Date: Mon, 24 Oct 1994 09:08:41 -0500
From: Shannon M Walbran swalbran[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PIPER.HAMLINE.EDU
Subject: Re: Q: Mllions of Cats
The question was re: Wanda Gag's accent mark on her last name.
As it happens, this weekend was Oktoberfest in the extremely Germanic
small town of New Ulm, Minnesota, known for (at least) two things:
excellent family-owned brewery which produces Schell's beer (my
recommendation would be Schmaltz's Alt, very dark) and the birthplace of
Wanda Gag, author of _Millions of Cats_. I would like to hazard that the
Gag family is Bohemian German, as were many of the settlers of New Ulm.
I would also like to add that her father, Anton, was an artistic type
whose primary patron was August Schell (brewery founder 2d generation --
they are now in their 5th generation). Apparently August supported Anton
through some tough times; when Anton died an untimely and not wealthy
death, his final words were "Now Wanda will finish what I have started."
Good book, good beer, and a kick of an Oktoberfest. What more
could you want?
St. Paul, Minnesota