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November 17, 2016
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September 25, 1966
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0 w,.r +..$l U:. ^.r c;,o Pc.. irfi - ?J, L...: .?a U11 -10"I U-116,413 S-2'l ,'? 3 SEP 2 5 1966 CPYRGHT STATINTL success. Young Mira Slovak had thought about this for a long time and he knew what he was doing, and why. He feared there might -be reprisals against his parents and other relatives. But he had to go, and his father agreed. "I couldn't stay in a country where you are not ?, jud:;ed by ability, but by how strongly you believe in communism," says Mira. "Where you cannot say, what you want to say; where you are not free to do 4 the things you like to do; where you cannot trust; friends because you are afraid they will betray you - I don't know how anybody can live in o n liko Freedom is more than a slogan to Mira Slovak. Today, at 36, he is a co-pilot for Continental Airlines, flying 707s, and his idea of relaxation is competing in air shows and driving a hydroplane at terrifying speeds. Freedom includes the right to live dangerous- ly, and Slovak exercises his perogative as a citizen at every opportunity. lie is a citizen by act of Congress and he went to the White House to receive the cherished papers from President Eisenhower. Not merely because he had swiped a Czech airliner and fled to Frankfurt; this was a reward for his sevvige with the CIA. Slovak was a CIA agent for a year and one=liaiTT, and his pay was hoard and room and a promise of getting to America. He became a.citizen in 1959 when Ike signed the special bill, and he still regards that 30-minute ceremony at the White House with wonder. "In a free country and a free world you can get to see the No. I man," he says, "if you try hard, you r get it." Citizenship was important to Slovak for both prac- tical and patriotic reasons. Without those precious papers,' he couldn't find work as an airline pilot. "Twenty four applicattions, I made," he remembers, "24 nos. I wasn't a citizen - and I couldn't speak English." CPYRGHT r ' F d this airliner to bust out of Czechslov