Interview with Klaus V. Luehning

What is your e-reading device of choice?In the ebb and flow of your life, is it possible that one episode in your story can serve a symbolic, “That’s what I believe describes my life.” ?
On the first cruise of the Texas Maritime Academy for Cadet training, near Greenland, we found ourselves adrift—without power—on this 432 foot training ship. It was July, iceberg season, and after 36 hours of diligent searching, had no reason why the engines wouldn’t work. How to get the engines and ship controlling its course? I was First Assistant Engineer, and I regrouped my thoughts; all other engineering staff were fatigued and had given up. And then it came to me, a possible solution. Within two hours engines were running, and we were back underway. The ship was now under control. By circumstance, or by selection by others to find a way out of a problem, seems to be a recurring and defining pathway in my life: on the spot learning as you go.
It might be said that a man tries to make the world fit into his vision; and not the other way around, the world makes the man. How does this apply to you?
Born in 1940, making it out of Danzig and war torn Germany, then immigration to Brooklyn, N.Y. in America in 1947, it became clear that decision making for me was going to happen pretty quickly and often: choosing alternatives and then acting in self-preservation and my own self interest. It was also clear that any decision I had to make was mine, and the circumstances needed to be understood more than adequately, and that I had to act knowingly and accept consequences. I have been accused of going through life diagonally.
What does your memoir contribute to the understanding of the human condition (what it means to be human) ? The struggles and directions? The outcomes?
It is just a curious journey, trying to bob and weave through life’s circumstances, learning as I go, never stopping learning. I could die today or twenty years from now, and it will always be with the desire to finish projects I have started, like this autobiography. The struggles and directions I took are all part of the progression of finding out new things, caring for people I knew and loved, and how I could help others by sharing the experience I’d gained.
Published 2014-08-28.
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Books by This Author

Unexpected Odyssey: Danzig to Tennessee
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 246,430. Language: American English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Biography
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A memoir of a European immigrant, surviving WW ll and growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. Graduated the Merchant Marine Academy, spent life on 14 ships and was the first member of Texas Maritime Academy faculty as Associate Professor, into business as an Engineering Sales Specialist. Retired and then to graduate school, a career as an Executive Chef and finally to Tennessee as an addiction counselor.