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Predicably she said she wasn't allowed to release the original. Ah well, it was worth a try.

Try asking her to dinner; you need the action anyway!

 

Next time I am in Berlin, I expect you guys to show me your Kummersdorf intros.

 

Cheers, Ken

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Of course! Let us know when you're around, since there are various other interested parties who would be up for a (renewed) visit.

 

For good measure, EuropCar sent me an additional invoice over € 9,50 for their trouble of relaying my data to police. Of course it's in their terms, but that's a 30 percent mark-up on the actual fine, and if you get it six weeks after you think you're done with the issue ending in "we hope to soon welcome you at our counter again", that's not a successful exercise in customer relations.

 

Can't be personnel costs either, since I tried calling the number supplied for information the last two days before Christmas at 1610 and 1250 respectively, and got told I was calling outside business hours by the answering machine in both cases. I pointed out that much to the lady I finally reached just now, and she said she would cancel the invoice this one time, thereby narrowly saving the company possible future business with me.

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A somewhat sad footnote: Mr. Kieker, the owner of the Kummersdorf collection, died on 24 May at age 69 for no particular reason - just slept in sitting in his chair in the evening and didn't wake up anymore, according to his son. Apparently he was never one to take time off and go on vacation, chosing to pour most of his energy into the museum instead.

 

OTOH that means he burned reasonably long and bright, then just went out without dimming down. He certainly made no frail impression during our visit last year, and in fact I initially thought it was his father who had died; only just now when I called to arrange details for my birthday event in five weeks I realized in mid-talk that the e-mail notifying me of his death was sent by his son who took over for him.

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Apparently there was no prior warning whatsoever. He sure didn't sound like he intended to die anytime soon when I first called him two months ago. In fact he related Ssnake had just been to Kummersdorf a couple days earlier to scan his Luchs for Steel Beasts.

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We talked to his wife at length when we were at Kummersdorf again for my birthday. He seems to have been doing what he did since at least the 70s, in no small part financed by his wife who ran an antiquities business. She told us how both of them travelled all over Europe, Northern Africa and parts of Asia to chase after or trade vehicles; very classy lady.

 

Dave might know more, he knew him longer. The only official thing I find online is his death notice in a local paper:

 

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Dave might know more, he knew him longer.

 

Unfortunately not, I´d only met him once about 10 years ago before we organised the trip to Kummersdorf for the I&I. That was at his Berlin operation in the Obentrautstrasse where he hired out vehicles for film/TV companes.

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Well Fox guy just said that the Girl underwent "terrorist weapons" training, (shooting on the move, from behind cover,etc) so she could be better than she was at what she did. Well all of us underwent similar training, so I guess we all need to turn ourselves in.... ^_^

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Matter of personal settings. Default is for threads to only be displayed for 30 days after the last post. However, by clicking the "Custom" button in the green beam on top of the thread list in any subforum, you can set it to 60, 90, or "show all".

 

The 2015 I&I thread is here.

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