"In Memoriam" of Waldemar Guenter
Since I'm a writer and designer, I was pleased when the family asked me to create "The New Crusades" website in order to explain the subject matter of Walemar Guenter's murder mystery so relevant to our times in Canada.
Waldemar Guenter died on November 29, 2014, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. "Wally," as he was known to friends, wasn't just a photographer. He was a poet and writer who used his talents as a therapy against the bad nightmares he was having after discovering Hazirah's bloody body in the woods at Ball's Falls. Wally’s book, The New Crusades, came out of that traumatic experience.
He told me, before he died, that he wished that all the guns in the world would be turned into flowers...or cameras. Like John Lennon, he wished there were no wars, although he felt there was a need for religion, or at least some kind of faith in a power beyond ourselves.
Thank you, Wally, for your tenacity in finishing “The New Crusades.”
Waldemar Guenter - now deceased
Tracking Waldemar Guenter:
The drive was only 40 minutes from his home, down the QEW, off at Burlington Street, past all the steel factories, what Wally called the roller coaster ride, and then up the mountain to Fennell Avenue and Mohawk College.
Wally often popped in Gerry Rafferty's "City to City" or "Snakes and Ladders" and grooved to songs like, "Baker Street," "Right Down The Line," and "Stuck in the Middle With You":
I got the feeling that something ain't right, /
I'm so scared in case I fall off my chair, /
And I'm wondering how I'll get down the stairs, /
Clowns to the left of me, /
Jokers to the right, here I am, /
Stuck in the middle with you.
Gerry Rafferty died on January 4, 2011. Years of alcoholism took Gerry's life at the age of 63, leaving the music world, and in fact the whole world, a lesser place. And here, a few days later, Wally was driving with determination up to Mohawk College for night school, so he could advertise his photos on the internet. He sometimes wondered what that unknown Muslim girl's future might have been, had she not been murdered.
P.S. You can also search for the trailers, by title and authors, on other social media, like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Enter > The New Crusades by Waldemar Guenter, or The New Crusades The Sequel by Alexander Kucharski.