In 1982, Sis was sent by the Czech government to Los Angeles to film preparations for the 1984 Olympic Games. When the Soviet Union and its satellite countries pulled out, Sis was ordered by his government to return home. But he was in the middle of an extracurricular assignment -- helping with a video for Bob Dylan -- and didn't want to leave. By the time it was completed, Sis had overstayed his visa and gotten in trouble at home. He decided to seek asylum in the United States and eventually became a naturalized American citizen.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Author: Peter Sis
Nice profile on Peter Sis, the only children's illustrator to win a MacArthur Foundation $500,000, five-year "genius" award. Sis grew up in Soviet bloc Czechoslovakia. He became an immigrant to this country thanks to Bob Dylan.
Posted by Camille at 6:47 AM