Born in 1890 in the border town Eteimbes, where France meets Germany and Switzerland, Joseph Cousy married late in life.
The same year he immigrated to America, 1927, he married Juliette Corlet, who’d come to the U.S. from Belfort, France, just few miles down the road from Eteimbes. He was 37.
They had a son, Robert, the following year while living in an apartment, along with Juliette’s mother, at 18-21 Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria
By 1935, Joseph, who worked as a Checker taxi driver, saved up enough to buy a house at 189-25 116 Road in St. Albans, a block from Linden and Farmers boulevards.
Young Bob discovered his talent for basketball, also late, at age 13. Breaking his hand falling out of a tree forced him to become ambidextrous, a skill that later served him well on the court.
At Andrew Jackson High School, he led the team to the Queens County Division Championship in 1946, which earned him a scholarship to Holy Cross College.
He was a Hall of Fame point guard for the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963.
Now age 91, Cousy now lives in Worcester, Mass.