Francis “Red” Grandy, 96, of HermonThursday, September 13, 2018
Europe with a friend from USC. After touring France, Italy, England, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and stopping in Switzerland to hike the Matterhorn, Red met Bette Kaye Kappemeyer in Darmstadt, Germany. She and her husband invited Red to attend a dinner with them at the Stars and Stripes Newspaper Headquarters in Darmstadt. There he met S&S Managing Editor, Ken Zumwalt and was told about an opening on the photo staff. After an initial no, Zumwalt agreed to give Red a trial run.In the first four months working for S&S Red took the award winning, Ill Be Darned photo of Dwight D. Eisenhower in response to news of Trumans decision to replace Gen. MacArthur with Gen. Ridgway. Later after running in almost every newspaper and magazine in the US, Gen. Eisenhower sent Red a signed copy of the photo with an inscription which read For Red Grandy, who in this picture, surprised an old soldier. The Ill Be Darned photo hangs today as the first photo on the wall as you enter the Stars and Stripes Offices in Washington, DC.Based at the Darmstadt Headquarters, Red archived a pivotal time in our history, documenting post WWII and Cold War era events, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Miracle on Ice historic US hockey team win against Russia in the Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Photographing major world leaders, celebrities and iconic figures like Ray Charles, Sophia Loren, Chuck Yaeger, Hayley Mills and Muhammad Ali to name a short few and several American Presidents including, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson. Red did almost anything to get the shot, only missing one deadline in his 35 year prolific career.Today Stars and Stripes still celebrates Red with their Photo of the Day collection headed by close friend, Joe Gromelski, featuring photographs of Reds throughout his career.Later in life Red enjoyed hosting parties at Lazy River Playground built by his father in the early 1940s, spending time with his grandchildren and friends and giving rides in his prized Amphibious car he had shipped from Germany.Through his lens Red Grandy gave a timeless gift to our culture and to American and world history. Reds life was a life lived in adventure, friendship and resilience of the human spirit. He was a gift to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.Red is survived by his sister Patricia Anne Harmer, daughter Kathryn Grandy Tabor, her 4 sons Greg Reczko, Andy Reczko, Doug Reczko, and Lowen Tabor, nieces and nephews, 7 great grandchildren, 8 great great-grandchildren, and several great nieces and great nephews.Red was on the Hermon Cemetery Board and the Gateway Museum Boar...http://www.wwnytv.com/story/39008549/francis-red-grandy-96-of-hermon
Disney in Mainz and new museum opening – news from the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region! - The Daily TelescopeThursday, March 15, 2018
Tue, Mar 06, 2018 12:57 CETExciting things are happening in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region: Bingen am Rhein will be celebrating a special anniversary, a new hotel has opened in Darmstadt, and Mainz presents the history of Disney. Frankfurt too will be busy, with the opening of a new music museum and one of Europeâ€™s greatest inaugurations this year! This and more in this press release â€¦ read on to find out!Disney exhibition in MainzWe all know and love them: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and all the other famous Disney characters. But from whose pen did they spring? The exhibition â€œWalt Disney â€“ Mickey, Donald & Friendsâ€?, taking place in Mainz from March 14 to July 29, 2018, is an opportunity to learn all about the cartoonists behind the most famous Disney characters. There will be more than 300 exhibits in the Mainz State Museum, mainly featuring masters Floyd Gottfredson (Mickey Mouse), Al Taliaferro (Donald Duck), and Carl Barks (Scrooge McDuck, Gyro Gearloose, etc.). There will also be a varied entertainment program that is suitable for all ages. Admire special exhibits such as the unique Mickey Mouse book â€œThe Adventures of Mickey Mouseâ€...
