It’s a Small World – Once Removed!
On the bus tour of the Southwest in 2008 with my friend Zsuzsa Lengyel (our Associate Webmaster), we spoke among ourselves mostly in Hungarian. After a few days, one of the ladies on the bus, who also lived in Connecticut, asked me what language we were speaking. When I told her it was Hungarian, she replied: “I have a Hungarian neighbor.”
“And what is his name?” I asked.
“Tibor Kerekes”, came the reply.
“There was a Professor Tibor Kerekes at Georgetown University, head of the history department, in my time,” I replied with growing interest.
“My neighbor is a professor at Georgetown too,” came the answer.
Thinking for a minute, I replied: “It can’t be the same man... I graduated in 1960!”
“It must have been his father, then”, continued the lady.
“That’s more likely! He had been injured in the war, and had lost one arm,” I reminisced.
“That is true!” she replied.
How likely is it that one would meet a stranger who knew the son of a professor from almost 50 years ago – in the Southwest, of all places?
But it happened – because it IS a small world, even if once removed!