Cory, ePublisher, TVI; Josie Cory,
Publisher, TVI, .Gary Sunkin, TVI with
models from LA Auto Show,
from right: Christian Stocks, Consul
General, Tom LaBonge, Councilmember,
Professor Michael Meyer, Bernd Desinger,
Director Goethe Institute, Berlin Airlift
pilots. Bottom from left: Ret. USAF
Col. Gail S. Halvorsen,, Ursula
you, America! A legacy of friendship that endures
today between Germany and America Thank you,
America! A legacy of friendship that endures today
between Germany and
Los Angeles - "Thank You
America" was the theme for two big events. Number
One: the Berlin Air Lift, and two: allowing foreign
auto imports. Attending the LA Auto Show was a
special event for publisher of TVI, Josie Cory.
Both events featured not
only roundtable discussions, and film footage,
explaining the purpose, but also the importance of
The Berlin Airlift
Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Berlin
place at the Goethe Institute in conjunction with
the the Consulate General of the Federal Republic
of Germany in Los Angeles.
The Honorable Tom
LaBonge, Councilmember, 4th District of Los Angeles
offered welcoming remarks,
the showing of some Berlin airlift film
The discussion panel
members were: Ret. USAF Col. Gail S. Halvorsen,the famed "Candy Bomber" of the Berlin
Airlift;Professor Michael Meyer, CSU
Northridge, Department of History; Ursula
Krummel, Berlin historical eyewitness, 1948;
Dorothea Schoene, Berlin contemporary
eyewitness, and Moderator, Bernd Desinger, Director
of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. Also in
attendance were Consul General, Christian Stock,
and three U.S. pilots of the Berlin Airlift
Clay was deputy to General Dwitght D. Eisenhower,
commander in chief of the U.S. Forces in Europe and
military governor of U.S. Zone, Germany. He is
considered the 'father" of the Berlin
The Berlin Airlift began on June 24,
1948 when the Soviets sealed off the western
portion of Berlin controlled by American, British
and French forces.
In response, the US and her Allies took
to the skies on June 26, flying in provisions for
West Berlin's grateful residents, an effort that
grew into the Berlin Airlift. In what was one of
the greatest humanitarian efforts of all time, they
saved more than 2 million men, women and children
from hunger and cold.
In one amazing day about 1,400 planes
carried in nearly 13,000 tons over a 24-hour
period. That was an average of one plane landing
every 62 seconds.
On May 12, 1949, the Berlin Airlift,
ended after 322 days when the Soviets gave in and
reopened access to Berlin.
This heroic effort changed the course of
history and laid the foundation for a legacy of
friendship that endures today between Germany and
FOR MORE STORY
economy collapsing, the
ranks of the unemployed growing, and the bailout
hearings underway to determine the fate of U.S.
automakers, GM, Ford and Chrysler, the last thing
we seem to need in a America is a autoshow
displaying exotic cars and the newest designs from
Germany, Japan, and Italy that came about after
World War II.
- says Kurt Sigl of the Car-Cycle Report.
Even while automotive
dealers and consumers around the country followed
the news of bailout hearings and the fate of
Detroit's 3, the atmosphere at the LA Auto Show was
"electric," for those pin-pointing the cars from
Bavaria, and Japan.
Open to the public, the
newest electrics and fuel-efficient models of the
future -- either as concepts or planned vehicles --
are there to wet your appetite. But. Electric
vehicles still have high hurdles to overcome,
especially in terms of range and functionality.
While Nissan was talking
up its plans for an unseen car, BMW was showing off
its 156-mile range Mini-E, the electric version of
its popular Mini Cooper. In a year when auto sales
are plummeting, Mini sales are up, BMW said.
Five-hundred electric MINI's (built in
the UK and Germany) will hit the roads in
California, New York and New Jersey in a test
program designed to deliver data about how electric
cars perform in real-world
The German automaker plans
to lease 500 of the cars, outfitted with a 35
kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and an electric
motor, for one year to drivers in Los Angeles and
New York. A
two-hour charge using a BMW-designed wall box
installed in the lessee's garage uses a maximum of
28 kwH of electricity. At around $0.14 per
kilowatt-hour in California, a full tank will cost
just a few dollars.
The lease price: $850 a month, a hefty
premium over a gasoline-powered Mini. Prospective
lessees can sign up at the Mini website.
BMW executives said the idea was to get
real-world experience with the car before putting
it in dealer showrooms. The Cars
Among the other electric offerings on
display at the auto show are the iMiEV from
Mitsubishi and, from Chrysler, electric versions of
a Jeep Wrangler and Town and Country minivan, plus
a Dodge sports car based on a Lotus.
Other automakers are laying the
groundwork for electric cars. On Wednesday, Hyundai
Motor Co. unveiled its first hybrid drivetrain,
powered by a new kind of battery called lithium
polymer, which the company says is lighter and more
efficient than lithium-ion batteries. The system is
expected to hit the market in late 2010 in the
Hyundai's vice president of product
develeopment, John Krafcik, said the battery was
key to the South Korean carmaker's ultimately
developing an electric car.
Volkswagen's Jetta TDI was named 2009
Green Car of the Year, besting competitors that
included a pair of advanced hybrids, a clean diesel
sport sedan, and a trendy fuel-efficient microcar.
This is the first time that a clean diesel model
has been awarded said title. Carmakers to
skip Detroit, Chicago
Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Land Rover and Mitsubishi to
pull out of Detroit, Chicago autoshows,
once considered the most
important in the world. Porsche dropped out last
January and said it would stay out in 2009.
As the LA Auto Show wound up
its exibits, news trickled in that Nissan
added itself to the list of carmakers dropping out
of the 2009 Detroit auto show -- and mark it as the
first to bail on Chicago's.
Citing the bad economy and a lack of new
products, Nissan said that it would not be showing
its vehicles at the January event, known as the
North American International Auto Show, becoming
the sixth auto company to drop out for the first
addition, Nissan said it would not participate in
the Chicago Auto Show in February. No other
carmakers have dropped out of that show.
"Based on the fact that we have no major new
products to show . . . as well as the current
economic conditions, which will impact the shows'
marketing effectiveness, we have decided to cancel
our involvement and participation," said a Nissan
the company declined to confirm whether it
would participate in the New York International
Auto Show in March.
decision to withdraw from Detroit is dramatic.
Carmakers without new products still usually rent
space at the big auto shows -- New York, Detroit,
Los Angeles and Chicago -- for the media and public
traffic they draw.
All-Wheel Association - New
At its last general meeting on 09 November 2008, a
new leadership team was elected and Kurt Sigl
appointed to first CEO (erster Vorsitzende) of the
All-Wheel Association. He is also chief off-road
Golden Rules for Quad/ATV
DAV (German all-wheel Association) recommends, in
cooperation with the renowned ATV / Quad
manufacturers and dealers following 10 TOP rules.
These were drawn up in a working group,
because it is so far still no uniform regulations
for Germany. Do you trust any dealer who sold you
as an argument for driving a ATV / quad without a
helmet or protective clothing offers. To protect
your own life, they should be wearing helmets and
clothing itself as an indispensable requirement
imposed. Who does not, harms not only himself but
also the image of all other ATV / quad-riders. For
this reason, the German four-wheel Association
published a brochure with the top 10 rules.
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