Bonn General Anzeiger July 3 1999 The exciting adventures of the engineer By Christina Martinstetter
Caption: There are many opportunities in which the exchange ring can help you.
Picture caption: John Turmel who had said he wants to battle with the banks and the state is now, together with his wife Pauline, on a European Tour. Photo Max Malsch.
Say hello to an illustrious guest from Canada: John C. Turmel is the founder of many exchange rings in his homeland. And he told us about his multi-faceted and changing life.
BONN-BEUEL SCHWARZRHEINDORF - Guerrilla lawyer" "Blackjack king" or "the World's richest pauper" are some of the nicknames which John C. The Engineer Turmel has gotten from the different media. The Canadian was responsible in his homeland for many headlines and newspaper and TV stations keep showing the same picture: Turmel with the white hard-hat on which is written in big letters "The Engineer" with a Bible in one hand and the picket sign in the other which demands the abolition of interest. On Wednesday evening, this shining person was the guest in Beuel. As a young engineer, he had declared war against the banks and the state because those institutions drive people into debt through interest and taxes. In this effort, he is the persevering supporter and founder of many local employment trading systems (LETS) which are known in Germany under the name "Tauschringe". These are based on the principle of exchange, work for work, and not for cash payment. Meanwhile throughout the whole federal republic of Germany, there now exist 229 with new ones sprouting. Turmel and his wife Pauline are now on an European tour. This tour now takes the singular couple to the sunny side of Bonn to visit the newly-founded in February 99 LETS "Schdl-Sick-Tauschring Bonn/Rhein-Sieg e.V.". Though the visit was very short, it was informative and interesting. For nearly 3 hours, nearly 20 LETS members who had assembled in the "Hotel Mertens" at the Rheindorfer Strasse listened to the words of their illustrious guest. He enthralled his listeners with his ardent and insistent life story because the Canadian's story would come under the title "The incredible life story of John C. Turmel" at the top of the best- selling list of popular literature. Turmel also is aware of this. To underline his credibility and the truth of the reports of his singular steps in life, he documented everything with newspaper articles. The Canadian had collected hundreds of articles in newspapers from many different countries in a single publication which had the colorful title "The Adventures of John "The Engineer" Turmel." And they were really captivated. John C. Turmel saw the light of day on the 22nd of February in 1951 in Rouyn Quebec. After a very successful school career, he enrolled at Carleton University in Ottawa Ontario in electrical engineering in 1974. Also there, this young man dedicated himself in a course given by Professor Walter Schneider called "The Mathematics of Gambling" where he was as a "star" student with extraordinary interest and engagement. This was the first and only course of its kind in the whole of Canada, said Turmel. I finished it with an "A+," the best possible result of all. His passion was awakened and it changed his life. "From 1975 until 1978, I was a professional gambler. Meanwhile, I was Professor Schneider's Teaching Assistant," said Turmel. During these years, he went on more than 50 4-day junkets to several casinos in Las Vegas but for those casinos, the Canadian was more successful than normal Blackjack players and for that, was quite an unwanted guest. Turmel was barred. It is very difficult to come to a conclusion on his ongoing changeful life so far. In any case the following: 1976 he ends his studies but he gambles further. In 1979, the Canadian believed he could fight better for his big aim to legalize gambling by running as a candidate for Parliament on this platform. His attempts to be elected as a Member of Municipal and National Parliaments brought Turmel two entries in the Guinness Book of Records: he has taken part in 47 elections to date. Record #2: just as often, Turmel is the world-wide record holder for losing too. The Canadian opened two casinos in his life. Several times, Turmel had to go into prison for his gambling passion. Until today, the couple lives from the winnings which the sly- headed Turmel gains from the Blackjack game. On that basis, the two Canadians travel around the world and visit exchange rings and LETS of all countries. To the Beuel LETS exchange, the engineer said on their way "Take care of your LETS ring. There are so many ways it can help you."
The Schaal-Sick-Tauschring has changed its meeting place. The following meetings are on Wednesday July 21, August 18, and September 8 at 7:00p.m. at "Mertens Hotel", 134 Rheindorfer Str. 53225 Bonn- Beuel. Further information available from Brigitte Guenther-Sun on Tel./Fax:0049-228 47 97-345 or e-mail: SUN.firstname.lastname@example.org
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