Mort Glick of East Northport recalls the night he met his future wife, Iris, at a bowling alley.
I was born in the Bronx and lived near Yankee Stadium until June 1954, when my family purchased a home in Carle Place. I was 18 and had just completed my sophomore year at City College of New York Downtown, which is now Baruch College.
That summer I would drive back to the Bronx a few times a week to meet my friends at a bowling alley on Jerome Avenue near 170th Street. One evening, a group of teenage girls walked in wearing sweaters that had "Swee-Tee" written on the front, the name of their informal neighborhood girls' club. I immediately took note of the tall, good-looking "sweetie."
I saw her at the bowling alley several times after that but was too shy to approach her until we got to talking as a group. Her name was Iris and she was 15. We had gone to the same schools but had never met. My friend and I soon arranged a double date with her and one of her friends. He understood that I would be paired with Iris.
On that first date, we saw a movie at the Whitestone Bridge Drive-In Theatre, then had an in-car meal at White Castle. The hamburgers were 12 cents back then. This became a typical night out for us. After about a month of steady dating, I knew Iris was the one for me and she felt the same way.
Coming from Long Island, I had to cross the Bronx on local roads to reach her apartment on Clark Place near Jerome Avenue. Thus we were both interested in the progress of the construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway, and when the first stretch opened in 1955, we were among the first to travel on it.
In 1956, I was drafted into the Army and served at Fort Knox, Kentucky. During the next two years, Iris and I wrote to each other every day except for the one day a week when we would call. We got engaged after I left the Army in 1958 and were married on Sept. 19, 1959, at the Senate Caterers in the Bronx. We first lived in Mineola, then moved to Roslyn in 1963. We bought our home in East Northport in 1968.
We are truly blessed having two marvelous sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law. In May, we shared a family trip with them to Barcelona to commemorate our 55th anniversary.
When our children were older, Iris attended Stony Brook University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English. She retired as a medical transcriptionist with Heart Associates of Long Island in East Setauket in 2011. I have been a commercial/industrial real estate broker for 52 years, and work with Metro Realty Services in Farmingdale.
We still get together with friends from our Bronx days, but the best part of all is that, 60 years after meeting, we are still each other's best friend.