So, preparation meets opportunity.
Well, who cares? I do care (unless there is any doubt about this in the audience).
So, one son of Imre Simon contacts me for a meeting appointment in Vienna.
He will come with his brother.
For those of you who are ever going to meet family members of coffee machine manufacturers,
bring with you:
_ pen and paper,
_ a voice-recorder (with new batteries... i brought once one with empty batteries, funnily enough, during our first meeting with Mr. Simon's son, and it wasn't of much help. I can't thank enough the curator of the museum for giving me batteries on that day!),
_ a camera,
_ documents about the business,
_ artefacts... for me on this, day: 2 old coffee machines (and my wife asked why was i going out with a cabin-luggage to go to town),
_ questions... but be aware that in the most cases, you will be listening, not talking and most of the questions will have to wait.
Greetings, small talk, looking for a coffee... i spare you the details.
I pull a coffee machine out of my "luggage".
The eldest son takes it in his hand, inspects it and says: "It's as old as me".
And the younger son adds: "yeah, there is a picture of you as a baby with it!".
I felt like this picture needed introduction.