Josephine and Bart Iannetta of Kings Park met because of Bart's father. Bart recalls how it all came about.
Before college I had served in the Navy as an aerographer, first on the aircraft carrier USS Leyte, then on a project to plot routes for military planes flying over the North Pole.
One day, when Dad was on the subway on his way to work at the Brooklyn piers, he recognized a young woman, our backyard neighbor. He started talking to her, and she thought he was hitting on her until he said, "No, I'm your neighbor."
Josephine and my dad began sitting together on their ride to work each morning and getting to know each other. She worked at Manufacturers Hanover on Broad Street in Manhattan. Dad was thinking that she would be a great girl for me.
Both he and my mother liked Josephine, and they invited her to my graduation party. On July 4, 1959, I met her for the first time. We danced and talked for hours. She was 19, and I was 27. It was as if we had known each other for a long time. There were no awkward moments.
I asked her for a date, and we went to Rockaway Beach. We had such a good time that Josephine decided to take her vacation to spend time with me. That made me feel really good. Over the next two weeks we dated, going back to the beach or to the movies and having Sunday dinner with the family. Her father was wonderful, like a second father to me.
I canceled plans to move upstate, and on Oct. 24 I asked Josephine to marry me.
We were married on Aug. 28, 1960, at St. Anthony's Church in South Ozone Park, and we are as much in love today as we were then.
For our 50th anniversary we celebrated on a cruise in the Caribbean, a gift from our four children, three sons-in-law and daughter-in-law, and our seven grandchildren, whom we love dearly. They also surprised us with a party. We look forward to the next 50! Meeting Josephine was the best thing that ever happened to me. Thanks, Dad.
I retired in 1992 as department manager of the computer group at Sperry Rand in Great Neck after 33 years. Josephine was a full-time homemaker before working in a periodontist office for six years. She now keeps busy baby-sitting our grandchildren.