I was in a phonebooth at the airport in St. Louis when I overheard
the man in the booth behind me talking to someone. He said, "tell
them that this is Chuck Loftus calling....". Ok, so I
was nosey - but I couldn't help overhearing that! In my rush
to see another "Loftus" I akwardly interrupted his phone
conversation by handing him my business card. Then, in a really
annoying gesture, I reached over and pointed to my name and said,
"there are now 9 of us!" He must have thought some nut
had just attacked his booth! Fortunately, before he went into cardiac
arrest, he saw the "Loftus" and grinned. Later, after
I let him continue his phone conversation, we had a chance to talk
for a couple minutes before our flights departed.
told me that the Loftus name (which even the Irish consider
to be an "old" Irish name) pre-dated Ireland and went
back to the early Vikings from Norway.
The name "Loftus" appears in street names and there is
even a village by that name located on the Hardangerfjord near Bergen.
When I did a search on the net, I found out that a former U.S. Ambassador
to Norway was: (you guessed it) - The Honorable Ambassador
Thomas A. Loftus!