Courtesy of StoryCorps
The Gottliebs share their love with their eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The Gottliebs share their love with their eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Courtesy of StoryCorps
Marcia and Seymour Gottlieb have known each other for 60 years. The rat-a-tat-tat of the story the married couple tells about how they met sounds like George Burns and Gracie Allen — a beautifully crafted comedy routine.
Marcia: "Our journey started a long, long time ago."
Seymour: "Must I tell everybody you worked for me?"
Marcia: "It's the truth!"
Seymour: "Well, she worked for me. She was the cashier."
You see, Seymour Gottlieb had needed another worker at his surplus store, and an employee had recommended her friend.
Seymour: "And here came old Marcia. I looked her over and said to myself, 'Gee, what a funny-looking broad!' But she has good credentials, she can count, so I said, 'All right, I'll give her a chance.' "
The Gottliebs recorded their story in Los Angeles as part of the StoryCorps Memory Loss Initiative. Seymour has Alzheimer's, but says he'll never forget meeting that "funny-looking broad," Marcia.
Marcia: "Do you have any questions for me, kid?"
Seymour: "I have nothing to ask you. Everything about you — I think — I know. Your brassiere size, your dress size, and the true color of your hair ... That's a lot of baloney, that blond hair!"
But as with any good routine, there are moments of sentiment amid the laughs.
Seymour: "I'm very lucky to have my mate this long. Look at that beautiful face. When we first met ... she didn't have the wrinkles in her face. Now she's a good-looking old lady. You know, the older you get, you have different needs from your mate, and she has met all of them."
Marcia: "Seymour ... as old as you are ..."
Marcia: "As big a fart as you are, I do love you!"
Seymour: "You do?"
Seymour: "Well, I can't help it. I don't know if medication will also help you.
"The longer I know her, the more I appreciate her, 'cause she's my pal. She's my best friend — not the best cook in the world, but she makes reservations very well."
And ... scene!
Produced for Morning Edition by Nadia Reiman. The senior producer for StoryCorps is Michael Garofalo. Special thanks to Circle of Care Leeza's Place in Sherman Oaks, Calif.