Günter Metzger: 1967-1968 Exchange Student
The sousaphone Günter received from Worthington is one of the reasons he plays in the Crailsheim City Band today
Nick Hand family, Knoche family, Brad Dickey family, Dick Duba family
Fondest memory of my year in Crailsheim/Worthington:
I brought back many good memories. These are some of the highlights:
- My first trip abroad, and traveling by boat from Germany to USA
- Upon arrival in New York, I journeyed to Worthington by car and also visited Niagara Falls.
- Living with 4 different families.
- Water Skiing on Lake Shetek
- Visits to the A&W drive in. We had nothing alike in Germany at that time.
- Senior High School in general, all the school days and all the friends I got to know.
- Playing the tuba in the Senior High School Band under the direction of Glenn Evensen
- Watching Football and Basketball, and the appearance with the band during halftime shows
- Singing with the Senior High School Choir under the direction of David Blegen.
- American History, with All Swanson, and World History at the Junior College. During the World History lessons I learned a lot about the time in Germany between 1914 and 1945 (1st and 2nd World War), incidents and events that were withheld from us at school in Germany — still in the early 70’s!
- Art with William Prickett
- YMCA Canoe Trip to the Gunflint Trail in Northern Minnesota
- Senior Class Trip to Washington D.C and New York.
- And finally the highlight of all highlights: Receiving a Sousaphone as a present to take back home with me to Crailsheim.
How the year abroad changed me:
I find it difficult to judge for myself how the Worthington experience influenced my subsequent future. But I dare to say that I might not have had the successful development professionally based on knowledge of the English (American ) language, but also learning to listen, to understand and to be tolerant and open-minded. I don´t know how much I have from each, maybe sometimes a little less and sometimes a little more from one and the other.
Back home, after returning from the USA, I was much more understanding and accepting my parents' opinions and decisions
The Sousaphone from Worthington made a major contribution to the fact that I still play the tuba in the Crailsheim City Band today.
Copies of the book "Worthington & Crailsheim: 75 Years of Partnership" are available for purchase at the Nobles County Historical Society in downtown Worthington.