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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...