THEN & NOW: Steve and Eydie Koonin
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THEN & NOW: Steve and Eydie Koonin

As an Atlanta Jewish Times tradition, we spotlight some of the city’s most optimistic and fun-loving couples who share how they met and their secrets to longstanding marriage.

After 35 years with the Atlanta newspapers, Marcia currently serves as Retail VP for the Buckhead Business Association, where she delivers news and trends (laced with a little gossip).

Steve and Eydie Koonin
Steve and Eydie Koonin

Years Married: 37 years
June 1985
Location: Shearith Israel. We agreed to have Rabbi Wilson officiate. He left, so Rabbi Judah Mintz was building B’nai Torah and agreed to officiate at Shearith Israel.

Initial Attraction?
Eydie: We met at Boychik’s Deli (now Goldberg’s Dunwoody). Steve has a great sense of humor. Plus, I was so impressed when he picked up the check for the entire table which included my sister and a friend.
Steve: She was cute and fun.

Secrets?
Eydie: Couples either grow together or grow apart, and we are one of the lucky couples who remain more in love today. Never go to bed angry (Steve’s grandmother’s advice). We practice talking through issues.
Steve: Jewelry…and think of the long-lasting Jewish singers, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gourmet.

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