Fast-forward to about two years ago. Having read his immensely enjoyable ‘Een wandeling in oud Otrobanda’ I wrote him from Charleston and we began to reminisce. We were in fact voormalige wandelaars in oud Otrobanda. From then on till his recent sickness, Norbert and I corresponded daily, sometimes twice or three times a day. He made sure that I kept abreast of developments in Curaçao.
I will leave to others to describe Norbert’s distinguished career as hoofdredacteur of the Amigoe and also directeur of the Antilliaanse Televisie Maatschappij (TeleCuraçao and then also TeleAruba). Suffice it to say that mi bon amigu Norbert was a great guy.
My heartfelt condolences go out to Norbert’s wife Solange and his children and their families in Boston and California, all of whom I came to know through Norbert’s letters.
God has called Norbert home. We will miss him immensely.