Alan Levy, 1932-2004

Alan Levy, the Prague Post’s first editor-in-chief, died today of liver cancer. He had written about it in his weekly column, and like many others I hoped to see him shake the disease.

It was Levy who invented the “Prague is Second Chance City, the Paris of the ’90s” trope, but I don’t hold it against him. It was a good line – though not at all accurate – and the fact that it reverberated for as long as it did says a lot about our need to believe that it was true.

I enjoyed reading his Prague Profiles, and will miss them in the future. He was absolutely a fixture among the expat community here and his presence will be greatly missed. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Alan Levy. When we were competing with his paper, I always figured I’d run into him somewhere – preferably a good pub – and give him a piece of my mind. When we weren’t competing, I still figured I’d run into him eventually and we’d sit down and compare notes.

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