December 6, 1990 |
Eastern Europe may not be the boundless market for U.S. products that many manufacturers envision, a new study suggests. Consumers in the region want U.S. fast food and Japanese electronics but hope to buy most other goods from Western European producers, according to a survey of 600 people in Czechoslovakia, eastern Germany, Hungary, Poland, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.
June 4, 1990 |
Sammy needs a haircut. The last time he needed a haircut--that was in January--he bit his hairdresser. Sammy has an appointment here at Kosmetika, a downtown salon where most clients do not even bark under the blow-dryer, let alone bite. Naturally, not everyone is looking forward to Sammy's arrival. Yet he is a longtime customer, and he does live with a Budapest actress. The schnauzer is due at 1 p.m.
February 22, 1990 |
The idea struck Redondo Beach Councilman Terry Ward last month like a peal from the Liberty Bell: A constituent, a Czechoslovakian immigrant, had asked if the beachside city might be interested in becoming a sister city of Prague, the capital of his homeland. "I thought, 'My God, what a terrific idea!' " Ward said, recalling his pleasure at the thought of casting a local vote of confidence in the recent democratic reforms in Eastern Europe. "It touched me deeply.
August 26, 1994 |
Tadeusz Durzynski has a bad case of vacation blues, even though he is one of the lucky ones not marooned at home. Durzynski is spending two weeks with his family at this woodsy resort in central Poland, just as he has every August for the past 15 years. The problem is that none of his friends are here, and the no-frills holiday is setting him back nearly two months' pay. "This is capitalism," the bushy-browed tractor mechanic moaned during a stroll through a cluster of deserted cabins.
December 1, 1992 |
Laszlo Hegedus has been in the right place at the right time for a long time. After growing up in Budapest, Hungary, in the heart of the communist era, he has become one of the most important figures in big-name rock concerts in today's Eastern Europe, doing for this part of the world what his late friend Bill Graham did for so long in the United States.
May 1, 1990 |
Flower-festooned Maypoles have sprouted in the wake of Communist Party propaganda posters as East Europeans have traded in hollow testimonials to labor for traditional May Day celebrations of new life after the long, barren winter. It is a change heavy with symbolism for those recently rid of an ideology that never took root.