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She Met Her Royal Rosarian Husband at the Grand Floral Parade in 1971

My husband and I met on the day of the Grand Floral Parade in 1971.

L. Gary Ferlisi was the General Sales Manager of KATU, Channel 2.

Ms. Sheila Graham was invited to Portland to do the color for the broadcast of the Rose Parade. Following her broadcast, Ms. Graham was introduced to the Women Media Buyers of Portland at a cocktail party held at the Benson Hotel.

I was a Media Buyer for a local advertising agency, so I was invited to the party. It was a lovely party, and during it I met L. Gary Ferlisi, which turned out to be the beginning of a wonderful life. He asked me out on a date, and in May of 1972 we were married.

L. Gary was also a Royal Rosarian and became the Prime Minister in 1985. As one of his first duties as the new Prime Minister he took a group of 50 Rosarians and their wives to Guadalajara, Portland's new sister city.

Janis and L. Gary in 1985
Janis and L. Gary in 1985

While there he presided over the first knighting ceremony ever done outside North America.

Accordingly, the Rose Festival and the Royal Rosarians have a very special spot in my heart!

L. Gary Ferlisi died in August of 2001 after a very full and happy life. He was always proud to have served as Prime Minister of the Royal Roasrians.

~Janis A. Ferlisi (Royal Rosarians First Lady, 1985)
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