50 years of romance for FDU graduate and his wife

This photo of Barbara Kiley and Michael Leckstein was taken in a coin-operated photo booth a few months after they met in 1962. The two fell for one another at a school dance hosted by FDU. (Photo courtesy of the Lecksteins)

By Kenna Caprio

It was a “meet cute” that even Hollywood couldn’t have scripted better. And the 2012 version may be even sweeter.

When Michael Leckstein asked Patricia Kiley to a Fairleigh Dickinson University dance on Nov. 23, 1962, he had no idea that he would be meeting his future wife. Except, it wasn’t Patricia. Leckstein would one day marry her sister, Barbara.

“At the dance, Pat ran into an old boyfriend. She went to see how she could get rid of him and told me, ‘Spend a few minutes with my sister Barbara,’ who had come with her. The rest is history,” says Michael.

He plans to surprise his wife with a trip back to the very spot they first met, on the same date — 50 years later.  The dance was held at the Teaneck Campus Commons, the building now known as Alumni Hall on the Metropolitan Campus.

“I didn’t know it at the time, but Barbara went home that night (she was a senior at New Milford High School) and said, ‘I just met the boy I’m going to marry,” recalls Leckstein.

Both Michael and Barbara attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, but Barbara eventually transferred to the University of Puerto Rico. Michael graduated from FDU in 1965 and then went on to Rutgers Law School, becoming a lawyer in 1969. The couple now resides in Monmouth County and they have three children.

The Lecksteins, who met 50 years ago this month, married in 1966. Every ten years, the couple goes back to the county court house in Elkton, Maryland — the place where they eloped, to reaffirm their vows. “We’re the last of the romantics,” says Leckstein.

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