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 was employed at the University of West Hungary until 2014, settled in a bourgeois suburb of Sopron, Hungary. He has a Hungarian wife, Etelka, and a son Maximilian, born in 1996.
on Feb. 04, 2015 :
The author asks, "Whatever happened to hippies?" This book about Canadians trying an alternate lifestyle on an Island off the West Coast of British Columbia raises some interesting questions about why we work and what we want out of life.
Are children and families an irritant, just another load to carry or do they have a deeper meaning? To find deeper spiritual meaning in life, so we need to pursue the exotic and esoteric or is heaven right at hand?
Dates are given which explains why nobody has a cell phone.
Some of the dialogs sound like an effort to update Plato but the questions are ones most thinking people are worrying about.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 27, 2012 :
A very well-written book, enjoyed every word of it.
Funny, critical and emotional as well.
I think there is a little piece of Matt in all of us.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 30, 2011 :
A superbly well-written story that captivates(I chuckled continually. Read this book for a wry, tender, wise and humor-filled look at what some members of the counter culture may be doing right at this very moment—the same as you and me, just with more awareness, second guessing, and sex (maybe just mental, and maybe they just admit it!). It’s as if Candide and his crew had settled down to their cultivated garden—this time on an island off Vancouver –and decided NOT to be bored or boring, but to love, joke about the little moments in between the big ones, and have kids. And children-- goats figure here; go figure. Living off the land, making a greener footprint while shunning the politics of their Capitalistic cousins, doesn’t save this family from the moment-to moment headaches of modern life. They’ve turned back the clock to an idealistic communal no-clocks era. The dream didn’t die, it’s just worse for day-to-day(moment by moment)wear. These idiosyncratic characters wear the dream like a tarnished badge of honor. But there’s not a whiff of self-congratulation in the bunch—just a group you’d like to have a big, long, messy, communal meal with…. Enjoy! It’s going to make a great film—option it now!! ;)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)