George Martinez of East Meadow recalls his courtship with his future wife, Christina.
In 1952, after the Korean War ended, I was discharged from the Air Force. I was 19 and had been an aircraft mechanic at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I returned home to Varet Street and Graham Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where I was born and raised, and soon found a job in Queens.
One day a co-worker invited me to his house in Maspeth, Queens. While there, he introduced me to his neighbor, Christina Morrissey. She was also 19 and had grown up across the street. She was studying to become a registered nurse at Kings County Nursing School in Brooklyn. Nursing students were required to live on campus and go home on weekends.
I asked her out on a date right away and we continued to see each other on weekends. We'd usually go to the movies. I was a big auto racing fan then, and sometimes I'd take Christina to a local drag race or to the auto racetracks in Freeport or Riverhead.
A year later we decided to get married. On Aug. 28, 1955, we were wed at Trinity Evangelical Church in Maspeth. Christina and I spent a week in Washington, D.C., on our honeymoon. Unfortunately, she had to leave nursing school because at that time the school did not allow married women to attend.
We purchased our first home in Laurelton, Queens, and raised our two children there. We now have two grandchildren. My wife returned to Kings County Nursing School in 1964 and obtained her license as a registered nurse. In 1971 we moved to East Meadow.
Christina worked for 30 years at the nearby Nassau University Medical Center. She retired in 2001 as head nurse in the psychiatric department. I worked for United Parcel Service for 34 years and retired as a tractor-trailer driver in 1995 in the Uniondale facility.
In August, we celebrated our 60th anniversary with family and friends at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho. We hope to hear from some of the old Brooklyn crowd.