When I mentioned our older sons are from Ethiopia, Irene said, “Oh, I lived there for a while.” I was floored. You read her memoirs of World War 2 and the Cold War and think you know so much, but Irene is full of surprises and great stories.
She was telling me about Africa and Khartoum in particular, how nice things were, how great the people were, and how she met Louis Armstrong.
Known also as Satchmo or Pops, Louis Armstrong was not only an African-American trumpeter, composer and singer but was also one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in jazz. (wikipedia)
In her own words, here is a video of Irene as she recounts meeting Louis Armstrong.
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Coming up next here (drum roll please)…M is for Music to Survive
Kristin King first arranged to meet Irene Kucholick at Duclaws in the Arundel Mills Shopping Mall in Hanover, Maryland. Because Irene mentioned in her book sitting at Sanssouci in Potsdam (Berlin), and the gardens there are favorites where Kristin has sat as well, she took a framed photo to the meeting. Thankfully, Irene did not think Kristin was crazy, and thus began a lovely friendship and partnership.