Valentine’s Day is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by sharing a love story that is near and dear to our hearts.
It was Fall of 1986, and our esteemed Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan, was just a mere freshman studying Cinema at USC. Kirk lived on the “Cinema Interest” floor of the dorm, mostly inhabited by other film guys and only a few girls (in those days, the School of Cinematic Arts had a male majority). One of those girls was Julie- or “Bubbles” as her friends affectionately called her because of her big, bubbly personality.
Kirk and Julie had one class together at USC- a Geography course. Kirk says one of his favorite memories at USC involved this course: He stayed up so late working on his “480” film project that he slept through the due date of a big Geography lab! He begged the TA to accept his late homework and to his relief, she complied. Thankfully, Julie never heard about Kirk’s tardiness!
One day, Kirk and his friends decided it would be fun to have a screening party, and luckily for them, Julie offered to host the party at her Dad’s house in Santa Monica. Julie, an excellent cook, whipped up some fried chicken for the hungry teens, and according to Kirk, that’s when he knew he had to ask her out: “When I saw her cooking that chicken, I thought she was pretty cute!”
A few weeks later, on September 19th, 1986, Kirk invited Julie to a fraternity rush party, which would come to be known as their very first date. One date is all it took- Kirk and Julie “decided to go together” after that night, and six years later, Kirk got down on one knee and asked Julie to be his wife.
And now for the proposal…
When Kirk’s friend told him that he was moving and wanted to have a goodbye party, Kirk saw an opportunity to invite friends and family over and pop the question “under the guise of a house cooling party.” Kirk rented a video camera from Blockbuster (apparently you could do that in the nineties) to ensure that the day would live in perpetuity. Too bad the Trojan Marching Band wasn’t there to serenade!
Kirk asked Julie to marry him, and in June, they will celebrate two decades of marriage. As Kirk says, “marriage ain’t easy, but it’s worth it!”
From the Trojan Family to yours, Happy Valentine’s Day!