Lucky Beyond the Odds
Doug Jason Irgang had the kind of jaw-dropping luck that could win a lottery, or save a life. A financial trader, he was there when the trade center was bombed in 1993. And he was on board the Long Island Rail Road train when Colin Ferguson went on a rampage. "Talk about somebody who was able to get out of touchy situations," said his friend Lisa Saffian. "We're hoping that his luck holds." Mr. Irgang, 32, was even lucky in love. Riding the No. 4 train to work daily, he noticed that the same young woman was reading his newspaper over his shoulder. This being New York, they barely exchanged hellos. Then one day, the woman, Kristin Ladner, scribbled her phone number on the newspaper and told him to call. He did. They were engaged a year and a half later, and set a wedding date for this Dec. 22.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 16, 2001.