Saturday, July 9, 2016



· The powerful (of Church and State) abuse power

· Brave young people put their lives on the line for freedom

· Rich people buy political office

· A looming Muslim advance crossing Turkey into Europe dominates news

This morning’s New York Times? Yes. But no.

“All of these events came together in one place and time 500 years ago. Some would say the Medieval Era ended and the Modern Era began when one solitary monk put his life on the line and uttered his historic words: ‘Here I Stand',” said Dr. Rich Melheim, whose graphic novel on the life of Martin Luther will be featured at Comic-Con when Melheim is on stage in at the acclaimed convention next week in San Diego.

“Hollywood loves a flawed hero,” says Melheim. “Our dear Dr. Luther is simultaneously brilliant, bold and flawed, flawed, flawed. But once you get to know his demons, his struggles, his story and its profound impact on human rights and history, you can’t help but marvel at the guy… if not love him.

“Oh. And unlike the Puritans and Calvinists his movement helped spawn, he really loved his beer.”


“Everything from the defeat of the Spanish Armada, to the Pilgrims voyage to Plymouth Rock, to the settling of Jamestown Colony, to the writing of the Bill of Rights, to the founding of a Puritan Seminary called Harvard in 1636, to the end of slavery in England, to Lincoln’s stubborn determination to win the Civil War and free the slaves - - heck, even Gandhi’s ability to sway the conscience of the British Parliament and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s movement - - all of these were seeded and preceded by an event that took place on October 31, 1517 when Luther ‘nailed it',” says Melheim.

Melheim adds, “Without Luther’s death-defying stand for an individual’s conscience, there would be no nation states in Europe as we know them today. No original 13 Colonies in North America. No British Empire. No Harvard. No Yale. No Princeton. No Louisiana Purchase. No Lewis and Clark. Maybe not even schools teaching slaves and girls to read. As an educational innovator, Dr. Luther supported schools where both boys and girls could learn to read the Bible. Centuries later on it was Lutherans and other early Protestants who broke the laws and taught slaves to read. Where do you think Martin Luther King, Sr. got his name? From Aristotle on it was assumed slaves and women had no souls, so teaching them to read was a waste of time.”

The Graphic Novel Luther will be a useful tool for those who like to learn about the life and times of Luther and think about the implications and continuation of the Reformation he ignited. According to the press release for the novel in advance of Comic-Con, the story “begins in 1415 with Czech Reformer Jan Hus burning at the stake and predicting Luther’s rise 100 years later. It runs to and through the trials and trails of a restless young monk - a brilliant but flawed hero - who searched for peace at 21 by locking himself away from temptation in a monastery. As a monk Luther wrestled with God, experienced a spiritual awakening, and was condemned by the church for questioning the sale of indulgences (certificates guaranteeing forgiveness of sins). Luther - whose name means “freedom” in Greek - went to trial but wouldn’t back down, even in the face of near-certain arrest and death. In the end, he set the stage for a world where freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and freedom from abuse by government would be core values. That one solitary monk became an annoyance, then an outlaw, then the voice of conscience and reason for the entire Western World.”

Come on and get a close-up view of the Reformation, of Luther, and the key players who changed the trajectory of Western Civilization. Open the door to history and to lifetime memories by joining us in 2017 at the place where it all began, Wittenberg, Germany.  Visit today!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Couple of Things, FYI

A little bit of news from Michael and George
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It's those Lost And Found guys, checking in.

Hey there!
We told you we'd be in touch, and here we are doing just that.  We wanted to update you on a few things since we last wrote.
We now have in our hands the DVDs from our two Online Shows we played last year, and you can have them in your hands as well.  As you may remember, we did two shows on December 29th, 2015, which we streamed over the internet to folks around the world.
We asked the filmer people (technical term) to turn that footage into DVDs, and they're now available to the interested at this link.
You can get the Early Show, the Later Show, or Both Shows by using the pull-down tab.
Note: If you added tips during the show in order to get your copy (or copies), we need an address to mail it (them) to you.  If you haven't yet received your DVD (DVDs), or haven't responded to our e-mail asking for your address, please drop us a note.

