For most of his life, Evergreen resident Frank Albert has been a man on the move.
“I was born in Rabat, Morrocco,” says Frank, “I was the first member of my family to be born outside of Czechoslovakia.”
Frank’s father was a high-ranking diplomat in Czechoslovakia’s then-communist government, a position entailing considerable privilege and constant re-posting. After a few years of relative stability living in Prague with his paternal grandparents, Frank rejoined his family in Nairobi, Kenya, where in 1970 his father received orders to return immediately to Prague. The seemingly routine summons struck Frank’s father as decidedly ominous. “Dad had been recruited by the British Secret Service,” explains Frank. “He thought he’d been made.”
The Alberts fled to London, igniting a media storm. It was the height of the Cold War and the defection of an important Communist official made for international news.
“I remember seeing myself on TV that night.”
Frank blended easily into the green English countryside. He attended Millbrook House, an all-boys boarding school near Oxford, before moving on to Radley College, an all-boys institution just a couple of miles up the A34. He played Rugby, he rowed crew, and he aspired to acceptance at the prestigious London School of Economics.
“A couple of guys I really admired went to the London School of Economics,” Frank smiles. “Their names were Mick and Keith.” [Editorial note: In case anyone else isn't amongst the "cool" crowd, that's Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, founders of the Rolling Stones.]
But Frank’s stone was fated to roll in a different direction. In 1981 he made a visit to Colorado where one of his two older sisters was enrolled at the University of Denver. He liked the people, he liked the state, and he liked the fact that DU was co-educational.