When a group of twentysomething NBC pages met back in the 1970s, they never imagined that decades later they'd be as close as sisters, toasting birthdays, helping each other with ailing parents, attending family funerals, even officiating at one another's weddings.
"We were schlepping tour groups through buildings in Burbank, Calif., as many as seven or eight a day," says Shelley Herman, now in her 50s and a freelance television writer who lives in Los Angeles. "There was a page lounge area, so when we weren't ushering groups around, we could gather and swap war stories and help each other with the advancement of our careers."
Over the 30-some years since then, the core group of eight women, most of whom still live on the West Coast, have continued to see each other about once every other month. They gather for dinners, getaway weekends, birthdays, Oscar-watching parties.
When one of the friends, Dinah, was married two years ago, one of the others, Emily, obtained her minister's license to do the honors. Another in the group, Roxanne, was matron of honor.
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