With Valentine’s Day upon us, The Queens Courier asked local couples what made them fall – and stay – in love.
Sandy and Stanley Gussin
Q: How long have you been together?
A: We’ve been married for 53 years.
Q: How did you meet?
Sandy: It was out of spite. I was expecting two phone calls — Stanley called but the other man didn’t so out of spite I went out with Stanley.
Q: Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day?
Sandy: We’re going to come here [the Howard Beach Senior Center] and enjoy the people here.
Q: What are some activities that you do together as a couple?
Sandy: We hang out here, spend a lot of time with our grandchildren, and watch Broadway shows. He plays cards, watches sports and shoots pool.
Q: What qualities or traits do you like about your partner?
Stanley: I like that she does everything as hard as she can. She’s pretty beautiful and has a lot of perseverance.
Sandy: He’s great at laundry; he was a dry cleaner.
Q: Any memorable moment in the relationship?
Sandy: There are quite a few. One of our grandchildren has a heart problem; he couldn’t talk to his parents about it but he could talk to us.
Stanley: When our daughter was pregnant, the doctor came out and said we were going to have another grandson and another granddaughter. It was the most exciting thing when we got those twins.