February 3, 2003

Gene Deitch

Gene Deitch the author of "For the Love of Prague", his spicy, funny memoir - the true love story of the only free American in Prague during 30 years of communism. If you think you've been here too long, that it's impossible to get anything done here, that the only way to survive in Prague is teaching English, think of Gene Deitch! Gene was here during the Stalinist years, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the euphoria of 1968's Prague Spring, the Velvet Revolution and through the changes that followed. While living in this "Absurdistan" with his Czech wife Zdenka, he developed a sucessful career directing animated films, one of which won an Oscar. You can see that he has a lot to tell ...