Coffee Healed All Wounds
Wanda Prince had a weakness for coffee. Whenever she was upset with her husband, Edward, about leaving his dirty clothes on the bathroom floor (again) or leaving his dirty dishes in the sink (again), Mr. Prince would woo her back with a strong cup of Joe. "She just loved coffee," said Mr. Prince.
They were opposites who attracted.
Mrs. Prince was "a neatnik." He left clothes on the floor. She was a Mets fan. He loved the Yankees. She loved her cat, Lucky. Lucky got on Mr. Prince's nerves.
They first met at a tailgate party at Giants Stadium. Both were involved with other people. They fell in love, the second time they met, after their other relationships had fallen apart.
Mrs. Prince, 30, worked long days as a trader at Fiduciary Trust Company on the 94th floor of 2 World Trade Center. She was at her desk at 7:30 a.m. and often did not return home to Staten Island until 7:30 p.m. Mr. Prince, a firefighter, would have dinner waiting for her.
Along with a cup of coffee.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 8, 2001.