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Ostholstein, Germany (1963-1964)

While in Germany, Pike spent a lot of time in the little town of Lütjenburg, visiting with the youngsters who frequented the Ice Cream Parlor after school. They were studying English and he provided them someone upon whom they could practice their skills. One day, he brought along an American Hot Rod magazine and Frank Dieter Andres, a young, temporarily disabled auto mechanic joined us. He was particularly excited by the dragsters but he spoke very little English. Fortunately, with the help of the schoolchildren, we were able to communicate.

Everything went on hold when President Kennedy was assassinated, but I was moved by the outpouring of sympathy from the German people. As the holidays approached, Frank invited me to stay with him and his grandparents over the Christmas Holidays. I was glad to accept and they were most gracious hosts.

In time, life returned to normal. Frank was a huge rock 'n' roll fan. When I told him I used to sing rock 'n' roll, he began introducing me at all the local dance clubs where I'd sing a few songs with the band and it would be free drinks for us for the rest of the night. It wasn't long before I was being publicized and paid for my guest appearances, with several bands in the local area.