Boy meets girl at UC, they fall in love pulling all-nighters in the DAAP studio, and the rest is history, right? Well, kind of.
For alumni Joe Stitzlein, BSDE ’95, and Leslie (Loftus) Stitzlein, BSDE ’92, it's a longer story.
“I knew Leslie when I was in college at DAAP, but she was so much cooler than me I didn’t get to talk to her that much. She was a senior, I was a sophomore,” Joe says, laughing. Leslie says she remembers noticing him but since it was her senior year, she was focused on other things — like graduating, landing a job and figuring out “what’s next.”
“She worked at this breakfast stand in Tangeman and I would go and buy two 50-cent muffins, which was a lot of money at the time for me, so I could see her," Joe recalls. "I don’t even think I would talk to her — I would just buy muffins.”
Their “official” meet-cute happened a few years later in the fall of 1995 while they were both living in San Francisco, introduced by a mutual DAAP friend. From there, their love story took off: Dating, marriage, a quick stint back in Cincinnati, kids and some seriously cool design work.