One year after he chaired the first official editorial meeting
in its new headquarter
s, RFE/RL has named its main conference center after former Czech President Vaclav Havel. Havel's "thank you" note [Click here
for pdf] reads:
"I am really glad that RFE/RL resides in our country and that it relocated to the new building and can spread its mission of liberty into many countries from Prague. I have always been a great admirer of its broadcasting. I am touched that the conference room where I met with RFE/RL`s management and journalists on the occasion of the new building’s opening will bear my name."
-- Vaclav Havel
A long-time friend of RFE/RL, Havel was instrumental in bringing the radios from Munich to Prague in 1995, charging the Radios 1 Czech Krown (roughly a nickel in today's money) to rent the former communist parliament building in downtown Prague.
-- Taylor Smoot