FIVE GUYS IN A BEETLE
The Grandest Grand Tour—Europe, 1963
By Thomas Tierney with Maureen A. Tierney
This travel memoir, about a group of college buddies exploring 1963 Europe, provides the backdrop for a journey of self-discovery that ignites the bonds of friendship that will last a lifetime.
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They wore white shirts, dark suits, some had crew cuts...all found themselves adrift in a strange new world. Five American college boys, for some their first time outside of their native Illinois, squeezed into a Volkswagen in the summer of l963. Minus the technical wizardry of GPS, smartphones, and today’s numerous apps, they took off—as novices—relying on the now outdated services of the American Express office for news from home. Little did they know that their journey through post-war Europe would provide a treasure-trove of experiences that would have a lasting influence on their lives. This one trip not only opened their eyes to the culture, tastes and customs of Europe, but it became the source of laughter, shared memories and multiple group reunions for decades to come. The five guys came of age that summer. All became folks you would like to know and be friends with.
Thomas Tierney is a composer-lyricist. He wrote the music for ELEANOR—An American Love Story at Ford’s Theatre in Washington and many other U.S. theatres—and NARNIA, based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (London and New York—and more than 1000 productions worldwide). His musical The Year of Living Dangerously was produced in concert by Manhattan’s popular nightclub Feinstein’s/54 Below and in 2020 it was live-streamed. Other shows: Jungle Queen Debutante (New York’s NAMT Festival and Seattle’s Village Theatre in Issaquah); Off-Broadway’s Pets!; The Dream Team at Goodspeed Opera; Tommy Tune’s one-man musical Ichabod; Diamond and the North Wind; and ZACK HILL and the Rocket Blaster Man Adventure. He composed six shows for TheatreWorks/USA and AT&T’s theme song for Disney’s EPCOT Center. For TV he did the music for two episodes of NBC’s Emmy Award winning Unicorn Tales and he has written many corporate shows. Tom has performed his own music at Lincoln Center and at the White House and has won numerous ASCAP awards.
Maureen A. Tierney began life in New York’s Greenwich Village and remains true to her New York roots. She started her business career as an Editor at AT&T for an employee magazine. Maureen graduated from Pace University and went on to become a District Manager at AT&T, a Dean at Fordham University Graduate School of Business and headed her own management consulting company for fifteen years. She met Tom considerably after his travels abroad. They have been married for some forty plus years. It has been a joy for her to help bring this travel journal to life.
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