Lunch with Helge and Roberta – 2016

When I was a student at the University of Hawaii, I supported myself by working part time as a secretary for Helge Mansson, a psychology professor, who was born and raised in Denmark and received his Ph.D from New York University. He lived in Hawaii from 1966-1976, and then returned to Denmark to teach.

Fifty years after we met, Helge and his wife, Roberta, visited us in our home for lunch today. It was so nice to see them again after an absence of six years.  They enjoyed the salmon, pasta salad and green salad I prepared for them.  Dessert was coconut cake and coffee.

These are photos of the event.  Click on the photos to enlarge them:

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I mentioned that I hoped no country would invade North Korea, because I still have relatives living there. Just think of the chaos and bloodshed if such a thing happened.

Helge told us that he and others from around the world had attended a symposium on Creativity in North Korea for eight days in 1990. He said he traveled all over the place and that North Korea was very beautiful and mountainous, which meant there was little land for agriculture.

That discussion led to other topics regarding the need for a president who would promote peace and unity in the USA, and the role of religion around the world. If God is so powerful, why has he not brought peace and love to the world?

Since Helge and Roberta reside in New York City, we discussed “Hamilton,” a popular Broadway musical. Amazingly, they were able to get tickets.  It is an interesting story and very touching to watch, something to include in our itinerary should we travel to New York City in the future.

Anyway, the time went by quickly and then it was time to say Good-bye. We hugged our dear friends and wished them Aloha.

‘Til next time, Helge and Roberta!

10 Responses to “Lunch with Helge and Roberta – 2016”

  1. DJan Says:

    How wonderful to have such good friends. I enjoyed seeing the pictures, and it looks like everyone had a fine time. 🙂

  2. Linda Starr Says:

    fifty years as friends, amazing

  3. Christine Says:

    What a wonderful visit! I see that your table is perfectly set!

  4. Olga Says:

    How fun to see old friends. Your home, as always, is so lovely–just right for the gracious entertaining you seem to enjoy.

  5. DeniseinVA Says:

    A lovely time with your friends Gigi. And what interesting discussions.

  6. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    A wonderful visit. So nce to catch up with an old friend. God didn’t make the mess, we did. God gave humans free will.

    Hamilton sounds like a great musical. When it comes here we may see it. Time for people to get to know this patriot who championed the Central Bank. All was chaos before that as every state had its own currency.

    I agree we need a president who will pull us together. That would be John Kasich, but he doesn’t have a prayer, I fear.

  7. Tom Sightings Says:

    Great that you keep up with old friends. I want to see Hamilton, too, but I am stopped by the expense and the waiting period. B is stopped by the fact that it’s a rap version of a musical.

  8. Gert Hovald Says:

    Hello from Denmark
    By a chance I found the name af Helge Mannson on your site. I was 1975-76 a colleague to Helge, when he was a professor by Aalborg Univercity. Can you convey my greetings to Helge?
    Hallo Helge! Da jeg tilfældigvis fandt dig på nettet, kan jeg ikke lade være med at sende dig en hilsen. Vi var kolleger et halvt års tid på Aalborg Universitet i 1975. Måske husker du mig, måske ikke. Jeg skulle undervise i jura, men fandt hurtigt ud af, at det ikke var særlig relevant, hverken for de studerende eller mig. Vi havde nogle gode oplevelser sammen. Jeg håber alt står vel til hos dig! Mange hilsner
    Gert Hovald Petersen.

  9. Don O'Connor, Jr. Says:

    I am an attorney in New York State. I have been trying to locate an attorney… Marguerite Simson in Hawaii. She apparently does not actively practice law anymore. Could she be the person in your photo albums? If so5, please tell her to call Don O’Connor, Jr., Esq. at 607-724-3743 regarding the Estate of Dorothy Heller. Thank you, Don O’Connor, Jr.

  10. Ralph Luebberstedt Says:

    I am an old time friend of Roberta and Helge and and it is great to read this

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