Mike Palecek is a writer who lives in Saginaw, Minnesota, west of Duluth.
He is a former federal prisoner for peace; was the Iowa Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District in the 2000 election, gaining 65,000 votes on an anti-war platform in a conservative district; is a former award winning reporter, editor, publisher in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota.
The small newspaper Mike & Ruth Palecek owned and operated in Byron, Minnesota won the MNA Newspaper of the Year Award in 1993. Mike and Ruth have two children and recently moved from Iowa to Minnesota. The Paleceks both work for group homes in the Cloquet area.
Mike also co-hosts The New American Dream Radio Show along with Chuck Gregory. the show airs Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Eastern Time on The Revolution Radio Network.
CWG Press – home of Mike’s books: cwgpress.com
The New American Dream original website: newamericandream.net
To Mom & Dad, Isabel McDowell and Milosh Palecek, to whom the American Dream was real. They did the best they could. Two teenagers who found each other in the South Dakota wind and held on.
Milosh — they called him “Mush” — was first generation Czech. His parents came over from Prague for who knows what reason, lived for a couple years in a boxcar next to town and thought they had it made. When they did move in to town it was in by about a hundred feet.
Isabel’s people came from County Cork. She lived with a sister and single mother way before that was common. Her mother waited on Bob Feller the pitcher one time, at the Pheasant Cafe in Winner.
Dad got his big break in getting to go to engineer’s school in Chicago for a few weeks and spent part of his career on the Long Pine run, staying overnight at the motel near the tracks and fishing for trout. He brought fish home and maybe a foul ball from the amateur games in Winner when he got a chance to go there on a run and see his brother Jimmy, home from the Pacific war, now with a wife and his own family. Another brother, Albert, served with Patton and later went to South Omaha to work in a box factory. Frank went to California. Molly went away. Dad didn’t go to the war because his job with the railroad was considered vital to the war effort.
They said Dad was good enough at shortstop to go pro, but he didn’t. Maybe he had to work. Hauled cases at the pop factory before the C&NW. They did the best they could. It’s sad, a sad state of affairs for a whole nation. Everyone does the best he can and we end up bombing Hiroshima. Dad cuts the lawn each Saturday morning on his one chance to rest and there go a thousand people in Chile, mowed down by our own CIA. Mom calls us in to supper and poof! Laos is toast. Us kids sneak outside for another round of playing after supper. We play hide and seek, catch lightning bugs, tell ghost stories and leave the screen door open just a peep. A couple hundred intelligent poor people in El Salvador are hustled out of their beds and shot.
— from the prologue to “The American Dream”