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During the decade of the 1950’s, the Turkish Sultan, the Prince, and his delegation visited the University of Oriente in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba while my Father was appointed Dean of the College of Law, Business, and Economics involved in Geological Prospecting for Mining Research. At the age of two years old, I was fortunate to be included in all of my Father’s professional, civics, academic, social events, and religious activities with my Mother and family at the University of Oriente in Santiago de Cuba. During 1959, 1960, and 1961, my parents introduced me as the first daughter formally to international diplomats, dignitaries, delegates, special guests, and visitors who met them at the University of Oriente and the University of La Habana in Cuba.
While the Turkish Sultan and the Prince’s delegation visited the eastern region of Cuba called Oriente, my Father was assigned to welcome and host the visiting guests and delegations from the United Nations, Turkey, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Europe, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Latin America, Asia, the United States, and other countries welcomed by Cuba. Naturally, I began to meet international visitors speaking in Spanish, English, English, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Scandinavian, and other languages–I became motivated and encouraged to learn how to speak other languages in addition to Spanish in Cuba.
Later on, I received a copy of the book titled, One Thousand and One Night or the Arabian Nights in Spanish for me to read about magic flying Turkish carpets and the Middle East open market in Istanbul, Turkey. Then, one night I dreamt that I was visiting the Open Market in Istanbul, Turkey. The next day, I woke up wondering how I was dreaming about travels in such faraway lands.
Several years later, in 1986, my dream became true when I met Nathan Scott Wittler, the first son of the Anglican missionary Reverend Melvin A. Wittler and Mrs. Nancy Wittler Patriquin, who were assigned to live in Istanbul, Turkey by the World Council of Churches, and share U.S. residence in West Dummerston, Brattleboro, in the State of Vermont, New England, USA. Former U.S. Navy PC-3 Nathan S. Wittler invited me to travel to Istanbul with him and meet his parents and siblings, Brian, Kent, and Heather Wittler. So, I did visit the Sultan’s Palace Topkapi, also known as the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
Amazingly, my childhood dream came true when the Wittlers invited me to the Turkish Open Market in 1986.
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Fifty-four (54) years ago, I was born the first daughter of Mr. Roberto Hung Juris Doctor and his wife Mrs. Gardenia Fong Ramos, in the historic city of Santiago de Cuba founded by Spaniards, at the private Spanish Clinic of Los Angeles known today as Mariana Grajales Hospital, near the University of Oriente where my Father worked as an attorney, professor and chairman of the department of business law and economics and my Mother taught Education courses for teachers trained in literacy education for Cuba. The Municipal City of Santiago de Cuba Town Hall where my father worked as a judge and attorney was also located near the private Spanish Clinic of Los Angeles in Santiago de Cuba, one of the first and oldest cities in the Americas, designated as a World Heritage Center by UNESCO. Since both my parents spoke Spanish, English, and French, I was encouraged to learn other languages while I was growing up and during my early visits to the University of Oriente, among my parents’ colleagues, associates, friends, and visitors who also spoke French, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, German, and other world languages.
My Father’s friends were all educated and professional translators and interpreters, well versed in Castilian Spanish from Spain and its regional provinces of Galicia, Castilla, La Mancha, Catalunya, etc., as well as in English from Commonwealth including England, Hong Kong, Canada, Jamaica, and American English from the United States of America. My Father had studied at the University of Oriente, the University of La Habana, the University Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, D.F. In addition, my Father had also visited Washington D.C. in the United States for his professional accreditation and legal research studies in Cuba, U.S.A., México, London, England in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Belgium and Switzerland in Europe.
The famous Gregory Rabassa who translated the literary work “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian Nobel Prize author, lived and visited in La Habana and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.
