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Ten Questions: The Wolf (RIP)

Update: The Wolf departed this life a few years ago, doing what he loved best: running a hash trail. What a way to go! Say hi to G for us, old friend!

The Wolf

Wolfgang Gust, aka The Wolf, is a really old hashing bastard . . . he’s been at it for 36 years. Crikey, that’s one old hashing bastard! I actually met Wolf once. Not, as you might think, at an interhash event . . . he dropped in on a local hash I belonged to, which goes to show what an inveterate road-tripper he is. He’s German, hails from Frankfurt, and calls the Frankfurt HHH his home hash.

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When & where was your first hash?

1972, in Seoul, Korea.

How did you discover hashing?

I was training my Shepherd puppy on a hillside outside of Seoul when I banged into a group of sweating, yelling foreigners. I knew some of them, called out “What is this?” and joined them (with the dog).

When & where was your first away hash?

Sometime in the seventies: Hong Kong.

Where have you hashed?

I have lived and hashed in Seoul (72-78), Karachi (83-89), Oslo (89-96), and since then in Frankfurt . . . but I have hashed in 69 countries (you can see The Wolf’s Where Have You Hashed list at the Half-Mind Catalog — FB).

What’s the worst thing that ever happened to you at a hash?

A harriette got some beer in her eyes in the circle (wearing contact lenses), started screaming “my eyes are hurt, my eyes are hurt” and asked “who is in charge; what is the name of your insurance company,” etc. Needless to say, I was the GM. . . .

Where are some places you haven’t hashed, but would like to?

This year I will add Iceland and the Central Asian counties . . . Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kirgizstan.

Do you tell everyone you meet about the hash, or only people you think might become good hashers?

Yes, I do have the habit of talking to everyone about the hash.

What do you consider your greatest contributions to hashing?

I am a survivor of all InterHash events and I am a trustee of the Hash House Foundation.

Here’s an important question: kegs or cans?

Draught or bottles, no cans.

What’s in your hashing future?

I am organizing trips for hashers. In 2007 I chartered a boat on the Danube from Passau to Budapest, and in 2008 I will arrange a trip along the Silk Road (Railjerk nr. 4).

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