Radio Guest - December 1, 2001



Eberhard Gress
3817 Wilshire Circle West
Sarasota, FL 34238
Tel. and Fax # 1 941 921 6768

B.A. in Arts, Music, Literature and Foreign Languages.
1951 Academies Kassel and Frankfurt, West Germany.
Actor, Opera Singer, Director in Kassel, Muenster and Koblenz 


1957-1985 Restaurateur, Columbia, Illinois
1962 United States Citizenship
1972 Co-Owner professional Soccer Team - ST. Louis Stars
Organized St. Louis Strassenfest with 104 service clubs
Named St. Louis Ambassador and honorary Rep. of Mayor 
1974 President St Louis/Stuttgart sister city committee
1976 Director and Founder Columbia National Bank
Commissioner Columbia Redevelopment Commission
Life member Columbia Jaycees
Appointed to St. Louis Arts and Education Council
1983 Recipient German American Friendship Award
1984 President Longboat Key Kiwanis Club
1989 Received Cross of Merit from the President of Germany
1990&1991 Golden Poet Award from The World of Poetry, California

Past President St. Louis Strassenfest Corporation
Director and Chairman of Community Services for 
The Lakeshore Village Condominium Association Inc. 

COFOUNDER (1959) and President of the St. Louis STRASSENFEST Corp.
A nonprofit Corp. affiliated with 104 service organizations of BiState MO / IL.

COFOUNDER and past President of the St. Louis/Stuttgart Sister City, Inc.
INITIATED many Exchange Programs; cultural, educational and people to people.
ST. LOUIS AMBASSADOR under four St. Louis Mayors, promoting the City of St. Louis worldwide.

CO-OWNER of the St. Louis Pro Soccer STARS, promoting friendship games with 
Germany, Russia and Latin-American countries.

INSTRUMENTAL in erecting three German-American monuments in St. Louis:
*The Schiller Statue - in a renamed "Schiller Platz." 
*The German-American Friendship Tree - with stainless steel plaque.
*The planting of the "Stuttgart Friendship Trees" at Kiener Plaza - with Bronze Plaque Inscriptions.

COFOUNDER 1989 (together with high ranking German and U.S. officials) and holder of  # 1 membership in The German-American Heritage Society of St. Louis.

GRANTED White House clearance for GERMAN-AMERICAN DAY proclamation.

CONSULTING with colleagues in Germany re. Film, TV and theater work.

PRESIDENT of the German congregation of the Sarasota St. Lutheran's Church.

BILINGUAL TRANSLATOR of German lieder into English.

WRITER of historical and modern articles and poems including a 1996 published 
book by Watermark Press, entitled; "Too Bad That Common Sense Has Died".

MERITS: 27 August 1983:... German-American friendship award

REFERENCES: Dr. Juergen Ruhfus, German Ambassador to Washington, DC
Richard V. Allen, Former counselor to President Reagan.
Guenter Wasserberg, Consul General of Germany in Chicago.
Robert F. Hyland, Sr. V.P.,CBS & Gen. Mgr. KMOX, St. Louis.
George S. Hecker, Esq., Great Grandson of Friedrich Hecker.
Dr. Steven Rowan, Prof. History. U. of Missouri-St.Louis.
Elsbeth M. Seewald, National President, DANK.
Manfred Rommel, Mayor of Stuttgart.