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Entertainment Roko Abramovich birthplace: Eureka, UT Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1980
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Academics Ljubisa Adamovic   Professor
Professor of Economics at the Florida State University
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Entertainment Paul 'Pio' Adamovich birthplace: Youngstown, OH Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1999
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Entertainment Jelena Adzic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia On-Air Personality
A host and reporter for CBC's entertainment news program CBC News: The Scene. She is also a frequent movie reviewer and arts commentator for various CBC Newsworld programs.
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Entertainment Sasha Alexander birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Actress
born: Suzana S. Drobnjakovic. Acted on Presidio Med, NCIS, Wasteland, etc.
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Military Milton P. Alexich   US Navy - Rear Admiral
  Assistant Vice Chief of Naval Operations and Director of Naval Administration. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
       
 
Military Jake Allex birthplace: Prizren, Serbia US Army - Corporal
born: Jake Allex Mandusich. As a member of Company H, 131st Infantry, 33rd Infantry Division, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in the U.S. Army during World War I
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Sports Alex Andjelic birthplace: Backa Palanka, Yugoslavia Ice Hockey
He is an ice hockey coach that has coached extensively in the Netherlands and Germany, and now coaches the Serbian youth team - while working in Toronto.
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Art & Literature Ivo Andric birthplace: Dolac (near Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina) then part of the Ottoman Empire Author - Nobel Prize
The only Serbian and only person from the former state of 'Yugoslavia' to receive the Nobel prize, which was awarded for his book 'Bridge Over the River Drina.'
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Sports Lee Angelich birthplace: Wilmington, CA Coach
Starred in track and field in high school and college. After completing his education he began coaching. Under Mr. Angelich, Fresno High won four consecutive North Yosemite League titles (1957-1960). He is one of the rare coaches to win central Section titles in two different sports, as Fresno High captured the boys' track-and-field championship in 1957. He became one of the winningest high school basketball coaches in central section history.
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Business & Finance Daniel Antovich birthplace: Seattle, WA Management
born: Danilo Antovich. Owner of Antovich Construction whch was involved in some of the largest and most important underground utility construction projects of northern California. Past-president of the Engineering and Utility Contractors Association.
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Entertainment Mildred 'Mickey' Arangelovich birthplace: Johnstown, PA Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2008
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Military David R. Arbutina   USAF - Colonel
  Graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1976. Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Mt. Nittany Medical Center in Penn State, (State College) PA.
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Sports Mike Arbutina birthplace: Freedom, PA Administration
Upon graduating from Geneva College, he accepted a teaching position at Freedom and also coached football and basketball there. In 1960, Mike became the assistant principal at Freedom High School and in 1962 was appointed the first principal at Western Beaver. Instrumental in the creation of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) and served as President from 1972 to 1992. He was also active on the state level, serving as vice president of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) for two years and its president for three years. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Military Millard 'Miladin' Arbutina   USAF - Major
  Twice received the highest award you can get in the Air Force - the Distinguished Flying Cross. Afterwards, he was also an Education Union Activist for the State of Pennsylvania.
       
 
Religion Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich birthplace: San Francisco, CA Archimandrite
born: Sebastian Dabovich. First person born in the United States of America to be ordained as an Orthodox priest, and also the first native-born American to be tonsured as an Orthodox monk. Known as the 'Father of Serbian Orthodoxy in America,' he was responsible for the founding of several of the first Serbian churches in the New World.
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Entertainment Tijana Arnautovic birthplace: Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina Beauty Queen
She was was named Miss World Canada in 2004.
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Business & Finance Dennis Astorino   Architect
Founder of DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design. He previously was CEO of Astorino Architects but left the company to start his own architectural company in February 2008 as part of a planned transition.
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Business & Finance Louis Astorino   Architect
Founder and CEO of Astorino Architects.
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Sports Bob Babich birthplace: Youngstown, OH Football
Former American football linebacker who played nine seasons in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers and the Cleveland Browns. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
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Sports Milovan 'Mike' Bakic birthplace: Yugoslavia Soccer
A Canadian international soccer player who earned 4 caps for the Canadian national side in 1977, scoring 2 goals. He played professional club soccer for Serbian White Eagles, Rochester Lancers, Washington Diplomats and Houston Hurricane.
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Sports Erik Bakich   Baseball
Head baseball coach for the Michigan baseball team. Bakich previously served as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt and Clemson, and most recently was the head coach for Maryland. He signed a contract with the Springfield Capitals in the Frontier League and played professionally for one season in 2001.
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Academics Milica Bakic-Hayden   Author / Professor
Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Honored by the United States Institute of Peace Fellowship for the project "On Common Ground: Christianity and Islam in the Balkans," 2005-2006. Past-President of the North American Society for Serbian Studies (NASSS).
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Sports Mike Basrak birthplace: Bellaire, OH Football
He was Duquesne University's first All-American selection, and the Most Valuable Player of the 1937 Orange Bowl game in Miami. Later in 1937 he was the first-round draft pick (#5 pick overall) of the NFL Pittsburgh Pirates (later called the Pittsburgh Steelers) where he played for two years before a knee injury ended his career. He was an officer in the United States Navy during the Second World War. And, in later life Basrak served as football coach at Niles East High School (1954–62) and then Niles West High School (1963–73), both in Skokie, Illinois.
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Art & Literature Theodore 'Ted' Basrak birthplace: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia Artist
Having immigrated to the United States after World War II, he eventually retired to Whidbey Island where he resided for 31 years. He became a painter, drawing inspiration from the the island's landscape and its changing weather. He became one of the first members of the cooperative group of artists at the Whidbey Art Gallery, formerly the Artists Cooperative Gallery, in Langley.
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Military Gary M. Batinich   USAF - Brigadier General
Brigadier General in the US Air Force. Currently the commander of the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base.
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Politics Melissa (Luburic) Bean birthplace: Chicago, IL U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress-woman of Illinois
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Politics John C. Begovich birthplace: Jackson Gate, CA State Senator
Judge, Supervisor, Assemblyman and State Senator. Appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as one of four United States Federal Marshals in the State of California. A section of Highway 49 in Amador County, California was posthumously named, 'The John C. Begovich Memorial Highway'.
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Business & Finance Milos S. 'Sharkey' Begovich birthplace: Plymouth, CA Management
Owner of Sharkey's Casino in Gardnerville, NV. Sharkey was known around the world for his Prime Rib Dinners and every year for 30 years (1971-2000) Sharkey held a free, open to the public, dinner party with music to honor Serbian Christmas on January 7th, attracting hundreds of locals and celebrities each year.
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Sports Charles 'Chuck' Belas birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Softball
In his 20 year career he won over 1000 games including 67 no hitters and four perfect games. He was also a potent batter and had a .417 batting average in 1947. He finished his career batting better than .300. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Politics Helen Delich Bentley birthplace: Ruth, NV U.S. Congress
Served 10 years in Congress, representing the state of Maryland. On the 300th Anniversary of the Port of Baltimore, it was renamed the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore in her honor.
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Academics Dr. Zarko Bilbija   Professor
Emeritus Professor, Universities of Chicago and Miami.
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Religion Bishop Irinej (Dobrijevic) birthplace: Cleveland, OH Bishop
born: Mirko Dobrijevic. He is the bishop for the Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to his election to Bishop at the May 2006 Holy Synod of the Church of Serbia, he was very active in interchurch relations, IOCC and the plight of Serbs in Kosovo.
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Religion Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich birthplace: Lelich, Serbia Bishop
A protector, mover and inspirer of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America. Also, an instructor at the St. Sava Seminary in Libertyville, IL, the dean and rector of the St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Seminary in South Canaan, PA, and the author of the valuable Prologue of Ochrid. On May 19, 2003, the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, with one heart and one voice, unanimously decided to enter Bishop Nicholai (Velimirovic) of Ohrid and Zicha into the calendar of saints of our Holy Orthodox Church.
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Academics Milana 'Mim' (Karlo) Bizic birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA Teacher
1990 NATIONAL AWARDEE at the Smithsonian for her pioneering efforts in integrating the computer into the school curriculum. She worked on a project for the Smithsonian called 'Beyond the Limits, Flight Enters the Computer Age.
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Entertainment Sandra 'Sibi' Blazic birthplace: Chicago, IL Actress
A former model, one time actress, and movie director. Married to Christian Bale.
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Art & Literature Walter Bogdanich birthplace: Gary, IN Journalist - Pulitzer Prize
Won his Pulitzer prize in journalism at the Wall Street Journal in 1988 for his series of articles on medical fraud in laboratory practices. Continued on to win 2 more Pulitzer Prizes.
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Entertainment Peter Bogdanovich birthplace: Kingston, NY Director
An American film historian, director, writer, actor, author and critic.
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Aerospace Danilo Bojic   Engineer
  Redesigned the new escape hatch after the Apollo I disaster
       
