Our UPT (Undergraduate Pilot Training) Class, 71-07G, graduated at Randolph Field, TX on 24 April 1971. One of our classmates, Chris Knudsen, was from Denmark. At the graduation reception Chris invited me to come and visit Denmark. I knew I would; I just didn’t know it would take 41 years!
Chris and Rie, his current wife (of 42 years+), live on a beautiful farm in Southern Denmark. I used to think I worked hard around my place, until I saw his! Their farm is absolutely gorgeous. (Now I think I am a ‘slackard!’)
The house was built in 1834, and is absolutely charming. I had the whole upstairs to myself!
Chris and Rie took their vacation to show Denmark to me, and we had a ball! I saw Hans Christian Anderson’s house, the Mermaid in Copenhagen and a former German prisoner of war camp for Danish resistance fighters. Sobering. We also visited an old Danish castle. They really knew how to live!
This is Chris and I in 2010; at a ‘mini’ reunion in San Antonio.
…and now today,
It is at visits like this that I fully realize how fortunate I have been in life; to have friends like Chris and Rie. One could not ask for any better! I truly love these guys…