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A Memorable Performance

Life Story Club Contributor

Mar 2, 2020

When I was 16 years old, I said to my mother, “I want to buy a piano.” So I bought a Spinet.

I bought the piano and I had the piano until I got married, and I had it in the house. That was my instrument. I also performed in a different way. My husband retired from the board. He was a guidance counselor. I sang with him in nursing homes. I danced, and I loved singing. My voice is not the same. It never will be, but it doesn’t matter. As long as I can sing, that makes me happy and it makes some other people happy. Some people it doesn’t make happy. What can I do?

And I played a song called Heart and Soul: “I fell in love with him.” Yeah. That’s the easiest song. And I did it. Then I got married and I had to stop. Then my niece Beth wanted the piano. She wanted it to get her son piano lessons. He really plays. So, I gave it to her.

Moving

Life Story Club Contributor

Feb 24, 2020

I was living with my first husband, David, on Avenue X and East 3rd. He decided he wanted to move. I wanted to stay in Brooklyn. We moved to Long Island, don’t get me wrong, the house was gorgeous, gorgeous. We had attic rooms, we had a basement, and everything you would want. But I wasn’t happy. See it doesn’t count where you are. It’s who you’re with. My husband was a dud. I divorced him, and I’d divorce him again! Houses, houses… So I said, “Let’s get divorced.” So I moved back to my house. I had my own place. My son was there and I wanted to be with him. I think he’s 57…I forget! But then I met Frank. I love blacks! He was black.

Most Memorable Celebration

Life Story Club Contributor

Feb 17, 2020

My wedding! We had the wedding catered. My mother made the wedding cake. A wedding like you’ve never seen before! It would be the first wedding and the last wedding, because how many weddings can you have? My first wedding, I got married in a house. The most beautiful house. Very rich, very rich. Austen Parkway.

He was very courteous. He always opened the door for me. He had a beautiful car. But Murray was more down to earth. He didn’t have to open doors. He was a singer. I used to sing with him. Nursing homes. Until I had my heart attack and lost my voice, but I still sing now and then. More now or more then.

Life isn’t so sweet. You can’t have everything. I go to five churches and I’m Jewish. What is it matter if you’re Jewish? It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter.

I’ll never get married again. I was married for 45 years. 45 years to one person. Oh, I’ve had romances. Plenty. But not like Murray. Murray Ulin. 

The Most Wondrous Thing

Life Story Club Contributor

Feb 10, 2020

What is the most wondrous thing you have seen in nature? Baby. I had a baby in a car.

It’s true, as God is my witness. My mother was there. My brother-in-law took us to the park. You see, I was staying with my first husband, with my mother. I didn’t think I was going to go to the hospital so soon. We went to Brookdale Hospital.

Years later. I haven’t seen my son in years. Years. My first husband took care of him. One day my second husband, Murray tells me, “Your son is…” So I said, “What?” I always had a vision of my son. Handsome. 56. I know I look young for my age. People tell me so. Yes, this is a true story.

I saw my son for the first time in 25 years. I told everybody and they said, “Who cares?” You don’t care? No. That’s my story.

Laughter

Life Story Club Contributor

Feb 3, 2020

You will never hear such a romantic story. I was sitting in the living room with my dear departed husband, and he told a joke. Well we never laughed so hard in our lives.

Now it’s nice to have a husband. I don’t remember the joke. I’m not a joke teller. I’m a dancer. Oh was he funny. Was he funny. I married him for more than one reason. Not for his money. It’s nice to be married.

Talents

Life Story Club Contributor

Jan 13, 2020

I loved singing with my husband, and I was good at tap dance. Tap dance! I was good at music. I was something. I looked like Shirley Temple, I had a picture. I looked like her, I took it out at Mermaid Manor and I showed Harvey. I had curls.

Poor Harvey is dead. I spoke to my boyfriend Mark Sanders last night, he can’t come visit. He’s at Mermaid Manor. That’s where we met Phil Bernstein. I had a lot of boyfriends! Mermaid Manor has a better pick! Phil, handsome as the devil. But he’s sick, he has Alzheimer’s disease, poor Phil.

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