 
Sports Novo Bojovic birthplace: Podgorica formerly Titograd, Yugoslavia Football
Former placekicker who played pro football with the United States Football League's Michigan Panthers (1983-84)and Oakland Invaders (1985). He then had a brief career in the National Football League playing with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985. He next embarked on a successful five-year career in the Arena Football League with the Detroit Drive.
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Sports Ivan Boldirev birthplace: Zrenjanin, Yugoslavia Hockey
A Serbian-Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played 15 seasons in the NHL from 1970 until 1985. An elegant center, Boldirev was noted during his career as one of the sport's best stickhandlers.
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Judiciary Peter Borkovich birthplace: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Attorney
Attorney in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. President of the Serbian National Federation (SNF) (2007-2010).
       
 
Academics Dr. Sava D. Bosnitch birthplace: Yugoslavia Professor
  Professor of Political Science at the University of New Brunswick. Also a Past President of the Canadian Association of Slavists.
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Activism John Bosnitch birthplace: Canada Civil Rights Activist
Canadian-Serbian civil rights activist and journalist. set up the 'Committee to Free Bobby Fischer' and acted as a friend of the court in his behalf. He then worked to block the Japanese Immigration Bureau's efforts to deport Fischer to the United States and coordinated the legal and public relations campaign to free Fischer until his eventual release. Organizer of the STOP coalition (The Stop Terrorizing Orthodox Peoples Coalition).
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Judiciary Jasmina Theodore Boulanger birthplace: Kenosha, WI Attorney
She is a corporate and securities lawyer. She has also has taught Law and Economics at U.S.C. and at Claremont McKenna College. She is a Past President of the Serbian Unity Congress (SUC).
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Entertainment George Bozic birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA On-Air Personality
On-air name: George Bowes. Radio Announcer. Co-founder of the Serbian Radio Hour of Aliquippa, PA, and former Public Relations Director for the Pennsylvaia Department of Transportation.
       
 
Business & Finance Michael Bozic birthplace: Clairton, PA Management
Was the former Vice Chairman of K-Mart, head of the merchandising group at Sears and former CEO of Hills Department Stores
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Entertainment Ivana Bozilovic   Actress
Her credits includes roles in the films 100 Girls, National Lampoon's Van Wilder and Wedding Crashers. She also co-hosted the reality television show Hotlines in 2003.
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Art & Literature John David Brcin birthplace: Gracac, Croatia Sculptor
Drawing his inspiration from American subjects, Brcin sculpted busts of President Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and many others. He also created large reliefs depicting scenes from American history.
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Judiciary R. Rhody Brenlove   Attorney
He was also the first Serbian lawyer in Pittsburgh (1929). He also was the first SNF legal advisor, 1939-1952.
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Politics Daniel Britza   Mayor
Former Mayor of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Presently serving as Aliquippa Controller.
       
 
Sports Mike Brkovich birthplace: Windsor, Ontario Basketball
A Canadian national basketball team and played on the Michigan State Spartans team that won the 1979 NCAA tournament. He was known as the known as the 'Canadian Golden Arm'. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1981.
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Sports Nikola 'Niki' Budalic birthplace: Kitchener, Canada Soccer
He is a Canadian-born Serbian professional footballer who currently plays for the Serbian White Eagles FC of the Canadian Soccer League. He also was named team captain of the Serbian White Eagles for the 2008 season.
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Sports Rudy Bukich birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri Football
He was selected in the second round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He would go on to play for the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. His greatest performances were during his second stint with the Chicago Bears. He was a quarterback with the Bears when they won the 1963 NFL Championship. In 1964 he tied a record with 13 consecutive pass completions, and in 1965 he was the second leading passer in the NFL. After the NFL, he appeared in 3 movies.
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Entertainment Vaso Bukvich   Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2000. His style of playing had an immense impact on later tamburasi, including Marty Kapugi, who credits him as a big influence. Not only was he a great primas, but a talented singer as well.
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Sports Norm Bulaich birthplace: Galveston, TX Football
Former football running back in the NFL.
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Sports Zarko Cabarkapa birthplace: Zrenjanin, Serbia Basketball
Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 1st round (17th overall) in the 2003 NBA Draft. In his rookie season, he was injured and limited to 49 games. In 2005 the Suns traded him to the Golden State Warriors where he played 2005-2006 until he was cut due to a back injury.
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Entertainment Ellis G. Cannon birthplace: Midland, PA On-Air Personality / Business Owner
President & Publisher of Pittsburgh Sports Report, Inc. He is also an Attorney as well as a Radio & TV Personality. The son of Henry and Betsy (Kosanovich) Cannon.
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Art & Literature Tom Carapic birthplace: Velisevac, Serbia Artist
  born: Tomislav Sava Carapic. He is an artist who specialises in found object artwork.
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Entertainment Del Casher birthplace: Hammond, IN Musician / Inventor
born: Delton Kacar, aka: Delton Kacher. an American guitarist and inventor. His many innovations include the Wah-wah pedal, which changed the course of rock and roll, the Ecco-Fonic, Fender Electronic Echo Chamber, and the Guitar synthesizer.
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Sports Pete Catan Rochester, NY Football
He played three seasons with the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, two seasons with the United States Football League’s Houston Gamblers and two years in the National Football League with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers. He was nicknamed 'Sledgehammer'.
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Business & Finance George B. Cavic   Management
VP of Healthcare Management at Parke-Davis
       
