Barbara Ortwein was born in a village near Muenster in Westphalia, Germany.
She was a school music teacher, playwright, historical fiction author, travel guide, and a 16 year leader of German-American Program. She still lives in Germany but has just retired from teaching and will move to her retirement home in Prague this summer.
James E. (Jimmy) Loyd and David B. Matheson are 1968 graduates of Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio. After going their very separate ways, they reconnected at a reunion where the tale told here was hatched.
John Moore is a special correspondent for Getty Images. He has photographed in 65 countries on six continents and was posted internationally for 17 years, first to Nicaragua, then India, South Africa, Mexico, Egypt, and Pakistan. He returned to the U.S. in 2008.
Marion Oettinger Jr. is the curator of Latin American Art and the former Kelso Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art. A cultural anthropologist and art historian specializing in Latin American art and culture, he has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America.