Maybe I could have paid more attention.
Oldřich Váca was born on the 18th of October in Sokolov. During his early childhood, he lived in Chlum sv. Máří (then renamed Chlum nad Ohří). His mother, Magdalena (maiden name Scherbaumová) was from a family of Sudeten Germans, his father’s ancestry was Czech. Since childhood, Oldřich was aware of the Catholic faith which was personified by the Baroque chuch built by Kilian Ignaz Dietzenhofer. Another edifice by the same architect is to be found in a village of Skočice near Plzeň where the Váca family moved in 1962. The family history limited Oldřich’s possibilities in choosing what field of higher education to pursue – he graduated from a trade school in Stará Turá near Trenčín as a medical instruments technician. After graduating, he did not work in the field for too long, he started working for the Czechoslovak Railways as a signalman in Lužany. During the eighties, he managed a local amateur theatre group and became one of the most prominent personalities of community life. This helped him during the Velvet Revolution, at the end of 1989 when starting a local organisation of the Civic Forum in Přestice. In the frst free elections, he was elected to the Czech National Council. He participated not only in establishing the Interparliamentary Club of the Democratic Right but also in founding the Civic Democratic Party, in whose executive board he sat. His second term was for the CDP in the Parliament of the Czech Republic. He left the top politics in 1996 and started working in a PR agency, later on he traded in dietary supplements. In the years 2002 and 2010, he ran for an office in the local council of Přeštice.