 
Sports Milorad Cavic birthplace: Anaheim, CA Swimming
While swimming for the University of California, Berkeley and training with Mike Bottom, Cavic set a new school and Pac-10 record in the 100 yd butterfly (45.44 s).
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Business & Finance Nicholas 'Nick' Chabraja birthplace: Gary, IN Management
First made his mark as a lawyer, eventually serving as special counsel to the House of Representatives. Because of his legal services to General Dynamics that he was able to make the shift from lawyer to business executive, becoming both general counsel and vice president for the company in 1993. He revealed an astute understanding of the problems that beset General Dynamics in the 1990s and rose to become the company's chief executive officer.
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Judiciary Nicholas S. Chanak   Judge
  Was a Supreme Court Judge for the state of Minnesota
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Business & Finance Tyrus W. Cobb birthplace: Reno, NV Management
He served as Special Assistant to the President to President Ronald Reagan at the White House from 1987-89. He was the Director of Soviet, European and Canadian Affairs in the National Security Council at the White House from 1983-87. He became President and CEO of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) in 1991, then left to become President/CEO of the Yosemite National Institutes (1995-2002). He returned to his home town of Reno, NV, where he heads up the Northern Nevada Network.
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Entertainment Crlenica Brothers   Tamburitza Musician
A very impressive list of movies are also to the credits of the Crlenica Vrothers Orchestra. Starting with Storm at Daybreak, and followed by Cat People and a long list of movies with the late Nelson Eddy, Balalaika and Chocolate Soldier among the few. The Razors Edge and Song to Remember followed by several Walt Disney films and The Patton Story. Blood and Guts and Lawrence of Arabia and who can forget the haunting theme of Dr. Zhivago as played by Vaso on the prima and backed up by a 150-piece orchestra. Also known by Crljenica Brothers and The Continental 5.
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Entertainment Jovo Crljenica   Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1973
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Entertainment Paul Crljenica   Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1987
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Entertainment Steve Crljenica   Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1987
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Entertainment Vaso Crlenica   Tamburitza Musician
  Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1978
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Business & Finance John Crnokrak birthplace: South Deering Chicago, IL Author
Author and Executive Coach. A member of Loyola University - Basketball Hall of Fame. Was a member of the college All-Star Team that toured nationwide against the Harlem Globetrotters. Also was signed to the AFL Houston Oilers professional football team.
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Military Louis 'Lou' Cukelja birthplace: Spalato, Crotia USMC - Sergeant
The first person in US history to receive 2 congressional medals (WW-I) (ARMY Medal & Navy Medal). He also received the highest decorations given by France, Belgium and Serbia.
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Sports Chris Cvetkovic birthplace: Hamilton, Canada Football
Canadian football long snapper for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He was originally signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played CIS Football for Concordia.
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Business & Finance Brad Cvetovich birthplace: Midland, PA Management
  Began his career in the 1960's as a design engineer at the former North American Rockwell Co. where he spent 24 years. He joined Boeing in 1990 and was appointed V-P in 1996. In 1998, he was appointed vice president and general manager of the Customer Services organization of the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.
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Sports Nick Cvjetkovich birthplace: Toronto, Ontario Canada Wrestling
A Canadian professional wrestler of British and Serb descent, better known as The Original Sinn, or simply Sinn (also spelt as SiNN). He is working for World Wrestling Entertainment on its SmackDown brand as Kizarny. He was the writer, artist and publisher of the Fred the Possessed Flower comic book series (1999-2000). He and his brother Steven have variously published as Happy Predator Press and Happy Predator Publications.
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Entertainment Misha Dabich birthplace: Lebanon, PA Entertainer
Award winning international skating artist, performer, musician, entertainer and comedian.
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Sports Drazen Dalipagic birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Basketball
Widely known by his nickname Praja, started playing basketball at the age of 19. Between 1973 and 1986 he played 243 games for the Yugoslavian Men's Basketball National Team, winning the Basketball World Championship in 1978 and the Olympic Gold Medal in 1980. Dalipagic was enshrined to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player on September 10, 2004. In 2007, he was enshrined in the FIBA Hall of Fame.
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Art & Literature Victor J. Danilov   Author
  Former president and director of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, is the founder and currently the director of the Museum Management Program at the University of Colorado. He has written extensively about museums, galleries, and historic sites, and is the author of many books.
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Sports Predrag 'Sasha' Danilovic birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Basketball
A retired Serbian professional basketball player, considered the best European shooting guard during the 1990s, and current president of his former team KK Partizan Belgrade. he was a member of the NBA's Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks from 1995 until 1997.
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Business & Finance Djordjina Dapcevich   Management
  Head of the Veterans Retirement Center and Veterans Affairs
       
 
Politics John Dapcevich   Mayor
Mayor of Sitka, Alaska for 5 terms (total of 12 years).
       
 
Politics Marko Dapcevich   Mayor
Mayor of Sitka, Alaska
       
 
Politics Velimir 'Bill' Dapcevich   Administration
  Head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the state of Alaska.
       
 
Entertainment Lolita Davidovich birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada Actress
She first received notice co-starring in Blaze (1989), for the title role of the notorious burlesque performer, Blaze Starr, with Paul Newman .
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Academics Stevan Dedijer birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Business Intelligence
Attended secondary school in Italy, and graduated from the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, in 1930. He earned a degree in physics at Princeton University in 1934. Stevan worked as a journalist in Pittsburgh and New York and later, after WW-II in Yugoslavia. He served in the American army as a paratrooper in The 101st Airborne Division from 1942 to 1945. Founded the research policy institute at Sweden's Lund University.
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Entertainment Brad Dexter birthplace: Goldfield, Nevada Actor
born: Boris Michel Soso and aka: Boris Milanovich. Acted in Magnificent Seven, Heldorado, Sinbad the Salior, The Asphalt Jungle, The Las Vegas Story, Run Silent-Run Deep, The George Raft Story, Taras Bulba, etc. Married at one time to Peggy Lee.
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Judiciary Richard A. DiLiberto, Jr.   Attorney
He is a Past President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, and former Legislative Committee Chairman. For a decade he was a Delaware lawmaker serving with distinction in the Delaware House of Representatives.
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Art & Literature Rose A. Dillberger birthplace: St. Louis, MO Artist
born: Rose Alexandra Mirjanich. She has won scores of ribbons at art shows, and her solo exhibits include one at the Beverly Hills Ladies' Club and another at the Sun City Museum of Art. Her portraits and originals are in private collections abroad in Paris, London, and Teheran and here in St. Louis, Los Angeles, New York, and Phoenix. After graduating from the . Louis's Washington University School of Fine Arts, she taught painting there for ten years and worked as an artist at St. Louis' large Gardner Advertising Agency. Her work is highly personal and eclectic.
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Science Dr. Dimitri Dimitrijevic   Psychiatrist
  Recognized for his major innovations as a psychiatrist and administrator in the treatment of mental illness in Illinois
       
