How One Couple Scored a Suite at the Waldorf for $15.75

A suite at New York City’s famed Waldorf-Astoria for only $15.75? That’s how much Tony and Jo Fioravante of Staten Island, N.Y., paid on Jan. 12 to celebrate their 66th anniversary at the landmark luxury hotel - in a reprise, down to the dollar, of their 1948 wedding night. As it turns out, the Waldorf gives couples who spent their wedding night at the hotel and who have been married for 50 years or more the same rate they originally paid, …

More than 2,000 JFK Memories Later: 11-22-63 in Your Life

We started this summer, asking our readers what they remember about the day in November when our president was shot in Dallas. More than 2,000 of you responded in ways that were always meaningful and often moving. We have collected some of the posts in categories: Here are some that are related to one of President Kennedy’s signature achievements, the Peace Corps; These posts were written by people who, in one way or another, were eyewitnesses to events; And it …

The Night Grace Kelly Surprised JFK in His Room

John F. Kennedy, confined to bed after painful back surgery in the mid-1950s, had a surprise visitor one night. A young woman stumbled into his hospital room and introduced herself as the new night nurse. He didn’t believe her for a second. Although they’d never met, he instantly recognized Grace Kelly – not yet a princess, but already a movie star – who’d been put up to the prank by JFK’s wife, Jackie, and her sister, Lee. >> Get travel …

Social Security’s 78th Anniversary: Then and Now

To help celebrate Social Security’s 78th anniversary, here is a comparison of how the country – and Social Security – have changed since 1940, when Ida May Fuller received Social Security’s first monthly benefit. Since 1940, the number of Americans age 65 and over has quadrupled, more than doubling as a percentage of the population. Sources: http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html and http://www.census.gov/population/age/data/2011.html   The number of individuals receiving a Social Security benefit, since benefit checks were first issued in 1940, has increased over …

When Life’s Race Nears the End

It was quite a contrast. When Cinelli and I married in 1949 I was 20 years old and could run like the wind. Life was a thunder clap back then and my very existence was packaged in a race to a goal I never bothered to define. There was a kind of glory to the rush that trailed fire and dust; we were young and strong and loud, raucous children of a hurricane that never stopped forming. That is no …

What Happens When Your Soulmate of 79 Years Dies?

It was a love that was going to last forever. Perhaps it didn’t last “forever” but it did run 79 years. We took note when we saw that Theresa Faiss, wife of a former Nevada state senator died earlier this week at the age of 97. Faiss and her husband Wilbur operated businesses around the Las Vegas area for more than 60 years, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. They even had a school named after them. Earlier this year …