| 1632 series |
POD: May, 1631
|Appearance(s):||Grantville Gazette VII, Grantville Gazette X|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States of Europe (formerly United States)|
|Date of Birth:||1930|
|Relatives:||Ralph Onofrio (brother)|
Emmanuel Onofrio was a math teacher at Grantville High School with forty years of teaching experience. He was sometimes called "Manny" by people, a name he detested.
Grantville's Greatest Philosopher?Edit
In the time after the Ring of Fire, one of Onofrio's students, Matthew Bartholow was absent from class. Matthew told Onofrio that he'd been delivering a letter for his grandfather Julio Mora addressed to one Wilhelm Krieger acknowledging Krieger's acceptance of an invitation from Grantville's Jimmy Dick Shaver. Onofrio immediately remembered that Wilhelm Krieger as one of Germany's greatest intellectuals and had Jimmy Dick in a challenge of wits. Onofrio, knowing that Krieger was judging not just Dick, but Grantville as well, realized this arrangment could spell catastrophe. He went to find Dick at Club 250. Dick wasn't there, but Onofrio learned from the club's owner, Ken Beasley, that Dick intended to meet Krieger over dinner and had invited Joseph "Old Joe" Jenkins as his interpreter. To Onofrio's surprise, he learned that he himself was also invited.
Onofrio, Dick and Jenkins met Krieger at Grantville Fine Foods. There, Onofrio was very surprised to learn (and hear) that Jenkins was multilingual and had mastered Latin. Throughout the dinner, Onofrio helped in translating the discussion between Krieger and Dick. He also gave Krieger a detailed account of Grantville's schools. When Dick answered Krieger's question about that mankind's folly was an uncherished child, Onofrio, who remembered a list of children "who faded into dull commonness or blossomed into brilliant horrors," agreed with Dick's answer. Krieger, who didn't understand Dick's answer, cursed them as "hopeless romantics" before leaving in a huff. After the flustered philosopher had left, Onofrio thanked Dick for the pleasure of translating Grantville's for "only fulltime practicing philosopher."