 
Academics Milan R. Dinitrijevic   Professor
M.D., D. Sc. Emeritus Professor of the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. TX.
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Sports Vlade Divac birthplace: Prijepolje, Yugoslavia Basketball
He is a retired Serbian professional basketball player who spent most of his career in the United States' NBA. At 7ft 1in, he played center and was known for his passing skills. Recipient of the 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
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Sports Srdjan Djekanovic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Soccer
A Yugoslavian-born Canadian soccer player of Serbian origin who currently plays for the Montreal Impact in the USL First Division.
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Entertainment Denise Djokic birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia Musician
As a Cellist, she has been praised worldwide for her sincere, powerful interpretations, and her bold command of the instrument. Instantly recognized by her 'arrestingly beautiful tone colour' (The Strad). She moves audiences with her natural musical instinct, and her remarkable combination of strength and sensitivity.
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Entertainment Philippe Djokic birthplace: Nancy, France Musician
Upon obtaining his Master of Music degree as a student at the Juilliard School, Djokic also won the school's Fritz Kreisler Prize. He is currently professor of violin at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Academics Dr. Dimitrije Djordjevich   Professor
Emeritus Professor History-UC, Santa Barbara
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Art & Literature Dragoslav Djordjevich birthplace: Obrenovac, Serbia Author
aka: Dragoslav Georgeivch. He spent nearly 30 years teaching Serbo-Croatian at the Army Language School in Monterey, California (Defense Language Institute) where he retired as the Chairman of the Serbo-Croatian Department. He earned two postgraduate degrees (history and linguistics) at San Jose State University. He wrote several books, including the notable 'Na Raskrsnici' (At the Crossroads). He was a co-founder of the Serbian Unity Congress (SUC) and a founding trustee of the Studenica Foundation.
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Business & Finance Miroslav 'Michael' Djordjevich birthplace: Yugoslavia Management
Serbian Unity Congress (SUC) founding member and the first President. He is also Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Southeast Europe International, Inc. He is also a founder and President of Studenica Foundation. Son of Dragoslav (Georgevich) Djordjevich.
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Military Theresa A.H. Djuric   USAF - Colonel
Colonel in the US Air Force. Nominated for appointment to the grade of Brigadier General in May 2008.
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Sports Andrew Joseph 'Jess' Dobernic birthplace: Mount Olive, IL Baseball
He was a professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher over parts of three seasons (1939, 1948-49) with the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Cincinnati Reds.
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Entertainment Djoko Dokich birthplace: Selo Tuk, Srem, Yugoslavia Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1975
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Entertainment Melvin 'Milovan' Dokich   Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1975
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Sports Mike Dopud birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Football
He is a Canadian film actor, television actor, voice actor, stuntman, stage actor and athlete. He played professional Canadian football briefly for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
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Art & Literature William S. 'Bill' Dorich   Author
American journalist and writer. The Serbian Church awarded him their highest honor, the St. Sava Medal.
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Academics Dr. Milorad Drachkovitch birthplace: Serbia Professor
Taught political science at Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley, before becoming a senior scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in 1961.
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Art & Literature Dr. Alex N. Dragnich   Author
Recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Distinguished Service to Vanderbilt University. He is the author of a dozen books on Yugoslav history and politics. Served as Cultural Attache and head of the US Information Agency office in Belgrade from 1947 to 1950.
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Sports Chuck Drazenovich birthplace: Jere, WV Football
He was an American football linebacker who played his entire ten year career with the Washington Redskins from 1950 to 1959 in the National Football League. He played college football at Penn State University and was drafted in the ninth round of the 1949 NFL Draft. Drazenovich played in four Pro Bowls (1955-1958) and was selected as one of the 80 Greatest Redskins.
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Sports Predrag 'Peja' Drobnjak birthplace: Bijelo Polje, Montenegro, Yugoslavia Basketball
He was a second-round draft choice of the Washington Bullets in the 1997 NBA Draft. During his time in the NBA, he played two seasons for the Seattle SuperSonics, one season for Los Angeles Clippers, and one season for Atlanta Hawks.
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Sports Walt 'Moose' Dropo birthplace: Moosup, CT Baseball
A former Major League Baseball first baseman and right-handed batter who played with the Boston Red Sox (1949-52), Detroit Tigers (1952-54), Chicago White Sox (1955-58), Cincinnati Redlegs (1958-59), and Baltimore Orioles 1959-61). He was also drafted by the NFL Chicago Bears (1946, 9th Round) and BAA Providence Steamrollers (1947, 1st Round).
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Art & Literature Jovan Ducic birthplace: Trebinje, Bosnia-Herzegovina Author / Poet
A famous Serbian poet, writer and diplomat.
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Judiciary Nicholas M. Duric   Attorney
Chicago Attorney and founder of the Serbian Bar Association.
       
 
Business & Finance Bogdan Dzakovic   Security
From 1995 to 2001, he served as a team leader on the Federal Aviation Administration's Red Team. Set up by Congress to help the FAA think like terrorists, the elite squad tested airport security systems. The team repeatedly warned the FAA, prior to 9/11, of the potential for security breaches and hijackings but was told to cover up its findings.
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Art & Literature Alexander Dzigurski birthplace: Stari Becej, in Backa, Serbia Artist
Internationally acclaimed seascape artist.
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Art & Literature Alexander Dzigurski, II birthplace: Atherton, CA Artist
Received national recognition and success for his powerful seascapes and landscapes. Son of Alexander Dzigurski, Sr.
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Entertainment Vinka Ellesin birthplace: Akron, OH Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1975
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Academics Thomas A. Emmert   Author / Professor
Gustavus Adolphus College. Past-President of the North American Society for Serbian Studies (NASSS).
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Entertainment Ted 'Tosho' Erdel birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA Musician
He started as a big band singer with the Mickey Ross Orchestra and, then became a member of the great Shep Fields Orchestra using the name 'Ted Perry'. When performing at the 'Motel 7th Ave' lounge, he was backed up on piano by jazz great Errol Gardner. Several years later, he was with the Lee Kelton Band. And, he also recorded a few 78's with the Danny Kukich Orchestra. With the demise of big bands, he affiliated with the opera.
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Sports Nestor Evancevich birthplace: Chicago, IL Bicycle Racing
He was instrumental in the rapid growth of bicycle racing in Illinois and the greater midwest. He became the Illinois USCF District Rep. He became the first USCF 'Super Rep' as he gradually took over first, Wisconsin and ultimately Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. In 1995, he was the founder and principle officer of American Bicycle Racing (ABR).
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Academics M. Dolan Evanovich birthplace: McKeesport, PA Administration
born: Myles Dolan Evanovich. Vice President for the Division of Enrollment Planning, Management and Institutional Research at the University of Connecticut (UConn). He oversees the Office of Undergraduate Admissions; the Office of Student Financial Aid Services including scholarship programs, student employment, and Veterans Administration; the Office of the Registrar; New Student Orientation and Parent Programs; the Wilbur Cross Student Services Center; and the Office of Institutional Research. He previously served as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions both at Arizona State University and at Eastern Michigan University, as well as having served as Associate Director of Admissions at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
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Sports Filip Filipovic birthplace: Belgrade,Serbia Football
Punter for the NFL Dallas Cowboys (2002) and Chicago Bears (2007).
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Academics Lilien Filipovic-Robinson   Professor
  Professor of Art at George Washington University
       
 
Entertainment Libby Fill birthplace: Campbell, OH Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1979
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Politics George Fisher birthplace: Szekesfehervar, Hungary Settler
born: Djordje Sagic. Aka: George Ribar. Was a customs officer and early leader of the Texas Revolution. He also helped found the first York Rite Masonic Lodge in Mexico.
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Sports Dan Gadzuric birthplace: The Hague, Holland Basketball
Dutch born professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA. Gadzuric, a center, attended Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, MA before playing college basketball at UCLA. Gadzuric was named to the prestigious McDonald's All-American Team.
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Sports Bob Gain birthplace: Akron, OH Football
He was a former American football player who played 13 seasons for the NFL Cleveland Browns, and also played for the CFL Ottawa Rough Riders. For his NFL career the Pro Football Researchers Association voted him in the NFL 'Hall of the Very Good in the Class of 2010'. He played in 5 Pro Bowls in the space of seven years with the Browns and was a First-team All-Pro selection once and a Second-team selection seven times.
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Sports Ilija Gajic birthplace: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Lacrosse
Drafted second overall by the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League in 2009. Brother of Nenad Gajic.
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Sports Nenad Gajic birthplace: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Lacrosse
A lacrosse player on the New Westminster Salmonbellies and Colorado Mammoth. He was the number 39 pick in the 2004 NLL draft by the San Jose Stealth. Brother of Ilija Gajic.
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Art & Literature Radovan Gajic birthplace: Knin, Yugoslavia Author / Poet
A Canadian poet and writer of ethnic Serbs of Croatia descent.
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Business & Finance Dr. Rose (Karlo) Gantner   Management
Director of all the Red Cross in Vietnam at the age of 26 in 1969-1970! She served TWO tours of duty in Viet Nam, the first one being from 1966-1967. Presently a Senior Director at UPMC Health Plan.
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Aerospace Velko Gasich   Engineer
  Designed the T38, the first sophisticated trainer aircraft and the F5. He was responsible for the B-2 and was an Executive Vice President of Northrop Aircraft Corp.
       
