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Hitchhiking Through Africa
Two radio/television reporters explore newly independent African colonies, 1966
John Hlavacek and Pegge Parker toted still and motion cameras, tape recorders and microphones to record the sights and sounds of emerging African nations for midwestern TV and radio audiences on her broadcast on KMA and his daily broadcast on KMTV in Omaha.
Their itinerary spanned the African continent from the Horn and Ethiopia through Kenya, the Congo, around South Africa and along the coast of Western Africa. In-country transportation was hit and miss, so the Hlavaceks found themselves literally hitchhiking their way across the continent.
They captured timely talks with Ethiopian Emperor Haile Salassie, President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Prime Minister Ian Smith of Rhodesia, Prime Minister H.F. Vorwoerd, a proponent of apartheid in South Africa, just weeks before his assassination during a time of racial unrest, and General Joseph Ankrah, brief head of Ghana.
The Hlavaceks also recorded colorful characters such as the Giraffe Lady of Kenya, Zambia's Flying Doctor, and school children singing in African and European languages. Their travels took them through tribal villages and game parks, to gold and diamond mines, and to the gates of barbed-wire-enclosed housing for workers in the diamond and gold mines in Soweto.
Hitchhiking Through Africa is the tenth book in the Hlucky Books series covering the real life adventures of John and Pegge Hlavacek.
- Publication Date:
- 1936840154 / 9781936840151
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography / General