Man of Many Enthusiasms
When Joseph Roberto first met his wife, Janet, he offered her a ride on his motorcycle, a Suzuki Intruder. She hopped on. Three years later, in May 1998, they married.
Mr. Roberto, who was a bank analyst at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, was a man of many enthusiasms. He and his wife attended coin conventions. He loved motorcycles; the couple rode his Yamaha Royal Star to Virginia and West Virginia to see battlefields. He also loved wildlife, and they took their son, Joseph, who is now 17 months old, on three trips to the Bronx Zoo this summer. "We still hadn't finished the whole park," Mrs. Roberto said. "He had to read every single sign."
Each year, Mr. Roberto, 37, helped his parents put up their Christmas decorations, and he had begun to accumulate his own. The latest holiday acquisitions were two flag-waving Uncle Sams for Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July — three- foot figures that lighted up at night. Mrs. Roberto pulled them out again after Sept. 11.
Friends from their motorcycle club, Lost Wheels, are helping Mrs. Roberto, who is pregnant, with the Christmas decorations.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 3, 2001.