History A Couple Made for the Business Life
Dynamit Nobel letterhead from 1962
“Actually, I never wanted to marry a business owner,”
Doris Kitz now says. As the daughter of master electrician
Gottfried Hochheuser, also known as “Electrical
Fritz,” she understood the sacrifices that came with
self-employment. From the time she was a child, she
saw how private matters always took a back seat in
the household of a business owner.
1960: Doris Kitz
As was typical for the time, Doris attended the academy
of domestic science for a year. She then went to
the business school in Siegburg to start a two-year
program to become an industrial business administrator.
She was hired by Dynamit Nobel AG, and in
1960, she met her future husband Hans-Josef Kitz for
the first time. At that time, she had no idea that she
had fallen in love with a future business owner.
Four evenings a week, Hans-Josef attended the technical
academy in the Ubierring district of Cologne.
“He rarely got home before 11 at night,” Doris Kitz
recalls. On the ride home, he took the train to Troisdorf
and then changed to the local “Rhabarberschlitten”
line towards Mondorf. The two ran into each
other almost every evening as they were changing
trains in Troisdorf. One of the decisions they regularly
had to make was what to do with the 1.05 deutsche
marks that Hans-Josef had in his pocket. A kölsch
beer cost 35 pfennig back then, and a frikadeller
meat patty cost the same. Each time they would
discuss anew what the best combination was.
1964: Wedding of Doris and Hans-Josef Kitz