Judy Lewis of Westbury recalls her first memory of husband Alan.
My parents owned a house on 80th Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, in 1935. I was 5 years old then and remember throwing a rock at a 9-year-old boy who was trying to steal peaches from our tree in the backyard. Little did I know he would one day be my husband! Three years later my family moved to Sheepshead Bay.
In October 1949, I had just returned home after attending the University of Miami for a year. My friend and I decided to join a social group at the Jewish Center of Kings Highway in hopes of meeting guys. I was immediately attracted to a young man named Alan and handed him my membership application. He turned it down, thinking I didn't meet the minimum age requirement of 18. I finally convinced him that I was 19 and we started talking. He said he recognized my last name, Hausman. He had lived on my block in Bensonhurst and played stickball with my brothers. He told me I threw a rock at him!
Alan, 23, had served in the Navy from 1945-1946 during and after World War II. He was a hospital corpsman on the light cruiser USS Providence in the Mediterranean. After the war ended, he attended the Institute of Design in Chicago for two years to study photography and architecture, and was running his own photography business.
We saw each other at weekly meetings and social gatherings and went on our first date, a picnic at Bethpage State Park, on Memorial Day in 1950.
We were inseparable that summer. One day in August, as we stood on the Sheepshead Bay bridge, I got up enough nerve and courage to ask him where this relationship was going. He said he loved me. I asked whether it would lead to marriage, and he said, "Yes."
We got engaged on Labor Day and married on Nov. 26, 1950, at the Avenue I Jewish Center in Flatbush, Brooklyn, during a hurricane. The power was out at my house that day and I had to get ready by candlelight. We honeymooned at the Nevele Resort in the Catskill Mountains.
In 1957, we moved to Plainview and then, in 1965, to Westbury, where together we operated our printing business, Judith Lewis Printer Inc., until 2000. We are very proud of our three wonderful children, our daughter-in-law and our son-in-law. We adore our two beautiful grandchildren.
Last year, we celebrated our 64th wedding anniversary with the family on Thanksgiving Day at our daughter and son-in-law's home in Huntington. We are very fortunate for the many gifts that life has granted us, including our continued health and the love of our family. And Alan never lets me forget that I proposed to him on the Sheepshead Bay bridge -- sort of.