LORAIN,Ohio - Lorain Mayor Holly Brinda found herself having to balance a phone call from Washington, D.C. and a wedding that she was presiding over at exactly 12 minutes after noon on Wednesday.
The happy couple, Kenneth Rosa II and Susan Rosa, wanted an easy day to remember and a story to pass down to their grandchildren; 12-12-12 was it.
A 12-12-12 exact numerical alignment, as in 9-9-09, 10-10-10, or 11-11-11, will not be coming around until Jan. 01, 3001. Jan. 1, 2101 will be the next repetitive date. Most of us won't be there to witness that.
At Westwood Middle School in Elyria, 12-year-olds in Angie Burgess' science class found themselves sorting out why the date was so meaningful.
Burgess asked them if they would still be alive when it happens again. A life event like the first moon landing are dates that many will hold in memory forever; It won't happen again.
Those into playing numbers for luck in the Ohio lottery were so fascinated by the numbers 1-2-1-2 for the Pick 4 game that the numbers sold out late Tuesday evening.
Elyria resident Ezra Winborn missed the number before he realized it, one day too late.
"Yeah, it was 12-11 yesterday and I didn't even remember the date, so that kind of threw a bummer on it," said Winborn. "Oh, well, maybe it wasn't meant to be."
What was meant to be was a wedding day to remember.
"It's the last repetitive date that's going to be in our lifetime and we wanted a really special day to remember, " said Kenneth Rosa.
He and Susan are planning a honeymoon sometime next year. The exact date? Certainly not a repetitive one.
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