July 11, 1994
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- In 40-foot containers shipped from Baltimore's harbor, the American dream house has crossed the Atlantic and is quickly changing the way some Czech homeowners think of their castles.USA Builders, based in Potomac, Md., is one of two companies exporting the U.S.-style subdivision beam-by-beam, doorknob-by-doorknob to the Czech Republic.More than 30 homes have been sold to Prague's wealthiest new capitalists, and builders are confident that the 140 planned will only begin to satisfy a growing lust for the American lifestyle.
May 22, 1991
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia -- The Philadelphia Orchestra's concert here last night produced an explosive emotional outburst at the end that caught the musicians by surprise. Playing its first concert ever in Prague, the ensemble had programmed Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," and followed with a Russian work.The concert, part of the orchestra's current European tour, had been programmed when Czechoslovakia was still a Communist country. No one could have predicted what Beethoven's music would mean in a nation that has since turned its government upside down, whose people have chosen freedom and now grope toward some solid footing as a republic.
July 4, 1995
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The Johns Hopkins baseball team has returned home from a triumphant road trip to the heart of Europe, where it competed in the 14th Prague Baseball Week tournament.Although the Blue Jays did not take home the title, finishing third with a 4-2 record, they agreed that it was a no-lose tournament.Hopkins coach Robert Babb said his players have plenty of time to play ball, but maybe only one chance to visit Prague. From all accounts, the team made the most of it."It's been great," said Babb.
May 20, 1995
For filmmakers contemplating gorgeous Prague in the Czech Republic as a location, the message from Tom Cruise is: Don't bother.Mr. Cruise, on his first outing as a producer -- a movie version of "Mission Impossible," in which he stars -- recently ended three weeks of shooting in Prague believing he'd been unfairly overcharged for a location site. "At one point we were told, 'If you don't sign the papers by 4 p.m., you don't get the locale,' " said Katherine Orloff, the movie's publicity agent.
November 10, 1990
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia -- Bell Atlantic and US West are expected to sign a $60 million deal with Czechoslovakia next week to build and operate a cellular mobile telephone network, it has been learned.The contract would give the two U.S. regional phone companies a combined 49 percent share in the joint venture with the Czech government. The agreement is being readied for signature during the President Bush's visit to Prague, which is scheduled for Nov. 17, a senior government official said.
January 12, 1994
PRAGUE -- Attention, Prague shoppers: Kmart has arrived.Two years ago, faced with stagnating sales at home, the Michigan-based retailing giant went shopping for a chain of stores in an area that promised to show strong growth in coming years. The company came home with Prague's Maj and 12 other department stores in the Czech Republic and Slovakia -- and shopping here will never be the same.In years past, about the only thing the Maj had in sufficient abundance to warrant a Kmart Blue Light Special was its unfriendly service.