Out and About: Stopsky’s Deli with Aunt Mary

“69 years ago last Tuesday I landed on Omaha Beach. They liberated Paris two days before and we had to run a 3,000 bed field hospital. There were 28 TB wards.”

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Aunt Mary with my dad

“A girlfriend of mine told me Ralph wanted to take me out. I told her to tell him that if he was old enough to take me out he was old enough to call me himself. On our second date we went to a dance at the yacht club and he left me alone for 20 minutes while he went and said hello to everyone. At that point I went up to him and told him he better start introducing me or I was going to take a cab home. The whole table clapped.”

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Corned beef and borscht

“On the way to France they put us on the Queen Mary. In the middle of the night they woke us up and made us move; Churchill had just boarded. There were 5,000 men and 72 women, you had a date very four hours and there were armed guards at the entrances to our deck.”

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Anyone is welcome to contribute family photos. Even Gentiles.

“I joined the Army and not the Navy because the Army let you wear nude hose and my legs looked better.”

*All quotations from my bad ass Aunt Mary

P.S. Stopsky’s Deli made a great corned beef sandwich but I was way to engrossed listening to Mary to note anything else. Worth the trip to Mercer Island.

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