Although I'm quite the mutt (Scottish, Irish, Cherokee), the majority of my lineage is German, an ethnic group that is mostly overlooked it seems. Having lived in Germany for a couple years, I got to experience a lot of the culture and history first hand, and I think it's kinda sad that more people of German descent don't explore their heritage a bit more. They're missing out on a very colorful history. A few facts about Germans in America: 1) Germans are the largest ethnic group in the US, yet we've never asked for everything to be bi-lingual, nor do we have a "German History Month". We assimilated into the culture. 2) Germans were among the first people to settle at Jamestown. 3) During World War One, thousands of American Germans were imprisoned for opposing the war. Thousands more were forced to buy war bonds to demonstrate their "loyalty". One man was hanged in Illinois, for no other reason than that he was of German descent. The killers were found innocent of the crime and the hanging was called an act of patriotism by a jury. A Minnesota minister was tarred and feathered when he was overheard praying in German with a dying woman. Yet you hear nothing of these things. 4) During World War 2, under the still active Alien Enemy Act of 1798, the United States government interned nearly 11,000 German Americans between 1940 and 1948. My own father was questioned about his family by "officials" who came to his grammar school. But all you hear about are the Japanese internment camps. Here are a few famous Germans. Maybe you've heard of them. Albert Einstein Dwight Eisenhower Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig "Lou Gehrig" Rudolf Diesel Chester Nimitz Gen. John Pershing Friedrich von Steuben - Trained the Continental army under Washington Not to mention.... Germans have the best food and beer.... period. So any other Germans, at least explore that part of your culture. Find a good German restaurant, have the first "real" beer of your life and order up a Jaegerschnitzel and some spaetzle. You'll love it. Any other Krauts around here?