The first thing out of John Iovine’s mouth is an apology. “You got to forgive me if I don’t remember too much,” he says. “I had a stroke.” Signs of that stroke are everywhere — the bed in the dining room, a shower installed in the pantry.
John is thin, and sits in blue pajama pants in the wheelchair he uses to get around. He may, however, have overstated his memory problems. “We went to Harding … that’s the school right up here,” he says. It was 1952, and that’s where he saw the woman who would become his wife — “this girl, in this long red sweater, and her red hair. And I said, ‘That’s the girl for me,’ ” he says of Carol Iovine.
Author: Todd Bookman