The poet W.H. Auden once said, “Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.”

On this episode on the StoryCorps podcast, we’re bringing you stories of people who, in addition to making us laugh, also remind us that even in challenging times there are still reasons to smile.

Our first story comes from Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez. He grew up during the 1950s, in a small farming town in California. At StoryCorps, he sat down to remember his elementary school days, and in particular, a classmate whose name made the teachers blush.

Next, a love story that starts at a hotel in the Catskills in the summer of 1946. That’s where identical twins Hunny and Bunny were waiting tables, and unbeknownst to them, another set of identical twins, Danny and Elliott, were working as musicians.

At StoryCorps, Hunny and Elliott remember what happened when the fated foursome got together.

Next, we hear from 94-year old Betty Jenkins, who came to StoryCorps in 2008, to remember an explosive moment from her youth that involved an inflatable bra.

We end with Tariq and Tabinda Sheikh, a couple who first met each other in 1989. Tabinda had recently moved to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, and was working as a housekeeper at a hotel in New York City. It was the same hotel where Tariq, who had recently immigrated from Pakistan, was managing the front desk. At StoryCorps, they sat down to remember how their love story began.

Top photo: Hunny and Elliott Reiken at their StoryCorps interview in New York, New York. Photo by Lily Percy for StoryCorps. 
Second photo: Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez at his StoryCorps interview in San Diego, California. Photo by Piya Kochar for StoryCorps.
Third photo: Danny and Bunny, and Hunny and Elliott, at their joint wedding. Courtesy of the Reiken family.
Fourth Photo: Betty Jenkins at her StoryCorps interview in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Michelle Swinehart for StoryCorps.
Bottom photo: Tariq Sheikh and Tabinda Sheikh at their StoryCorps interview in New York, New York. By Chaela Herridge-Meyer for StoryCorps.

Released on July 07, 2020.