In first person… Badminton at JCC leads to nuptials

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This August Norma and I are celebrating our 52nd anniversary. We both agree that these have been wonderful and happy years together. We are blessed with three children and their families which include seven grandchildren and we also enjoy many long-time warm friendships, many of which date back to our pre-marriage years.

Norma Mailis and I first met on a badminton court in the gym at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco. The center was where many young Jewish couples met in those days and this meeting opportunity, regrettably, no longer exists. My friend Sy Paper and I joined two girls, Norma and her friend Joy Licht, in a game of badminton. The results of that meeting turned into two marriages. We were married on Aug. 6, 1944 by Rabbi Eliot Burstein of Temple Beth Israel in San Francisco. The Papers are now married 51 years and the four of us continue to be very close friends.

At their first meeting, my mother assured Norma's mother that her daughter was getting a fine young man, to which the reply was, "We will see!" My mother was slightly taken aback.

There have been bumps, mostly family illnesses, along the way, but our relationship has always been loving, trustful and solid. Among the secrets of our successful marriage is that we have no secrets from one another. Fortunately, we see eye to eye on important matters and no major decision has been made unilaterally.

We travel a great deal and keep very active, Norma with her tennis and both of us with golf.

We look to the future with enthusiasm.