William Well - Bismarck TribuneFriday, August 11, 2017
While in college, Bill was a member of the Gold Star Marching Band and Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) fraternity.Bill served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter crew chief during the German Occupation in Darmstadt, Germany, from 1954-1956. He moved to Medina where he taught Vocational Agriculture at Medina High School from 1956-1967, and married Janet Christopher on June 20, 1959. Bill later operated his own business, Bill’s Agri-Service from 1967-1973. Bill taught adult ag education classes at Bismarck Junior College for one year. He worked as an Agriculture Loan Officer for the Bank of Steele, in Steele and Medina, from 1974-1995, retiring as Sr. Vice President and Director of the Bank of Steele. Following retirement, Bill continued to share his passion for education as a substitute teacher at Medina High School; as recently as this past school year.Bill was a member of English Lutheran Church in Medina, where he served on the church council, choir, and as a Sunday School teacher. He was a member of the Lions Club, American Legion of Medina, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, FFA Alumni Association, National Rifle Association, and Retired Teacher’s Association. Bill also served as a Chairman of the Chase Lake Project, on the advisory board for Central Grasslands Research, and as a Past President of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Credit Council.Bill enjoyed all aspects of agriculture and outdoor activities. His passions included hunting and fishing with his sons and grandchildren, tending to livestock, farming, teaching, playing cribbage with family, Native American history on the plains,...http://bismarcktribune.com/news/obituaries/william-well/article_a15ecc96-8a31-562f-aa20-29a4d5bd8357.html
Elizabeth Scott is building a high-tech home with old-fashioned grace - The Altamont EnterpriseThursday, May 4, 2017
He was referring to Wolfgang Feist of the Institute for Housing and the Environment in Germany and Bo Adamson of Lund University in Sweden. Four row houses designed to their standards were built in Darmstadt, Germany in 1990. Six years later, the Passivhaus-Institut was founded to promote and control the standards.There are two agencies in North America that certify passive houses — the Passive House Institute, based in Germany, and Passive House Institute US, based in Chicago, which is the leader for certifying passive houses in America.“You go back and forth until they’re satisfied,” said Pedranti of submitting plans for certification. “It makes a building better.”After the house is built, it is measured for tightness. “You put a fan in, depressurize, and see how many leaks there are,” he said. “It’s very challenging to get there,” he said of building a house tight enough to be certified.The total leaks for the entire house need to be “about the size of a baseball.”There are vents in every room, Scott said, as she toured her home, now with its outer shell complete and its inside framed with studs. She gestured to where the kitchen will be and had just ordered $8,800 worth of cupboards and appliances from Ikea, a multinational company founded in Sweden.Pedranti described the...
Germany’s new Green divide - POLITICO.euSaturday, December 8, 2018
In one of Germanys most prosperous states, the Greens won 18 percent of the vote and became the second-largest party. It then achieved a similar feat in the neighboring state of Hesse, where it won 20 percent of the vote.
It remains to be seen whether the party will be able to cement its support and become the champion of Germanys cosmopolitan-liberal camp for years to come.
In early November, the Greens overtook the rapidly deflating SPD in nationwide opinion polls. One survey put the partys support at 24 percent, just three points below that of Chancellor Angela Merkels Christian Democratic Union. In a snap election, such a result would establish the Greens as Germanys largest left-wing force an enormous leap for the once marginal party. Buoyed by these recent successes, Greens from across Europe are gathering in Berlin this weekend to rev up their campaign for next May's European Parliament election.
In the minds of many German voters, the Greens have established themselves as the polar opposite of the AfD and those who adopt a similar rhetoric. I didnt have to think about it very long, it was crystal clear, says Doris Langer, 45, of her decision to vote Green in the Bavarian election. The communications specialist from Munich used to think of herself as largely apolitical and has voted for various center-left and center-right parties in the past.
But when Bavarias ruling Christian Social Union, the CDUs sister party, shifted rightward particularly on migration, a subject she cares about deeply Langer saw the Greens as her only option. They are the only ones who have a liberal refugee policy, she says. Merkels sentence from 2015, that ‘We can do it, the Greens are the only ones who take it seriously.
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The Green surge could not have happened without the collapse of the SPD. In the birthplace of social democracy, the SPD held out longer than likeminded parties in other places in Europe. But its decline reaches back decades. In a way, social democracy became a victim of its own success.
The SPD is Germanys oldest existing party. Since taking on its current name in 1890, it has dipped below 20 percent in nationwide elections only once, in 1933; the party was banned by the new Nazi government shortly after.
After the war, the SPD became Germanys leading left-wing force, locked in a battle with the center-right Christian Democratic Union. After abandoning its Marxist tenets in 1959, drawing up plans to reform rather than abolish capitalism, the party gradually expanded beyond its working-class roots.
Reinvented, the party attracted centrist and middle-class voters, leading to a series of SPD victories in the 1970s. Back in opposition in the 1980s and 90s, the party led regional governments in several states. The SPD governed once more between 1998 and 2005, together with the Greens. (As junior coalition partners, the Greens were weaker and less influential than now; this seven-year period was their first and so far only time in power.)
But even in the SPDs 1970s heyday, its core base was already eroding. The structure of Germanys economy was changing, and with it the countrys workers.
