They would lock up my friends for a song or two, those were terrifying times indeed
Pavel Veselý was born on April 27th, 1942 in Zlín to a family of an Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren preacher. He grew up in the city of Opava, destroyed by the war. At the age of sixteen he moved to Ostrava with his parents. After graduating from a secondary school he studied at the Technical University of Ostrava. With his schoolmates, Luděk Nekuda and Edvard Schiffauer, he founded Divadélko Pod Okapem, a theater troupe, later known as Okap Theatre. He switched schools, joining the Institute of Education. The theatre was one of the most expressive ones in the region. In August 1968, he was serving at Přerov airfield and he witnessed the Warsaw pact invasion. Okap Theater ceased its activities, and his former colleagues, Ivan Binar, Edvard Schiffauer and others, founded the Waterloo theater. In the early 70s they got a prison sentence for a cabaret performance. After doing his compulsory military service, Pavel started to work at Ostrava’s Večerník newspaper, but had to leave the job due to political reasons. After that, he was a reporter for Zemědělské noviny (Agricultural Paper). In the 1980s he moved to Prague. He was working as a night watchman and wrote articles and screenplays for television. After 1989, he was working as an independent photographer and journalist. During the socialist era he was repeatedly interrogated by the State Security (StB) which tried to recruit him as an informer.