Where in the world is Machteld from?

April 10, 2008 by Machteld A. Smith, Senior Editor

I received an e-mail today about my video interview clip reporting on the Mud ‘n Fun morning after the soaking rains on Sunday.

The question:was: “Can you tell us what the nationality and halting accent of that female interviewer is on the morning after views of the muddy camping tiedown area? We have a pool going with most insisting she is foreign and most of those saying Scandinavian but I think it could be Pennsylvania Dutch.”

Wow, I’m part of a pool! This is getting exciting! So, let’s see what hints I can give you…
I was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but it was not my native country. As the child of a diplomat, I lived throughout the world, although only one country, to which we returned periodically, was my family’s home and the origin of my accent. Water, flowers, and the Golden Age culture defines that country.

So, what do you think? Where am I from? Take a look at the video, to see if you can place me.


7 Responses to “Where in the world is Machteld from?”

  1. Tom Haines Says:

    So, it’s not a Maryland accent?

  2. Joe Harwell Says:

    Holland :)

  3. Joe Harwell Says:

    Holland :)

  4. Steve S. Rolling Says:

    This is a little tougher than guessing that with his frequent reversion to brogue, Craig Ferguson just might be of Scottish origin, but not much.
    I am sticking with my original choice before this became a national contest…that was, again, Pennsylvania Dutch. Oh, OK…you can drop the Pennsylvania part.
    Anything else WILL be quite shocking even though I thought I heard a tinge of Yugoslav just to hedge a bet.

  5. Totila Grandbergs Says:


  6. Totila Grandbergs Says:

    So, what is the answer?

  7. Machteld Smith Says:

    Uh oh, gotta give in now. I’ll let you know tomorrow morning.

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