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The son of a Hungarian physicist, the 63-year-old mogul just made one of his father’s dreams come true by helping translate the senior Mr. Simonyi’s epic about physics into English.


Woman lands plane after husband dies at controls

STURGEON BAY — The son of an 80-year-old woman said she knew her husband had died after he fell unconscious at the controls of a small plane, yet she remained calm as she landed the aircraft at a northeastern Wisconsin airport.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, James Collins said he is also a pilot and that he helped his mother, Helen Collins, via radio as the plane ran out of gas Monday evening. Another pilot took to the skies to guide her to the ground.

Mr. Collins said his mother learned to take off and land about 30 years ago at her husband’s urging, in case something happened to him. She has flown hundreds of hours by his side.

Mrs. Collins’ 81-year-old husband, John, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

From wire dispatches and staff reports