The article was in the May 25 edition of this weekly magazine, which is based in Hamburg, Germany.

A German car magazine, Auto Bild, recently published an article about Mark Twain including several photos taken in Hannibal and Florida, Mo., after getting photo advice from Jim Waddell in Hannibal.

The article was in the May 25 edition of this weekly magazine, which is based in Hamburg, Germany.

Auto Bild is published in 36 countries with more than 7 million copies sold every month.

Waddell explained how his assistance happened.

“I walked into the coffee shop (Java Jive) one morning and people said a fellow wanted to talk to me,” he said.

This was Barry Hathaway, a freelance photographer living in California.

“He had been contracted to do the photography for the article,” Waddell said.

“He was in town scouting out locations for (photo) shoots and needed help,” he continued. “He had done the railroad bridge and he got good pictures.”

Waddell arranged to meet with Hathaway and two men from the German magazine when they came to Hannibal in April. One of the German men was the driver who was photographed in a car and one was the man in charge of the project.

“I escorted the crew in the area,” he said.

He took them to the Mark Twain birthplace in Florida, Mo., the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, and Mark Twain Cave.

“We went to several locations,” Waddell said. “They spent two days” in Hannibal.

Later the magazine sent Waddell a photo of the magazine the day before it was published on May 25, but he has not yet received the magazine.

Although it is written in German, names related to Mark Twain and Hannibal, such as Mississippi and Jim Waddell, are in English.

Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.