July 18, 2010
On Hatteberg's People, when I do these stories, I never know sometimes what the repercussions will be. Tonight, a story that changed the life of a Wichita man forever. Seven years ago I did a story with Jason Karber....about the young and hip scene that was occurring at the apartments at 250 Douglas Place, that's the old Holiday Inn location downtown. I didn't know that seven years later, we would be in touch again.
This was Jason Karbor seven years ago. He had moved into the apartments at 250 Douglas Place downtown and was enjoying the singles scene....but he knew someday, he'd like to get married. Well, a young woman saw this story and they've been dating ever since.
"Well, seven years have passed since Jason made those comments on a Hattberg's People story and Recently he called me up and said hey, would you help me? I want to propose to my fiancé on the big screen at the Warren Theatre. Can you make that happen?
We could, and we did. So Jason brings his fiancé Lucinda Rietcheck to the Warren Old Town a few minutes before a movie last Friday night...we have a hidden camera on them behind the screen. Lucinda has no clue as to what is about to happen. Just prior to the movie beginning, Jason excuses himself, and she has no idea what's next. The movie begins...and this comes up on the big screen to a packed Warren Theatre.
(Movie Theatre Clip)
“A special welcome and hello to everyone at the Warren Theater. I'm Susan Peters.”
“And I'm Larry Hatteberg.”
“Tonight we would like to revisit a Hatteberg’s People story from March of 2003. At that time Jason Karber was a single newcomer to Wichita and lived at 250 Douglas Place. We have Jason reporting at the theater to follow up.”
Larry to Jason: “So Jason, what has changed since the story?”
Jason: “Well Larry a lot has changed, one example is that I’ve moved out of the high-rise and purchased a century old home not far away to restore.”
Larry to Jason: “That’s great. Back in 2003, I asked you if the high-rise apartment was a chick magnet. Did it turn out that way?”
Jason: “Well, the high rise may not have done it, but your story helped. Since it ran back in 2003, I began dating a wonderful girl named Lucinda. She is the world to me.”
Larry to Jason: “Wow, that sounds great! Do you think that she is THE one?”
Jason: “Yes Larry, I do.”
Larry to Jason: “So when do you think you will pop the question?”
Jason: “How about right now!”
Susan: “Oh, look -- he's running back into the Warren...I wonder what people are thinking?”
Larry: “Well, they are either thinking he's lost his mind or he's about to change his life.”
Susan: “Let's go back into the Warren where the folks in the audience can share in the excitement.”
Jason: "Lucinda, you've made me happy for a very long time. I'd like you to make me happy for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?”
“Hi Lucinda and congratulations”
So, as they left the theatre to celebrate I asked Lucinda if she was at all suspicious at any point?
Lucinda: "I had no idea, absolutely no idea."
Jason: "I'm thrilled because it worked out just as I had hoped.....flawlessly! Anyway, we'll catch a movie another day and I think we'll go and have a great dinner and head off on vacation as fiancés. That was my goal. I wanted to leave not as girlfriend and boyfriend but as fiancés. You helped us make that happen.”
Our pleasure. So what started out as a movie date...turned into a life-changing marriage proposal on the big screen....it's a nice way to end the evening and to begin a new life.
Jason: “I wasn't worried that she would say no. Now if I had waited another year....maybe."
Our thanks to the Warren Theatre Old Town and general manager Craig Wurster there for helping make some special memories on this night.