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Elvis Presley traffic lights appear in German town of Friedberg - DW (English)Saturday, December 8, 2018
Why is he there? Presley had a strong connection with Friedberg, a town of around 28,000 inhabitants, located 26 kilometers (16 miles) north of Frankfurt in the state of Hesse. Read more: Without Africans in North America, we would never have had Elvis Presley He was stationed there from October 1958 until March 1960 while serving as a soldier in the US Army. He lived in nearby Bad Nauheim. Elvis Presley in his US Army uniform while stationed in Friedberg It was there he met his future wife, Priscilla Beaulieu, whom he married after a seven-year relationship. Both towns are keen to make sure no one forgets "the King," who died in 1977, or their connections to him. While Friedberg first switched on the new traffic lights on Wednesday, Bad Nauheim holds the 'European Elvis Festival' and is planning a bronze statue of him. Flowers and pictures of Elvis left at his memorial in Bad Nauheim Bad Nauheim has long been a site of pilgrimage for Elvis' fans, and people lay candles, flowers and gifts for him. A little more action According to Götz, it took three months for the police to give the go-ahead and then a local graphic designer to send his ideas to the manufacturer. However, the work appears to have paid off, with the Wetterauer Zeitung reporting positive reviews. "Good idea," "witty," "something a little different," were some of the reactions. One person added, "I did wonder about it, but as always I crossed on green." Following a trend Transforming traffic lights has become something of a trend in Germany. The most famous are the Ampelmännchen in Berlin. Created in 1961 in what was then East Berlin, they now appear all over the united capital. The city of Augsburg now has the Kasperl puppet character in a pointed hat, Mainz has its own Mainzelmännchen, Bonn has Beethoven traffic lights...https://www.dw.com/en/elvis-presley-traffic-lights-appear-in-german-town-of-friedberg/a-46610723
Germany's Greens flourish while mainstream rivals flounderWednesday, October 17, 2018
Bavaria's state election on Sunday. It is polling strongly ahead in the election scheduled in neighboring Hesse two weeks later.
The Greens have clear policies on central issues, including an emphasis on fighting climate change and a largely liberal approach to migration.
The party also has a pragmatic approach and become a partner to parties from the center-right to the hard left in nine of Germany's 16 state governments.
Nationally, some recent polls have shown them level with the Social Democrats, traditionally Germany's main center-left party.
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018 file photo the new party leaders Robert Habeck, right, and Annalena Baerbock make their way on stage at the party convention of the Green party in Hannover, northern Germany. While other German mainstream parties flounder in polls and struggle to find an answer to a far-right challenge, the Greens have gone from strength to strength over the last year. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018 file photo bucket wheels dig for coal near the Hambach Forest near Dueren, Germany. While other German mainstream parties flounder in polls and struggle to find an answer to a far-right challenge, the Greens have gone from strength to strength over the last year. They stand for climate protection and a largely liberal approach to migration. (AP Photo/Martin...https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-6268489/Germanys-Greens-flourish-mainstream-rivals-flounder.html
Flower-Power für BayernWednesday, October 17, 2018
Ouml;ko-Partei - und das längst nicht nur in Bayern. Ein Blick in die bundesweiten Umfragen: Auf Bundesebene bis zu 18 Prozent, nach nur 8,9 Prozent bei der Bundestagswahl im Herbst; in Hessen, wo Ende Oktober gewählt wird, 18 Prozent; in Nordrhein-Westfalen, wo sie letzten Sommer mit 6,4 Prozent aus der Regierung flogen, 17 Prozent. Längst werden die Grünen als mögliche neue Volkspartei gehandelt. Und immer wieder wird der Erfolg vor allem einem zugeschrieben - Shootingstar Robert Habeck, 49, Parteichef und Publikumsmagnet.
Der Schleswig-Holsteiner tourt seit Tagen durch Bayern und veröffentlicht im Netz nicht nur Bilder von sich beim Bügeln und beim Fitnesstraining, sondern vor allem von vielen Menschen, die zu seinen Veranstaltungen kommen, reden und zuhören wollen. Was in Bayern passiere sei eine „Frischluftzufuhr für die Demokratie, schreibt er, und meint damit, dass die Alleinherrschaft der CSU wackelt.
Für Habeck und Co-Parteichefin Annalena Baerbock ist diese Wahl wichtig, denn es ist die erste, seit die beiden im Januar auf Cem Özdemir und Simone Peter folgten. Seitdem arbeiten sie daran, den Grünen ein harmonisches, optimistisches, fröhliches Image zu verpassen. Scheinbar mit Erfolg, jedenfalls sehen die Umfragen danach aus. Dass mit Dieselkrise, Klimawandel und Braunkohle-Streit Ökothemen Hochkonjunktur haben, dürfte ihnen dabei zugute kommen.
„Die neue SPD, „die neue Volkspartei - solche Labels werden den Grünen nun schon eine Weile verpasst. Das Spitzenpersonal genießt das offensichtlich, der schlimme Kater nach dem Platzen der Jamaika-Verhandlungen im Bund mit Union und FDP ist überstanden. Aber wenn es in Bayern wirklich glänzend läuft, könnte das auch Probleme bringen - Koalitionsverhandlungen der beiden Lieblingsfeinde CSU und Grüne hätten es in sich. Ausgeschlossen sind sie trotzdem nicht, wenn es für CSU und Freie Wähler - eventuell n...https://www.sz-online.de/nachrichten/flower-power-fuer-bayern-4029228.html