Der Mysteriöse Mord an Dean Reed
A Night of Murder and Intrigue
APRIL GAI MEMBER NIGHT
FRIDAY, APRIL 11
Author Chuck Laszewski and Eagan High School German teacher Gayle Carlson will discuss Laszewski's
book, Rock 'n' Roll Radical:
The Life and Mysterious Death of Dean Reed
during the April GAI Member Night. Reed, an American singer and actor who was
idolized by millions around the world (though mostly ignored in his home country) was found dead in a lake
in East Berlin in 1986. The East German government labeled it "a tragic
accident." Laszewski first heard of Reed when the actor showed one of his
films at the University of Minnesota and then was
arrested and jailed
during the power line protests in 1978. Convinced Reed's death was not an
accident, Laszewski enlisted the help of Carlson, his former high school
German teacher. Together, they became the first Americans to obtain the
Stasi files on Reed and translate them into English.
During their presentation, Laszewski and Carlson will play some of Reed's
recordings, do a short reading from the book and then describe how they
unraveled Reed's life and death in addition to having books on hand to sell and sign.
was a reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for 25 years.
He currently is the communications director for the Minnesota Center for
Environmental Advocacy. Gayle Carlson is the current president of the
Minnesota chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German and
2003 - 2004 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. An announcement of the
GAI's quarterly financial update will be made after the program. Students
who become members of the GAI get a free dinner!
5:30PM Haus & Ratskeller open
6:30PM Dinner Schinkenfleckerln (Austrian noodle dish with ham and sour cream)
mit Salat und Apfelstrudel mit Vanillesosse
$11 members, $13 non-members, $3 children