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George Selmser Jr. and Maria Tambasco are shown in a Recorder photo shortly after they were born Jan. 1, 1972.

Photo submitted George Selmser Jr. and Maria Tambasco are shown in front of St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, where they were both born on New Year's Day in 1972.

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After all these years: Pair pictured in paper as babies finally meet

Friday, January 06, 2012 - Updated: 1:31 AM

On Jan. 1, 1972, Maria Tambasco and George Selmser Jr. were featured in the Recorder as the first babies born at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam that year.

After staring at the picture her mother gave her for several years, Tambasco decided to find that infant who sat next to her.

She read below the caption which just had a name and number of siblings, and an address at that time. About two years ago, a week before her birthday, Tambasco started looking for the baby pictured next to hear.

Heading to the Internet, Tambasco conducted a search for Selmser and found a George Selmser Jr. who was around the same age as her and fit other descriptions. He was living in Texas.

Tambasco wrote down the phone number and decided to call him but was somewhat apprehensive at first.

"Is he gonna think I'm pranking him? Is he gonna think I'm a stalker?" Tambasco asked. "Is he not gonna answer? Is he just gonna hang up?"

Having nothing to lose, Tambasco decided to call the George Selmser she found. A male voice answered.

"Is this the George Selmser that was born in Amsterdam, New York, on New Year's Day 1972?" Tambasco asked.

"Yes," Selmser answered slowly. "Awesome! I found you," Tambasco replied.

Tambasco began to explain that she had the picture for several years and decided to find the other baby. The two talked over the phone for about 20 minutes as to what their occupations were, whether they were married with kids, what they did for fun.

Tambasco then asked Selmser when he moved from Amsterdam to Texas. He replied that he was about 6 months old when his family made the move because of his father's career.

Tambasco also asked him whether he or his family had ever seen the picture. They hadn't.

So after their conversation, Tambasco mailed a copy of the picture to Selmser. The two decided to send each other birthday greetings every year.

On Sunday, Tambasco and Selmser turned 40. As it turns out, Selmser had plans to be in New York City to watch the ball drop in Time Square. He also planned on making a trip to Amsterdam to see his roots.

The two met up at St. Mary's Hospital -- their first face to face meeting -- and took a picture in front of the same facility where they were born four decades ago.

     

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