FIRST YEARS IN
THE UNITED STATES
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON University, today as then, is a city university without a large campus, similar in setting to University College, London. In September 1935, it consisted of a few buildings that occupied not much more than a square block, a short distance west of the White House.
We had sailed from England to New York, and one of our fellow passengers was Hans Bethe. Soon after our arrival, I saw Geo Gamow. The New World was not a completely foreign place; physics, a large part of my existence, had come with me, and so had Mici. But I knew I was going to miss my second set of friends even more than I had missed my friends when I left Budapest.
On our arrival, we moved into a small hotel on Franklin Square between Thirteenth and Fourteenth streets. The hotel was less admirable than the square, which was full of squirrels. Half a century of time has not been kind to the area. My salary was more than twice as much as I had earned in England, and because that munificent sum was paid for nine months' work (leaving me the summer for my own pursuits), I had a comfortable situation. 1 Mici and I felt that we were well on our way to becoming a prosperous, established married couple.
Within a few weeks of our arrival, Mici found a furnished house on Garfield Street, near Connecticut Avenue, at a bargain price. Part of the reason for the____________________