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Ivan Lamper (1957) - Biography

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Ivan Lamper was born in 1957 in Pardubice and he grew up in Zlín. Both his parents were members of the Communist Party, though his father was later expelled. His mother worked as a teacher and his father as commercial manager in chemical and rubber-making industry. After graduating from grammar school in Uherské Hradiště he spent a semester studying at the University of Economics in Prague. He then left the school and up until 1989 worked in blue-collar jobs. First as a stoker and then as gas pipeline inspector on the route Prague - Chotýšany - Sázava. In 1983 he signed the Charter 77 and two years later founded a samizdar cultural magazine Jednou nohou, later renamed to Revolver Revue. Similarly, he took part in the creation of the samizdat magazine Sport 1989 and of Informační centrum just after the Velvet Revolution. In 1990 he co-founded the weekly Respekt and up until 1994 served as its editor-in-chief. He works there as an editor to this day.

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