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Groom-To-Be Gives Fiancee Romantic Welcome At Kennedy

August 22, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Marisol Ureaneta hates being fussed over, but that didn’t stop her fiance from rolling out a red carpet to welcome her back to the United States.

″I’ve missed her terribly,″ said Bruce Plotnick, 29, of Great Neck, explaining the elaborate, romantic welcome he engineered at Kennedy International Airport Sunday afternoon.

Plotnick and Miss Ureaneta, 25, from Caracas, Venezuela, met while she was a business student at C.W. Post College on Long Island. He visited her last April in Caracas, and proposed over the telephone a few months ago.

She accepted, but couldn’t leave her family immediately.

So when the day of her arrival finally came, Plotnick brought a red carpet to the airport, along with two cellists he’d hired and a baritone to sing ″Some Enchanted Evening.″

He passed out song sheets for anyone at the airport who wanted to join in and issued streamers and confetti to children. A Mexican doo-wop group called Fina Estampa offered to sing a four-part harmony version of ″My Fiancee.″

When Miss Ureaneta arrived, tired and minus her lost luggage, the music began. ″I’m cursing,″ she said good-naturedly. ″I’m calling the wedding off 3/8″

Soon afterward they were having their picture taken, kissing.