My parents’ colleagues, associates, and friends encouraged me to say words in other languages by teaching me to interpret what they were saying to me and repeating phrases from Spanish into other foreign languages. They decided that I could actually speak, read, and write Spanish well, so that I could learn other languages also to become a language interpreter and translator in English, French, Portuguese and other foreign languages. At that time, the United Nations was very popular around the world and in Cuba. In addition, the American Translators Association was established in 1958 in Virginia, U.S.A. They ought to have advised me about the risks and perils that interpreters and translators experience in their lifetime and during the course of employment, especially in the Great Lakes area by Lake Michigan Great Lakes Naval Base, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Superior in the Midwest of the United States, and in the western suburbs of the Chicagoland area as far as Du Page County, Kane County, and Will County, Illinois U.S.A. Family friends from the Great Lakes Naval Base and the U.S. Navy in Virginia, encouraged both my parents to immigrate to the United States of America with their sponsorship via Catholic Charities and the Cuban-American Freedom Flights from La Habana to Miami, Florida where our families lived already. My Aunt Consuelo Fonseca and her husband Guillermo Fonseca had already established their own Cuban family lifestyle in Miami, Florida. Also my Uncle Miguel Hung, his wife Silvia “Bebita” Hung-Simons, her daughter Olivia, son Miguel, son Santiago and son Raymundo “Ray” Hung-Simons, also lived in Miami, Florida, USA. However, my parents decided to emigrate to the Midwest by the Great Lakes areas surrounding Lake Michigan, in Chicago, Illinois where my Father’s cousin Fernando Wong, his wife Yoland Wong Fen, his daughter Sueling, son Fernando, and daughter Meiling lived on Howard Street, North Shore, near Skokie, Illinois in the USA.
Forty-one (41) years ago, while my Mother was studying at Loyola University for her Master of Arts in Spanish Spanish Literature with Dr. Martinez and Dr. Luján, I was reading and translating her books from Spanish into English during her evening classes at Loyola Lewis Tower by Michigan Avenue and Chicago, Illinois USA. Also, I could read and speak from her Portuguese course records. Since I had already started learning English as A Second Language at Avondale Elementary Grammar School on the Northwest side of Chicago with Miss Pantos (Mrs. Kardos), Miss Honeywood, and Mr. Herb Hebel, I followed up with course records in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Three years later, I enrolled in French classes at Madonna High School with Pat D’Andrea and Mrs. Francis Salvato until 1977 when I graduated from high school with English and Literature from Sister Christine, Sr. Jude, and Mrs. Barbara Davidson for High Honors in Speech, Reading, Writing, and Communications. Madonna High School shows my course records to be at the tenth (10%) per centile of the graduating alumnae for the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society.
Thirty (30) years ago, I attended Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) where I began to work as a Student Aide at the Financial Aid Department with Mrs. Annette Cohn for the Illinois Veterans Administration Scholarship sponsored by the GI Bill, managed with Shirley Levin, Angie Pappas at the Reception Desk, Marie Liszewski, Marilyn Kuhn, George A. West, Frank Solano, Kathy Crane, and other student aides, staff, and Civil Service employees on the B-Wing of the NEIU Campus. I was assigned to work with Angie Pappas, the Secretary at the Reception Desk by the front door, in order to provide other commuter students with information about the Pell Grant and Illinois Guaranteed Loans, Illinois State Scholarships, and other financial aid assistance to study at Northeastern Illinois University in English and Spanish in person, by telephone, and via U.S. Mail. I became proficient as a bilingual speaker for community students who spoke English and Spanish at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 North St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625 USA. I was interpreting and translating for the Financial Aid Department at NEIU for the next five (5) years while I studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Spanish, French, Secondary Education, Journalism, Speech, Communications, Linguistics, Athletics, Dance, and other cross-disciplinary studies from 1977 through 1982.
During 1982, I met Maureen Mueller at Northeastern Illinois University, where she was also studying Spanish in the same courses for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Maureen Mueller worked at Trans-Lingual, Inc. as secretary for the professional business language and translation agency. I applied at Trans-Lingual, Inc. and was hired to teach English, Spanish, and French, as well as to translate and interpret into English, Spanish, and French after attending NEIU during the day—I was working more than one job to pay for my college education, commuting expenses, travel to Laval University at the Ville de Québec in Canada, as well as family household expenses at home.
