|This picture appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1957|
Mr. Penzes emigrated to the US after the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. He originally settled in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1957 as a schoolboy I met him briefly at the Ohio AAU cross country meet in Dayton, OH. He was clearly a veteran running with the Magyar AC. There were a number of Hungarian refugees running in that meet, and he seemed to be the leader in the group. At the tender age of fifteen I shyly asked him what was the secret to being a good distance runner. His answer was simple, "Practice, practice, practice." I never knew his name until I met Les three summers ago.
|Les Hegedus and Julius Penzes in the 1960's|
In 2004 Mr. Penzes inquired on the Track and Field News Bulletin Board about his not showing up in TF&N's 1953 world rankings. Interestingly his two best times listed were 28:48. 6 Following is the conversation between Mr. Penzes and several other TF&N readers. It tells us a lot about those times and what athletes in the Communist bloc went through to participate on the international scene. GB