Alfred and Audrey Weinberg of Farmingdale celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. Alfred recalls their first date.

On Feb. 19, 1959, my 23rd birthday, my best friend, Phil Salberg, and his girlfriend, Marcia, introduced me to my future wife, Audrey Drogin, via a blind date.

Audrey, born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, was 21 and worked with Marcia in the offices of Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. She was reluctant to go, but her mother convinced her that she had nothing to lose.

Phil and I worked at the Sam Goody record store on 49th Street near Eight Avenue in Manhattan. Audrey and Marcia met us at the store after work. From there we went to a nearby bowling alley.

After a few games Audrey asked if we could get something to eat. She was a bit embarrassed. Phil and I hadn't even thought of going to dinner, so I was even more embarrassed. The four of us went to Howard Johnson's on Broadway and 49th Street. I asked Audrey for another date, and she said yes.

I was living with my brother in Forest Hills, Queens. When I told him that I had a second date with Audrey and I was going to meet her mother, he said, "Just say the word, and I will move out."

My family and I are Holocaust survivors. We escaped from Germany in 1939 when I was 3 years old and settled in the Town of Sosua in the Dominican Republic. My brother came to the United States in 1949 and joined the U.S. Army. My parents and I came to New York in 1953, but they returned to the Dominican Republic three years later. I became a citizen in 1958.

Audrey and I continued dating. Since I was raised in the Dominican Republic, I would take Audrey to Latin restaurants. One of the things I love about her is that she was never afraid to try Latin foods.

A year later we went to a friend's engagement party. Afterward, I proposed to Audrey as we sat in her mother's car. To my shock, she said yes.

We were married on June 5, 1960. Our friends Marcia and Phil were married three months earlier.

Audrey continued working until the first of our two children was born. We now have four grandchildren. She keeps busy knitting, loves to read and does jigsaw puzzles. I retired in 2003 as an engineer with UltraVolt Inc. in Ronkonkoma, and I now enjoy cooking.

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