RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

In today's StoryCorps, how Sigmund Stahl met his wife, Bonnie, back in the 1970s. He tells one of the family's favorite stories to his granddaughter in New York City.

Mr. SIGMUND STAHL: A colleague of mine in my department decided that he was going to fix me up and he had a list of I don't know how many people. And he would ask me every week, did you call anybody, did you? And I would say no because I wasn't particularly interested.

And I had to get him off my back, really. So I said, okay. Who is number one, I'll call that person. And I decided we're going to have a drink, and if I don't like her, I'm going to say, I have to go home. That'll be the end of it.

So we met and we sat down and we talked and I said to her, what would you like to do now if you could — anything you want. And she said, well, I'd go to an island in the Pacific somewhere where it's nice and sunny. It was winter. And I said, well, that we can't do. That's a little difficult. So she said, I like to go see a movie. I said that's reasonable. What's the name of the movie? She said, did you hear of a movie called "Deep Throat?" And I said, no, never heard of it. I don't go to movies and so I knew nothing.

She looks like a respectable woman. She was a very well-known public relations expert, well, must be a respectable movie. There's a line around the block. It was a porno. It was the biggest porno of its time. I didn't have the guts to say let's go. I was going to sit through that come hell or high water.

And then we left and I took her home. And I went back to my apartment in the Village. I thought about, I said, what gall of this woman. She doesn't know me from Adam, and take me to a movie like that. I wouldn't go to that movie if I'd known what it was, if they'd paid me for it. And then I thought, she has that chutzpa, that gall. I'll call her again.

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Mr. STAHL: Yeah. And my granddaughter still laughs about it. She probably heard that story four million times.

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MONTAGNE: Sigmund Stahl with granddaughter Elizabeth Duaskin(ph) in New York City. Their conversation will be archived with all the others at the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress. Find some of those stories in the new StoryCorps book, "Listening is an Act of Love," and at npr.org.

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