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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
Fox News (AP) 17Sep01 P2


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