Saturday, 17 May 2014

Silvia Paula Jentsch


I met Silvia Paula in mid-1966 when I was 17 years old. We became fast friend immediately. Silvia's parents were from German extraction. Her father had migrated to Brazil from Germany in the 1920s. Her mother Paula Sawade was born in São Simão-SP. Paula had an older brother called Fritz who migrated to the United States circa 1929 and never came back to Brazil except for a few short visits. Fritz Sawade was an auto-mechanic by trade and must have made a few bob in Mount Vernon-N.Y.

Fritz was a very affectionate brother who never forgot his baby sister. He never missed sending Paula a Christmas card. Here's Fritz's 1950 Xmas card. Although Fritz spoke Portuguese very well he preferred writing in German. His wife Irma spoke mostly German even though she had been born in Brazil too. Their kids Ingrid Carol and Fredy could not speak Portuguese so they spoke German whenever they came to Brazil on vacation. 


Liebe Paula, Otto, Silvia und Roberto! Ein Recht Frölichen Weihnachten und ein Recht Glückliches und Gesundes Neues Jahr senden Euch mit Herzliche Grüsse, Fritz, Irma, Fredy und Ingrid. New York, Dez. 1950.

Silvia circa 1964

Silvia Paula Jentsch
* 1st February 1942
+ 13 August 2010


the Jentsch-Sawade tomb at Cemiterio Christo Redemptor on Avenida Dr. Arnaldo, S.Paulo.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Dear Geography Teacher

I had a lot of school teachers during my life but it's so hard to remember their names. I don't think I could remember more than a few names.

Eli Piccolo's name I can recall because he had a Geography book published. I decided to look up his name at Google and was surprise to see his name at my first try.

So here's Mr. Eli Piccolo's book still being sold at Mercado Livre and his name perpetuated for ever more.


Eli Piccolo's Geografia do Brasil, the book I remember having followed for a couple of years.


Éli Piccolo was 'catedrático do Ginasio Estadual Professor Ascendino Reis' in Rua Tuiuti, at Tatuapé  and Renato Stempniewski 'catedrático do Colégio Estadual e Escola Normal Padre Manuel da Nóbrega'.


Renato Stempniewski and Eli Piccolo's Geography book for Brazilian High School (Gimnasium)


A 1a. turma que se diplomou do G.E.Prof. Ascendino Reis na escadaria da Catedral da Sé, em 1956.

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O Ginasio Estadual Professor Ascendino Reis, no Tatuapé, foi criado em Dezembro de 1952, com aulas começando em 9 Fevereiro 1953. Em 31 Janeiro 1957, instalou-se o curso científico e em 1958, o curso clássico, transformando o Ginásio em Colégio Estadual.