Friends in Many Places

 

 

 

 

 

Family | Ski | Jazz | Languages

 

FRIENDS AT SANKT ANTON AM ARLBERG

70TH BIRTHDAY JOINTLY CELEBRATED WITH MARY SCHWARZACHER

We had about 50 friends celebrating our joint 70th birthdays at Rodelstall very near our resdience in Sankt Anton-Nasserein. The Alber-family hosted this rowdy group, with a musician from Kappl (Paznaun-valley), singing by Heidi Adair, poetry presented by Steve Hatt (written by Mary Schwarzacher)

FRIENDS AT 5 LOCATIONS TO CELEBRATE THE 65TH BIRTHDAY

HOTEL SAUERHOF - BADEN |  BUSCHENSCHANK JOEBSTL - GRAZ |  OPERN CAFE - GRAZ |  RESTAURANT MUSEUM - SANKT ANTON AM ARLBERG |  GALLERY REMBRANDT - BOULDER (COLORADO) 

Friends from Vienna, Baden and my home region of Kirchberg am Wechsel at my 65th birthday at the Sauerhof Hotel in Baden

May 2010

 

 

Work friends from Graz University of Technology help with the celebration of my 65th birthday in Graz at Joebstl

April 2010

 

Our friend Johann Theurl in Graz had his 70th one day after my 65th, so we had a small joint celebration at the Opern Cafe in Graz

April 2010

 

Sankt Anton am Arlberg friends gathered at the Museum restaurant for a 65th birthday party

April 2010

 

Boulder [Colorado] followed with a 65th birthday party that also doubled as 25th anniversary of our presence in Boulder and as a recognition of our 40th wedding anniversary in 2009

June 2010

FRIENDS IN GRAZ PARTY FOR THE 60TH BIRTHDAY

GRAZ-KIRCHENWIRT 2005

Festive hall at Kirchenwirt-Mariatrost in Graz with 73 participants in Franz Leberl's birthday party

Hermann Maurer, Professor of Computer Science in Graz, tells stories from life with Leberl at the University

Walter Tauscher, Manager at national oil company OMV, tells stories from life with Leberl in research management

Franzi (then a mature 16) and Maike (then just graduated from veterinary university at 23) tell stories from family life

Family table with Traudl, Franz, Aunt Liesl, Carl and Herta Hennrich, Odo and Ingrid Werner, Heinrich and Ingrid Ebner

WITH FRIENDS AT THE TC-BALL AT THE MUSIKVEREIN IN VIENNA

AS GUESTS OF HARALD MEIXNER (VIENNA9, AND IN THE COMPANY OF STEVE LAWLER (MICROSOFT-USA)

Many friends join in attending various festive Balls in Vienna. This is with Harald Meixner; his wife Petra is to the left in the background, Jan 2012.

The Microsoft transaction led to new friendships, very prominently with Anne-Marie and Stephen Lawler who helped us celebrating the TC-Ball at Musikverein/Vienna in Jan 2012.

LIFETIME FRIENDSHIPS IN HOLLAND

FROM THE TIMES AT THE ITC INT'l INST. FOR GEOINFORMATION AND EARTH SCIENCES (DELFT AND ENSCHEDE)

   

Enschede 1978

Minie e Lange pregnant with Fraukje, Ria Glaser pregnant with Barbara, Traudl and the children Elske, Kerstin, Myra, Nienke

Enschede, circa 1978

Juud, Traudl, Paul, Ria, Minie at the Leberl residence in Emschede

Enschede 2018

Ria Glaser, Traudl Leberl, Minie de Lange

Enschede 2019

Pasul, Juud, Minie, Ria, Traudl, Franz at the citie's main square

LIFETIME FRIENDSHIPS IN CALIFORNIA

FROM THE TIMES AT JET PROPULSION LABORATORY STARTING IN 1974

Palm Springs 2018

Charles Elachi, Valerie Elachi, Franz, Margi Mostue. I met Charles in 1974 as member of the reserach  group I also belonged to at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Margi's husband managed the research section where my office was located.

Pasadena 2018

Dinner at Stephanie Tombrello's backyard with Margi Mostue, Franz, Stephanie. Margi is Maike°s godmother, Stephanie Franzi's. We met Stephanie in 1974 because our children attended the same child care center in Pasadena. Margi's, Stephanie's and my associations were all with the California Institute of Technology, owner of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Mono Lake in the California Desert near Mamoth Mountain ski resort, 2018. We visited with the Elachis at their ski resort town home.

Franz, Valerie Elachi, Traudl, Charles Elachi

OTHER FRIENDSHIPS

From a lifetime of work in various countries, well over 100 friendships evolved and survived the test of time.  Many countries? Consider that I have flown 1.8 million miles on United Airlines alone, and independently have long had the status of a Lufthansa Senator. My repository of photo mementoes from Australia via Japan, China, Russia, India, Israel to Brazil and Colombia, and of course the USA and many European places simply overwhelms the scope of this website. Therefore, let me illustrate friendships by just 4 examples/locations.

Ewan Eastham loves to ski. Here is a memento from Stierloch (Zuers-Lech) with Ewan to the left,  Boulder's Bobby Netterstrom (center) and Ewan's friend Nic, beer brewer from Banja Luka (right), another typically adventurous Brit -- beer brewing in Banja Luka?

Ewan Eastham and Nicola Bamford (London/Cumbria Brits to the core) became friends when we rented their Cap d'Antibes house in 2009. They hosted us in London (see here) and in Mumbai. Our paths may cross perhaps a mere 2 times a year, but it always is as if we had daily contact.

 

1970 in Creteil (Paris:). The Capys and Traudl

2010 in Paris. The friendship with Parisiens Daniel and Antoinette Capy goes back to 1964 when they brought  40 high school students to a Christmas in Galtür and I was their 19-year-old ski instructor. Later they hosted Kerstin for a  summer at their routine Normandie children's camp. In this picture, they visited at our temporary Parisian home.  

Milan and Jitka Sonka have become trusted friends. We met in 1999. They live in Iowa City, but originate from Prague. They love to ski, therefore we share memories on snow. Through them, we had wonderful experiences in Prague. Here, Milan leads his beautiful older daughter Marketa to be married to her Jan in 2016 in Florida, near their beach höme away from Iowa. Were Traudl and I so privileged to be the only non-relative, non-Czech wedding guests?