Special Lecture - UAB on The Berlin Airlift 1948/1949 - A Child's Perspective.
6:30 p.m.
UAB Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall - 950 13th Street South
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M. Vanzandt
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Colonel Wolfgang W. E. Samuel was born in a small town 60 miles north of Berlin.  He entered the United States in January 1951 at the age of 16.  He graduated from East High School in Denver, Co. in 1953, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an MBA from Arizona State University.  During his Air Force career he served as research associate at the Center for International Studies at MIT, Cambridge, MA; attended the Generalstabsoffizerlehrgang at the Fuehrungsakademie der Bundeswehr in Hamburg, Germany as an Air Force exchange officer, and subsequently the National War College at Fort Lessley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.  He retired from the Air Force after 30 years of service, worked as a program manager for the Raytheon Corporation, then devoted his life to writing and his family.

Wolfgang Samuel retired as a colonel in the United Statess Air Force in 1985 after flying over 100 reconnaissance missions against the Soviet Union and its satellites during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1961.  During his flying career, he was decorated with three awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross.  Samuel is a non-fiction author of several books, his first and most well known is German Boy:  A Child in War, published as a paperback by Random House.  German Boy is a memoir detailing the calamitous end of WWII in Germany and his traumatic postwar life as a young refugee, featuring a foreward by Stephen Ambrose.  During this period, while living in a refugee camp near a Berlin Airlift base, Samuel witnessed the extraordinary rescue of the city of Berlin by American airmen - who then inspired the boy to want to be just like them.  Colonel Samuel's Belton Y. Cooper Lecture will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift (Operation Vittles/Plainfare). 

6:30 p.m. at the UAB Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South.  Parking is available at the Alys Stephens Center lot.
Cooper Lecture
Cooper Lecture