Wolfgang Hampel - and Betty MacDonald fan club fans,
Sorry to take so long getting back to you--I ended up buying a new printer to finish the job of downloading...Wow, I am impressed! You really worked hard to gather all this stuff.
After fifty years it must have been quite a quest! Good for you. For years we have all had questions and you have followed through with trying to find answers.
My sister (I took her ALL the pages two days ago) was the most pleased I have seen her in YEARS. She says she is STILLL reading it. So, can we expect more to come ? ? Another delighted fan, Caroline Thanks again.
What surprised me the most after reading The Kettles' Million Dollar Egg, The Egg and Betty....probably the lawsuit (I had not ever hear about that); maybe the fact that so many people believed it was a true story (it seems to me that it was catalogued and shelved as FICTION in libraries at one time)...maybe 'faction' would be appropriate...
Why do I think Bob didn't appear? I've always wondered where he went..I wonder how Don MacDonald liked being Mr. Betty or "BOB" ....in some people's minds.
I guess I read the first E & I in the 1950's -- I remember Onions in the Stew being, I think, a Reader's Digest book?? or maybe Book of the Month...living in a small town with no bookstores, my mom belonged to book clubs & that would be where I began reading about Betty. Anyway, we were a reading household..I guess I would be 12 or 13 ??
My sister is the most devoted fan--re-reads Betty books ...she was in Seattle a few years back when her husband needed medical treatment at hospital there...she went to all the second hand bookstores but said copies were impossible to find. I have said for about 25 years that someone should do what you people have done...so many so curious as to other details of her life--Betty I mean...Sad that she died so young--was she not still in her 40s?? So much talent and so long remembered.
My experiences with chickens were at my grandmother's farm as a child. . Hard work & little reward. Of course in Betty & Bob's case it was the Depression and people were scrambling just to get the basics. Certainly in our family--pioneers in USA and Canada...one of my uncle's lived a life very like Egg & I in a mountain valley a few hours from here--logging with horses, growing cherries for sale, etc. His wife was a very hardworking lady -- she probably enjoyed the E & I too at the time it was published. He wrote a book--kind of a memoir which his children had published in limited edition.
Much of it probably libellous...but fun. Books are like that--even his own brothers differed on what was true and false...it is all perception, I think.
I have been to the Seattle, Portland (Ore.) area and lived on Vancouver Island in several different towns....yes, it is all very beautiful. I never saw a Geoduck but certainly we dug our own clams, had free prawns, bought huge fish from the Indians (illegally even then) and this was in the 1960's...
My last trip to Vancouver Island was in the 1990's I think...if one travels to any of the more remote communities (usually accessible by ferry or only plane/boat even now) you will find much unchanged. It is reassuring in many ways.
So the Egg and I life still exists out here in the wilds of Canada....
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Germany has a federal structure, and the state of Bavaria has its own interior minister, Horst Seehofer. Mr. Seehofer’s party, the CSU, is the Bavarian equivalent of the CDU, which is Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party. The two parties are part of the current governing coalition (which also includes the socialists). Mr. Seehofer and his party have been quite critical of Mrs. Merkel and her “Come on in, boys” immigration policy, and there has been friction between the two parties as a result.
In the video below, Horst Seehofer talks to the press about the simple mathematics of family reunification policy, and what it will do to Germany in the near future. Even the most conservative estimates indicate impending disaster for the country.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|45:38||But we can’t just meet every three months and say|
|45:41||in three months we’ll meet again.|
|45:46||The numbers have been stated.|
|45:49||I am calculating very, very modestly here,|
|45:53||to exclude any kind of acrimony here,|
|45:56||but if this continues, then this year we will get more refugees than last year.|
|46:02||And we’re not even calculating family reunification.|
|46:05||And with those who are counting on family reunification, I am calculating|
|46:10||on a totally conservative basis.|
|46:14||I am assigning for each refugee a factor of 0.5.|
|46:19||Yesterday experts told us that one could easily reckon factors of 2, 3, and 4.|
|46:25||I am only calculating 0.5, and that means, translated, that only every second refugee|
|46:30||will bring in one family member with him.|
|46:35||Then you’ll arrive at three million.|
|46:40||You may gladly trade with me, with the both of us.|
|46:43||Think of what this means for safety, for integration,|
|46:48||for financial feasibility, for the functionality of our administration,|
|46:54||including the judicial branch, in Germany and in Bavaria.|
|47:00||It will turn it into a different country.|
|47:05||And the people do not want Germany, or Bavaria, to become a different country.|
|47:11||And this is… truly reserved… formulated,|
|47:17||because it also corresponds to our responsibility.|
|47:21||I have — we have no interest in any agitators|
|47:25||trying to profit politically from this.|
|47:30||But one does not stop profiteers by keeping quiet about this.