In the Summer of 1982, I travelled to Laval University after I was awarded the French-Canadian Summer Immersion Scholarship to study during June, July, and early August while I lived in Ville de Québec on campus to immerse, acculturate, assimilate fully in the use and practice of the French language and culture by French-Canadians in Montréal, Ville de Québec, Trois Rivières, Bay de Gaspé, the Laurentian Mountains known as Les Laurentides in the Canadian province of Québec at the University of Laval, the oldest university in North America since its foundation in the 1700s. I remember travelling and singing with Québecois Suzanne Faguy and other French-Canadian co-educational college students at Laval University in Ville de Québec, Canada during the Summer of 1982. While I was studying at Northeastern Illinois University from September 1977 through 1982 with Professor Dorette Klein, I was awarded the Laval University French Summer Immersion Scholarship, Université Laval Bourse d’Eté while living in residence on campus at the Ville de Québec, Canada. In the Spring of 1981, while I was Vice-President of the French Club, while Bruno was the President, I had travelled to Montréal, Ville de Québec, Canada with Professor Dorette Klein and the French Club from Northeastern Illinois University at 5500 North St. Louis, Chicago, Illinois 60625 USA. I was also interpreting and translating from English into French.
Mid-August 1982 I was still in the Ville de Québec, Canada from where I travelled by airplane to Calgary, Alberta to meet with Benjamin “Ben” Wolf, a Northeastern Illinois University college friend who was planning to visit and camp out in the Canadian Rocky Mountains near Lake Louise and Château Louise in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
In the Fall of 1982, I was enrolled with Dr. Rosalyn O’Cherony, Dr. Bonnie Busse, and Dr. Albert Milanesi at Northeastern Illinois University for Student Teaching at Lincoln Park Middle School, Grades 6th, 7th, and 8th, as well as for Lincoln Park High School with Master Teachers Maureen Dolan and Maureen Green. I had already worked with Master Teacher Himilse Badell who taught at LaSalle Academy Magnet School for the Chicago Public Schools in Illinois USA.
By 1982, I was already speaking American English, understanding Canadian French, and of course, Spanish with Dr. Angelina Pedroso, Dr. Eduardo Pantigoso, Dr. Vicki Nájera, Dr. Rodriguez, and French with Dr. Albert Milanesi, Professor Dorette Klein, and Linguistics Professor Tom Richardson, Ph.D. and basic Portuguese at the NEIU Foreign Languages Division headed by Dr. Bruno Galassi who had been my professor for basic Italian I.
By 9:00 a.m. this morning the librarians walked out from the Plum Library due to a power outage which closed the Lombard library today after the thunderstorm early on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.
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Village of Lombard, DuPage Co., Illinois USA
On September 2,1996, my Father completed cash payment for our Lombard Historic Brick Bungalow built in 1927 on George Hornbeck’s parcel subdivision owned by Mrs. Ahrens at 504 S. Westmore-Meyers Road related to Stebens Carpenter Handyman , adjoining the driveway and our backyard separated by a wooden picket fence. I witnessed the full cash payment with my Father at the First State Bank of Maple Park in Kane County, Illinois USA. Since my Father, I, and Nathan were all working full-time in 1996 as Lombard resident homeowners and taxpayers, life in the Lilac Village was costing us a lot more money, work, and suburban DuPage County expenses, as well as Illinois State fees, and U.S. federal taxes to us than were credited to other Lombard families in District 5, York Township in DuPage County, Illinois USA. In 1996, Mr. Roberto Hung Juris Doctor spent a lot of money in cash to pay Lombard real estate property taxes, mortgage, and DuPage County in York Township, Illinois.
I also spent a lot of cash in Lombard, purchasing electronics, computer equipment, and business professional memberships and associations for employment purposes. I was also travelling in the USA, Canada, France, and Germany. Since I was working the entire day, I would come back to the Lombard home late at night.
I had to travel to Berlin, Germany for the Languages and The Media Conference sponsored by the Federation of International Translators (FIT) during November 1996.
From O’Hare Airport (ORD), the Trans-Atlantic Flight was scheduled to leave at 8:00 p.m. Nathan dropped me off at the O’Hare International Terminal and did not wait for me to board the American Airlines flight to Heathrow Airport in London, England, in the United Kingdom.
