It's True. We Are Going.

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

There are people who wish that TTAC would just go away. This coming week, their dearest wishes will be fulfilled. My special friend in Moscow won’t have to send hate mail anymore: TTAC is finally going South.

Our intrepid leader Ed Niedermeyer, Steven Lang, the fastest mouth in the South, “lock-your-daughters-in-the-basement” Jack Baruth, and yours truly will go on a tour of turkey shoots, kudzu, and southern transplants. For me, it’s one of those strange trips where you arrive earlier than you depart (Beijing to Atlanta) and you nonetheless feel like a truck hit you.

We will post from en-route – if the Motel 8 has Internet. Y’all come back now, y’hea?

Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href=""> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href=""> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • DC Bruce DC Bruce on Oct 21, 2011

    Interesting caption on the picture, visible when its blown up. The Maupins and the Shifflets are from central Virginia, west of Charlottesville around the Blue Ridge. If you drive the backroads around there, you will see any number of mailboxes with those names on them. Also the Omonhundros are big in that area. Charlottesville, the home of "Mr. (Thomas) Jefferson's University" (a/k/a the University of Virginia) and Thomas Jefferson's "Monticello" residence although physically not far away, is light-years away socially and culturally.

    • Bertel Schmitt Bertel Schmitt on Oct 21, 2011

      I lived there. Rt. 810 north of Whitehall... After I married a DC socialite, we lived 2 driveways from Monticello.

  • Zackman Zackman on Oct 21, 2011

    Wow! That reminds me, I have an LP album by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils from 1976, showing a photo of equally rural people titled "Men From Earth". Google it to see what I mean! Some folks clearly have it rougher than others. I'd be interested to know their ages at the time of this photo.

  • Grzydj Grzydj on Oct 21, 2011

    Ray Wert is going to get on you about your tracking and kerning again.

  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on Oct 21, 2011

    Isn't Murilee coming for this ride?