The Martin Martys of Chicago are friends with the Martin Martys of Zurich, Switzerland. Decades ago the Chicago Martys had the Zurich Martys as house guests. That meant, Swiss hospitality style, that we were invited back to visit them. Over the years we’ve been back to see them again.
I collect “Martin Martys,” of whom there are numbers in Switzerland. One came to America a century and a half ago, was called “the Angel of the West” for his pioneering work among the Sioux, became bishop of St. Cloud, and was offered up to me as a subject to write about by the late Colman Barry, O.S.B. [Order of St. Benedict], who foresaw a good interfaith market for a book “Martin Marty, O.S.B., by Martin Marty, S.O.B.” But I digress.