Happy Birthday Papa

Posted October 4th, 2011 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

I took these photos back in spring of 2005, on our last trip to Brianhead, Utah. We used to go every year back in the late ’80s/early ’90s… probably 5 or 6 years straight. This last trip was extra fun because I took Lauren and Melanie along for their first time there. The girls took some snowboarding lessons, and my dad and I had some fun riding the slopes together.

Horst loved to snowboard, but unlike most skiers-turned-snowboarders, he still enjoyed skiing as well. So, he would rent a board on a day he would spend boarding. He definitely held his own on the slopes, and even though he fractured his ankle once while doing it a few years before this trip… he still got back out on the board.

Happy Birthday, Papa. We all miss you and love you so much.

Missing My Papa

Posted August 29th, 2011 in General, Memories of Horst by Stephanie

I wake thinking of him, I go to sleep remembering him, in my dreams I love to see him and I do. It’s been over a year that my Papa has passed and it still hurts. I needed to see a photo, so I came here….when I need to hear his voice, I go to his Flickr page and play a video of him encouraging my J.J. to swim, it warms my heart. Loving & missing you Papa ūüôā

Your daughter,


Some Photos On Father’s Day

Posted June 19th, 2011 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

Thinking of Papa on this Father’s Day, and enjoying time with my own kids. I thought I’d share a few photos.

This is one of my favorite photos of my dad with me and my brothers. He set the camera up on a tripod and got this self group-portrait.

Papa with boys. Australia, c. 1973

Here’s one that he took of himself with daughter, Stephanie… out fishing.

Stephanie and Papa. Australia, c. 1974

One Year

Posted May 11th, 2011 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

Papa getting photos of Brody in the sandbox. Nov, 2009

It’s tough to put into words how it feels for this milestone to arrive; One year has gone by since he’s passed.¬†Although it may sound like a cliche figure-of-speech, but I can truly say that there has not been a day gone by that I have not thought about him. Some days it is all consuming, others it’s a surge that comes in quick and fades out slowly.

We all miss him dearly, but what was unexpected to me was how much I miss his voice. I remember that when he called me on the phone, I would answer and he would greet me with “Hi, this is Horst”… as if I were a work colleague. ¬†I always got a kick out of that, and would actually laugh out loud when he did it. A few months after he passed I had called the home phone at my mom’s house, and his voice was still on the machine. Continue Reading »

Last Roll Of 35mm Film

Posted March 25th, 2011 in Memories of Horst by neil

After my dad passed away, my mother gave me his old camera. I believe that she knew it would be in good hands with me, and that I’d cherish it forever. It is a Yashica Lynx-1000, and he bought it sometime in the early 1960s. This camera was used constantly and captured many family memories, and much of the old photos that I’ve been posting on this site.

When she gave it to me, I took a look at it and pressed the small button on the bottom that is used to rewind the film when the roll is done. It made that familiar click that I recognized to mean that it had a roll of film in it. After that I spun the rewind crank until I knew the film was in the canister, popped the back of the camera open, and sure enough… there was a roll of Kodak Gold 200 35mm film.

Immediately I wondered how long it had been in the camera. Continue Reading »

College Era Photos

Posted December 22nd, 2010 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

A couple of months back in early October, I received some emails from two of Horst’s college classmates from back in Connecticut. First it was Bob Balaban who sent me an email, which I posted here. Then he got me in touch with Bob Pekar, who had re-connected with my dad back in 1989 and stayed in contact over emails throughout the years until the month before he passed. Bob P. explained that their freshman class of the University of Bridgeport Industrial Design was 30+ students. When they graduated in 1962, there were only 7 of them remaining.

Bob P. shared this with me in one of his emails:

I loved his photos and told him his talent was a toss up between design and photography. The love he had for your family and nature really comes out in the photos.¬†Since receiving the sad news, thoughts of the good times at school and the Continue Reading »

A note from an old schoolmate

Posted November 9th, 2010 in Memories of Horst by neil

At the end of September, I received a message from one of Horst’s college schoolmates. They were classmates in Connecticut at the University of Bridgeport in the Industrial Design Program and graduated together in 1962.

To Horst’s Family and friends:
I was a schoolmate of Horst at UB-ID and was one of seven who graduated together in 1962. Horst was an excellent student and designer but most of all, a great friend. ¬†I remember him as always with a smile, and me, as a sort of class clown, reveled in making him laugh. It was easy to do with Horst, as he sometimes did not understand my sense of humor, but would laugh anyway just to make me feel good. Continue Reading »

Way back to 1974

Posted July 24th, 2010 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

For more details on this photo, please see my family site over here.

Father’s Day, Without

Posted June 20th, 2010 in Memories of Horst by neil

There’s not an hour that goes by without a thought of him. My saddest times are in the morning mostly, when I am in the shower and waking up. My mind is relatively clear after several hours of sleep, for the most part at least; still early enough to not yet be assaulted by the worries and stress of my conscious life. Random memories of Papa usually trigger it, but this week has been tough for me especially. Last weekend marked one month without him, and this weekend is Father’s Day. He’s been in my thoughts even more so. It will be a tough day; as I’m sure it will be for my siblings, and my Mutti.

Sleep is the only time I don’t think of him, and then it’s only dreams.

For this Father’s Day, I want to put some recent thoughts to text… to be cataloged forever. I’ve been thinking about these things for weeks, and now I want to write them down. This is what I want to do for him, for his memory.

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A comment from Christopher

Posted June 18th, 2010 in Memories of Horst by neil

Although this was a comment on a previous post, I though that it was so awesome that it deserves to be it’s own post.

I had the great fortune of working for Horst for many years while at Lightolier. ¬†Horst was a wonderful leader and a great mentor. ¬†He possessed an extraordinary ability to see the good in people and to gently guide them to be the best they could be. ¬†He was very instrumental in my career development. ¬†He always provided exceptional insights and personal experience. ¬†Although it has been years since I have reported to him, and I am now with another company, there are not many days when I do not say to myself “What would Horst have done”. ¬†He was an inspirational man of a magnitude that is rarely seen today. ¬†I will miss Horst greatly, but will often think of him with the highest of regard. ¬†I wish you the family and friends the strength to carry on as Horst would have wanted. I am just grateful for having had met him, worked with him, and have had the pleasure of calling him a friend.

Abschied mein Freund, bis wir uns wieder treffen!
(Translation: Farewell my friend until we meet again)

Christopher J. Lajoie