A Reunion 50 Years in the Making

It was a reunion 50 years in the making. On Wednesday afternoon Reno resident Perry Ansari finally met the daughter given up for adoption five decades ago.

"A call was recently placed to me that my daughter after 50 years has found me and it was exciting," Ansari said. "I can't be more excited than I am right now; it's one of the happiest days of my life to see my daughter."

His daughter Annette Brown currently lives in Columbia, South Carolina. She got in touch with Ansari right after Christmas but says it's something she's been thinking about for years.

"I've been getting older and my adoptive parents passed away and this was a dream I needed to do," Brown said.

"I'm so glad she did that," Perry's wife Marilyn Hogan-Ansari said. "I'd suggested to my husband that he try to find his daughter but he was reluctant and worried, he said no, but that if she ever tries to find me I'll be more than happy and we left it at that."

The winter weather delayed Annette's plane for several hours, but her son Adrian arrived on time from Knoxville, Tennessee. The 25-year-old met his grandparents for the first time.

"They're awesome, they're really sweet," Adrian Brown said. "I've only been with them for about three hours but everything is going well, they're really great people."

He said his mother has been looking forward to this trip since they planned it several months ago.

"This means the world to her, Brown said. "We've been planning this for a month and a half and she calls me nine times a day asking me questions like did I pack. She's been packed for like two months now, it’s ridiculous but this means the world to her, she's so excited."

Annette didn't have any trouble picking her father out of the crowd at the airport.

"I knew it was him I was like, that's me, that's my dad," Brown said. "I've never seen anyone who looked like me except for him!"

The Ansari's have lived in the area for decades but it's the first time here for the Browns.

"We've never been here so we'll be doing some sightseeing, casinos hopefully, just spending some quality time with family," Adrian Brown said.

Now that he's connected with his daughter, Ansari says he intends to make the most of his time with her.

"I'm very grateful for this day, it's one of the happiest of my life," Ansari said. "I wish God gives me enough time to spend more time with her and with my grandson."

Annette hopes anyone in a similar position will pick up the phone as well.

"Go for it, it will enhance your life," she said. "And do it, don't put it off."

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