Meeting Their Match
Local couples share the (funny, touching, scary) stories of how they met
You might say that Bernie Mihm Jr. and Kathy Auer met by accident. He rear-ended her car at the stop sign at the corner of Rockville Pike and Flanders Avenue in North Bethesda in 1976. Both had been playing volleyball behind Garrett Park Elementary School and had left at the same time. “I thought she was really cute, so I naturally offered to come over and fix the damage,” says Bernie, 54, co-owner of Fine Earth Landscape in Poolesville. “I still have the piece of scrap paper that she wrote her name and phone number on.” The couple was married five years after the mishap. They live in Poolesville, have two children, ages 22 and 19, and celebrated their 31st anniversary this year. Kathy, 52, is a geologist/groundwater hydrologist for S.S. Papadopulos & Associates in Bethesda.