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CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS THEY MET IN PRESCHOOL, NOW THEY'LL WED 2 DECADES LATER.

Byline: DENNIS McCARTHY

Odds and ends from around the Valley:

Unless there's a married couple out there who met as babies in a hospital maternity ward somewhere, I figure Kristi Pinsker and Brian Kaplon's wedding this Sunday is one for the ``Guinness Book of Records.''

The Chatsworth couple met in preschool.

``They've gone from playhouse to setting up their own house,'' says Betty Gorelick, who was their teacher at Temple Ramat Zion Preschool in Northridge more than 20 years ago. Today, she's the school's director.

``How many couples can say they met the love of their life in preschool?''

None that Guinness seems to be aware of. The record book has the youngest marriage - an 11-month-old boy and 3-month-old girl married in Bangladesh to end a 20-year feud between two families over a disputed farm.

You've got to believe that one's going to be hard to beat.

And Guinness has the longest engagement on record - a couple in Mexico City who finally tied the knot at 82 after being engaged 67 years.

But there's no record for the married couple who met the earliest in life, so I'm nominating Kristi and Brian.

``People can't believe it when we tell them, but I guess it was just meant to be,'' says Kristi, 24, who's studying to become a teacher.

Brian, a CPA, agrees. ``It is kind of strange that after all these years we'd end up back in the same place - playing house together again,'' the 24-year-old groom said.

The couple went to different schools after leaving preschool, but remained friends over the years before starting to date in college.

As far as Gorelick is concerned, they've become her preschool's poster children.

``I tell all the parents now that this is where their children may meet their future spouse, so keep an eye out.''

One of my favorite seniors in the Valley, Nora Hecker, was honored recently with the ``LA Pearl'' award as one of the city's outstanding senior citizens for all her volunteer work.

But, to me, she'll always be the recruit the Army let get away.

It was 1984, and the then 75-year-old Nora was sitting home one day when a package arrived from the Army. Inside was a promotional watch and recruitment material about how happy she'd be in today's coed Army.

``Thank you for the offer,'' Nora wrote back. ``But at 75, I think maybe I should pass on this career opportunity.''

The Army responded by sending her another watch and more recruitment material. Again, Nora declined the invitation.

Too bad. The Army could have used her. She's 95 now and still going strong - winning awards from the city for being outstanding.

You get the feeling that even at 75 Nora could have taught those young Army recruits a thing or two about life. Like how you never, ever give up.

If you're looking for something to do for the troops overseas this weekend, stop by Operation Gratitude's Patriotic Drive on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, 17330 Victory Blvd.

More than 400 volunteers will be assembling and shipping out 10,000 care packages to individually named troops overseas and wounded soldiers in long-term convalescence in stateside hospitals.

National Guard troops will be having a car wash for the public to raise funds, and local Scouting organizations will host a barbecue.

For more information on donated items the troops need, go to Operation Gratitude's Web site - www.opgratitude.com.

And finally, LAPD's Centurian Baseball team will be leaving for New York next month to participate in the NYPD Memorial Baseball Tournament honoring the young son of a New York police officer who was accidentally killed last year.

To raise funds for the trip, the team is selling its LAPD baseball navy blue T-shirts to the public for $15. For information on ordering one, call (818) 268-2488.

Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749

dennis.mccarthy(at)dailynews.com

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(1 -- 3) Their preschool teacher, Better Gorelick, gives a push to Brian Kaplon, left and below left, and fiancee Kristi Pinsker, right and below right. The two met 20 years ago in Temple Ramat Zion's preschool and will soon marry.

Tina Burch/Staff Photographer
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