30, 2012.
They met outside the Student Union (now Memorial Union) between classes in 1966
And were married on campus in the A.P. Green chapel in 1970, next door to Memorial Union.
Joseph (’67 and ’70) and Peggy (’70) Ward, married Jan. 24, 1970.
Met when he was on the Mizzou football team and she was a sports medicine intern
They make a good team.
Colin (’08) and Amy (Griffith) (’09) Brown, married March 5, 2011
Met as Summer Welcome Leaders
Starting their own SWamily.
Chris (’11) and Christy (Garofalo) (’10) Spurlock, married June 28
Met at a square dance at the Student Union in 1955
Swing your partner ’round and ’round.
Charles (’57 ’65 ’68) and Dolores (’55) (Vieten) Williams, married August 19, 1956
Met pomping a House Dec board at Homecoming
Nowadays, however, they consider it the “symbolic” start of their lives to be before they even met: when his fraternity pomped a board for her sorority during the Homecoming pairing courting process.
Matthew (’12) and Ashley (’11) Finan, married April 6, 2013
From an engaged couple to a pair celebrating more than 50 years of marriage, here’s a video of two more Mizzou match stories sure to warm your heart.
Are you and your partner a Mizzou Match?
Couples with members who both graduated from MU may register for our Mizzou Match program to receive a set of commemorative lapel pins, annual Valentine’s Day e-cards and access to special promotions, like these awesome Mizzou Match wine glasses.
Share your own story in our gallery for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Tiger Team Store!