Registration is in full function for the Luther 500 Festival in 2017!
Join us in Germany for a great week, visiting historic sites, singing along with some great bands (plus us), eating trays of interesting German snacks, meeting new people and getting reacquainted with old friends, and walking where Luther walked.
Answers to some questions you might have can be found here.
You know what's coming?  Easter.  That's what.
Remember our song, (Now Let Us) Dance?  You know the perfect day to use that song?  Easter.  That's when.
You can get the sheet music for that song right here.
You can get an affordable license to use the song for a whole year right here.
You can see a video of us playing the song right here.

Once again, we want to say that we hope you're doing well, enjoying life, and looking forward to celebrating the Resurrection as much as we are.
Feel free to drop us a note any time, and follow us on all those social media links, below.
We miss seeing your faces all around the country, but we are grateful to have known your friendship and to have had your support for so many years.

Stein Auf!

George and Michael
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Our Farewell Address

So long, y'all!
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For everything . . .

It's been quite a ride, as they say--a ride that started on bicycles, as a matter of fact.
We've played together as Lost And Found for 29 years.  (From back when the New York Metropolitans last won the World Series.)  We have played in all 50 states, and numerous other countries.  We've won the John Lennon Songrwiting Contest twice, and released 17 albums.  We've both married and had our allotted two daughters.  As best we can tell, we have played about 5,000 concerts, driven over a million miles, and flown a total of 4 million miles. 
Like we said, it's been quite a ride.
We have been able to do all this because we've had the support of friends, family, and you.
You are the ones who let us stay with you, and gave us food, and let us play our songs, and encouraged us through it all.
You are the ones who invited us to your youth gatherings, bought our cassettes, CDs, and mp3s.
You are the ones who encouraged your friends to listen to us with phrases like, "You've got to see them in concert, actually, to get it."
In short, you're the ones who made this career possible for us, an independent band trying to proclaim the Gospel through music, feed two families, and figure out what we wanted to be when we grew up.
"So, now what?" you ask.
Thanks for asking.
Michael has taken a job with a music-app start up.  George thinks this means he is going to get paid for listening to Spotify, but Michael insists it's an actual job, with bosses and a desk and stuff like that.

George has been applying for positions at churches, though nothing is solid yet.  Michael thinks this means he will be working one hour a week, but George insists he might end up at a church with more than one service a week, so it could be twice that much.
"What about the website?  And your store?  And Germany?" you ask.
Thanks for asking.
Our website,, will remain active for years to come.  We'll probably migrate it to a different hosting platform, since there will be no need to send out the Concert Tracker that our pals at ElectricPulp invented back in the 1900's.

Lost And Found merchandise will still be available at our store, for as long as we still have stuff.  That is, once we run out of things, we won't be printing them again.  You can still get the Farewell Tour shirts and Rock On shirts in most sizes, and we have most of our CDs in stock, though a few are already sold out.  Sometime this year, we will have DVDs of the online concerts from Dec. 29th available, so be on the lookout for those fun things.  Also, though many of our songs are available on i-tunes, the easiest way to find downloads is through CD Baby.  For actual CDs, go to our store.

The Luther 500 Festival is coming along quite nicely for 2017, and we hope you will plan to join us.  Registration is open now and you can reserve your space.  we're happy to have a variety of other bands traveling with us to Germany for the festivals in 2017.

Though we've accepted a couple of weekend events in 2016, as well as a youth gathering this summer, having actual jobs this year means we won't have many chances to get the band back together.  If you've got something up your sleeve, and can handle plane tickets and expenses, drop us an email.  You never know when our bosses or vestry will feel like letting us go for a couple days.
"So, is that it then? you ask.
Thanks for asking.
Pretty much, yep.

We might write some songs together again, once the dust settles.  And our Facebook page will remain active, since George can't stop himself from posting stuff there.

Thank you again for all your support over the years.  It means more to us than we can say, but please know, we are grateful, and we love you.

Stein Auf!

George and Michael
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