West Germany: The Time of the Sphinx

Goodbye, old chief, goodbye, Everything in life passes on. The best time of your life Will now be in your memories.

With only a month to go before Konrad Adenauer steps down as Chancellor, Goodbye, Old Chief, sung to twanging guitars and the lowing of lonesome steer, has become one of West Germany's top jukebox hits. As for the Old Chief, he seemed unusually mellow, even resigned to retirement after 14 years in office. Last week Adenauer, 87, journeyed to Rome in a nostalgic mood to say his goodbyes to President Segni...

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