By Kent Larsen
MTV's Stoffer Misses Doomed Flight
DELAFIELD, WISCONSIN -- Julie Stoffer, the former BYU student who
gained notoriety as a cast member of MTV's "The Real World" missed
being on a doomed airplane last Tuesday because a friend talked her
out of flying to Los Angeles to see her boyfriend. Stoffer had
planned to visit the boyfriend on Tuesday, but decided not to go at
the last minute after an argument with the boyfriend Tuesday night
and after the friend talked her out of going Tuesday morning.
Stoffer was a cast member of "The Real World" last year when the show
was filmed in New Orleans, and her appearance on the show cost her
enrollment at BYU. Stoffer claims she told BYU that she would be on
the show before filming started, asking how BYU would react, but the
University didn't give her any indication that the show would
conflict with BYU's standards. However, after her appearance became
public, BYU suspended her because the living arrangements on the show
violated BYU's housing standards. Those standards require that men
and women live in separate housing.
Since then, Julie has appeared on MTV's "Real World" spin-off "Road
Rules" and on a new show "Electric Playground." She has also traveled
all over the country speaking to groups, especially at colleges and
universities. She has received offers from several colleges who would
like her to enroll, but so far has not enrolled anywhere.
Last week she planned to visit her on-again, off-again boyfriend,
Josh, in Los Angeles, but argued with him Monday night when he said
he wouldn't be available to pick her up from the airport. The next
morning, at 6 am, Stoffer considered making the trip anyway, but a
friend who was going to take her to the airport talked her out of
going, because of the relationship with Josh. That decision may have
saved her life because she would have been on American Airlines
flight 11, which was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center.
Her parents in Wisconsin didn't find out that she was safe for a
couple of hours after they heard about the World Trade Center attack.
Her mother, Jan Stoffer, said that she had worried about her, "I was
just so, so glad to hear she was fine," she said Wednesday. "How do
you describe that kind of an emotion?"
Ex-Real World Cast Member Nearly Took Doomed Flight
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