William Brady of West Sayville recalls the evening he stopped in at a movie theater and met his future wife, Rita.
I was discharged from the U.S. Army Air Force in February 1946 after serving stateside as a togglier with a B17 bomber group. I was last stationed at Tyndall Field, Fla.
One Sunday night after I returned home, I stopped in at the neighborhood movie house in Sayville. You could walk in for free after 9:30 p.m. back then. I don't remember what the movie was, but inside the theater I saw this girl standing on the inclined walkway and thought, "I have lived here all my life and never saw her before this." She started to leave, and I decided to follow her.
She walked over to Betty, the cashier. It turned out Betty was her sister, and Betty just happened to be married to George, my best friend from high school. George was at the theater, too, and they introduced me to the girl - Rita M. McGarry. She lived in Pittston, Pa., with another one of her seven sisters. Rita was working as a secretary
for the monsignor at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston. She was 19, and I
I walked home from the theater with them and asked Rita out on a date for the next day - we went to Beers Ice Cream Parlor - and every day after that until she had to go back home to Pennsylvania. A new romance had begun.
We would see each other when Rita would visit Betty, and when I could afford it I would make the four-hour trip to Pittston by Long Island Rail Road, Greyhound bus and trolley.
That December we got engaged, and Rita moved to Sayville, where she lived with Betty and found a job with a lighting company. We started saving money for the wedding. Almost a year later, on Oct. 18, 1947, Rita and I were married at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church in Sayville.
We have five children, 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. I worked for the New York Telephone Co. for 35 years and retired in 1984.