GREAT BEND, Kan. - As I walked into the room, Governor Joan Finney was surrounded by well wishers after the 1994 Hoisington Labor Day parade, attending a get-together in Great Bend at a friend's house. I had met Finney before, as part of a large group of "Leadership Great Bend" people a year earlier.
Knowing that she wouldn't possibly remember meeting me, I acted like I had never met her before and let the host introduce me to Kansas 42nd Governor. "Governor, nice to meet you," I said. I then walked into the kitchen, and let others visit with the Governor in the living room. I was content that I got to meet Finney again, and went to the kitchen to talk to friends while others bothered the Governor about this or that.
About 30 minutes later, Governor Finney walked from the living room into the kitchen, looked at me close, and said: "Marty, I have a feeling we've met before." I was floored.
"Actually," I stumbled to find the words, "I was part of a large contingent of 'Leadership Great Bend' people and I did shake your hand in the Governor's office about a year ago.
I didn't say anything about it earlier today because I didn't expect you to remember."