Deena Stryker was born in Philadelphia, moved to France as a teenager, became French by marriage, and embarked on a life of questioning that took her to Italy, Cuba, Poland, Hungary, and Holland, with returns to both her native America and France. She worked for the French News Agency in Rome, travelled to Cuba as a free lance journalist, worked in radio in Poland and Hungary, was a speech writer in the Carter State Department, wrote features for the United Nations, and worked as a free lance translator specializing in political and diplomatic documents in France. Together with her personal knowledge of life behind the Iron Curtain, studies in systems theory at the University of Massachussetts enabled her to foresee the reunification of Europe as well as the dissolution of the Soviet Union. She now lives in her native city once again, and anticipated Obama's presidential victory on this blog in February 2007. She speaks French, Italian and Spanish.