90-Year-Old Couple Spotted Going On Their First Date Proves It's Never Too Late For Love
"He's always looking for somebody like my grandmother," the 90-year-old man's granddaughter said.
This couple proves that there's no age limit for a first date.
Harold Sharlin, 90, and Miriam Steiner, 93, were photographed on their first date Sunday. They stood side-by-side at Sharlin's favorite Washington, D.C. bookstore, with their walkers in hand.
Sharlin's granddaughter, Jenny Costello, told InsideEdition.com that she had been the one who set them up.
She said she was waiting tables one night, when she started making conversation with an older woman, who was dining with a couple in their mid-50s.
"She was just a hoot, I got such a kick out of her," Costello said. "Throughout the night, she kept mentioning little Jewish names. I'm like, 'she's Jewish, she's perfect for my grandfather.'"
According to Costello, Miriam Steiner was widowed in 1999. She still keeps a photograph of her late-husband in her wallet, which Costello described as "a very attractive young man."
Finally, she mustered up the nerve to ask: "I have to know. Are you single?"
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Costello asked for the woman's number, and emailed the information to her grandfather, who responded: "Date's all set for Sunday. I'll let you know how it goes."
They agreed to meet at Politics and Prose, a coffee shop and bookstore they both frequent.
They eventually found each other by asking some store associates for help.
Michael Treibwasser, one of the store associates, recalled Steiner approaching him at the info desk, and asking if she had seen anybody with a walker go downstairs. Word had later gone around that the two were attempting to find each other for their blind date.
"It was so adorable, everybody had a giant grin on their faces," Treibwasser said. "I caught them right when they stepped out of the coffee house on the way out. They both had smiles on their faces, so I'm assuming it went well."
Sharlin said he and his date spent three hours chatting. While they had a good time sharing memories their children and families, the former Iowa State University professor said he wished they spent more time discussing politics.
Even though Sharlin said, "I'm not thinking about a follow up date," he told InsideEdition.com that he's not ready to give up his quest in finding a companion.
"I'm happy being a hermit, but I don't like to be a hermit," he said, "so I may do something about that."
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"He's had long term relationships, and some short term relationships, but he never stops looking for that companion he's after," Costello said.
Sharlin said his most recent relationship ended two years ago.
"She's a loving woman," Sharlin said. "She had a car, so she could take us anywhere." Sharlin recalled that he and the 70-year-old woman were together for three years, but had "cooled off" after she broke her wrist, and it became harder for the two of them to get together.
"But I think about her with great fondness," he said, as he contemplated reconnecting with her.
He was also in two longer relationships, lasting six and eight years. He asked both women to marry him, but said neither worked out for various reasons.
Sharlin said one of the women was just not a good match, and he laughed as he said the other sought to consult her financial advisor before responding to his proposal.
According to Sharlin, when she returned from a meeting with her financial advisor, she asked him, "If you ended up in a wheelchair, who would pay the expenses?"
Despite the abrupt ending to their relationship, "We had a good time together. Music and theater -- she's one of the people who enjoyed (it)."
"He's always looking for somebody like my grandmother," Costello said.
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Sharlin said his late wife, Tiby, took up art in her later years. She painted, until she ultimately passed away from Lou Gehrig's disease.
"She would have died before me anyway," Sharlin said. "She wouldn't want to be alone in the world.
He said: "After she died, I was very mad at her. I said, 'Tiby, now I'm alone. What do I do?'"
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