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Karen Bergstralh

Karen was one of the first members of the Gazette Editorial Board. She passed away in early 2013. The Gazette Staff and the 1632 community miss her a lot.

Her self-written bio is below:

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I'm a retired engineer who currently lives in Southern California with a grumpy cat..

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Karen's story "Horse Thieves" was published in Ring of Fire II, January 2008.

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Rolling On

Rolling On

January 1632 "Master Ritterhof, Master Eisenbach, may I present my staff?" Martin asked, conscious of the scuffling sounds behind him. He heard Max hiss something at Jakob followed by a 'thwack.' "Certainly, Master Schmidt. Certainly." Master Blacksmith Bruno...
Live Free

Live Free

Tom Musgrove peered carefully around the door. This close to midnight few of the staff should be around. Down at the end of the hallway he could hear moaning. "That's the way, Stan, get the nurses' attention," Tom muttered under his breath before he remembered that...
Of Masters And Men

Of Masters And Men

November, 1631 Master Carpenter Herman Glauber walked from the open door to the forge in the blacksmith shop Martin Schmidt ran for him. Putting down his bulging briefcase he stood warming his hands above the coals. Glauber nodded pleasantly at Martin and, looking...
One Man’s Junk

One Man’s Junk

Martin Schmidt paused, his spoon barely touching the stew. His stomach would have him attack the stew bowl like a starving wolf but his mind held him back. Carefully, he took one spoonful and then put his spoon down. A sip of beer helped but his hand shook slightly....
The Impact Of Mechanization On German Farms

The Impact Of Mechanization On German Farms

What will happen when Grantville introduces nineteenth century farm equipment to seventeenth-century farmers? Will there be a rapid adaptation of the new machines followed by a similarly rapid increase in productivity? Will this in turn lead to an equally rapid...
Horse Power

Horse Power

The people of Grantville have been plunged into a world where horsepower literally means horse power. In the 17th century muscle, water, and air provided power. Water wheels provide power for mills but their use is limited by location. Water is also subject to...
The Treasure Hunters

The Treasure Hunters

March, 2000 The librarian stamped the book and handed it across the desk. "This is a grown-up book, Mikey. It came all the way from a library in Richmond and you can only have one renewal on it. It must be back by April sixteenth." Michael Arthur Tyler grabbed the...