This page is devoted to Steve Schanzer, my grandfather. He was a very witty man and there are many interesting and amusing stories about him. Granpa Steve survived World War I; while in the Austrian army he was caught and sent to Siberia, and escaped through Novosibirsk to China! In World War II: he avoided the German invasion of France by riding over the Pyrenees on a bicycle! He drove a Mustang until age 89 when he died, 1979 October 4. His marker is in Red Butte Cemetary, Aspen, Colorado.
- He would joke about the frenchman Louis Le Quatorze the fourteenth.
- On trips he would always like to stop at the Hysterical Markers (i.e. Historical Markers)
- Count Bobby often walked around with a glass cane. When asked why he used it, he replied "I use this glass cane because if I dropped it I wouldn't need to pick it up!" (Only many years later did I learn that there really are glass canes!)
- When asked how he was doing, he would say "From bad to worse as usual!"
- LRSE: Thanks for keeping Grampa Steves memory alive. How about just things he believed in like:
- You can judge a person just by looking at their face.
- If he didn't like a person they did not exist for him.
- He thought all drugs should be legalized, and the drug problem would take care if itself.
- He loved taking trips to see the Native Americans in the Southwest, and would bring them buckets of slightly used soapbars from the Boomerang Lodge in Aspen.
- He was opposed to interior desecrating (decorating).
- I need a vacation from this vacation!
Escape to Freedom: Steven B. Schanzer's WW II Adventure
Tom Schneider's Home Page
origin: 2000 November 11
updated: 2016 Mar 26