Lost friend's location on front page

In the early 1980s I was in Stockholm and was soon going to go to Paris where an old friend from high school used to live. It had been a few years and I didn't know if she still lived there. I thought I would need to call my parents in Chicago to ask them to call her parents (also in Chicago). That day I missed a train and had to wait an hour for the next one so I bought a Wall St Journal. On the first page (column one I think) the first sentence was "Ellen S... just moved into a new apartment in Paris..." - the article was about the French telephone company and it started with a personal interest story about how hard it was to get a new phone line in those days. But I found out when I saw her that the coincidence wasn't as great as it appeared. A mutual friend from high school was the European editor of the Wall St Journal and knew Ellen well and suggested a reporter contact her for this story.
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Date submitted:Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:27:50 +0000Coincidence ID:10357