This is not the place for me to express my boundless admiration for

the scholarship of our dear friend and colleague, Gerald Feldman,

who passed from this world far too early in the fall of 2007. Nor

would I find it appropriate to address my personal friendship with

Gerry in these pages. I have done both elsewhere and—most important

to me—privately to Gerry's widow, Norma. Nevertheless, I do

find it more than appropriate to mention Gerry's involvement with

German Politics and Society. I was deeply moved and much honored

by Jeff Anderson's request to do so.