When I got to the AA Terminal around 7:00 p.m., the intercom announced that due to engine failure in one of the propeller wings, the Trans-Atlantic flight to Heathrow Airport in London would be delayed and arrival time into Berlin would also be affected the next day. American Airlines was re-scheduling all international flight connections at Heathrow London and Berlin Germany.
The AA new engine overhaul took four (4) hours to be installed by Midnight. So, I had to wait at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago in order to make the Trans-Atlantic flight to Heathrow Airport in London UK before I could get to the InterContinental Hotel in Berlin, Germany.
All the passengers were edgy, irritated, and upset over AA faulty engine wing propeller for this Trans-Atlantic Flight, especially when AA promised a “complete new engine overhaul by Midnight”.
I wondered why at the last minute, before departure, AA had a faulty engine on a wing propeller for a Trans-Atlantic flight to Heathrow London. The thoughts and memories of airplanes failing in mid-flight across the Atlantic reminded me of the perils in travelling overseas.
Four (4) hours afterwards, I was also wondering if the new engine overhaul for the wing propeller would be completed successfully. The AA stewardess called all the passengers to board exactly by 12:00 a.m. At Midnight, I was on my way to Heathrow London with breakfast ready for my overseas flight to Europe.
With all the delays and excitement, I did not sleep at all during the whole experience. Aboard the Trans-Atlantic flight to Heathrow London, the AA Captain announced that due to the 4-hour delay, all itineraries to European cities had been changed to adjust connecting flight at Heathrow Airport in London, England UK. I had to get through the Customs Gatekeeper at Heathrow International Airport in London before I could catch my connecting British Airways flight to Berlin, Germany. Fortunately, I never get lost at European international airports, so after Customs at Heathrow London, I found the British Airways terminal for a cross-flight to Berlin, Germany. By Noon, I was aboard British Airways without my AA ORD luggage…which had not made the connecting flight with me. A British lunch was served to calm my Trans-Atlantic flight jitters, jetlag, and European-travel excitement. Overall, I made my way through the Trans-Atlantic flight to Heathrow London without any problems, in spite of the AA new engine overhaul for the wing propeller and the 4-hour delay to make the British Airways flight connection to Berlin, Germany. The only thing was that my AA luggage did not have the same luck in transit at Heathrow International Airport in London.
Lombard Criminal Disaster Damages and Losses Estate of Mr. Roberto Hung Juris Doctor, Daughter Gardenia C. Hung-Wittler, Nathan S. Wittler At 502 South Westmore-Meyers Road and Washington Boulevard, in the Village of Lombard, District 5, York Township, Du Page County, IL 60148-3028 USA. Initials for Gardenia C. Hung (GCH)
Illinois Heinous Hate Crimes Commission, Illinois Victims of Crimes Division
U.S. Department of Justice, Office For Victims of Heinous Hate Crimes,
Office For Violence Against Women, High Crimes Division, Abuse of Human Rights in Housing Under The Law, Homeowners’ Act, Victims of Crimes Act
Communications, Languages & Culture, Inc. Damages & Losses To Business Equipment, Electronics, Resources, Supplies
Toshiba Wide Screen Television, 44-inch Screen
Sony Stereo with Double Cassette Player and Diamond Record Turn Table
Sony Quadraphonic Speaker
Panasonic DVD Carousel Player with (5) Five Digital Disc Music
Video Digital Films
Olympia Camera owned by Nathan Scott Wittler
U.S. Portable Lawn Chair Outdoors
