It is my pleasure to introduce Martin, a talented man whom I met on Yahoo Contributor I believe close to a year ago, and then to my surprise we met once again on hubpages. Martin was so gracious to allow me to do this wonderful interview.
Martin where are you from and what was your job in life?
I was born in Friedberg (then) West German on December 25, 1951 to Anna Marie Kloess, daughter of Karl Kloess. I never knew my father. I was brought to America in 1957.
Though I studied to be a music teacher, I wound up working in the graphic department in the headquarters of a major oil company. I ended my career there in a dream job. People would ask for something and I made it happen. This ranged from a few quick copies to making flags float in mid-air (no strings were used). I learned how to create dreams, since I had close to no limits.
When did you first start writing?
I assume you mean text and not my music.
My interest in writing started in high school and was sparked by a teacher, Mr. Pierre Noble. He made writing interesting and, no matter how long the assignment, fun. Mr. Noble died two years after I graduated a victim of a school stabbing.
My first paid writing was for the Newlywed Game, when ABC had a studio in San Francisco. I was only 16. And the game paid anyone $20.00 for an idea they used, Whether I was prolific or whether I was good, many of my ideas were used.
I also wrote and performed for Energetic Productions, where many of my radio jingles were used and aired. The most notable were for Ben’s Franks and Las Vegas Golf and Tennis.
Most recently I wrote for many Masonic bulletins and “beefed” students’ college acceptance and scholarship letters.
So why, you might ask, didn’t I pursue a career as a writer? Distractions.
Sunnie’s Favorite Poem by Martin
The Hero (poem)
A rhyme of a youth we once knew
Who enjoyed unique points of view
He dreamt of a world which was new
Which blossomed in his special hue
As he aged his wonderment grew
He displayed his talents so true
To shadows which he couldn’t see
His visions for me and for you
Soon to his side volunteers flew
But with them flowed dark destiny
His actions were no longer free
He pondered just what would he do
It seemed one more victim he’ll be
To world of mediocrity
To age another victory
This hero of ours is he through
But there through the darkest of night
Dawns fresh new expressions of light
Yet oddly familiar this sight
This stranger who bears hero’s fight
Written by Martin Kloess
What is your favorite song?
Since college my taste in music has been very broad, as anyone who visits my Facebook wall will tell you. Somewhere after I joined the Freemasons they started to play Quando Quando Quando to induce Arlene, my wife, and I to dance (like it really took any encouragement). Like trained puppets, we dropped anything we might be doing to dance to this song. One time it played over a grocery store loud-speaker and guess what happened. So Quando Quando Quando became “our song”.
What is your favorite quote, can have more than one.
“How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?”
What is your favorite story?
Though I do like “ Alice in Wonderland” my 2 all time favorite would be Homer’s Iliad and The Book of Job.
If you could do anything in this world to change it, what would it be?
Odd question, when one thinks about it. I am old and have lived a very long life. I am also disabled and my contact with “the world” is extremely limited. This, for many more reasons, is no longer my world. I would hope that those to whom this world now belongs find a way to be happy in the world they make.
During my active time there was no “if”. I took my little piece of “the world” and changed it. I improved schools. I formed community watches and improved neighborhood police relations. I got people to polls. I made people know they could be like me (active).
What is your pet peeve, can name more than one..hehe
The media and its control over the public. Yet they only sell us what we want to buy. In my travels across America, I was struck how different one “fact” was written and what information was left out. In jest, I asked people, “How many presidents does America have?”, because so many and diverse pictures are drawn of one man.
To get a look at our great country, it is (I think) a good idea to see what the rest of the world is talking about.
Tell us about your family? Any grandchildren, children?
I have 2 children Peter and Robin.
Peter is a graduate of Lowell, one of America’s top scholastic high schools of his time. Not everyone can get into Lowell. He graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Geology. Though a “bone head” (dinosaur hunter) at heart, he works for the Department of the Interior. He inspects sites to make sure nature is not threatened. His lifelong interest in dinosaurs began at 6 when he found a trilobite fossil at the beach.
As a side note: I have real dinosaur bones at my house.
Robin is a culinary school graduate. She completed her apprenticeship at Jardiniere. She is now head Pastry Chef at Incanto. Her interest in cooking began when she was 12. She loved the kitchen. Doing the dishes, for her, was just an excuse to play with water. Plus, she loved to cook. In the beginning, I was her assistant as she prepared… whatever. As she grew, she got more adventurous, leaving the cook books behind. But her dad at everything she cooked. Thus my appreciation of hot sauce. She is now a busy, but successful chef. Now, I love my daughter a lot, but when I see the price of her desserts I think, “people really pay this much!?”
Peter and Robin love each other a lot and have since the day Robin was born. I would briefly share that day with you. I was at work when I got the call that Arlene was in labor at the hospital. I rushed to pick up Peter at his daycare and we went straight to the hospital. When we arrived the place was a flurry of activity. My daughter was already born. A nurse was pressing me for her name. I had just gotten there. I was confused. I turned to a 4-year-old, who calmly said Robin. Surely he must be right! And that is how Robin got her name.
What is the best vacation spot you have ever gone to?
Arlene and I were very fortunate to have good friends in the travel business. Through them we were able to experience a good part of our great country at ridiculously low rates. We didn’t have the time or money to travel abroad.
My favorite “get away” was Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Favorite ride… Peter Pan. We would go there almost yearly. I think it had a lot to do with: Disneyland was where Arlene and I went for our anniversary.
If you were music what type of music would you be and why
Any dance music to which a couple has to hold. At my first dance, I could move my body, but I really couldn’t dance. Arlene got it in her head that this must change. So she did and bore what she had to in order to teach me. In 1976, 2 years after we were married and 8 years of putting up with this dummy, a light turned on. Drop everything, I want to dance with Martin. I could make the worse dancer look good. But the real magic appeared when I was dancing with Arlene.
Dancing at home, alone, got us over some of life’s hurdles.
What makes you laugh?
It is very easy to make me laugh. Sometimes I had to watch myself for laughing at the wrong time.
One of saying I heard, “Sometimes life is so bad you just have to laugh.”
What makes you cry?
Men aren’t suppose to cry. Not this guy. I cry at happy endings or when people hurt. Oddly, physical pain doesn’t make me cry. Most of all, I cry because I miss Arlene.
What makes you blow a gasket? :)
It use to drive me crazy when people pass up chances or opportunities, especially those laid at their feet.
I have noticed, as I have lost the ability to talk, I have been far more tolerant than I already was.
If you were a color what would it be?
My favorite color is green. It has been for so long I forgot why. Yet on women I find any combination of black and red appealing.
How do you view God?
Very important and very personnel. I believe God has blessed me with many talents. It has been my honor and privilege to use the Lord’s gifts to bring some positive change to so many lives.
The world s a better place because I was here.
Links to Martins Work
It is very to find me or information about me. On the internet type Martin Kloess or mhatter99 in your browser.
Or one could contact the Grand Lodge of California, 1111 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. (phone) 415/776-7000
Or my fan page on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/mhatter99
I am working on my Joy’s Summer Memory series of which 3 ebooks are now available: Joy’s Summer Memories – Introduction, Joy’s Summer Memories – A Time To Love, and Joy’s Summer Memories – Moments of Laughter.
I am working on book number 4 now.
Martin Kloess Aka MHatter99
Martin it has been my privilege and honor to share with many, your wonderful heart and talents. Thank you so much for allowing me to do this. God bless you!