Reporter query: Tell us about a time you took a big leap.

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In 250 words or less, please share your tale of the time you took a chance and what happened, no matter how it ended up.

That time you got married after knowing him three weeks.

That time you launched a business by draining every credit card you had.

That time you bought a one-way ticket because, what adventure awaits?

We're talking about your Big Leap, and we'd love to hear about it.

In 250 words or less, please share your tale of the time you took a chance and what happened, no matter how it ended up.

Inspire. Laugh. Grimace.

Share your Big Leap.

Please send responses to staff writer Kathryn Skelton at or Sun Journal, ATTN Kathryn Skelton, P.O. Box 4400, Lewiston, Maine, 04243. Thanks!

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In July of 1959...

...the St Lawrence Seaway opened the Great Lakes to the world. I was on one of 28 US Navy warships to sail the St Lawrence and Great Lakes for the first time since the War of 1812, one of four ships to sail all five Great Lakes and one of two to go all the way to the end, Duluth-Superior harbor, where my wife picked up a sailor. Actually we were in Duluth three days. I went out with her girlfriend the first night, her sister the second and her the third. We continued to communicate, then a year later, in July, she came to Maine on two weeks vacation. With my ship in dry dock in Boston, I took two weeks leave. My Mom, Dad and I wined, dined and showed her much of the State of Maine. She returned to Minnesota. I was discharged from the Navy in August. In October, I drove to Minnesota to marry after we had been together a total of 17 days over a year-and-a-half. We celebrated our 52nd anniversary last October.


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