How can you not love this guy?
"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.'
"Three's so little room for error."--Elwell