 
Sports Tibor Gemeri birthplace: Subotica, Yugoslavia Soccer
A retired Canadian soccer player who earned one cap for the national team in 1980. He played club football for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and the Toronto Blizzard.
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Medicine Brian Generalovich birthplace: Farrell, PA Dentist / Athlete
College Football & Basketball star that was drafted by the New York Knicks of the NBA, the Boston Patriots of the AFL and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. He passed up the chances, however, to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
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Business & Finance Obren Brian Gerich   Management
Senior Vice President of Public Storage, Inc and respected philanthropist of the Orthodox Christian community in America. Recipient of the 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
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Sports George Gregory Glamack birthplace: Johnstown, PA Basketball
Player of the Year and a Consensus All American basketball player at North Carolina and was known as the 'Blind Bomber' because, they said, his eyesight was so poor that he couldn't see the basket.
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Sports Mike Glumac birthplace: Niagara Falls, Ontario Hockey
A professional ice hockey player that played with the St. Louis Blues and Montreal Canadiens.
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Judiciary Michael Glusac   Attorney
An attorney with a juris doctorate from Wayne State University Law School, Glusac also served as a mayor and councilman for the City of Highland Park, as chairman of the Metropolitan Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau, president of the Michigan Municipal League and has been inducted into the International Institute Hall of Fame. He also was vice president of government affairs for Chrysler Corp., and also served as executive director of SEMCOG for eight years.
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Entertainment Peter Glusac birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2008
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Academics Dr. Radmila J. Gorup   Professor
Professor of Lingusistic-Columbia University. Past President of the North American Society for Serbian Studies (NASSS).
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Sports Bato Zdravko Govedarica birthplace: Chicago, IL Basketball
He attended Chicago's Lane Tech High School and DePaul University. He played 23 games for the Syracuse Nationals during the 1953-54 National Basketball Association season. he was inducted into the Chicago Basketball Hall of Fame on May 13, 2006.
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Entertainment Milena Govich birthplace: Norman, OK Actress
She has appeared on Broadway, where her aunt Milica Govich is an actress, in the musical revival of Cabaret. She performed the role of Lulu and understudied for the role of Sally Bowles. Govich also performed in the 2002 musical revival of The Boys from Syracuse and in the musical Good Vibrations. She has also appeared on television and in several movies, including 2004's Bad Behavior, and 2006's In Love.
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Sports Eli Grba birthplace: Chicago, IL Baseball
Former professional baseball player who played five seasons for the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball.
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Military Rade Grbitch birthplace: Chicago, IL US Navy - Seaman
  aka: Rade Grba. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, in 1905, by the United States for his heroic actions in the Navy.
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Medicine Steven Gurgevich, Ph.D. birthplace: Gary, IN Psychologist
Psychologist specializing in Mind-Body Medicine. He is a Fellow, Approved Consultant and faculty of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Other professional memberships are: Fellow and Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists; faculty member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine; Diplomate and Senior Disability Analyst of the American Board of Disability Analysts; the Society of Behavioral Medicine; the American Psychological Association, and state and local psychological societies. He is also an author.
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Humanitarian Denise Hale birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Philanthropist
Born in Belgrade and paragon of San Francisco and international society for over 40 years. She has played a prominent role as a great supporter of cultural and charitable organizations, both in San Francisco and around the world. Formerly married to film director Vincent Minnelli, she later married Department Store scion Prentis Cobb Hale. Twenty years later, in the early 1990's, bothered by the fact that she and Mr. Hale had only had time for a civil ceremony, she and Prentis Cobb Hale reaffirmed their vows in a lavish wedding in St. John's Serbian Orthodox Church in San Francisco, complete with a tamburitza band and attended by international high society. They remained married until Mr. Cobb's death a decade ago, and Denise Hale has continued her role as a prominent member of San Francisco's genteel social set.
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Art & Literature Mary Nicklanovich Hart   Editor / Publisher
Began editing and publishing Serb World U.S.A.in 1984. Prior to that, she spent several years researching early South Slav immigration to the United States, published a few journal articles, and was several times a featured speaker on the subject.
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Art & Literature Aleksandar Hemon birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Author
He graduated from the University of Sarajevo with a degree in literature in 1990. After moving to Chicago in 1992 knowing little English, and finding himself unable to write in his native Bosnian, he resolved to learn English within five years. In 1995, he began to write in English, and his work soon appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. In 2000 Hemon published his first book, The Question of Bruno, which included short stories and a novella. His first novel, Nowhere Man, followed in 2002. He was awarded a 'genius grant' from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.
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Sports Mile Ilic birthplace: Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina Basketball
Drafted by the Nets in 2005 as the 43rd overall pick, and began his rookie season in 2006-07.
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Judiciary George S. Ivancevich birthplace: Chicago, IL Judge / Attorney
Civil Magistrate in the Lake County, Indiana Circuit Court
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Entertainment Goran Ivanovic birthplace: Osijek, Croatia Musician
A child prodigy in his native town of Osijek, near the Hungarian border in Croatia, Ivanovic was born and raised by a Bosnian Croat mother and Serbian father. He left home for the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in 1989, just before the outbreak of the bloody civil war. While he was studying with masters such as Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch, his parents were perilously expelled from Croatia. They joined him in Salzburg as refugees, until the family was granted Political Asylum in the United States. He is considered one of the foremost guitarists of his generation. He has appeared in concert and has given masterclasses at European and American music festivals.
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Entertainment Natalie (Salatich) Jacobson birthplace: Boston, MA On-Air Personality
A well-regarded and popular television newscaster with WCVB-TV in Boston, Massachusetts for 35 years.
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Entertainment Knez Jakovac birthplace: St. Louis, MO Musician
A seasoned performer whose career spans 30 years and 20 countries, Jakovac has played venues as varied coffee houses and concert halls. Of particular note are the Sahara in Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel in New York City and the Salzburg (Austria) Opera House. Likewise, he has played for celebrities and dignitaries worldwide, including the President of Argentina, classical pianist Van Cliburn and billionaire Ross Perot. Jakovac's musicology is rooted in the Serbo-Croatian folk music (tamburica) that permeated his youth.
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Sports Dejan Jakovic birthplace: Karlovac, Yugoslavia Soccer
A Canadian international soccer player who currently plays for D.C. United in Major League Soccer.
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Sports Dan Jancevski birthplace: Windsor, Ontario Hockey
A Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman that has played for the Texas Stars (AHL), Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars.
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Entertainment Adrienne Janic birthplace: Whittier, CA Actress
Before joining OVERHAULIN' on TLC as a Co-Host, Adrienne hosted several shows on E! Entertainment and landed the role as host of a pilot called The Music Cafe.
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Sports Sam Jankovich birthplace: Butte, MT Football
Former general manager of the N.E. Patriots, was the athletic director at the University of Miami during the Hurricanes' national championship.
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Sports Marko Jaric birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Basketball
Played for Serbian national team when they won the 2002 World Basketball Championships, and was also a member of the 1998 gold medal-winning Under-22 European Championship team. He is the only player ever to win back-to-back Italian League Championships on two different teams. Drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2000 NBA Draft, traded to the Timberwolves in 2005 and then traded to the Grizzlies in 2008.
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Sports Nick Jenin birthplace: Baltimore, MD Racing
born: Nikola Janjanin. Started as a race car driver. He and his brother Peter purchased an abandoned dog track and converted it to a stock car race track known as Raceway Park in Blue Island, IL. He also purchased property in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and converted it to a B&B under the banner The Pillars by the Sea Hotel and Pool.
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Sports Peter Jenin birthplace: Worth, IL Racing
born: Petar Janjanin. Started as a race car driver. He and his brother Nick purchased an abandoned dog track and converted it to a stock car race track known as Raceway Park in Blue Island, IL.
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Judiciary Michael V. Jesic   Judge / Attorney
Superior Court Judge, Greater Los Angeles Area. Served as Deputy District Attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office for 13 years prior to becoming a Judge.
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Art & Literature Vojin Joksimovich birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Professor / Author
Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London University. He has written over 125 professional papers and has been published in over 50 newspapers. He is a Past President of the Serbian Unity Congress (SUC) and VP of the World Affairs Council in San Diego, CA.
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Academics Boyan Jovanovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Professor
Professor of economics at New York University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Entertainment Dusan Jovanovic birthplace: Banat area Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2000
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Aerospace Drago K. 'Gish' Jovanovich   Engineer
  Designer and inventor of the gyrocopter.
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Art & Literature William 'Iliya' Jovanovich birthplace: Denver, CO Author / Administrator
The single most famous name in American publishing became president and CEO of Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich, one of America's most prominent publishing firms.
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Entertainment Radovan Jovicevic birthplace: Serbia Musician / Luthier
Music and video producer, composer and multimedia artist.
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Entertainment Milla Jovovich birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union Actress
She is an American actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure
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Sports Bojan Kajgo birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina Soccer
A Canadian soccer player of Serbian origin who currently plays for the FK Smederevo in the Serbian Superliga.
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Entertainment George Kapetan birthplace: Detroit, MI Actor
A stage actor for several years, since the mid-1990s he has become more visible onscreen as a character actor.
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Entertainment Adam Kapugi, Jr. birthplace: Yugoslavia Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1989
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Entertainment Frank Kapugi birthplace: Chicago, IL Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1980
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Entertainment Louis Kapugi birthplace: Yugoslavia Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1989
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Entertainment Martin Kapugi birthplace: Chicago, IL Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1976
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Humanitarian Princess Elizabeth Karadjordjevic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Royalty
Descendant of Catherine the Great of Russia, Princess Elizabeth Karadjordjevic, the daughter of Prince Paul, Regent of Yugoslavia, heads the princess Elizabeth Foundation in NY. Her daughter, Catherine Oxenberg, is widely known for her work in American television.
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Sports Michael G. Karakas birthplace: Aurora, MN Ice Hockey
He was an American professional ice hockey goaltender in the National Hockey League (NHL) who was the league's first American-born and trained goaltender. He played six full seasons and parts of two others with Chicago Black Hawks appearing in two Stanley Cup Finals, winning once. He is one of the original members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
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Business & Finance Marko J. Karakasevic birthplace: California Master Distiller
13th generation to carry on the Karakasevic family tradition as a winemaker and Master Distiller. Distiller, Winemaker, Chief of RnD of Charbay Distillery and Winery.
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Business & Finance Miles Karakasevic birthplace: Mol, Yugoslavia Master Distiller
A European winemaker and Master Distiller. Immigrating to the New World in 1962, he first stopped in Canada and Michigan before eventually settling in California in 1970. In 1972, he and his wife, Susan, purchased the seventeen-acre property on Spring Mountain that now is home for the family as well as Domaine Charbay.
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Military George M. Karamarkovich birthplace: Rochester, PA USMC - Brigadier General
During his 30+ years serving in the Marines, he served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Operations in the National Military Command Center, the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 of the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, the Director of the Joint Exercise Control Group for Ocean Venture-93, assistant deputy, chief of staff for Installation and Logistics (Plans) and the commanding general of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. His personal decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with gold star; Air Medal with Strike Flight Numeral "8"; Joint Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; and the Presidential Service Badge.
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Sports George Karamatic, Jr. birthplace: Aberdeen, WA Football
He was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and with the 1940 Milwaukee Chiefs in the American Football League. He played college football at Gonzaga University and was drafted in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1938 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
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Art & Literature Milan M. Karlo   Author
Wrote 'EARLY DAYS, Settlers in America: Their Life and Times'. Former editor of the American Serbian newspaper Srbobran.
       
