Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wolfgang Hampel, Betty MacDonald and her illness

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Betty MacDonald in the living room at Vashon on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

Wolfgang Hampel - and Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Betty MacDonald is such a beloved writer. 

When I was reading the story Betty MacDonald's illness by Wolfgang Hampel, I learned that she was so very brave in fighting against the illness. 

I'm very sad that Betty MacDonald had to die at the age of only fifty.

God gave Betty MacDonald the gift of laughter and generously
she shared it with the World.

Betty MacDonald died of cancer.

Wolfgang Hampel wrote five stories about Betty MacDonald's illnes. 
He found the most interesting facts because he could use many very important letters and documents for the very first time.

Don't miss them, please.

Betty MacDonald was very brave, indeed. 

Betty MacDonald fan club fans from all over the World are very touched after reading these stories. So am I. 

Thanks a million for writing these outstanding stories, dear Wolfgang Hampel!



Peter D. Sieruta, Author of Heartbeats and Other Stories:

'Betty MacDonald's illness' by Wolfgang Hampel is very interesting. Perhaps Betty MacDonald's death was related to an over-exposure to X-rays during her TB treatment. Radiation can be very risky. When I was growing up my mother never liked for us to have too many X-rays at the dentist office and the dental staff used to make fun of her for this, saying that X-rays were perfectly safe. NOW, however, they are much more cautious when giving X-rays at the dentist office. They cover you with a lead bib and leave the room when taking those X-rays.
It seemed like there was never much information about Betty's death in the media and it might be because cancer was once regarded as a "delicate" subject that was only whispered about.

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Betty MacDonald Fan Club proudly presents:

The amazing, very witty, charming, intelligent story written by our brilliant Betty MacDonald Fan Club Honor Member - artist and writer Letizia Mancino.


Copyright 2011/2015 by Letizia Mancino
All rights reserved
Translated by D. Tsiaprakas

Betty, I love you! Your books „Anybody can do anything“ and „Onions in the Stew“ are really outstanding! I take them into my hand, and at a stone's throw I am right away in America ! Columbus and the egg: The great discovery!

Your bestseller „The Egg and I“ the greatest discovery. And you and I! I know America: It's true what you are writing: That's America: Absolutely right! No, even to the least detail! The landscape and the passion: Do you know the country where pistols blossom? Brava, Betty, you are describing the Americans vividly, genuinely, insufferably, brushed upon paper. If I like to read your works? To read doesn't even express it! I can even hear and see everything: Nature, culture, subculture.

America has almost remained unchanged! O those cool Americans! Calculating, stockmarket, Wall Street, the financial crisis (even back in 1930), the gamblers, the bankruptcy of companies! The swarming of dodgers and cheaters. People left without money. Dispair und hunger! A terrible „Worst Case“ (when I knew but little English I thought it is sausage with cheese).

Still how impressive is the ability to adaptone self of the Americans: They know how to enjoy life, acrobats of survival! In the twinkle of an eye they achieved to adapt themselves and effect the work of pioneers: In the morning you are a cleaningwoman, in the evening a brothel woman! No problem!

„The insufficient, here it's becoming an event; The indescribable, here it's done;“ Mary Bard Jensen, your sister, was the treasure trove of procuring work: My word, what a power woman with unlimited imagination! She has recommended you everywhere: Betty can do everything, also write novels! Go ahead, sister, hurry up! The editor wants to see your manuscripts! Up to that point you had not written a single line! Wow! And if still everything goes wrong? No problem: When you dream, dream big!

Just look, you have become famous.The Egg and I You know that, Betty? I'll slip into „The Egg and I“ and come and be your guest! I want to get to know your chickens. I hate chickens! I'm a chickens slave from North America! O Betty, without these damned animals, no chance of you becoming famous! „The Egg and I“ you would never have written! How many readers you have made happy!

Your book is so amusing! Your witty fine (almost nasty) remarks about your family members and roundabout neighbours made me laugh so much! You have been born into a special family: Comfort was not desired: I can't but be amazed: What did your father say to your mother? After tomorrow I am going to work elsewhere: Thousands of miles away...He sent her a telegram: LEAVING FOR TWO YEARS ON THURSDAY FOR MEXICO CITY STOP GET READY IF YOU WANT TO COME ALONG – That was on Monday. Mother wired back: SHALL BE READY, and so she was.That's America! Improvisation, change, adventure. You show no weakness: Let's go! Your descriptions, Betty, about the tremendous happenings in nature have deeply frightened me.

Continent America, I'm terrified by you! I feel so small and threatened like a tiny fly before an enormous flyswatter! Your novel is very many-sided! The reader may use it even as a cook book! „The Egg and I“ starts straight away with a recipe: „Next to the wisdom that lamb meat doesn't taste good unless it has been roasted with garlic“. Do you enjoy the American food?

O Betty, it's too fatty for me and I hate garlic! (Betty is presently cooking lunch for Bob. She's continually talking to „STOVE“: STOVE is Bob's rival; in the beginning I thought it was being himself). She turns round and says: Well, so no garlic for you. No lamb either, Betty. I don't eat any meat! I'd actually prefer only fried eggs. Betty, let me make them myself. Then you try it!

Blow! „STOVE“ out of order! I don't succeed in turning it on! Damned! It's got more of a mind of its own than „STOVE“ of my friend, Hilde Domin! Bob's coming! He must eat directly! „Men eat anything, the swines! Says your grandmother Gammy“. Is it true? Do you like my chickens? Bob asked me without introducing himself. Yes, Bob (rude) I love them! I'm vegetarian. Do you want to clean the henhouse with me tomorrow? A, you're always getting up so early at four o'clock! Bob, that's not a job for me! He looked at me disdainfully! A Roman cissy! You need a reeducation at once! Help, Bob's attacking me! I rather change the novel immediately and move to the „Island“! 

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Bavarian leader Seehofer to meet with Putin

Moscow visit causing alarm in Berlin amid growing tensions between Germany and Russia

The premier of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, speaking during a press conference at the Bavarian representation in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Rainer Jensen  
The premier of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, speaking 
during a press conference at the Bavarian representation 
in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Rainer Jensen

Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer has caused alarm and annoyance in Berlin by meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow, amid growing tensions between Germany and Russia.

Mr Seehofer, head of Bavaria’s ruling Christian Social Union, is chancellor Angela Merkel’s loudest critic on the refugee crisis as well as an outspoken critic of EU sanctions against Russia – because, he says, they damage Bavaria’s booming economy.

He insisted that Thursday’s trip had been co-ordinated with Dr Merkel. But the timing is delicate, with German officials accusing Russian media and intelligence services of stepping up a disinformation campaign against Germany.

“We will take a very, very responsible approach,” said Mr Seehofer. “All the the crises around Europe cannot be solved without Russia.”

The Bavarian leader said he was not pushing a “parallel foreign policy”, for which German state leaders have no legal competence.

Tempers between Berlin and Moscow flared last week over claims by the Russian government and media that a 13-year-old Russian-German girl living in Berlin was abducted and raped by a group of asylum seekers.

While Moscow officials see a state-sponsored “cover-up” of the circumstances of the case, Berlin police say the girl, identified as Lisa, spent the night of the alleged abduction at a friend’s house.

Given a long list of tensions with Russia, from Ukraine to Syria, leading figures in Dr Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union urged Mr Seehofer to cancel the trip.

In another pointed provocation five months ago, Mr Seehofer invited Hungary’s Viktor Orbán to address his party.