1940's Berlin; A German child climbs the rubble of a bombed out city looking
for food and sees an American Tank.
American soldiers wave the child over, place him on the tank and drive off.
Though the child was both
exhilarated and scared, his fears would subside when the
American soldiers gave him his first taste of chocolates and
other foods. Thus, a chance encounter sparked great affections
for all things American.
Years later, while he and his young
friends marveled over the advanced 1950's
American Finned Cars, his father would engineer automotive engines for
Mercedes Benz; one car being the first iteration of the
fastest production car of its day;
The 300SL; (Gullwing). While he rose to the position of a
worldwide sales chief for Daimler Mercedes, his brother would engineer the first all wheel
drive car; the Audi Quattro.
1960's America; A logger waves a small American child over and
places him on a dozer and drives off. The child was also
exhilarated and scared, as he broke the age old
warning: "beware of strangers". Years later the young man also
became infatuated with his father's American Fin Cars and their futuristic looks.
The German and American would meet, a friendship created and
adventures would follow. The German, who never lost his
infatuation with America, would often comment on America's
grandeur and what she had achieved in just 500 years. By 2006,
we realized the need to see other areas that have embraced
freedom. Our Friends would
introduce us to many from all walks of life, all of which
resulted in a most
positive experience where the admiration and respect for America
exceeded what many might envision.