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Freelancing In Paradise

The Story of Two American Reporters Who Supported Their Family by Covering Turbulent Times in the Caribbean, 1958-1963

Pegge Parker Hlavacek, John Hlavacek


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What's it like to cover news events and famous people while living in one of the world's most picturesque hideaways? John and Pegge (Parker) Hlavacek describe an exotic lifestyle of which most writers only dream. After living and working in India during the first five years of their marriage (1952-1957), the Hlavaceks moved their five children and Indian nanny to New York when John accepted a one-year fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. When the fellowship ended, the Hlavaceks moved to Jamaica where John and Pegge supported the family by providing freelance writing and photography services to print, radio, and TV news outlets. They covered news events during a turbulent period in Latin American history, and interviewed politicians and other celebrities who visited Jamaica. In December 1961 the family moved to Florida when John accepted a position as staff correspondent for NBC in Havana. Freelancing in Paradise is the fifth book in a series of memoirs written by the Hlavaceks. John's first two books are Letters Home and United Press Invades India. Pegge's first book, Diapers on a Dateline, describes the daily life and journalistic pursuits of the Hlavacek family in Bombay and New Delhi from 1952 to 1957. Pegge's second book, Alias Pegge Parker, traces events in her professional career and personal life from 1941 to 1961.

Hlucky Books, 9780981903477, 374pp.

Publication Date: February 10, 2010

About the Author

John and Pegge spent their lives traveling the world reporting as foreign press correspondents. John first taught English in China during the 1930s, after graduating from Carleton College. He then joined the United Press in 1944 as a war correspondent. He met Pegge Parker, a beautiful widowed journalist with an eye toward writing her way around the world. They married, living and working in India during the first years of their marriage. The Hlavaceks were then off to New York and next Jamaica, where John and Pegge supported the family by covering news events across the globe. In 1961, the family moved to Florida when John began work as staff correspondent for NBC in Havana. John and Pegge meticulously chronicled their lives before and after they met-and the stories they brought to us from afar. Today, John resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Pegge passed away in November 2008.