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Marriage Certificate Blows Out Window of Empire State Building

February 15, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ A couple who planned to marry on Valentine’s Day in the Empire State Building saw their marriage certificate _ but not their love _ fly out the 80th-floor window of the famous skyscraper.

Rose Marie Higby and Alan J. Ross, of Langhorne, Pa., were among 34 couples signed up for Valentine’s Day weddings in the famous 102-story building.

``They had been dating for 17 years, and they finally made the move,″ said Dan Sieger, a spokesman for the 34th Street Partnership, a merchants’ group that sponsored the ``marriage marathon.″

Just as Higby and Ross were about to tie the knot, a gust of wind blew their marriage certificate out the window, which was open only a few inches.

``They were mortified at first,″ Sieger said. But not to worry. ``We happened to have a Xerox of it downstairs and we were able to salvage the whole thing.″

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