Harriet Goldberg of Rockville Centre recalls the blind date that brought her together with future husband Seymour.
I was an 18-year-old student nurse in 1957, working at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan and living at the hospital's student residence.
One day in February, I passed a friend in the hallway. She was on the phone setting up a blind date with a young man. Her mother and his aunt had decided to play matchmaker and gave him her phone number. He asked her to find dates for his two friends. Another girl had already agreed to go, and she asked if I would like to join them. I agreed, which made it a blind date for three couples.
Our dates came into Manhattan by subway from Forest Hills, Queens, and we went bowling. My friend paired off with the man she had arranged the dates with and the other girl, who was tall, ended up with his taller friend. The third man and I were paired off by default. His name was Sy, short for Seymour, and he was 21. He was an Industrial Arts teacher at a public junior high school in Manhattan.
Since Sy was going back to Queens after we finished bowling, I asked him to accompany me on the subway to my parents' house in Jamaica. When we got off the train, he walked me to their door, then asked me out on another date.
We continued seeing each other. I usually worked the evening shift, so most of our dates started after 11 p.m. and involved getting a drink or something to eat. On my days off, we'd see a movie, go to dinner or spend time with friends. We didn't see each other at all that summer because Sy was in the Army Reserve and spent six weeks training at Camp Drum -- now Fort Drum -- in Watertown.
I graduated from nursing school in 1958 and got an apartment with three other girls. On the nights I worked late at the hospital, Sy would come over and end up sleeping on the living room couch. We got engaged in February 1959.
On Nov. 14, 1959, we had our wedding and reception at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. We honeymooned at the Nevele Hotel in Ellenville in Ulster County and returned there for our 40th anniversary in 1999.
We moved to Malverne in 1962, where we raised two beautiful girls. They and their husbands gave us four granddaughters. We recently celebrated our 55th anniversary at home with our family.
Sy retired in 1991 as a special-education Industrial Arts teacher at Queens Occupational Training Center in Far Rockaway. I retired in 1992 as a nursing teacher at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, then worked as a school nurse with the Syosset School District until 1996. We moved to Rockville Centre in 2012.
Sy volunteers at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City as a docent and works on restoring airplanes. I volunteer in the Family Medicine Center business office at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside.
P.S.: All three couples on that blind date in 1957 got married.