Heidelberg and personal ads

The Neckar River as seen from the castle at heidelberg, Germany
The Neckar River as seen from the castle at Heidelberg, Germany

I took this in either 1970 or 1971 when I was stationed in Heidelberg. I used a Kodak Instamatic camera. The Instamatic was certainly not a high-end camera, but it was alright until I bought my first 35mm camera a few years later.

I spent thirteen months in Heidelberg, and enjoyed it as much as anyone can who was in the U.S. Army, on enlisted man’s pay, in a city where the university students were as against the Vietnam War as any student back home. A month after I was discharged someone set off a bomb in the area where I was stationed.

I have stories about Heidelberg that involve people I served with, a girl from Indiana, New Year’s Eve, and other incidents that I may relate in future posts. By the way, the list in the previous sentence are separate items, not one big story.


I spent a large part of yesterday going through a big box of old photos. I scanned a few of then and sent some individual photos to some friends. I sent one picture to my friend, Bob Cornell, of the two of us in the Lafayette, Indiana office of the Indiana Job Service (or whatever name it was going by in those days) shortly after I moved to Lafayette. The picture caused him to remember where he bought the coffee cup he was carrying in the picture. He still has that cup, by the way.

He related that memory to me, and this morning I started reading Sexually, I’m More Of A Switzerland: More Personal Ads from the London Review of Books by David Rose (not the one of The Stripper fame). That caused me to remember that Bob used to enjoy reading the personal ads in Nuvo, the alternate newspaper in Indianapolis. He introduced them to me, and I have to admit that some were fun to read. I think Bob would love David Rose’s book, as well as it’s predecessor They Call Me Naughty Lola: Personal Ads from the London Review of Books. They are short books, and I have to ration myself when reading them, so that I don’t finish them in one sitting. They are that funny.