LifeQs

Martin Waldman & Sandra Nemser

Answer one question or many - using words, photos or other media.

What do you admire most about Martin or Sandra?

Steven Waldman
They both get the unconditional-love-of-your-children thing really well.

I admire dad for: starting his own business; being very ethical in his business dealings; his passion about politics and the less fortunate; his hatred of snobbery and elitism; that he likes steak tartare; his PR skills; his supportiveness; his instant radio voice; his good fatherly advice

I admire mom for: her guts in going into an all male profession; her guts in starting a new career late in life; her ability to edit restaurant menus; her kindness; her nuanced feminism; her great editorial skills; her gentleness and mommy love
Gordon Waldman
I truly admire both of my grandparents for their incredible intelligence as well as how much they care about each and every person in our family and in the world. They are always genuinely interested in everything I have to say and what I am doing with my life. Despite having difficulties walking now, their love has no limits and they traveled across the country to visit both me and my cousin Ben. The love that they have for their family and their country are evident in their every action. Even as they have aged they have remained extremely up to date on current events and are always disgusted by injustice wherever it occurs. I have never encountered such loving and empathetic people. Here is a picture from their recent trip to Atlanta.
Amy Cunningham
My darling mother-in-law Sandra and father-in-law Marty are just about the kindest, most psychologically astute people I've ever met. They are never critical of anyone (except the various Republican candidates for president). In the nearly 30 years I've known them, they've never said a harsh or judgmental word. How could this be? Who is that uniformly disciplined and terrific? From them, I've received only love and praise, enthusiasm for my projects and ventures. They are proud of all of us--their two sons, their two daughters-in-law, and their five grandchildren. They love us all and we love them back. I admire them ferociously.

List all the vacations taken together. Which was best?

Michael Waldman
Also, Washington, D.C. in April 1968 (riots).
Steven Waldman
Expo 67 in Montreal
Nevele resort in the Catskills
Washington DC (the week Nixon resigned!)
Niagara Falls
California (Hollywood, then driving to San Fran)
Corning Glass Factory
Grand Canyon and New Mexico
A&P Factory Tour
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
London
San Juan
Alaska
Michael Waldman
In San Juan, we met Gladys Knight and the Pips, which was very special.

What are some fond memories you have with them?

Gordon Waldman
I too have extremely fond memories of spending time with my grandparents in their Berkshire house. I loved going to the sushi place Bizen with them and then seeing a movie in the local theater. I also always loved our breakfasts every day in that house. When I was younger I would always wake up very early, and Grandma Sandy and Popop would be up and ready to make food. There was always plenty of bagels, lox, white-fish, cream cheese and much more. I remember having some great conversations during those breakfasts.
Joseph Waldman
I always love discussing politics over dinner with the grandma and grandpa whenever I'm visiting New York. They have such great insights and stories. I'll also never forget my visits to their home in the Berkshires as kid. My brother Gordon and I always had such a great time playing in the snow during the winter before going inside to watch a movie with them. Love you grandma and grandpa!

What concerts have Martin and Sandra been to together?

Steven Waldman
They also saw Leonard Bernstein, Yo Yo Ma, James Taylor.
Michael Waldman
When I was sixteen, I attended a concert by Stephen Stills and Neil Young at the Nassau Colleseum. When the house lights went up during the last extended song, I was mortified to see my parents trudging up the aisle, coming to pick me up. I assume they saw other concerts as well.

Do Martin and Sandra have a special place?

Steven Waldman
The built a lovely house in the Berkshires. So many great family memories up there.
Josh Waldman
They lived in Great Neck, New York, for most of their working life. They proudly hosted their children and grandchildren for Thanksgivings and Passovers. Their two floor suburban house featured a laundry shoot that went down 5 feet, but amazed all of the grandchildren more than the iphones, and ipads to come.

List all the pets Martin and Sandra have had (and post photos)

Michael Waldman
The family had three cats. Elsa was the mother, named after Elsa The Lioness from a children's movie. She was close to Mom, and would follow her down the street. Elsa had a bunch of kittens. We kept two. George, a black and white cat, had the personality of a dog. Puffy -- so named because she had fluffy hair -- quickly became puffy. She gained an enormous amount of weight. Puffy was a neurotic -- when strangers would come in the house, she would dash off to my parents' walk in closet and hide in a garment bag. She also developed a tar ball on her back, because she would hide under the house and get stuck as she tried to escape. She also wisely avoided new surfaces such as new lineoleum tiles put in the kitchen. They had a sibling, who were given away: Little Elsa and Round Ears. One of them lost her tail in an accident. The other was given to someone who stole from us, and we never met her again.

Both George and Puffy terrorized another family pet -- Christopher the parakeet. They could never reach his cage to eat him, but they would jump off the kitchen table and knock it over with a loud clatter. We think they tried to induce a heart attack. There were other pets that were the children's -- a turtle named Paul Tripp (after a children's tv show host); numerous goldfish, none of whom lasted very long, and would be ceremonially flushed down the toilet. No dogs.

After Steve and I left home, a stray cat showed up -- resembling a scrawny golden-haired Puffy -- and my parents took her in. She was named Piffy.

There were various neighborhood tomcats. One sadly would wait out front for Elsa -- but apparently, it was another who became the father of Elsa's children.

What are some of the most romantic photos?

Steven Waldman

Who were significant people in the wedding?

Steven Waldman

Where was the honeymoon?

Steven Waldman
Bermuda