Nordic Thrillers (October 2011)

Lodge Meeting: October 21, 2011
Join us for a stimulating discussion of the Nordic thrillers that are taking the world by storm. Four members of the lodge’s Reading Circle will explain why the Scandinavian crime writers are currently so popular and they will discuss some of the most popular writers such as:
  • Stieg Larsson (presented by member Tim Christenson)
  • Jo Nesbø (presented by member Marie Hansen)
  • K.O. Dahl (presented by member Lynn Juhl)
  • Karin Fossum and Anne Holt (presented by chair, Christine Meloni).

The speakers will also tell about films based on these Nordic thrillers. Several of the books are available in our lodge library.

A list of books and films was distributed to all in attendance:

Speaker Bios

Tim Christenson was born in Burbank, California, the son of Larry and Nordis Christenson. His mother was born in Denver, Colorado, and her Norwegian ancestry is from Bagn in Valdres and Tromso. His father was born in Northfield, Minnesota, with roots in Story City, Iowa, and in Norway (Sognefjord and Danhaug). Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at St. Olaf College, where he met his future wife, Glenda. After earning master’s degrees from The Fletcher School and Harvard University, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, studying at Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He was commissioned in the Marine Corps after college, retiring as a colonel in 2006. Tim works in DoD (US Dept. of Defense), teaching in a master’s degree program for mid-career professionals. After his Fulbright year, he took a position with Sen. Rudy Boschwitz (R-MN) on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He later served for seven years in the Pentagon’s arms control policy office.

During his leisure time he likes to teach sailing with the Pentagon Sailing Club. He is a vicar in his home church, Prince of Peace Lutheran in Springfield, where he also sings in the choir and plays cello in the orchestra. In early 2009, he joined Washington Lodge after searching online. Now he is enjoying reading/discussing Norwegian books as part of our Reading Circle. Tim and Glenda are empty-nesters with 4 daughters and 2 sons: Erika Nordis, Grete Ann, Margit Kirsten, Karin Ingrid, Markus Adrian, and John Timothy. They have lived in Springfield, Virginia, since 1983.

Marie Hansen was born in Brooklyn, New York, Her mother's ancestry is traced to Trondheim, Norway, Kalmar, Sweden, and the Alsace region of Germany/France. Her father’s ancestry is traced to Haparanda, Sweden, close to the Finnish border.

Marie grew up in Arlington, Virginia, graduated from Wakefield..High School, and went on to college at George Washington Univ., Wash., DC, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After college she pursued more pursued more education at Virginia Polytechnic University and State University (VPI) in Blacksburg, VA and earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies. Her next move was to Washington, DC where she began a career in urban studies/transportation planning at the Urban Institute, and eventually became a contractor to the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she now is a programmer working on quality assurance for highway safety data.

She is married to Henry Hansen and they have 2 children (1) Erik Ivar, who lives in Washington, DC and is a graduate student in International Studies at John’s Hopkins University (DC campus), and (2) Mark Henry who lives in Richmond, VA and is an undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth majoring in Homeland Security.

She and Henry lived in Alexandria Virginia for 5 years, moved to Pittsburgh PA for Henry’s job with the Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA) and then moved back to Northern Virginia, living in Fairfax for the last 17 years. She joined the lodge in 2008 and Henry joined in 2004. Today Marie enjoys being a member of the Lodge Reading Circle. Her other activities include ESOL (English For Speakers of Other Languages) tutoring through the Virginia Literacy Council, gardening, reading as a member of other book groups, and dabbling in water colot. She also is a volunteer usher at Arena Stage, Washington, DC.
Lynn Juhl was born in Forest City, Iowa, the second of four sons, of Emma Sveen and Ralph Juhl. His mother was born in Forest City, Iowa with roots in Lillehammer, Norway. His father was born in Orchard, Colorado with ancestry from Denmark. After graduating from high school in Crystal Lake, IA, Lynn earned his Associate of Arts degree at Waldorf (Lutheran) College, Forest City, Iowa, his Bachelor of Arts in English and mathematics, Concordia (Lutheran) College, Moorhead, Minnesota, then a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education and Ph.D. in math education and statistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He taught mathematics in Puerto Rico in 1974 as part of his master’s program of study. Lynn served for two years in the US Peace Corps in Malaysia, 1967-69, staying with the Peace Corps for two more years in recruiting and training. From 1974-2006 he taught mathematics in the Arlington County Public Schools at Williamsburg and Kenmore Middle Schools, and Wakefield High School.

Lynn’s children are Peter and Kathryn. He is married to Rosalie Smith, who joined Washington Lodge in 2008. They have become world travelers since their retirements, having visited Norway in 2009 for the first time. He is an avid reader who enjoys being part of the Lodge Reading Circle. In November 2009, Lynn went to El Salvador as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that works with our neighbors in need around the world to construct simple, decent, and affordable homes. Lynn was active several years as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years he has served as a deacon on the Church Council of Advent Lutheran in south Arlington and serves on the Boards of the MalaysiaAmerica Society (MAS) and Friends of Malaysia (FOM). He has completed 16 Marine Corps Marathons and has run with the DCH3 (running club) for 20 years.

Christine Foster Meloni was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Elmer W. Foster and Dorothy Gilbert. Her father’s maternal grandparents were born in Lom (Oppland) while his paternal grandmother was born in Gol (Buskerud). Christine spent most of her childhood in Minneapolis.

She has degrees in Italian, linguistics, and education. She taught English as a Foreign language at George Washington University for 30 years and is currently teaching English as a Second Language at Northern Virginia Community College. Christine’s current all-consuming passion is Norwegian genealogy. She has completed drafts of her Lom and Gol family histories. She has traced her Lom ancestors back to the sixth century through Norway, Iceland, and Greenland. Since joining Wash. Lodge in 2004, she has earned all four sports medals (bronze, silver, gold, enamel) for Walking (Gangmerke) and Biking (Sykkelmerke) and has reached the Specialist level in three Cultural Skills programs, Norwegian Literature, Norwegian Genealogy, and Norwegian Literature.

She facilitates the lodge’s Reading Circle and the Genealogy Interest Group. She is also a student in the lodge’s Norwegian language class. Her latest passion is Nordic thrillers.