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January 31, 2013 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-01-31

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On/Bended Knee

Meet four couples whose love was meant to be.

By Karen Schultz Tarnopol

verybody loves a great love story. Many of us grew up
dreaming of the romantic scenario that would play out
when we got engaged. With Valentine's Day upon us, here
are just a few of our very own local love stories:


Mikki and Josh Rubin, now 37 and
41 respectively, met when Mikki
was 16 and Josh was 20. "We have
always been great friends?' Josh
The two spent a lot of time
together and even worked together.
"We were never single at the same
time so nothing ever happened
between us," Josh says.
In April of 1999 that changed;
Josh ended a relationship, and
Mikki's ended, too, just a few weeks
Soon after, Mikki took a trip to
Florida to clear her head. While
talking to Josh on the phone, she
mentioned moving and a fresh
start. "He found me a house to
rent right across the street from his
house," Mikki recalls.
When Mikki moved in, Josh
sent her roses with a note that said
"Welcome to the neighborhood?'
A few days later, while the two
were out with friends, Mikki told
Josh she was going to marry him
one day. Four days later they
started dating.
"Josh has always been the good
guy that does right by all, and ev-
erybody likes him," Mikki explains.
She knew in her heart that she
would end up with somebody from
a strong family like hers who had
a similar upbringing and similar
religious beliefs.
"I knew I wanted to marry
Mikki," Josh says.
In September of 1999, he asked
her parents for their permission to
marry her, and then he came up
with a plan to propose.
Their families had always been
big Detroit Tigers fans. They had

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Josh Rubin proposed to Mikki at the last Tigers game at Tiger Stadium.

only two tickets for the final game
at Tiger Stadium and, knowing
what a diehard fan Mikki's dad was,
Josh told Mikki to take her dad.
Meanwhile, June 6 is Mikki's
birthday, so during the sixth inning
at 6:06 p.m., at the very last game
ever played at Tiger Stadium, Josh
made his way up to right field
where Mikki was sitting.
Mikki, confused, saw him com-
ing toward her. "My heart started
racing. I kept thinking, 'What is he
doing here?'"

One of the ushers cleared the
way for Josh to get through; he got
down on one knee and proposed to
"I always told Josh when we got
engaged I wanted a good story. I
wanted a memory to share with our
She got her wish.
Both Josh and Mikki's parents
were in on the plan and were there
to witness it along with a photog-
rapher from the Detroit Free Press
who took a photo of them and

put it into the Free Press' com-
memorative book, Corner to Copa.
The couple was married in Sep-
tember of 2000. They live in West
Bloomfield with their two children
Lainie, 9, and Ryan, 7.
'We have a true 50/50 partner-
ship in every way" Josh says. "If I
could close my eyes and design the
perfect woman, it would be Mikki.
I am still crazy attracted to her. I'm

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