November 17 is Marty’s birthday. He would have been ninety-eight years old this year, and I think about him almost every day. He was a one-in-a-million kind of man. Some facts about my late, great father-in-law.
- He was a swinging bachelor who hung around Greenwich Village impressing the ladies with his mad skill of tying maraschino cherry stems into knots in his mouth.
- He was an incredible dancer, and could make anybody look good on the dance floor. I knew this first-hand.
- He was color blind but that didn’t stop him from dressing himself with aplomb. It also made it a lot of fun to play Uno with him.
- He once grew so many eggplants he took them to work at City Hall and hung them from trees to watch folks’ reactions.
- He would call his adult sons “Sonny Boy.”
- He took the hit many times for his grandchildren so they would not get in trouble with their grandmother.
- His sense of humor was legendary ~ and he was never afraid to laugh hardest at himself.
- Most days he ate 3 breakfasts and he drank coffee until bedtime.
- He was like an ant: he could lift boxes 3 times his body weight.
- He read a book a day and all librarians loved him. Just like us.
We miss you Mart. May your memory always be a blessing.