Summer 2015
Summer 2015

Neil Hodur

On Monday, May 18, we followed this perennially popular professor as he spent a leisurely day with his family. “Most weekdays, I watch the news and go to bed,” says Dr. Hodur. “But this Monday, I played hookie. It might be a typical I-played-hookie day, especially if it doesn’t rain.” It was a well-deserved day off, to say the least: Two days prior, he addressed ICO’s 2015 graduates during commencement. After nearly 40 years at ICO, he’s retiring from a full-time class load, but will continue teaching on a more limited basis. Photos by Brian Holloway. Interview by Erin Engstrom.


8:43 a.m.
8:43 a.m.

8:43 a.m.

“My father grew up at 32nd and Canal. You could throw a potato from there to the old Comiskey Park. He grew up a White Sox fan, so I was destined to be one as well. At least I got a chance to see them win a championship, unlike the Cubs fans out there who are still waiting.”

9:27 a.m.
9:27 a.m.

9:27 a.m.

“I read a lot about science and science history. This is about the letters between Galileo and his eldest daughter, during the time that he was trying to convince the Catholic Church that the earth revolved around the sun, and not vice versa.”

9:31 a.m.
9:31 a.m.

9:31 a.m.

“The train set was a gift from my parents when I was nine years old. I let it go for quite a few years. Then when my son was born I figured it was time to revisit it. And I’ve been putting it together for the last 20 years. My wife, Linda, just wants me to do something with it.”

9:58 a.m.
9:58 a.m.

9:58 a.m.

“I’ve got a couple of remote control helicopters. I try little acrobatics from time to time, and see if I can land them. Sometimes they land all by themselves after they hit the wall.”

10:18 a.m.
10:18 a.m.

10:18 a.m.

“Learning the banjo has been a goal of mine. I played the guitar many years ago, as well as the clarinet, the bassoon, the drums, and I think the trumpet–oh, and the piano. But I always wanted to learn to play the banjo, so I’m self-teaching myself. I don’t know if I’m musical; I play around with this stuff.”

10:59 a.m.
10:59 a.m.

10:59 a.m.

“My son, Kevin, has a passion for frisbee golf, so I go out with him and try to play. I haven’t figured the physics out with my throws yet, but it will come.”

12:23 p.m.
12:23 p.m.

12:23 p.m.

“Kevin and his wife Cynthia are heading back home to Hancock, Mich., in the Upper Peninsula. The drive is about eight-and-a-half hours. They came down for graduation, which was nice. Kevin teaches at Michigan Tech. Janet, my oldest, lives with her husband Alan and daughter Emma in South Miami, Fla.”

1:36 p.m.
1:36 p.m.

1:36 p.m.

“Parmesans Station usually has pretty good sandwiches. I like the Italian hero sandwich, and their beef sandwiches are also very good. They might not be the best in the world but they give you a whole lot.”

1 Comment

  • Reply September 2, 2015

    Andrea

    Hahaha! You are famous! And I’ve acutlaly got a draft started for a entry just about you two, since we had quite a few fun adventures together I’ll e-mail ya when I get a chance to post it. And believe it or not I’m almost half-way through the book!! I was a bit nervous at first about having enough time (especially when I saw the size of that thing!), but I think it’s going to work out. Yay!

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