 
Sports Alex Kasich   Track
During his running career, Alex competed at national and international levels in cross country, track and field and road racing. Accomplishments include an American Record, two world bests, two National Championships, 3-times U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier, and a 9th place finish at the 1981 New York City Marathon, with a time of 2:13:20.
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Entertainment Stana Katic birthplace: Canada Actress
She has appeared in The Shield, The Closer, CSI: Miami, The Unit, JAG, ER and 24. Also appears in Feast of Love, The Spirit, the Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace', and in the third installation of The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.
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Entertainment Zivan "Jimmy" Katich birthplace: St. Louis, MO Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2003
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Medicine Kavic Brothers birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Medicine
  4 brothers (Michael, Alex, Timothy & Thomas) from Aliquippa, PA that went on to become Medical Doctors and Hospital Administrators.
       
 
Sports Mike Kekich birthplace: San Diego, CA Baseball
He was a Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners from 1965 to 1977.
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Entertainment Miranda Kerr birthplace: Gunnedah, Australia Model
An Australian model, best known as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. She was the first Australian addition to the Victoria's Secret campaign, and was the face of Australian fashion chain Portmans and now David Jones Limited. Kerr entered modeling in the fashion industry in her mid-teens after winning a 1997 Australian nation-wide model search hosted by Dolly Magazine and Impulse fragrances.
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Sports Dragan 'Dan' Kesa birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia Hockey
Former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League for the Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Business & Finance Obrad Kesic   Investment Management
He is a Senior Partner with TSM Global Consultants, LLC. He has worked with governments, political leaders and with nongovernmental organizations in South Eastern Europe. He also serves as a consultant on Balkan affairs for various US and international organizations and agencies. He has provided analysis and briefings for US government agencies and officials, including The Department of State, The Department of Defense and the United States Agency for International Development and provides frequent commentary and analysis for the US and international media. He has authored dozens of articles and essays on Balkan affairs and on US foreign policy.
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Sports Dmitri Khristich birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian Hockey
A retired professional ice hockey player that played for the Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, and Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Entertainment Milena Kitic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Musician
A mezzo-soprano, she performed at the National Theater in Belgrade for 8 years. From 1997-99, Kitic performed at the Essen Opera in Germany, and later toured throughout Europe. In 1998, she made her American debut and also performed at Carnegie Hall that year. In 2002, she debuted with the Washington, D.C. Opera and the Los Angeles Opera. The following year, she performed with Opera Pacific, including a benefit performance with tenor Pl�cido Domingo. In October, 2005 she debuted with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, starring in Georges Bizet's Carmen and as Amneris in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, roles which she has recently reprised for Opera Pacific. She is married to entrepreneur and former Yugoslav prime minister Milan Panic.
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Entertainment Nick 'Tillie' Klaich birthplace: Lackawanna, NY Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1984
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Sports Peter George Kmetovic birthplace: Palo Alto, CA Football
He played halfback for Stanford University, helping the team reach the 1941 Rose Bowl. He rushed for 141 yards and returned a punt for a touchdown to lead the Indians to a 21-13 victory over Nebraska. For his efforts, He was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1942 NFL Draft, but did not play. He played for the Eagles in the 1946 season, and for the Detroit Lions for the 1947 season.
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Science Ron (Karlo) Kneib   Scientist
Senior Research Scientist at the University of Georgia Marine Institute, Sapelo Island
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Sports Milan Kojic birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario Soccer
A Canadian soccer player that has played for the Toronto Lynx, Montreal Impact, FK Haugesund and Serbian White Eagles FC. Considered one of the best defenders in the United Soccer Leagues.
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Sports Igor Kokoskov birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Basketball
He became the youngest coach in Yugoslavian basketball history shortly after suffering serious injuries sustained during an automobile accident that ended a promising playing career. When hired by the University of Missouri in 1999. In 2000, he became the first non-American to be hired in the NBA, as a full-time assistant coach, by the Los Angeles Clippers. Joined the Detroit Pistons staff in 2003 and then was named assistant coach of Phoenix Suns.
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Science Petar V. Kokotovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Scientist
He has made contributions in the areas of adaptive control, singular perturbation techniques and nonlinear control .
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Entertainment Lubo Kolakovich birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1974
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Business & Finance George Kolarovich birthplace: Sremski Karlovci, Serbia Business Owner
President of Fairmont Vineyards. Husband of Jelena (Dzigurski) Kolarovich.
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Art & Literature Jelena (Dzigurski) Kolarovich birthplace: Yugoslavia Artist
Made the mosaic above St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church's (Aliquippa, PA) doors while her father was painting icons inside the church. Jelena was also a very successful California businesswoman along with her husband George, with their winery! Daughter of artist Alexander Dzigurski, Sr.
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Art & Literature Kim Komenich   Photographer - Pulitzer Prize
Won a Pulitzer for photography in 1987 for coverage of the Philippine revolution.
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Sports Milan 'Milo' Komenich birthplace: Gary, IN Basketball
Graduated from Wyoming University and was scheduled to play with the Fort Wayne Zollers in the pro basketball circuit. Member of Wyoming University's Hall of Fame. Credited with being the inventor of the moving hook-shot.
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Military Louis Komnenich birthplace: Chicago, IL USMC - Corporal
A recipient of the Navy Cross and Purple Heart as a member of the 5th Marine Division, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Regiment that was in the first wave to hit the beach at Iwo Jima during WWII.
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Judiciary Steven R. Kosach   Judge
2nd Judicial District Court in Nevada
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Sports Bronco Kosanovich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Coach
While attending Aliquippa High School, he earned All WPIAL and All State honors. As a junior at Penn State, he played in the annual East-West Shrine game in San Francisco, and earned All East and honorable mention All American honors, and then played in the College All Star game against the New York Giants in 1947. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Military Milo Kosanovich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA USMC - Private
Received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart in WWII.
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Science Dr. Nenad M. Kostic   Professor
Former Iowa State University professor engaged in DNA research. Professor and Chemistry Department head at Texas A & M University-Commerce.
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Entertainment Jim 'Imbro' Kovacevic birthplace: Buzevac, Yugoslavia Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1975
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Academics Radovan Kovacevic   Administration
The director of the Southern Methodist University Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing. He holds 3 U.S. patents.
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Judiciary Richard Kovich birthplace: Hibbing, MN Law Enforcement
born: Dushan Kovacevich. He was a Central Intelligence Agency case officer whose career stalled amid accusations of disloyalty but who eventually won financial compensation for damage to his reputation. He was a recipient of the CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit.
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Sports Michael Andreas 'Mike' Kreevich birthplace: Mount Olive, IL Baseball
He was an American Major League Baseball player who was primarily an outfielder during the 1930s and 1940s. He was named to the American League All-Star team in 1938.
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Entertainment Danijela Krstic birthplace: Banovici, Bosnia-Herzegovina Beauty Queen
She was crowned Miss Oregon in 2008 and competed for Miss America 2009.
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Sports Nenad Krstic birthplace: Kraljevo, Serbia Basketball
Drafted 24th overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. But he went on to play the next two seasons with Partizan Belgrade. During the 2004-05 NBA season, he logged an impressive rookie campaign for the New Jersey Nets and was honored as part of the All-Rookie NBA second team.
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Entertainment Danny Kukich birthplace: Rankin, PA Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1983
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Sports Samuel Kurtovich birthplace: Fresno, CA Racing
