Eckhart also experienced another memorable event while traveling across country. For the very first time Eckhart heard Johnny Cash sing. The song was Ring of Fire and it went to number 1 on the charts. "And I've been a fan of country music ever since. I also discovered good American jazz."
It was during these stimulating, as well as influential years, that Eckhart discovered the "real America," and at the same time being so far from home - that he emerged a man. He was 19 at the time.
When Eckhart arrived in Los Angeles he had only $20 - enough to fulfill a dream - to visit Disneyland. He had brought with him to America a German Grundig radio which he was able to sell at a pawn shop enabling Eckhart to survive financially until he landed a job in a factory.
"I remember very well, that sorry day in November 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated - all those saddened people with tears in their eyes."
"After a few weeks in the factory I moved to Hollywood where I met some wonderful people at the Beverly Hills Lutheran Church. And once again, while I was there, I worked decorating homes full of great antiques, for residents with attractive and tasteful interiors."
Then Eckhart went back home and opened an Antique Shop in the Bavarian Alps.
THIRTY FOUR YEARS LATER Eckhart, now a seasoned antique dealer, embarks on a second trip to the United States ... this time to Brimfield, Massachusetts, the American mecca for antiques.
"Brimfield is the ideal place to make contacts and to learn the American way of conducting an antiques business. My American dealer colleagues have been very helpful."