In his 66 years welcoming guests to Boston's Taj Hotel, formerly the Ritz Carlton, doorman Norman Pashoian, 85, has greeted heads of state, famous actors, and prominent politicians. But the most important person he ever greeted was a young, blond woman he met in summer 1950. He was working the hotel’s Newbury Street entrance; she was at Joseph Antell, the ladies shoe shop just across the way.
He waved to her, and she smiled back. Later, she came to say hello in person, staying to chat as he hoisted luggage and held the door. It continued that way for months. She would stop by after work and, sometimes, leave him love notes on the dashboard of his new Ford convertible. Four years later, she was Claire Pashoian, his wife, and, soon, mother to his four children.