‘I thee wed…’

On June 20, 2012, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

– Photos by Donald Norton

Robert James Lamb Publicover and David John LeBahn, Jr. were married last Sunday at the Arlington Street Church (UUA), Boston, MA. Reverend Kim Crawford Harvey officiated with Reverend Rebecca Froom and Reverend Johanna Mak taking part in the Ceremony.

Mr. Publicover (62) is the founding chairman of the board of ‘The Committee For A Response To AIDS’, one of the oldest and longest continuously running AIDS NPO’s in New England. He is Publisher Emeritus of the Somerville News, MA. He is a founder and member of the Somerville High Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Publicover has authored two books, My Unicorn Has Gone Away: Life, Death, Grief, And Living In The Years Of AIDS, and What’s Wrong With Uncle Johnny: A Child’s Primer About AIDS. Mr. Publicover is a long time AIDS activist. He has an A.A. from the University Of New York.

Mr. LeBahn (38) from Clarks Summit, PA, is currently studying for his Nursing Degree. He attended Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA, where he studied Psychology and Theater under the tutelage of the late John Farley Swanson. He was a founding board member of both the Black Box Children’s Theater and the Diva Production Co. He has also been a board member, director, and actor with several regional theatre companies throughout Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

The couple met when Mr. LeBahn emailed Mr. Publicover questions about My Unicorn Has Gone Away while writing an educational theatre production focusing on HIV and AIDS in Pennsylvania.

“I deleted the first email as junk mail,” Publicover noted, “I decided to read the second one.”

To which Mr. LeBahn responded, “I can be annoyingly persistent and would have kept them coming!”

After many emails and phone conversations LeBahn drove to Somerville from PA, on suggestion of Mr. Publicover, for a meeting with the author in March, 2005. The duo then ended up going on a date and the rest, as they say, is history.


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