Sam held a dragboat world record, hydroplaning at 203 mph and was the first person to drive a drive a ski boat at over 150 mph. He raced boats from 1968-1976 and was the National Dragboat Association champion in 1975. He also was club champion in 1984 and held a rifle shooting record in 1986 at the Visalia Bench Shooting Association.
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Judiciary Robert B. Lagather birthplace: Chisholm, MN Attorney
The son of a mine worker and a miner himself as a young man, he had a deep commitment to improving the working conditions in the mines. Nominated by Jimmy Carter to the position of Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.
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Art & Literature Lili Lakich birthplace: Washington, D.C. Artist
An American artist best known for her work in neon sculpture. Lakich is recognized as one of the most important artists in the world working in illuminated sculpture. She has had solo shows in Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles.
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Sports Sasha Lakovic birthplace: East Vancouver, British Columbia Hockey
A retired professional ice hockey player who played for 17 different professional teams during his career. Lakovic also played for four roller hockey teams in the mid 1990s. Nicknamed The Basha and Pitbull.
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Military Nick. A. Lalich   US Army - Captain
An WWII American O.S.S. Officer who was instrumental in setting up and successfully carrying through the 'Halyard Rescue Operation' (Halyard Mission) in Nazi occupied Yugoslavia in 1944
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Entertainment Maja Latinovic birthplace: Kinkinda, Serbia Model
Maja's modeling career began somewhat accidentally at 16 years old with her sister entering her into a local modeling contest. And much to her surprise, she placed 2nd runner-up. A keen-eyed model scout soon asked her to fly to Milan and start her modeling career, and her days of shooting hoops were soon replaced with photo shoots. She has walked (and continues to walk) for every major designer.
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Sports Peter Gary 'Pete' Lazetich birthplace: Billings, Montana Football
He played for the San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles over the course of his 5 year career.
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Entertainment Alex Lifeson birthplace: Fernie, British Columbia, Canada Musician
born: Aleksandar Zivojinovic. Best known for his work as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush. Lifeson founded Rush in the summer of 1968, and has been an integral member of the three-piece band ever since. Aside from music, Lifeson is part owner of the Toronto restaurant The Orbit Room, and is a licensed aircraft pilot, motorcycle rider, and gourmet cook.
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Entertainment Brian Richard Linehan birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario Canada On-Air Personality
A Canadian television host who was best known for his celebrity interviews. He was renowned for his composure, interview skills and meticulous research, often leading to in-depth questions that could last for minutes. His nickname was The Charlie Rose of Canada.
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Academics Olgivanna Lloyd Wright birthplace: Montenegro Administration
born: Olga (Olgivanna) Ivanovna Lazovich. The third and final wife of Frank Lloyd Wright. She had significant influence in his life and work, due in part to her extensive Theosophical associations. She was a co-founder of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (Taliesin).
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Entertainment Lene Lovich birthplace: Detroit, MI Musician
She is an American born British singer who first gained attention as part of the New Wave music scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, mostly due to her high-pitched voice, and quirky style and appearance. She was one of the pioneers of female punk rock whose most popular hit single was 'Lucky Number', first released in 1978.
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Entertainment Edo Lubich birthplace: Donji Vakuf, Yugoslavia Tamburitza Musician
born: Edo Lubic (also spelled: Edo Ljubic). Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1986
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Sports Milan Lucic birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia Hockey
He was drafted out of the Western Hockey League (WHL) by the Bruins in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, where he captured a Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants in 2007 during his major junior career.
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Art & Literature Vladimir 'Vlajko' Lugonja   Musical Director
Originator of the first Serbian tamburitza group (Srbadija) in the United States, youngest member to join the S.S.S. Branko Radichevich and founder of the Serbian Singing Federation of America.
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Sports Ned Lukacevic birthplace: Podgorica, Serbia Hockey
A Canadian hockey player that played for the Manchester Monarchs and Providence Bruins.
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Military Vic Lumovich birthplace: Buhl, MN USAF - Lieutenant Colonel
He was drafted as an Army Air Corps private in July '42, received his pilot wings and a commission in June '43. During WWII, Lt. Col. Lumovich flew with the 15th Air Force, 450th Bomb Group in Italy, completing 50 bomb sorties in five months. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal on eight different occasions. His post combat service was as an instructor pilot on the B-17s, B-24s, B-25s and B-29s. For 25 years Lt. Col. Lumovich served in several capacities, including assignment to the CIA, the director of the Air Attache Designees' Intelligence School, and with NATO as the Chief of Counter Intelligence and Security for headquarters, Allied Forces, Southern Europe. In 1968 he was the wing intelligence officer for the 553rd wing in Korat, Thailand, where he flew over 65 combat missions over Vietnam and Laos, mostly over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. He was born of Montenegrin parents in the Mesobi Iron Range in Northern Minnesota.
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Entertainment Darko Lungulov Belgrade, Serbia Film Director
Darko Lungulov is award wining filmmaker best known for "Here & There" (Tribeca 2009 Best NY Narrative Award, Director Of The Year 2009 - International Film Critics Association FIPRESCI Serbia + 14 other international and 5 national awards). Film "Here&There"received critical acclaim from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, NY Times, LA Times, LA Weekly, Village Voice and from most distinguish film critics in Germany (Schnitt, Film-zeit, Critic). It was screened at more than 40 International festivals. Darko also has a long career in film and media education teaching filmmaking and media studies at: Ross School, Ross Institute, and Long Island University. Darko was was juror at Tribeca 2010 Festival. He is also a visiting artist lecturer at Pratt Institute, NYC and member on advisory board on BellDocs - International Festival of Documentary Films, Belgrade.
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Judiciary Leon J. Lysaght Jr. birthplace: Butte, MT Attorney / Professor
Tenured full professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
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Business & Finance Alex Machaskee birthplace: Cleveland, OH Management
Former Publisher of the Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Entertainment Joe Magarac birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA Legend
Is a legendary American folk hero who was a steelworker in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Magarac first appeared in print in a 1931 Scribner's Magazine article by Owen Francis, who said he heard the story from immigrant steelworkers in Pittsburgh area steel mills. As the story goes, he was a sort of patron saint for steel workers. He lived at Mrs. Horkey's boarding house, was made of steel, supposedly rose out of an ore mine to help steelworkers, and won the beautiful Mary Mestrovich's hand in marriage in a weight-lifting contest, but allowed her to marry her true love, Pete Pussick. He would appear out of nowhere at critical moments to protect the steel workers. One story goes that he showed up to stop the falling of a 50-ton crucible, set to fall on a group of steelworkers. His fate is debated as well. While one version of the tale states that he melted himself in a Bessemer furnace for material to build for a new mill, another states that he is still alive. This version suggests that he is waiting among an abandoned mill, waiting for the day that the furnace burns again. Legend has it he worked 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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Science Dr. Bogdan C Maglich birthplace: Serbia Biologist
Molecular Biologist was on the team of four who discovered the Omega Meson (the shortest-lived subatomic particle), for which he received a White House Citation from the late President John F. Kennedy.
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Entertainment Dana Maksimovich birthplace: Chicago, IL Producer
Award winning producer.
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Entertainment Karl Malden birthplace: Chicago, IL Actor
born: Mladen Sekulovich. Recipient of the Academy Award (Oscar) for his performance in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and an Emmy for his role in 'Fatal Vision.' He was the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1989 - 1992.
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Entertainment Dr. Mark P. Malkovich III birthplace: Eveleth, MN Music / Sports
Known by music lovers as the director of the prestigious Newport Music Festival, is also known by hockey lovers as the founder of the American/Canadian National Hockey League.
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Judiciary Desanka (Tarailo) Mamula birthplace: Chicago, IL Attorney
Recognized by the Serbian Bar Association as being the FIRST American born woman of Serbian descent to obtain her law degree in 1941, presenting her with the Czar Dushan Award in 1995. Wife of John Mamula.
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Judiciary John Mamula   Attorney
  Well-known Pittsburgh lawyer and even more generous giver to all causes Serbian. Husband of Desanka Mamula.
       
