Van Harris and his wife, Shirley, grew up in the same Brooklyn neighborhood. They lived about a block away from each other. At StoryCorps, they talked of how they first met — 75 years ago.
Van, 87, recalls the day that he first noticed Shirley, 85.
"I met her when she was about 10 years old, and she was beating up a couple of guys," he says. "The boys had taken her hat off her head, and they were tossing it around."
Shirley kept asking the boys to give her hat back, but they wouldn't do it.