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Guest Writers & Contributors UPBEAT TIMES • February 2013 • 8 JOKES & Humor # 4


SANTA ROSA, CA. ~ Martin Feibusch, 94, has made the most of life circum- stances and turned challenges into opportunities. Born in Germany on March 6, 1918, his Jewish parents were forced to physically separate the fam- ily in 1933 under the Hitler regime, sending a daughter to Palestine and Martin to San Francisco to live with his uncle. His mother and brother were given 30 days to leave the country, and traveled via Sweden to find safe harbor in England. Martin's father stayed behind in Germany and was sent to a concentra- tion camp on the infamous "Crystal Night" in 1938. He eventually escaped and joined his wife in London. Adding to the stress and uncertainty of the time, Martin's uncle, Moritz Feibusch, a food bro- ker with offices in England, was one of the 13 passen- gers killed in the Hindenburg Airship disaster in 1937. Moving to San Francisco in

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1933 was a trying time for both this rebellious teenager and his Uncle Moritz, who thought he was welcoming a 6 year old into his home!


Martin soon met a wonderful family who treated him like one of their own, and in fact became extended family when Martin married their daugh- ter, Constance, seven years after they first met.


and Connie moved up their wedding date after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Martin was drafted just seven weeks after the wedding. He served in the US Army for 3 1/2 years in England, Africa and Italy, and participated in three invasions. When he returned home, Martin's father had a vacant apartment ready for the couple in San Francisco. They waited until after Martin's par- ents were able to join them in California in 1947 before starting a family; they have two sons. Martin and Connie moved a total of 17 times on the SF Peninsula as he opened toy and gift stores. His final business operation was a hand crafted wooden toy manufacturing company. Throughout his working life, Martin was active in organiza- tions such as the Santa Cruz Ave. Merchants Association, and ran the local Christmas parade.

Retiring at 64, Martin wanted Try

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to keep his mind active so he became more deeply involved in the life-long hobby of stamp collecting he began at age 8.

by Eloise Tweeten Prepared for the future, despite life's challenges: An interview with Martin Feibusch of Santa Rosa

Andy came to work one day, limping something awful. One of his

coworkers, Josh, noticed and asked Andy what happened.

Andy replied, "Oh,

nothing. It's just an old hockey injury that acts up once in a while."

Josh, "Gee, I never knew you played hockey."

Andy, "No I don't. I hurt it last year when I lost $100 on the Stanley Cup play- offs. I put my foot through the television..."

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After convincing Connie to also retire, Martin and Connie went on a seven week "stamp safari,"

traveling across the

United States during the week and attending stamp shows on the weekends, always fol- lowing a different route. He became interested in exhibit- ing his work and won numer- ous awards over time. Martin and Connie also developed lasting friendships with other stamp collectors and histori- ans, including the chief cura-

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tor of the postal museum at the Smithsonian Institute. His collection includes over 400 envelopes (called 'covers') from the

first Hindenberg.

flight of the He also stays

involved in his living com- munity and looks out for the welfare of all.

Recalling my own father's interest in stamp collect- ing, I developed a newfound appreciation of this hobby as Martin described his passion. According to Wikipedia, stamp collecting is still one of the most popular indoor hobbies, with over 200 mil- lion collectors worldwide! In stamp collecting, Martin notices the printing, design, and watermark on the stamp which he purchases at auc- tions and through friends. He also considers himself a postal historian; he tracks the mail routing and finds that the contents of letters are some- times more interesting than the stamp itself.

are to a long and prosperous life are, and I don't mean on a monetary scale. I spent a few days out on the ocean just to appreciate the awesomeness of where we live, and to get warm. It was 34 degrees when I left Santa Rosa, and 56 when I got to Doran Beach. It felt like a heat wave for sure. The waves were huge, and on my second day I sat and watched this little bird forage for food(the one on the cover). I followed it around for at least 15 min- utes barely 10 feet away. It seems to take one to two days just to settle down enough to hear all the great sounds the coast has. I liken it to an orchestra in a way.

At the ocean is where I

truly experience how fast time moves by. Sitting for an hour feels like minute it's so enjoy- able. I took my Hobbiecraft peddle kayak on the ocean around Bodega Head attempt- ing to fish, but was informed by my brother I got no bite because of the tide changing. An hour after I was peacefully fishing, a massive seal popped up along my boat as if to say hello. I promptly pulled up my line. I was fishing for perch, not seal, although I was ready to cut my line just in case the wandering seal thought I was serving free ordourves.

Martin's proclaimed secret Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat. ~Ben Hecht

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