European Spotlight: Gerhard Pfenning
Why did you set up the Web site?
I reserved the domain name several years ago and now with a lot of Americans coming here I felt I should do something with it. I want to provide good information for new people coming here and people living here and explain our region, our culture and our laws. It is not complete but I’m working on it.
What information is on the Web site?
Links to local news stories, business information, all the important telephone numbers of German doctors and hospitals around here, facts about Grafenwöhr, all about the history and what happens around here, information about the area and cities around Grafenwöhr, a sightseeing guide, free classified ads in English for Germans and Americans, the Yellow Pages, a restaurant guide, information about extreme sports and activities in Germany.
Is Germany a big technology center?
Germany is the leader for the Internet in Europe. No. 1 is America and the second country is Germany. We have a leading role for the Internet in Europe.
How long have you lived in Grafenwöhr?
All my life.
What is the funniest thing that ever happened in Grafenwöhr?
There are not many funny things that happen in Grafenwöhr.
What is the best leisure activity in Grafenwöhr?
Sport. TUS Grafenwöhr is a big military sport organization. They built the sport hall. They have karate, yoga and a football [soccer] team of Americans and Germans.
What is your most lasting memory of Americans in Grafenwöhr?
I have found lots of friends over the years. I have been meeting American people since I was 10 years old. I still have contact with many of them. I’ve also learned a lot about different cultures in Grafenwohr. You have not only the Americans but also the Russians. It is a multinational city.
What’s your favorite Web site, other than your own?
www.spiegel.de – It is a German newspaper, but it also has English news. This is my news portal.
What is the future of the Internet?
The Internet will be on television and on your mobile phone. These things are growing together. They will grow together in a very fast way. Internet will go down to the regions like my Web site. In the future there will be more Web sites like this with special content for regions.
Title: Web master for www.grafenwoefr.com, an information Web site created for Americans living in Grafenwöhr, Vilseck and Hohenfels.
Day job: Managing director of a software firm
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