In the process of shopping for a house in Fort Collins, Colorado, the choice narrowed to a residence on a lovely, tree-shaded street. It is just a stone’s throw away from City Park and from my daughter’s home.
Since both she and her husband work for CSU (Colorado State University) in town, I occasionally heard them mentioning a certain Professor Hegedűs (meaning: fiddler) of the Chemistry Department living nearby. When we walked over to see the prospective house, the retired professor was just strolling by. We stopped to greet him and he proudly verified his roots: his father was Hungarian, his mother Slovak. Although he himself was actually born in the United States, his mother being pregnant with him, he was transported from Hungary in utero.
Should the deal be finalized, Professor Emeritus Louis Hegedűs and his wife Mary, an ardent gardener, would become my future next-door neighbors.
(There goes the neighborhood…)
Olga Vállay Szokolay is an architect and Professor Emerita of Norwalk Community College, CT after three decades of teaching. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Magyar News Online.