December 1996

For our family another active and eventful year comes to an end.

In November it was 30 years that Gerry founded our company.  Business was very slow all year long. But substantial orders popped up just in time for the 30th, and we again have a “help wanted” ad in the newspaper.

All the current business buzz words were sometimes a bitter reality for us:  downsizing, outsourcing, globalization, restructuring and World Wide Web.  (For browsers:

Our children found Southern California so attractive that they decided to move there.  Susan left earlier this year, taking three weeks to go by car to the west coast.  She came back in April for her solo show at a gallery in our local library, which was well received.  Tanya returned after a two-year stay in Germany last week, and decided to give California a try.  She will be joined by her German fiancé, Oliver, as soon as he has his immigration papers.  Peter’s university sent him to California last month where he finished among the top 25 in Cross Country Track and received “All American.”

Tanya’s house near our company was again an international meeting point for visitors, students and trainees; and keeps us in touch with the young, especially since our children have left home.

The fact that we have lived for decades on an island might explain why we always feel attracted to the sea, so we took another cruise to Mexico in March.  This time we made a stopover in Key West, the southernmost point of the United States.  Key West is an artist’s colony where Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway had their winter homes.

In Germany we celebrated Brigitte’s cousin’s 60th birthday and vacationed in Austria near Salzburg.  Gerry spent some time in Karlsruhe where we have a new agency which has already contributed to our otherwise meager sales.

We hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits.  Have a happy holiday season and a successful 1997.