A good friend took ill three weeks ago: he suffered from lack of air and pains in the chest. He was immediately hospitalized, and a lung cancer diagnosis was confirmed on December 27th. I made a date to go and see him today. Ten minutes before we arrived at the hospital in Koeln Merheim, we were informed that he had passed away during the night. I have known Georg for twenty six years. He was two years younger than I am. Bonne route, mon ami!