Richard von Fuchs
Dr. Richard von Fuchs was born in St. Louis, grew up in Niagara Falls, New York. He graduated from the University of Colorado and the University of Rhode Island, and much later from the University of Vienna. After teaching high school in Rhode Island and Ontario, he settled on Vancouver Island in 1971. The BC NDP (social democrats) hired him as an organizer and he became a Canadian citizen.
He had walk-on parts as a fisherman, tree planter, a radio and TV news announcer, including CBC Prince Rupert, retail music store owner and piano tuner. The habit of door knocking in political campaigns led to several years as a door to door salesman.
He trod the boards in amateur theatre and musicals in Courtenay, B.C in the 1970s, and then sang in some Folk Festivals and isolated bars. Twice went to Japan to teach English.
His former wife, Betty, took excellent care of him.
In 1990 he moved to Western Hungary to teach English at a forestry college and earned a PhD at the University of Vienna. Abandoning 33 years of atheism, he returned to the Lutheran church, and became a church janitor in Scarsdale, New York for 18 months, while teaching at Iona College. He was a Green party candidate in Ontario in 2OO3.
Returning to Europe, he is still employed University of West Hungary, settled in a bourgeois suburb of Sopron, Hungary. He has a Hungarian wife, Etelka, and a son Maximilian, born in 1996.
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My Top 40 Songs
My Top 40 Songs was inspired by my fear of death when I was hospitalized for a stroke. Until then they had been typed lyrics with chords penned above, or written on music paper in pencil or pen. Most had wine stains on them. It is simply the indecent outpouring of my Sturm und Drang of my life. Only the humorous song in Japanese was left out.
The Case of the Broken Heart
A smooth talking American evangelist is building a church in a small town outside Vancouver and drops dead in the middle of a sermon.
Many people who know and serve him have a motive to kill him. Was it murder or heart disease?
The Man Who Wanted to Come to Dinner
We see the wretched of the earth on TV. What if they could come into our comfortable living rooms and demand a more just distribution of food?
In this play a group of New Age friends are trying to reach higher consciousness when a hungry man from the Third World arrives.
Heaven Is Being Here Now
Failing at careers and marriage, Helmut von Kampen starts a New Age church in British Columbia to cash in on the spiritual disorientation of the West Coast. He attracts masses of discontent people but the organization grows out of his control.
War as an Election Issue
In 1964, President Johnson promised the electorate that he would not go to war; then shortly after his re-election he vigorously escalated the modest American effort in Vietnam into a major war. Do the voters in a democracy make significant policy decisions. President Bush invaded Iraq without the electorate's approval.
Little Red Riding Hood - A Musical for Children
This is an opera telling the well known fairy tale with humorous modern asides.
It explores common family problems, questioning authority, care for elderly relatives while meeting G.B. Shaw's primary goal for drama, to entertain. The original music will someday sound in elevators and shopping centers.
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