America’s Most Captivating Couples 2007

It was difficult to narrow down the entries, but we finally did it–and the result is the year’s most captivating couples! Ranging from a historic preservationist to a superhero to a TV talk show host (times two), it’s great to see so many proud women, not just in love, but spreading that love around and making the world a brighter place. Their stories inspired us, and we know they’ll inspire you, too. Say hello to this year’s sweethearts.


Susan Mikula
48, Artist

Rachel Maddow
33, Talk Radio Host for Air America

New York City & West Cummington, MA
Susan and Rachel met in April 1999 when Susan hired Rachel to do some work on her yard. They describe it as “love at first sight, comets, explosions, the whole bit,” Rachel has her own talk show on Air America, and Susan is an artist. The pair is in a long-distance relationship but manage to see each other four nights a week (more than some couples who live in the same state!). Though we picked them as one of our captivating couples, these two say “it’s hard to think of yourself as captivating. We kind of think of ourselves as cute nerds who found each other by chance.” However, they agree that they drive fast, spend a lot and drink a lot — and that that is “kind of captivating in its own way.”

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