I feel compelled to write about Vaclav Havel, the playwright, anti-communist dissident and eventual president of Czechoslovakia, who died at this weekend at 75.
I was in the Czech Republic when it was still Czechoslovakia in 1990 and there were incredible signs all around the Prague, “Havel Na Hrad.” I was traveling with my Dad and it was thrilling to see democracy in action and a playwright called to lead the country. We in America were in the throes of George Bush Senior and I remember wishing for an exciting leader such as Havel. I’m saddened by his death but I know that he had been sick for a very long time and that these last years were an unexpected gift for us. Quite a man. Here are some tributes that I enjoyed.