Golf Balls GCH Initials
Golf Club Putting
Aquarium 25-Gallon Table Top Tank
Living Room Lamps (2)
Coat Hanger with Wide Brim Hats, Winter Hats, Burberry Umbrellas
Legal Files in Blue Folders, Books, Spain Travelogue
Green Marble Table
Two Chinese Peonies Lacquer Wooden Planter Stands
Antique Louis XVI Furniture Winged Chair Wooden
Electric Foot Basin
San Francisco Glass Picture Frame
Tulips Glass Picture Frame
Gardenia C. Hung-Wittler’s Legal Blue Folders, Files, Books, Spain Travelogue, Video: Southern Spain Art and Architecture with College of DuPage Travel Charter Group, Miniature iPod, Chinese Travelogue, Hardbound Book on Cuba, Hardbound Book on Germany
Red Dragon Personal Journal
Personal Correspondence in Pocket File
Law School Documents in Files
Teak Wooden Dining Room Set for 8 Persons with Chairs (8)
Teak China Glass Cabinet
(2) Two Lace Table Covers from Spain
Teak Desk Top with Shelves
Two (2) Computer Desk Tops
Circular Tea Table
Computer Accessories for Philips Portable Handheld Personal Computer and Philips PC Deck, Software, Attachments, Office Supplies, Business Resources, Paper Supplies, Ink Cartridges, Printing Supplies
Kenmore Sewing Embroidery Machine Portable from Sears
Peacock Embroidery Silk Threads in a Chinese Cookies Tin
Embroidery Threads in a Chinese Cookies Tin
Sewing Supplies, Tools, Resources, Books, Embroidery Templates
Kitchen Appliances and Electronics
Hitachi Automatic Bread Maker
KitchenAid Deluxe Mixer with (2) Two Aluminum Bowls, Pasta Accessories, Sausage-Making Accessories, Bread-Making Accessories.
Braun Food Processor with Baking Accessories, Blades, Food Processing Accessories, etc.
Cuisinart Food Processor
Mr. Coffee Automatic Drip Coffee Maker
Vegetable Steamer Electric
Delicatessen Meat Slicer
Potato Spiral Peeler
Braun Coffee Maker
Ice Cream Maker
Portable Buffet Roaster/Server from Sears
Pampered Chef Baking Containers, Glass Bowls, Bread Pans, Pizza Pans, Cooking Utensils, Wooden Spoons, Cooking Supplies, etc.
Deluxe Spice Rack
French Provence Spices
Chef’s Butcher Block Rolling Cart
(2) Kenmore Deluxe Dishwasher and Regular Dishwasher
New Kenmore Deluxe Stove with Self-Cleaning Oven from Sears in Oak Brook, Illinois USA
Kitchen Butcher Block Knife Set
Porcelain Coffee Mugs
Antique Copper Baking Pans from New England
Queen Teak Bedroom Set with Two Nightstands and Touch Lamps
Teak Vanity Tri-Fold Mirror Dresser, Dresser Drawers
Queen Quilted Cover Collection
Bedroom Linen in the Closet
Guest Bedroom/Office for Communications, Languages & Culture, Inc.
Registered Microsoft, Adobe, WordPerfect Software Stolen and Taken by the Village of Lombard and Thieves
Microsoft Desktop Publishing Software
Adobe Graphics Software
PhotoShop Deluxe Graphics Software
Business Marketing Software
Microsoft Windows Software
Packard Tower Computers Damaged
IBM PS2 Personal Computer
Sony Windows Me Software Computer
Hewlett-Packard Deluxe Office/Fax/Scanner/Printer
Office Supplies, Printing,
Photo Shop Software
Foreign Languages Software with Accents
Convertible Sofa Bed Futon in Guest Bedroom
Antique Roll Top Desktop belonging to Mr. Roberto Hung Juris Doctor
Office for Communications, Languages & Culture, Inc. Consulting Media Arts Comm
Packard Tower Computer
Computer Table Top
IBM PS2 Computer
Hewlett Packard OfficeJet Printer/Scanner/Fax/Copier Color
Hewlett Packard DeskJet Color
Hewlett Packard Officejet Printer/Scanner/Fax/Copier Color
Packard Bell Tower Graphics Computer
Hewlett Packard Photo Graphics Color Printer
Digital Video Film Editing Software
Ice Cream Maker
Automatic Rotisserie Roaster
Expresso Coffee Makers
Electric Tooth Brushes
(3) Three First Aid Kits
Single Bedroom Set with Two (2) Nightstand, Vanity Dresser, Dresser Drawers
