A Beloved Bar Owner Was Skeptical About the Virus. Then He Took a Cruise.
Decades before he would embark on a cruise to the Mediterranean, confident that the coronavirus would have little to do with him, Joe Joyce was known to the world as a social creature, the kind who would do well on a boat full of strangers.
In the early 1970s, back from Vietnam and newly married, he was working as a gym teacher in a Catholic school in Brooklyn when he realized that he needed to make more money if he were ever going to own a house. So he took a weekend job tending bar.
The only child of a single mother who struggled with depression, Joe lost his father when he was 7 — maybe to a heart attack, he was never really sure. At the Tankard Inn, distinguished in the Brooklyn happy-hour scene of the period as a “couples …continued .
[Source: New York Times]