A Chemical Romance

Wedding bells were ringing in Houston on Saturday, as our senior editor Heather celebrated her marriage in front of an audience including many of her ICIS friends.
Her wedding website tells the story of how she met her husband-to-be when she went to interview him for an article.

Reading that put me in mind of the other ICIS Houston weddings we remember. There was Dena, our US polymers editor, who married a shipbroker she had met in the course of her work.

And then there was Marybeth, my counterpart in the Houston office a few years ago, who was swept off her feet with bouquets of roses to the office, and married her long-haired blonde US aromatics trader. They are all living Happily Ever After.

Houston is a chemicals town so it’s not entirely unexpected when chemical romance blossoms amongst the downtown glass canyons. But what about those other more isolated chemical hearts yearning in their labs and offices?

My fellow ICIS-blogger Simon Robinson of “The Big Biofuels Blog” has announced his plans to set up an ICIS match-making website.

“After the success of ICIS jobs, why not ICIS Lonely Hearts,” he said last week to a gathering of rapt journalists.

“Think of all those scientists stumbling around labs looking for love. If you look at some of the chemistry blogs, they’re all about why are there no women in labs,” he added.

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6 Responses to A Chemical Romance

  1. Peter Taffe 24 September, 2007 at 2:48 pm #

    Barbara,

    Seeing you blog on weddings in Houston reminded me that quite a few partnerships and weddings started with romances in the ECN office. For example, Tony Cox married Natasha Alperowicz, now of Chemical Week; Steve Mitchell met Julia at ECN; Lyn Tattum, now also with Chemical Week, met Peter Coombes; Mike Ward and Kay Johnson; and more recently Mamta and Geraint. Does anyone remember any other ECN romances?

    Peter

  2. Tracy Dulle 24 September, 2007 at 5:41 pm #

    Heather’s wedding was beautiful. She was a gorgeous bride and her new husband seems quite the catch. David works for a fuel monitoring company and they met when Heather interviewed him for an article–it’s quite a story.

  3. Chris 25 September, 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    Aren’t we due some kind of recruitment bounty?

  4. Eddie 26 September, 2007 at 2:21 pm #

    Well I am open to offers during EPCA- can offer British nationality, Vauxhall Corsa, what else would a girl from the chemistry industry want?

  5. Lyn Tattum 28 September, 2007 at 1:03 pm #

    Don’t forget Hilfra and Mary

  6. Barbara 3 October, 2007 at 9:41 pm #

    And on a related note, don’t forget that our George at ICIS renewed his vows to Wendy after 25 years of marriage on the island in the Riverwalk at NPRA!

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