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Die Zukunft liegt in Manderscheid

Before his retirement, Rainer Petto was in charge of the regional (Saarländischer Rundfunk) television program Kulturspiegel. In the 60s, we both attended the same all-boys school in Saarbrücken, the then-famous Ludwigsgymnasium, a classical grammar school founded it 1604. Rainer and I have been friends since our days at Ludwigsgymnasium. One thing we had in common was our interest...

Geh uff die Hidd

I wanted to use the time I spent in Germany this year to record a couple of conversations in German. I asked three people with radio experience, and they all agreed. For me, this was a unique opportunity to learn about sound editing. I used Audacity to edit the conversations. I found it surprisingly easy to cut out unwanted noises and to change around the position of sentences. At the...

“Heim ins Reich”

I just spent two days in Saarbrücken to celebrate my aunt’s 80th birthday. She came from Bavaria to live with us in June of 1959, shortly before our famous return “heim ins Reich.” That is why she combined her 80th birthday with a 50 years Saarland celebration. I have tried to recount some of my memories of those days in an earlier post and now found a more eloquent and very...

James Bond Conference

I noticed that my home town in Germany is hosting an international conference on The Cultures of James Bond. “James Bond has become a popular icon and has developed nothing short of his own cultural mythology”, reads the introduction. It is fitting that it was the Apollo movie theatre in Saarbrücken’s Eisenbahnstraße where I saw my first James Bond movie, Dr. No, in 1963. I also...

Travel Report

I returned to Southern California via the Bradley International Terminal at LAX, a particularly sophisticated form of purgatory. Luggage retrieval and customs processing must have been designed with the objective to inflict as much discomfort and waiting time on arriving passengers as possible. I am sure that all officials working there had to undergo special training that allows them...