Kurt's youth and military service
Kurt was raised in Carmel, the son of Julian and Dorothy von Meier. He attended Carmel High School, where he showed interest in acting and sports. Judging from the comments in his high school yearbook, he was popular. Kurt's father died suddenly when Kurt was twelve year old. Julian had been in the restaurant business, and through that Kurt was exposed to food and cooking at an early age, an interest which remained for the rest of his life. Below you will see a variety of photographs and documents found in scrapbooks Kurt tucked away in one of his cardboard storage boxes.