Richard & Diane

Feb 28, 2019 | Love Stories

On a Saturday evening in July 1960 on the boardwalk of Bradley Beach, I was with my friends, Larry Novick and Michael Mitzmacher. Diane Goldsmith was with several girlfriends. My friends suggested going to Asbury Park for the evening and going on the rides. I saw a cute girl, asked her for her name and she said “Diane.” I then asked if she would like to join us. Her “yes” was the beginning of a long romance. We shared our first kiss on the top of the Ferris Wheel in Asbury Park.

I had just graduated from Weequahic High School, in Newark, and she was at Hillside High. We continued to see each other when I would come home for a weekend and during vacation times. We continued to visit Bradley Beach in the summers and in fact spent our first night together at a rooming house in Bradley Beach.

It is hard to know when we really knew that it was true love, but sometime over the next three years I realized we were meant for each other.

We married at the Bow and Arrow in 1965 while I was a senior in Medical School at Georgetown. In 1968 we moved to Atlanta. We have 2 grown children and 5 wonderful grandchildren, ages 11-18.