I first saw the light of day on 18.02.1965 in my parents’ bedroom in Gaderoth near Gummersbach, Germany. My mother, Ingrid, my father, Helmut and my sister Elke looked fondly upon me.

I grew up playing all the time with my sister Elke (born 1960), my brother Edgar (born 1966) and our two cousins who are around the same age, André and Frank, from next door. Gaderoth is a village with the obligatory playground and football field and surrounded by plenty of woods and meadowland, which we explored extensively as children. It was an exceptionally happy time.

as a child

Besides, I was a pretty handsome chap, don’t you think?!