in 1956 when I was in Vienna for the first time,
I met a TV engineer, Karl Vesely.
Karl gave me a tour
around the city in his
old VW beetle. It has a flat front and looks
a little different than the famous VW beetle
of a few years later. It was formerly
a German officers car.
It was on this same trip
that we passed within 20 miles of my wife's
home town, Kirchdorf Krems, Austria. At the time
I had no idea that 12 years later I would meet Herta
in Glendale, CA and I would soon be married
to an Austrian woman.
This photo of Herta and myself was the first photo
taken of us together on the evening we met
in Glendale on September 18, 1968,
a few months after she came to this country
to live with her sister, who had
moved to Los Angeles some years prior.