What If?

Letters and Postcards from C&B

by Robert Balser & Cima Balser



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/22/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 196
ISBN : 9781480850446
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 196
ISBN : 9781480850439
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 196
ISBN : 9781480850453

About the Book

Bob, a professional animator from Hollywood, and his wife Cima, a would-be writer, decided to take a sabbatical to Europe in 1959.

With limited funds and a copy of Arthur Frommer’s Europe on $5 A Day, they hoped to stretch their adventure to six months. Forty years later, they were still on sabbatical.

In this memoir, they draw upon postcards and diary entries to share how they lived out their lives as expatriates in Europe during the second half of the twentieth century, living the dream of a free-spirited life that so many can only long for. Numerous pictures help illustrate the story.

They enjoy French onion soup at the Eiffel tower, experience the culture shock of using bidets in “water closets,” gorge on croissants, try getting used to two-hour lunches, and enjoy meeting fascinating and eccentric people along the way.

Take a step back in time with Bob and Cima as they do the unexpected, and dare to ask, What If?

About the Author

Robert “Bob” Balser was an animator in Hollyood and Europe who worked in various capacities on many prize- winning commercials and documentaries. He and his wife, Cima, were founding members of the Benjamin Franklin Foundation and International School. He was a board member of the Animation Branch of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a noted lecturer and consultant until his death in 2016.

Cima Balser graduated from UCLA and worked in the offices of Motor Trend magazine, as an executive secretary at National Dyeing and Finishing, and as a liaison with Herman Miller Furniture Company before she left on a sabbatical to Europe with her husband in 1959. She wrote film reviews, subtitles, translations, and lectures at the American Institute and the American Society of Barcelona while traveling and volunteered at the Benjamin Franklin School.