Stories about Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are in Freelancing in Paradise and Diapers on a Dateline. Click the SHOP NOW button above to purchase books by John Hlavacek and Pegge Parker Hlavacek.
Always something new: They are in the news this month because Nepalese officials are fitting climbers with GPS devices to prove their ascent and reaching the peak of Mount Everest. Last year, someone photoshopped themselves into pictures and claimed they reached the peak. Nepal didn't like that! http://www.lonelyplanet.com/…/…/nepal-fit-climbers-with-gps/
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FREE TODAY: John Hlavacek's "United Press Invades India"
The life story of John Hlavacek, foreign war correspondent for NBC News and Time-Life. John left his career reporting from China with the American Military Attaché's Office from 1939-1944 to join United Press as a war correspondent. He reported world events from India from 1944-1952.
“In late December, I was surprised by a visit from John Hlavacek, an Omaha television reporter who was on a trip to the war zone to film and interview soldiers from the Omaha area. I still feel privileged and proud of John's story about my part in the war. My family and friends enjoyed seeing me on the news."
John's 94th birthday party is this Sunday, March 11th at New Cassel. Come by and say hi and enjoy some refreshments. He'll be releasing his 10th book, "Hitchhiking through Africa" about his trip across the African continent with Pegge. They explored the newly independent colonies, their culture, their leaders and their people. See you there!
60-Year-Old CIA Cover-Up Revealed in New Memoir
Omaha, NE – Former WWII war correspondent Pegge Parker documented the cover-up of her first husband’s death by guards on the China-Tibet border due to his undercover position with the CIA in her diaries, day by day as events were unfolding. Parker’s second husband of 50 years, journalist John Hlavacek..., has now taken her diaries and turned them into memoirs, revealing the very first CIA cover-up to the public.
Slow Boat to China: The Personal Diaries and Letters of Pegge Parker, 1941-1951, tells the first part of her story, detailing Parker’s rise to journalistic stardom in the U.S. and across seas, and how Pegge was forced to raise her twins as a single mother in the U.S. after CIA agent Douglas Mackiernan was killed in what would result in the first CIA cover-up.
The next volume in the story, Slow Boat to Pakistan: The Personal Diaries and Letters of Pegge Parker, 1951-1952, picks up as she pulls her life together, and moves back to China to take a position as the Vice Consul and Press Officer at the American Consulate in Lahore; ironically Mackiernan’s previous CIA cover.
Pegge got her start in writing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her weekly column called ‘Teen Topics by Pegge Parker for the Harrisburg Telegraph (now the Patriot News), eventually writing feature stories. In 1942, Pegge moved to China, and began her legacy as a foreign war correspondent, setting the rest of her future in motion. As a pioneering, courageous young journalist,, she reported from her new home in China, as well as countries such as Tibet and India, along the way meeting her future husband and CIA agent Douglas Mackiernan.
After a passionate romance, Pegge and Doug were soon married and had twins. It was only after Doug was killed and Pegge returned to the U.S. to raise the twins alone while writing for Ladies Home Journal, that she learned of his true identity as an undercover CIA agent. When Pegge returned to China to take over as the Vice Consul in Lahore she met then United Press Bureau Chief John Hlavacek.
John and Pegge were married and continued to write from all corners of the globe for 50 years, with 5 children, traveling and freelancing together around the world for NBC-Time Life. John began compiling Pegge’s voluminous diaries and letters in 2007, resulting in the first two memoirs.
To request a review copy of either Slow Boat to China or Slow Boat to Pakistan or to schedule an interview with John Hlavacek, please contact Erin Pankowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 402-415-5101. You may also visit www.HluckyBooks.com for more information.
Slow Boat to China: The Personal Diaries and Letters of Pegge Parker, 1941-1951, 625 pages, paperback, ISBN: 9780981903484
Slow Boat to Pakistan: The Personal Diaries and Letters of Pegge Parker, 1951-1952, 208 pages, paperback, ISBN: 978-0-9819034-9-1