Meeting Their Match
Local couples share the (funny, touching, scary) stories of how they met
Fly Away with Me
As an engineer, Joe Kraus frequently traveled between Los Angeles and Naples, Italy, where his company built a satellite component. On one of those trips he was re-routed on a different flight. Desiree Cortazzo, a young lawyer, had lost her passport and missed her original flight, too. When they ended up on the same plane, Desiree was amused by the five bottles of Chianti nestled in Joe’s briefcase. Meanwhile, Joe was enchanted by the Italian woman nestled in the seat next to his. So on the connecting flight from New York to Los Angeles, he decided to forgo his first-class seat in order to sit next to her in coach. The couple got married on July 20, 1969, the day of the first manned lunar landing. Desiree now teaches Italian cooking and Joe is the chief information officer of the Holocaust Museum. They live in Chevy Chase and have two children, ages 24 and 22.