Thursday, March 14, 2013

Friends Since 1967

Bob Coughlin, Tim Forward, and Terry Forward (and Emmy-the-Dog). March 14, 2013. Rochester, New York. I met Tim in 1966 or '67. Studied with him in Salzburg and Innsbruck, Austria. Then back at the University of Notre Dame, 1968-70. Tim met Terry around 1972 or '73 in Berchtesgaden, Germany, when Tim was in the army. Tim was a "typist." The first thing he ever said to Terry, "Where's the 'e' on this thing?" Of course you wouldn't forget a crazy line like that!

Tim and I (along with Brian Wilson and Benny Thomas) spent about 10 days in late December 1967 and early January 1968 in Obergurgl, Austria, taking a ski course at an Austrian youth instructional facility. The cost for instruction, room, and board was about 20 bucks, if I remember correctly. I recall that the instructors never allowed us to use ski lifts. We sidestepped and herringboned our way up the hills. By the end of the session, we were good skiers, in fine physical shape. While in Obergurgl, we met a couple of nice Austrian girls, Caecilia Werth (now Cilli Kirchmair), and Liselotte Schartner.

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