I’ve been to 22 countries, including dozens of trips to France. After all, it was my next-door neighbor when I lived in Germany.
I was once a recording artist. I was a member of a children’s choir when we recorded an album for the 25th anniversary of the organization. That’s when I learned that recording an album is not as glamorous as people think. It involves many repetitions because the slightest noise – such as rustling a piece of paper – makes a recording obsolete.
I was on TV twice: the first time on Pittsburgh’s KDKA after winning First Place in a bird photo contest, the second time on Moon Township’s Access TV after publishing my novel.
I used to dance in a folk dance group and participated in the July 4th parade at the Kutztown Folk Festival in Pennsylvania in 1979.
I have never owned a dog, but you wouldn’t know it if you observed my dog encounters. Dogs are drawn to me like yellow jackets to a plum cake, as long as they are not defending their own yard.
I recently blogged about 1950s cars, but cars were not the only change the GIs brought to post-war Germany. They brought the latest records from America with them. No wonder they were so popular with young people.
Far away from big cities and their range of entertainment, the clubs and the entertainers who toured the bases brought the big wide world into the Hinterland. After all, the soldiers had to be entertained. Well-known American and German musicians and singers like The Golden Gate Quartett, The Platters, Count Basie, Caterina Valente, Conny Froboess, Max Greger, and Bata Illic worked at the clubs during the 1950s and 1960s, which was often the beginning of a long career.
And who could forget that the most famous singer of the time, Elvis Presley, was stationed in Germany? He did not give any concerts during his tour, but remained a huge draw wherever he went.