December 1987

While we are writing this letter Gorbachev is in Washington and history is in the making.  The U.S. has this year celebrated the survival of its Constitution for 200 years.  Both events give us great hope and optimism for the future.

The only threat was the stock market crash in October.  Fortunately it did not stop Theta from growing.  Three patents were added and a computer aided design (CAD) system was installed.  A designer’s dream machine.  The low dollar resulted in increased export sales, even to the East Block countries.

Back to Gorbachev and peace.  A visit behind the iron curtain to East Germany in August gave us a chance to see his part of the world.  The weather was good and that made it much more pleasant.  The people seem content in spite of what seemed to us restrictive conditions.  Hopefully the meeting in Washington will result in closer relations.

We experienced a country with much history, from Martin Luther’s Wartburg to Geothe’s Weimar and Friedrich’s Potsdam.  The old downtown of Berlin, which is in East Berlin, has been renovated and its history shines through, so that in comparison West Berlin was a town without substance.  Pommerania revisited was another page of history.  Jerry grew up there, but had not returned in thirty years.  He was pleased to see so many of his old friends, and show the world of his childhood to his family.

In Leipzig the children climbed to the top of the War of Nations Monument where Napoleon was defeated, again following history since a week before we had been standing in front of Napoleon’s grave in Paris.

We spent four days in Paris, where we all climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower.  Susan and Tanya were very impressed by the size of the Louvre, the splendor of the Versailles Gardens, and later we were surprised to find many similarities to Sanssouci in Potsdam.

Now briefly to the family.  Susan (16) is in the eleventh grade, and taking driver’s education.  Tanya (14) has started high school.  Her main interests are sports such as track and tennis.  Peter (10) is now in fifth grade and has finally gotten an interest in school and is doing well.  Brigitte went with Peter to Bavaria in June where they attended two family weddings.

We hope this letter finds you in good health.  We wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy Peaceful New Year!