Detlef at Oktoberfest
86 year old year Detlef from Red Wing, Minnesota was enjoying Oktoberfest in downtown St. Paul when I met him in Rice Park. Born in a town in northern Germany near the Elde River, he immigrated to the United States when he was twenty but moved to Red Wing when he was 26, living in that small Minnesota town for the past 60 years. Jim practiced his halting German a little bit with Detlef, but most of their conversation was in English. Having some serious health problems typical of his age, he wasn't entirely happy with our health care. Not a complainer, though, he was a friendly man, enjoying the music, food, and the sunny day. Discussing our ages, he told me that he would gladly wait for me to catch up with him.