Communists took dad’s business but he never complained
Tomislav Vašíček was born on December 22, 1941 in Prague. His father František Vašíček came from a very poor family and worked his way up to a textile retailer who employed 27 people and had a house in Prague - Vinohrady. After February 1948 the communists confiscated the shop and František Vašíček had to work as a laborer. Tomislav was not admitted to college after graduation due to family background. For two years he was trained as a telecommunications mechanic to prove that he was related to the working class. Thanks to this he was admitted to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. Even before that Tomislav fell into rock and roll. He stood at the birth of the band Sputnik, which was very popular in the early 1960s, but at the same time faced a close observation of the communist censors, who personally supervised the concerts. After the break-up of the Sputnik group, he founded the Vocal Quintet of Tomislav Vašíček in 1963. In 1968 he got a job in Austria and after the August occupation he and his wife decided to stay in the West. Later they used the opportunity to pay off, which was allowed by the communist Czechoslovakia to allow people who wanted to stay abroad. But then he was struggling because the authorities did not give him permission to visit their elderly sick parents more often. He stayed permanently in Austria, became a computer specialist and worked for thirty years at IBM.