Birthday for the Handyman
Jodie and Brian Goldberg started dating in high school. After seven years -- going to the movies, roaming the New Jersey suburbs, eating out in Manhattan -- they got married in May 2000 at a temple in New Jersey. "We danced," Mrs. Goldberg said. "We were just so happy."
They moved into a new town house in Union, N.J., after the wedding, and he hung the fans, wired the stereos and "made everything work." He was the handyman in the extended family. He fixed a broken wall unit at his sister's house and made a microwave stand for Jodie's sister.
On weekends, he was often hired to photograph weddings, bar mitzvahs and birthdays, a sideline he had gotten into when he was 13. It suited him well. "He wasn't really able to sit still," said Mrs. Goldberg. "He had to go from place to place."
Having a first baby, Mrs. Goldberg said, was in their "five-year plan."
Mr. Goldberg, who worked at Fiduciary Trust, would have turned 27 today.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 30, 2001.