Seniority/Hungarian Revolution refugee recalls past
Published 5:26 pm, Thursday, March 8, 2012
Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of chats with local seniors about their lives, youthful aspirations, sources of pride and regret, plus a bit of wisdom to share with younger folks.
Julius Muller, 78, a Hungarian Revolution refugee was given an aviation mechanic job when he landed in Fairfield without means 36 years ago.
During a Fairfield Citizen Seniority interview, Muller also recalled his biggest joy since comes from being with his grandson, who is 9-years-old.
In his native Hungary, he wanted to be a doctor but from grade three up, due to starvation conditions in his village, Muller searched for lumps of coal shed by passing freight trains.
He sold the lumps for pennies to buy food for his family. That was the defining moment and significant memory from his bleak childhood.
Now retired from his job at Allied Signal, Muller likes to fix broken things for folks. The assistance is free.
Muller related that his wife Carol and he derive great joy from their grandson nine years of age. The lad puts laughter in their lives.
Asked to tell President Obama a thing or two, Muller settled on saying the President's doing a great job considering many of his problems are not of his making.
Q: Do you live in Fairfield?
A: Yes, 36 years.
Q: Are you married?
A: Yes, to Carol.
Q: Children, grandchildren?
A: Two daughters, one grandson, 9 years old.
Q: Are you retired?
Q: What did you do when you worked full-time?
A: Aircraft mechanic at Allied Signal.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A doctor.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment from your childhood?
A: From the third grade up, we were starving in Hungary due to the revolution. I walked the railroad tracks in our village, searching for d lumps of coal from passing freight trains. I sold the lumps for pennies to buy food for the family.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Fixing things gratis for fellow citizens.
Q: What music do you enjoy?
Q: What TV do you watch regularly?
A: Animal shows, science, history, golf, BBC and EURO news shows.
Q: If you could tell President Obama a thing or two what would you say?
A: In my estimation you are doing a great job, considering many of the problems are not of your making.
Q: What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Why can't grown-ups wage peace instead of war?
Q: What achievements of yours are you most proud of?
A: Being able to work and earning my pay.
Q: What, if anything are you greatly concerned about?
A: The economy and millions of jobless.
Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?
A: Get get busy, push yourself to work as hard as you can.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: Helping friends.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: Going to Hungary to visit with friends and family. I try to make the trip every three years, God-willing.
Pmccormack@bcnnew.com; 203-255-4561, ext. 116