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About Me

I was born in communist Romania back in 1959. Don't rush to call me a Romanian though... I am actually Hungarian. As you may know, the western part of Romania, under the name of Transylvania, used to be part of Hungary, so even today, there is a population of a couple of million Hungarians in Romania.

I was born in a small city named Ludus, in the heart of Transylvania, a city of no more than maybe five or six thousand people when I was born, approximately 15.000 now. My parents Anna and Joseph (Anna and Jozsef in Hungarian) lived with my dad's parents at the time, in the countryside, about five kilometeres from the city, but moved to Ludus shortly after I was born. I grew up dividing my time between my parents and my grandparents until I started school at age seven.

You may wonder what language I learned... well, I started with Hungarian, the only language used in our family, but picked up Romanian just as soon as I started playing with other neighboring kids. Most everyone speaks both Hungarian and Romanian in that part of the country, but my parents wanted me to learn Hungarian before anything else, so they decided to send me to a Hungarian school. Of course, Romanian being the official language of the country, we also learned that, but most of the curriculum was in Hungarian. So I took Hungarian classes until grade eight, then switched to Romanian for high school.

School is not that much different from America, maybe it's just a bit more serious, even back in communist times the academic standard was very high. There was no difference between schools during the first eight years, but we had quite a few choices for highschool. Being always oriented toward science and technology, I chose to study just that, so I took science classes (math, physics, chemistry) not neglecting my general education, I also learned besides Romanian literature, French and English, history, geography and the mandatory political sciences that tried hard to turn us into good followers of Marx, Engels, and Lenin... with minimal success...

After graduating from high school with a baccalaureate diploma in June 1978, I was drafted into the mandatory army service just a few months later. I served a year and a half, and I still consider that time as wasted time since I didn't learn much; maybe the only positive side was the good physical condition I developed as an infantry corporal.

It was time to choose a career so I went to a technical/trade school in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania to became an electronics technician. I came back to Ludus in the fall of 1981 as an electronics technician and started work at the local "Radio & TV Repair Shop", a place with five more technicians at the time. Pretty much all other technicians were happy to pass me all their junk, mostly radio receivers, record players and tape or cassette players - there was no money in fixing low value stuff, TV repair brought them a lot more. As a biginner I didn't have much choice, but I don't complain about that time, it really helped me put my theoretical knowledge in practice. A couple of years later I started messing around with black and white television sets and in the late 1980's I was already fixing color units.

It was the worst of communist times, with Ceausescu still in power. Romania experienced beyond all the ideological terror a really bad economy. We were receiving rationalized food portions, about half a kilogramm bread per day per person, one liter oil and a kilogramm sugar per month per person, to mention only the basics... beyond which basics there wardly was anything for sure, we considered ourselves lucky if we were able to buy some meat, butter, or rice after staying in long lines, sometimes for half a day.

All this came to an end when at Christmas 1989 Ceausescu was executed and some lower level politicians took the power using the military's help. Everyone was exited about the new possibilities, but the economy collapsed almost totally, the inflation reached 2,000% in less then 10 years. Today Romania is still a poor country despite the fact that a few got extremely rich. But that's another story and there might be others who know more about it.

After a few years of now capitalist economy I opened my own electronics repair shop in 1994 and employed two more technicians, with myself working on color TVs, one tech on black and white TVs and another one on everything else. I was slowly loosing faith in the new era, and so, since I always dreamed of America, I applied for the Visa Lottery together with my wife in the fall of 1996. I will never forget how happy I was when almost a year later we both received some large envelopes from the US Immigration Service.

We emigrated to the USA in the summer of 1998. We had some friends in Atlanta, so we came straight here, lived with them for a few months, then rented an appartment and moved there. My wife Adel used to be a registered nurse back in Romania, but she couldn't get her credentials accepted here, so we decided the best would be for her to go back to college, which she did in the fall of the same year. I got a job as surveyor with the local power company, Georgia Power - I was driving around the State and checked for power lines, transformers, meters. By the end of 1998 I got hired by Circuit City to work as an outside TV technician, repairing television sets in the customer's homes. It was a difficult job with a lot of driving through the busy Atlanta metro area, so I decided to go back to Georgia Power.

In June of 1999 I found an electronics technician job in a small mom-and-pop TV repair shop just a couple of miles from our appartment. Soon after, we purchased our own home (see picture). I worked for Gwinnett TV for a little over one year, then I applied and got the job I am still holding (2007) working for Mitsubishi Digital Electronics as a certified electronics technician.

Adel finished college in just three years taking a huge load of classes. She works as a registered nurse in labor and delivery at the hospital with the largest L&D ward in the world, Northside Hospital in Atlanta.

Our daughter Evelyn was born in 2002.

It is March 2007 at the time of the last update and we're getting ready to move to a new home. Evelyn will start school soon, so we need to live in an area with good schools.