By Alexander Kucharski
Since I'm a writer and designer, I was pleased when the family asked me to create this website in order to explain the subject matter of Wally's novel The New Crusades.
Waldemar Guenter died on November 29, 2014, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Wally wasn't just a photographer. He was also a poet and writer who used that talent as a sort of therapy, against the bad nightmares he was having after discovering Hazirah's body in the woods at Ball's Falls. Wally’s book, The New Crusades, came out of that traumatic experience.
Wally told me, before he died, that he wished all guns in the world could turn 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 faith in a power beyond ourselves.
Thank you, Wally, for your tenacity in finishing “The New Crusades.”
R.I.P. Author: Waldemar Guenter - now deceased
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.