February 10, 2003

Will the Czech Frank Sinatr...

Will the Czech Frank Sinatra Run for President? I certainly hope Karel Gott does. Not because the saccharine, hyper-selling crooner who topped all the commie-era charts would be any good for the country -- he would be dreadful -- but because he was the subject of one of my best early profiles, and I could just spend the next four years reselling and reselling. Ka-ching!

Here's a sample of Gott's unique worldview, gleaned from one of our many sessions in 1992 or so:

"Sometimes I have the feeling that relations between the superpowers in the postwar period seemed to look unfriendly, but I think they were in contact every single second ... and they both liked it." [...]

Asked what he had in common with Rostislav Sarvas, the journalist who conducted the interview that became How Gott Sees It, Gott said: "We want to find the causes, the correct causes of current and historical events. ... We want to find out who influences what events and why ... because even the mass media are influenced by someone."

And what did they find out? "Independent individuals can't change anything," Gott said. "When I look to the past I know the West was so rich they could have bought the whole socialist system." [...]

As one could imagine, Gott certainly has some suspicions about what really went down in Prague during the 1989 revolution, which has spawned some of the wildest conspiracy theories this side of Dallas. "I do not believe that simple people like workers would gather and organize revolutions by themselves ... someone has to organize it and someone has to pay for it. Who is paying for it? ... Why did we wait for our revolution such a long time? ... Because it was not an independent revolution ... there are higher interests than our local ones involved."

Posted by at February 10, 2003 11:11 PM
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The Czech Sinatra???? In style and everything else, I'd say the Czech Donald O'Connor.

And forget him, I'd rather see Vondrackova as president, she's smarter, funnier and can hold her own with hostile interviewer.

Posted by: Michael Farris at February 11, 2003 04:26 AM

Actually, I've always thought Karel Gott was closer to Wayne Newton - a guy who you never really understood, but somehow, despite all odds, was loved deeply by an unseen and underestimated demographic, and because of it became Rich As God.

The other interesting thing to note is that the origins of the One Nation Under Gott movement is that it started as a response to the current stalemated Czech political situation; Havel refused to groom a successor, and the parliament has had two long and grueling rounds of voting that got nowhere. So Gott's candidacy is there as a reminder of what will happen if the Powers That Be don't get it together.

Judging from recent splits in the Social Democrats, whose old guard don't seem to like the current candidate, Jan Sokol, the threat to draft Karel Gott may turn into something real.

Posted by: Douglas Arellanes at February 11, 2003 08:52 AM
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ents and why ... because even the mass media are influenced by someone."

And what did they find out? "Independent individuals can't change anything," Gott said. "When I look to the past I know the West was so rich they could have bought the whole socialist system." [...]

As one could imagine, Gott certainly has some suspicions about what really went down in Prague during the 1989 revolution, which has spawned some of the wildest conspiracy theories this side of Dallas. "I do not believe that simple people like workers would gather and organize revolutions by themselves ... someone has to organize it and someone has to pay for it. Who is paying for it? ... Why did we wait for our revolution such a long time? ... Because it was not an independent revolution ... there are higher interests than our local ones involved."

Posted by at February 10, 2003 11:11 PM
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The Czech Sinatra???? In style and everything else, I'd say the Czech Donald O'Connor.

And forget him, I'd rather see Vondrackova as president, she's smarter, funnier and can hold her own with hostile interviewer.

Posted by: Michael Farris at February 11, 2003 04:26 AM

Actually, I've always thought Karel Gott was closer to Wayne Newton - a guy who you never really understood, but somehow, despite all odds, was loved deeply by an unseen and underestimated demographic, and because of it became Rich As God.

The other interesting thing to note is that the origins of the One Nation Under Gott movement is that it started as a response to the current stalemated Czech political situation; Havel refused to groom a successor, and the parliament has had two long and grueling rounds of voting that got nowhere. So Gott's candidacy is there as a reminder of what will happen if the Powers That Be don't get it together.

Judging from recent splits in the Social Democrats, whose old guard don't seem to like the current candidate, Jan Sokol, the threat to draft Karel Gott may turn into something real.

Posted by: Douglas Arellanes at February 11, 2003 08:52 AM
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