What? A swanky suite at the Waldorf-Astoria for less than $20? No Way!
To say Izzy and Joan Schwartz are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in style, may be a tad of an understatement. The long-time marrieds from Connecticut are high-rolling-it this weekend at The Waldorf.
They'd wanted to spend the night in little, old Room 933, where they honeymooned in 1952. Instead, the hotel gave them the 2,000-square foot MacArthur Suite, complete with dining room, kitchen, sitting room, and countless other amenities for the bargain-basement price of $16.80, exactly what they paid back in the day.
"I can just envision him (MacArthur) making great military decisions sitting at this desk over here." Izzy recreated his initial reaction to the luxurious digs by dropping his jaw. "I'm not leaving," he announced.
Joan was quick to point out, however: "They're not giving it to us for free, we have to pay $16.80, included in that is a 30-cent telephone call that we had to make."
Joan -- ever the collector -- hung onto the poodle-skirt-era receipt from the honeymoon. What a difference a mere six decades makes; the suite now costs thousand-of-dollars a night.
"This is a sweet suite, you can spell it s-w-e-e-t." Izzy chimed in, "If I had known this, I would have invited guests, we would have had dinner here tonight!"
On a more serious note, the couple says they're not experts on marriage, by any stretch of the imagination, but they do know what has them together all these years. Izzy credits mutual respect, while Joan says having separate interests keeps things interesting. "We have a lot of inspiration between our two dialogues and that helps."
The pair has kept busy - two kids, four grandchildren - and they still work! It seems Joan's love of hanging on to old memories is helping the couple make some new ones. Bubbling over with excitement, they told PIX11 about the last "It" couple to spend the night in "their" suite: Brangelina.
Edited By Michelle RobinsonCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun