Butkovitz says, "Theresa was beautiful and svelte, so I made out OK on the switch."
Four decades later, he says, "Theresa is my touchstone."
In July, when their daughter, Rachel Henderson, gave birth to baby Benjamin, the first-time grandparents flew to Durham, N.C. "for the birth and the bris," Butkovitz says.
For Hanukkah, Theresa says, "Rachel and her husband sent us a video of them lighting the candles with the baby." The Butkovitzes smile warmly at one another.
The grandparent talk conjures up Butkovitz's memories of his beloved grandmother, Rose Gelman Bell, whom he used to read aloud to - biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
His habit of reading aloud to a loved one continues to this day. He is currently reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" aloud to Theresa.
The next time the Butkovitzes get time to chill, they plan to see the Roosevelt biopic, "Hyde Park on Hudson."
"I can't imagine Bill Murray playing anything but the Bill Murray of 'Stripes' and 'Scrooge,' " Butkovitz says, laughing. "I can't imagine him playing Franklin Roosevelt - unless it's Bill Murray playing the Bill Murray of 'Stripes' playing Franklin Roosevelt. Can't wait to find out."
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