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    r.i.p. Vaclav Havel

    God. a devastating holiday season so far.

    "A shy yet resilient, unfailingly polite but dogged man who articulated the power of the powerless, Mr. Havel spent five years in and out of Communist prisons, lived for two decades under close secret-police surveillance and endured the suppression of his plays and essays. He served 14 years as president, wrote 19 plays, inspired a film and a rap song and remained one of his generationís most seductively nonconformist writers."

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    More here, with links to obits.
    http://historiesofthingstocome.blogs...l-v-havel.html

    Sorry if I should've just edited the previous post to include the new information.

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    My favourite story about him was how he used to get around the Presidential Palace on roller skates because it was so big!

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    How can you not love this guy?
    From
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13845327

    "After the 18 days of peaceful demonstrations and strikes that became known as the Velvet Revolution, the communist government was brought down.

    In a solemn service at Prague's Roman Catholic cathedral in December 1989, Havel was duly installed as head of state. The prisoner-turned-president said afterwards that he had never felt so absurd.

    Unlike previous eastern European leaders, he was refreshingly open, some would say eccentric, on occasions travelling around his vast palace on a child's scooter.

    A fan of rock music, he made the American musician Frank Zappa an honorary cultural ambassador."

    But also:"His underground theatre was steeped in politics, and yet Havel denied he was anything other than an artist. 'I never wanted to be a political writer,' he once said. 'I think that good writers and good art and particularly, good theatre, is always political, not because writers and directors want to be political, but because it is something which is in the substance of theatre.'

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