Danny and Annie Perasa remember their first date in an interview recorded in 2004.
The Perasas recorded what would be their final interview together at their home in Brooklyn on February 16, 2006. Danny Perasa passed away on February 24, 2006.
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A: And he always gets up early – (laughs)
D: - to make sure she hadn’t changed her mind, and she hadn’t. And every year on April 22 around three o’clock, I call her and ask her if it was today would she do it again, and so far the answer’s been the same.
A: Yeah, twenty -five times yes. (laughs)
D: You see, the thing of it is, I always feel guilty when I say I love you, to you, and I say it so often, I say it to remind you that as dumpy as I am, it’s coming from me- it’s like hearing a beautiful song from a busted old radio. And it’s nice of you to keep the radio around the house.
A: If I don’t have a note on the kitchen table, I think there’s something wrong. You write a love letter to me every morning
D: The only thing that could possibly be wrong is that I couldn’t find a silly pen
A: To my princess, the weather out today is extremely rainy, I’ll call you at eleven twenty in the morning –
D: It’s a romantic weather report.
A: -And I love you, I love you, I love you.
D: When a guy is happily married, no matter what happens at work, no matter what happens in the rest of the day, there’s a shelter when you get home, there’s a knowledge, knowing that you can hug somebody without them throwing you down the stairs and saying get your hands off me. Being married is like having a color television set, you never want to go back to black and white.