We were naïve kids who said that the emperor was naked and helped the adults, who could see it, but were afraid to say it.
Jan Bubeník was born on April 4, 1968, and 21 years later he became one of the student leaders of the Velvet revolution. He actually likes to remember the end of the 1980s: he only had to worry about himself, he played basketball and studied at the Faculty of medicine that had been affected very little by Communist ideology. At the Faculty, he became part of a group of students who exchanged black-listed books and organized poetry readings and wild birthday parties. Before they realized it, they became the organizational student body of the dorms and of social life at the Faculty. On November 17, 1989, it was them who hung posters on the walls of the dorms and the faculty. The next day, Jan Bubeník articulated the demands of the striking students who filled the auditorium of the Motol University hospital. Shortly afterwards, Jan Bubeník became a member of a committee of the Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia that was charged with clarifying the events of November 17. On December 28, 1989, he became the youngest member of the Federal Assembly, where he stayed till the first free elections. During the elections, he helped the Civic Forum with the election campaign and in the summer of 1990 he went to the United States to learn English. He came back and resumed his medicine studies. Today, he’s a headhunter (recruiting managers for top positions).