What’s it like to cover news events and interview famous people while living in one of the world’s most appealing vacation spots? John and Pegge Hlavacek describe a lifestyle that most freelance writers can only dream of. After the Hlavacek’s spent the first five years of their marriage working in India; John as a foreign correspondent, and Pegge as Vice Consul in the American Embassy in Pakistan, they would move to Jamaica. Here they would provide freelance writing services, covering events during a turbulent period in Latin American history.
What’s it like to cover news events and interview famous people while living in one of the world’s most appealing vacation spots? John and Pegge Hlavacek describe a lifestyle that most freelance writers can only dream of. After living and working in India during the first five years of their marriage (1952-1957), John and Pegge Hlavacek 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 news writing and photography services to print, radio, and TV news outlets. The Hlavaceks 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, Letters Home and United Press Invades India, recount his experiences as an English teacher in China and a United Press correspondent in 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.