INVENTION ANNO 1967 BY
REV. EMIRITUS JENS KOEFOED-JESPERSEN
father as a young promising student
1960 Rev. Jens Koefoed-Jespersen married
the nurce Lis-Annette Oldenburg, and they decided to have 12 children.
In 1961 Niels was born and named after a kind uncle. Eleven months
later I arrived and was named Ruth for "routine". After
another 15 months Anna came, but she was called Bebe (abbrevitation
of "to pray").
Koefoed-Jespersen drew portraits of all 12 deciples, as models for
what he wanted, and they hung in a row under the ceiling in his
office. But deciples are not always as well-behaved as children.
Therefore, my father invented the spanking machine for naughty children
in 1967. He hung a drawing of the spanking machine in the childrens
room, the machine itself was placed in the
the fall of 1999, more than 30 yeas later, I asked my father, if
I could recreate his invention . This request made him proud and
delighted, and we decided to cooperate on the reconstruction of
the invention. But it turned out, that all the background materials,
the drawings as well as the machine, had dissapeared over the years,
for example when we had moved from the vicarage. We needed to sift
our memories for the details.
my Christmas visit to Denmark in 2000 I asked the whole family to
drawing, how they remembered the spanking machine. Every body
stood behind the idea and understood the importance of reinventing
Rev. Emiritus Jens Koefoed-Jespersen's unforgettable invention.
amazing event took place in the summer of 2001, when the family
gathered. My brother had after months of searching managed to find
original drawing of the spanking machine made by our father.
And we all got surprised.