Pete Van Kerk
I'm born. That happened on Sunday 12.31.1939. My brother grew faster than me in the stomach of my mother, so I was in deed of fresh air, to see the world. After an hour (!) the doctor noticed my brother wasn't there yet. I was only some 4 pounds and got in the incubator. Therefore there were babyclothes and a babybed for my brother. Within three weeks I had made up with him, because he was on strike with the milkfactory. We're still Brothers.
I finished up WWII with epilepsis because of malnutrition. Nevertheless I had gone with the neighbours they buying and I stealing sugarbeets from the field and deadwood from the forrest. Was not allowed by the Germans, but as a 4 year kid I didn't understand them (wouldn't) and neither arrestable. O, I could look so smart with a bundel of dead Wood in my arms. Because of the epilepsis and old medication I can't show you an examplary education. When I was some 17, 18 I grew for a great deal over plus the effect of more modern medication. However, I'll always remain an epileptician. Only now it's so under control I can drive safely.
My education: I'm an educated farmer, finished study 1960. That year I was co-winner in an European essay-contest on the Agricultural Cooperatives in the European Common Market.
My Dad had asked me when I was 14 (1954) for the first time to write a few small reports for his local newspaper at Zeist, Holland. Many would follow. As from 1961 I worked as a journalist with a variety of papers and radio. 1965 I came with Dads paper with the aim to succeed him in July 1970. However, I could get a job as economic writer at Algemeen Dagblad at Rotterdam, the second largest Dutch daily. That was a good choice. The paper at Zeist only existed for a few more years after I left. While working at the paper at Rotterdam I studied economics (level teacher Highschool) and Shell trained me at all aspects of the oil & gasbusiness. Based on my technical and market know how I wrote brochures for all oil majors, because I was gifted with the ability to describe their installations and processes in very easy wording. Because of the brochures they got easy permits to extend. I advised OPEC ministerial meetings with markettrends and got in return prime news and many more interviews than any of my colleagues.
When you're in a newspaper good in reporting they put you in the chief seat. That earns! But the quality of work..., no. Anyway at 61 years I was forced, after an heartattack, to retire. But o dear Readers, I'm so healthy as a fish! I also survived cancer. During the pre-retirement I was towncounsillor in my village Alblasserdam, defended asylumseekers at immigrationhearings and became trainer of the youth Team of my chess club. Two of them I brough into the Dutch national championship and the team succeeded twice to jump to a higher class.
1968 my wife and I moved to Germany, away from the Dutch bureaucracy and smell, into the countryside. We got two children and five grandchildren. While I worked with the daily I wrote a book with interviews with CEO's of the ten largest Dutch companies. It was about their views on the years 90. None predicted right. The second book was published 2012 in Dutch and 2013 in English and German about my years as a double agent between East-Germany and Holland.
VideosDouble Spy, an Autobiography
It's a book about the 3½ years I've been a double Agent between Holland and the German Democratic Republic. The East Germans were in particular after plans of NATO and American Technology. They haqd no clue how we lived in the West. Me the young spy had to tell them how my security was best secured. It reads like a novel. Published December 2013.
Mike&Alex, the Defenders of the Animal Forest
by Pete Van Kerk
Childrens book 4-10 years, also for (grand)parents. It's about animals that defend their forest under the lead of a very big rabbit (Mike) and a wild swine that used to be small, but grows also very big with the feeding from farmer Jacob. The animals fight for their rest, for their forest and for not being shoot at the hunt. On the contrary, they chase the hunters!
Dubbel Spion, een autobiografie
by Pete Van Kerk
In 1967 ben ik door de Oost-Duitse Staatssicherheitsdienst Stasi geworven als spion. Terug in Nederland ben ik via de politie bij de BVD gekomen, die van mij binnen enkele dagen een dubbel agent maakte. De Stasi heeft dat nooit gemerkt. Ik heb veel gelachen, fouten gemaakt en gezwegen. Daardoor vierl ik niet op. Het boek heeft uitstekende recensies in Amerika en leest als een roman.
Happiness follows on Friday 13th
by Pete Van Kerk
Friday 13th is famous for bad luck. That's what Julie experiences. The worst has however still to come, when she misses her train at LLondon Kings Cross stations and furious reacts. She meets there a lady from the Red Cross and Trevor, a young man. Although she turns him down at first, he remains loyal and helps her where he can. A night in the craziest British inn forge their hearts together.
Geluk volgt op vrijdag de 13e
by Pete Van Kerk
Het is vrijdag de 13e en dat heeft Julie gemerkt, van de vroege ochtend tot de late avond achtervolgt pech haar in vele gedaantevormen. Maar na storm en regen komt zonneschijn. Die het hart verwarmende zonneschijn wordt belichaamd door Trevor, die haar in de moeilijkste uren hielp en terzijde bleef staan, ondanks haar aanvankelijke duidelijke wantrouwen tegen hem.
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