2009 marks 19th Christmases as a couple for TI vets Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld
Holidays oh, nice!
Names: Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld
Spotted: At their lovely home in Lakewood
Occupations: Andy is the director of corporate philanthropy for Texas Instruments and has served as co-chair of the TI Pride Network (Texas InstrumentÊ¼s LGBT diversity initiative) for the past three years. Paul is a worldwide employee communications manager at TI and is the organizer of the monthly High Tech Happy Hour for the LGBT community. Like Andy, Paul actively volunteers in the community, serving on the regional council for Out & Equal DFW Workplace Advocates and fundraising for the AIDS Interfaith Network.
The road to 19 Christmases together: Andy and Paul met through politics in Austin in 1990, where they both lived after graduating from college (Andy from SMU, Paul from UT Austin). They were legally married in Canada in 2004, and recently celebrated their 19th anniversary together. They live with their two beagles in Lakewood and attend Grace United Methodist Church, where they both sing in the choir. They plan to spend the holidays together with friends and loved ones.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 4, 2009.