Bedroom Cover Set
Telephones, Portable, Mobile, Remote, Walkie-Talkie Set
Antique Louis XVI Sofa with Two Winged Chairs, 3-Table Set Wooden
Video Cassette Recorder
Portable Boom Radios, Small Compact Portable Radio
Bathroom Cleaning Supplies
Cabinet with Pampered Chef Spices
Pampered Chef Table Cloth Cover
Baking pans, glassware, pie molds
Appliances for Vegetable Juice Maker
Kenmore Portable Electric Oven Table Top Buffet Server from Sears in Oak Brook, Illinois
Vertical Refrigerator White
College Dorm Refrigerator Half-Size
Deluxe Pool Table Set
Deluxe Camping Tent
Deluxe Sears Cardio-Vascular Walking Treadmill
New Kenmore Washer/Dryer Set
Montgomery Ward Washer/Dryer Portable
Kenmore Deluxe Dishwasher
Oven Master Roaster
Glassware for Bar Downstairs
Christmas Tree 6-Foot with Antique Ornaments
Glass Ornaments from Berlin, Germany Christkindlemarket
Sears Kenmore Buffet Server
Porch and Wood Shed
U.S. Flag Large with Wooden Post
Wooden Picnic Table with Canvas Umbrella, Two Chairs
Toro Snow Blower Purchased by Mr. Roberto Hung in Lombard, Westmore-Meyers Road
Sears Gas Lawn Mower
Sears Deluxe Stratton-Briggs Lawn Mower with Large Bag
Home and Gardening Supplies, Plant Food, Seeds, Flower Baskets
Automated Jack for Flat Tires
(12) Twelve Motor Vehicles, including 2003 Derbi Boulevard 150 CC Motorcycle
Mitsubishi Galant 4-Door Sedan with New Tires, Quaker State Oil Supplies, Deluxe Flat Repair Kit Towed by Bongo Towing Services in Villa Park, Illinois related to Henry William Hochstatter.
Deluxe Cardio-Vascular Treadmill
Personal Fashion Clothing, Furs, Fur Hats, Hat Boxes, Leather Gloves, Rabbit Fur Coat
Winter Shoes, High Snow Boots from Neiman Marcus, Shoes, Golf Shoes
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Citizenship Documents reported stolen by the Lombard Police and Fire Department, Keith Steiskal, and others who trespassed and invaded the Hung Family garage at 502 S. Westmore-Meyers Road and Washington Boulevard during November 5, 2008 through 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
The Village of Lombard Owes Compensation, Restitution, and Reimbursement of Equity and Real Estate Property Value to Mrs. Gardenia C. Hung-Wittler, Lombard resident homeowner as Illinois Victims of Heinous Hate Crimes on legal grounds for justice and fairness in the Enforcement of the Illinois Victims of Crimes Act National Amendment due to Lombard Real Estate Property Criminal Roofing Water Damages & Losses, Theft of Personal, Family, and Business Property Resources incurred by Lombard resident homeowner Mrs. Gardenia C. Hung-Wittler, surviving daughter of Mr. Roberto Hung, Juris Doctor, at 502 S. Westmore-Meyers Road and Washington Boulevard, Post Office Box 1274, in DuPage County, Illinois 60148-3028, United States of America.
My name is Gardenia C. Hung-Wittler, Lombard resident homeowner at 502 South Westmore-Meyers Road and Washington Boulevard. I am petitioning Illinois Victims of Heinous Hate Crimes Compensation, Restitution, and Reimbursement for Lombard Real Estate Property Criminal Roofing Water Damages & Losses , Theft of Personal, Family, and Business Property Resources owned by Mr. Roberto Hung Juris Doctor, Daughter Gardenia C. Hung-Wittler. I have been writing to the Village of Lombard Board of Trustees and other law enforcement agencies on behalf of the Estate of Mr. Roberto Hung Juris Doctor and Surviving Family Members who have become Lombard Victims of Heinous Hate Crimes since the purchase of Du Page Real Estate Property on September 2, 1993. I do hereby petition Illinois Victim of Crimes Compensation with Equity and Real Estate Property Value as a Lombard real estate property owner in District 5, Du Page County, Illinois, USA.