Freelancing in Paradise

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

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Pub Date 01 Aug 2009 | Archive Date 03 Oct 2017

Description

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.

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...


Advance Praise

"The fifth in a series of memoirs written by John and Pegge Hlavacek, Freelancing in Paradise is the real-life story of two American reporters who dared to cover social upheaval in the Caribbean from 1958 to 1963. They interviewed politicians and other celebrities who visited Jamaica, and supported their family with freelance writing and photography services to print, radio, and television news. Organized into entries by date, Freelancing in Paradise is an evocative and memorable snapshot of ordinary people working hard to cover extraordinary events, people, and times. Highly recommended."

-Midwest Book Review

"The fifth in a series of memoirs written by John and Pegge Hlavacek, Freelancing in Paradise is the real-life story of two American reporters who dared to cover social upheaval in the Caribbean from...


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