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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.
Diapers on a Dateline
The Adventures of a United Press Family in India During the 1950s
Pegge Parker Hlavacek
Pegge Mackiernan was a young widow and single mother of twins working as Vice Consul in the American Embassy in Pakistan in 1951. Her husband had been an undercover CIA agent who was mercilessly killed by Tibetan border guards while evacuating newly Communist China.
In her work at the Embassy, she met John Hlavacek. A passionate international reporter with humble Midwestern values, John convinced Pegge to bring her children to India. They fell in love and wed in 1952, adding three more children of their own.
Pegge's life and career were nothing if not spontaneous, seemingly weaved by fate's colorful loom. Her prose style of writing is unmistakable, and transports the reader back in time, allowing them to understand and experience life as she knew it more than half a century ago.
John discovered her manuscript in 2000, and decided to publish the book. He quickly found followers interested in the life of an American newspaper family.
Pegge's first memoir, Alias Pegge Parker includes four chapters that Pegge originally wrote for Diapers on a Dateline, which was published first. John discovered the chapters in Pegge's belongings after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
- Publication Date:
- 0981903444 / 9780981903446
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography / Historical / General