I’m tidying up my study. The window is wide open to let in the mild air, and I’m listening to my old radio pieces under wireless headphones. “The Pensioner and the Rocker – Scenes of a friendship” is a 55 minutes-long radio feature which was first aired 2004 on NDR4.
I made the radio piece with the two friends Horst (80) and Uwe (40). I saw them in the U2 underground train in Hamburg one morning when I started to work in that city for a period of two months. We got on the train at the same time. Same time, same carriage, seats opposite. To be exact, it was the old man who got on the train the same time as me and who took the seat opposite me. Two stops later the young man came running and sat down beside the old man. I couldn’t take my eyes from them because of the way they were talking to another and treating each other, with great respect. I could hear everything they were saying.
Every morning I saw the old man on the platform. He always took the same carriage, I had noticed. Carriage number 8. So did I from then on. Carriage number 8. It was their meeting point. First the old man got on that carriage and took a seat right hand side. Two stops later the young man came running and sat down beside the old man. The young man was in a hurry every morning. I always took a seat left hand side in the carriage, and I watched them. And one day I plucked up the necessary courage and introduced myself to them. I mentioned that I make radio stories. And one of the next days I asked them whether they would allow me to make a radio story with them. They didn’t seem especially enthusiastic about the idea. But after a while the young man said: “Well, why not.” That’s how it started.
Horst has died. – To not let the story with these lovely people disappear completely I made a short clip which I called “Day X”.
You can listen to it in my NEXT BLOG-ENTRY.