Dennis Brumm overnighting at the home of John Maves and Richard Larock, going out for coffee, Ames, Iowa
The town sign and motto of Crawfordsville, Iowa
Dorothy Stodt at the Shamrock Tap restaurant in Burlington, Iowa
Allen Bell at a Swedish restaurant in Chicago
Hugo Petersen at a Swedish restaurant in Chicago, 1990
My last trip to the Midwest was in July 1990. I went for my 20th high school class reunion. I landed in Des Moines on July 4, and the 101 degree heat, unknown in San Francisco, about killed me on the spot after getting out of the airplane and leaving the airport. First there was a fairly short layover in Denver, Colorado, where I visited with an old friend from Iowa, Patty Abrisz.
For two weeks in Iowa I struggled with the weather, confirming once again part of the reason why I left.
I first visited Ames, where'd I had lived from 1970 until 1978. I stayed with friends John Maves and Richard Larock for several days. Then I took off for Southeast Iowa. I stayed with my stepmother, who lived in West Burlington. The reunion was in my hometown, New London (another video made at the time, in 1990, entitled "Red Meat and Red Jell-O" documented my class reunion). Upon leaving Southeast Iowa, I went to Chicago, where I stayed with a friend who worked for the Danish consulate there, Hugo Petersen. And finally I left Chicago for Des Moines, and spent an overnight there before flying back home to San Francisco.
"We're in the Denver Airport, and it's wonderful to see all of you."
—Patty Abrisz, the Denver Airport
"Next we're going to be taking a trip to downtown Ames."
"This was the beach where everybody would hang out when I was a child."
"I'm your best friend from college."
Videos with an asterisk (*) are available for viewing courtesy of the Internet Archive.
The Detaxilification of Quemalt Aite (1992)
(sketched out: never produced)
►The Last Time Dennis Saw Iowa (2005)
(see also: "Red Meat and Red Jell-O")
Sturm in der Deutschstunde (1992)
A Tour of San Francisco (1987)
(the very first "movie")