In 1988, two kids who didn't know each other happened to spend the same afternoon at Sesame Place, a small theme park in Pennsylvania. Sixteen years later, they met on a blind date. But it wasn't until much later that Jourdan Barovick and Ryan Spencer, now married with three kids, realized they had crossed paths as children. Remarkably, they have video footage of the moment.
NJ.com tells the story of how the couple realized the coincidence while watching one of the Barovick family's old home videos.
They knew both Ryan and Jourdan's families had taken similar trips to the Sesame Place amusement park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, at about the same time, but didn't expect to see a young Ryan pop up in a video shot by Jourdan's parents. Jourdan's mother is standing with her younger siblings, watching for Jourdan's turn on a water slide, when Ryan strolls past, directly in front of the camera.
"We did a complete double-take," Jourdan Spencer said. "We paused, we rewound, we paused, we rewound, over and over again."
The Spencers have compared the boy in the video to old photos of Ryan and are positive it's him, especially now that other relatives and friends have weighed in.
"I got a chill at first," Ryan Spencer said. "I couldn't believe it was me, and then it became kind of a romantic thing."
It's an astonishing coincidence, the chance encounter itself and the fact that it's on tape, especially given how heavy and expensive camcorder technology was at the time. In 1988, home video was just beginning to permeate the mainstream, and the market was still dominated by early adopters. (America's Funniest Home Videos, the long-running TV show that capitalized on—and incentivized—home movie-making, debuted as a series in 1990.)