Life goes on, but memories remain: Kurt Felix (1941-2012) died of cancer ten years ago today. Blick names ten things you might not know about the TV legend. And his wife Paola (71) remembers.
1. Kurt Felix – the all-rounder
Kurt Felix was one of the last show hosts to develop their programs themselves from A to Z – just like Rudi Carrell (1934-2006) or Hans Rosenthal (1925-1987) once did. He himself said: “I was an editor, accompanied all the films with the hidden camera, edited them, set them to music and then came down the stairs as a moderator.” Paola adds: «The organization of thoughts was an indispensable part of his work as a writer, screenwriter and presenter. So he saw himself as the opposite of a chaotic person.
2. Doubts that Paola and Felix’s connection will last
When he and Paola got married on the Bürgenstock in 1980, there was enthusiasm all over the country. But some bet the happiness would be short-lived. Kurt Felix proved otherwise. They were together for 32 years. Paola recalls: «After we got married, the industry bet that we would divorce in five years at the most. It turned out to be a wonderful relationship. And all bets are lost…”
3. The highway walker
Felix walked every stretch of motorway in Switzerland before cars were allowed to drive on it. He even secretly crossed the pitch-dark Gotthard tunnel. Paola comments: “Behind this idea was the uniqueness. After the opening of a motorway section, it will never again be possible to walk the route. But if you then drive down it by car, you will always be able to remember the inspection. That really has its appeal. I ran a few times.”
4. The secret of a marriage
Kurt Felix put it this way: “You can look at marriage as a kind of account. You can’t always just take off from this. Each spouse must also contribute. The currency is love.” Paola: «I can only agree with him. We had a stable currency.”
5. Love of the big band sound
He was a big big band fan and had countless records at home. And in each of his shows there was a band. In “Supertreffer” the Pepe Lienhard Big Band was an integral part of the show. Paola: «Through him, my enthusiasm for big band music grew. When I visit Pepe at his concerts today, many memories of the time we spent with Kurt come up.»
6. 3500 francs for the “Teleboy”
Kurt Felix once revealed the secret in an interview: “Paola once sang ‘Blue Bayou’ and received more money for it than I did in a month as a permanent TV man at SRG. My salary as a “Teleboy” inventor and moderator was around 3,500 francs a month plus 15 francs clothing compensation per program. »
7. A Life for the Railroad
Kurt Felix shared the joy of train rides and model railways with his son Daniel (55). The common hobby connected the two. «Daniel is my pride. We’re one on one,” he once said of his son, who later became a documentary filmmaker and made many railroad films. His last film “Chumm mit” shows the most beautiful hiking routes in Switzerland.
8. Hearty instead of gourmet dishes
Kurt Felix liked to have a sausage on his plate. «After long journeys and also after wonderfully enjoyed gourmet dishes, the St. Gallen bratwurst was always a feast for Kurt and me after our return to Switzerland. Without mustard, of course,” says Paola, laughing.
9. Friendship with Blocher
Kurt Felix never made a public political appearance. His friendship with Christoph Blocher (81) was more of a private nature. After his death, the politician said about the TV star: “He had nothing moralizing, nothing instructive, didn’t strive for popularity – he wanted to give people a little while, present the all too human and make them laugh.”
10. Endure the disease bravely
Felix always looked cancer in the eye. He developed amazing ways to cope with the changed conditions. This included sticking to a daily structure and living positively to the end. Paola remembers: “Kurt always trusted conventional medicine and his doctors and was grateful that the treatment results gave him many wonderful years to come.”