More About the Author, Louis Bodnar

Louis J. Bodnar, also the author of Sunbelt, a Novel, published in 1986, Quadrangle Press, is a retired attorney currently living in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with his wife Joan, and their rescue beagle mix dog, G. Reacher.  A naturalized American citizen, he was born in Vilshofen, Germany, as his Hungarian parents fled from Budapest, Hungary at the end of World War II.  Upon the death of his father, Dr. Steven Bodnar, the former Hungarian Minister of the Interior and the Earl of Legeney, he immigrated to Brazil with his mother and brother.


He spent eight years in Brazil with his mother Angela and older brother, Steven, three years of which he lived on a Brazilian Ranch, known as a “fazenda” and the remainder in a Sao Paulo emigrant slum known as Villa Anastacio. 

In 1958, through the efforts of his Aunt Ilona, a war bride of an American soldier she met in Germany, he and his mother immigrated to the United States to join their family in South Bronx, New York City.  In March of 1958, his mother died of cancer and his aunt and uncle became his guardians.   As the uncle, Ted Lewis was career military in the U.S. Army; his next military assignment was overseas to Tokyo, Japan for three years.  He attended a military dependents’ high school the first two years.  Thereafter Ted Lewis was assigned to Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma where he graduated from Lawton Senior High School. 

He was educated in the United States in Oklahoma, receiving an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma and was a candidate for an L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Bodnar practiced law in the Southwest since 1972 in Oklahoma, Washington D.C., Dallas and El Paso, Texas and is retired living with his wife Joan in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.