 
Sports Mike Mamula birthplace: Lackawanna, NY Football
Philadelphia Eagles
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Entertainment Uros 'Horace' Mamula birthplace: Hammond, IN Tamburitza Musician
aka: Horace Mamala. Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1996
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Business & Finance Milan Mandaric birthplace: Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia Business Owner
Business tycoon who has owned a string of successful businesses and football clubs including Portsmouth F.C. and Leicester City.
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Military Stevan Mandarich birthplace: Phoenix, AZ US Navy - Admiral
United States Naval Academy - Class of 1933
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Sports Jim Mandich birthplace: Cleveland, OH Football
James Michael ("Mad Dog") Mandich was a professional American football tight end with the Miami Dolphins. Mandich was an All-American at the University of Michigan. In 2004 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He also was a color commentator for the Miami Dolphins.
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Academics Lawrence 'Lazo' M. Maravich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Teacher & Administrator
He served as superintendent of the Aliquippa School District from 1966 to 1978, and on various education, church and community boards, including those of the B.F. Jones Memorial Library and Aliquippa Community Hospital.
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Sports Pete 'Press' Maravich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Basketball
Despite a long and distinguished career as a player and coach, Maravich will best be remembered as 'Pistol' Pete Maravich's father. After college he played professional basketball with the Youngstown Bears (1945 - 1946) of the National Basketball League and the Pittsburgh Ironmen (1946 - 1947) of the Basketball Association of America. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Sports 'Pistol' Pete Maravich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Basketball
In only three years playing at LSU, Maravich scored 3,667 points, while averaging an incredible 44.2 ppg -- both NCAA records. As a pro, he was a four-time NBA All-Star, and led the NBA league in scoring for the 1977 season, averaging 31.1 ppg for the New Orleans Jazz. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame and of the NBA Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Entertainment Miroslav 'Bata' Marcetic   Folk Dancing
He was a leading performer, soloist and choreographer, with the Serbian National Folk Ensemble 'Kolo' in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro (former Yugoslavia) for seventeen years and is the recipient of several awards for his artistic work. Due to his long-term, dedicated and victorious work in the Canadian Serbian community, on December 26th 2005 Miroslav was awarded the Golden Plaque by the Cultural-Academic State Association of Serbia.
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Sports Alisa Maric birthplace: New York City, NY Chess
She is considered to be the best Serbian female chess player ever and best American-born female chess player ever. She holds the FIDE titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master. Alisa and Mirjana are only twins with grandmaster titles in the history of modern chess.
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Academics Mileva Maric birthplace: Titel, Vojvodina, Serbia Mathematics
The first wife of Albert Einstein, mother to his children and a mathematician.
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Sports Mirjana Maric-Stamenkovic birthplace: New York City, NY Chess
She holds the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM). Alisa and Mirjana are only twins with grandmaster titles in the history of modern chess.
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Judiciary George M. Marovich birthplace: Chicago, IL Judge
  United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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Sports Babe Martin birthplace: Seattle, WA Baseball
born: Boris Michael Martinovich. He was an outfielder for the St. Louis Browns (1944-46 and 1953) and a catcher for the Boston Red Sox (1948-49). He helped the Browns win the 1944 American League Pennant.
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Entertainment Mike Martinovich   Management
Martinovich spent 24 years at CBS Records/Sony Music. During his 11 years as Vice-President of Merchandising-Marketing at NY headquarters he played an integral role in the marketing of Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Placido Domingo, Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, James Taylor and Pink Floyd. As Marketing VP at Sony Music Nashville, he spearheaded the marketing for Dolly Parton, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette (to name but a few).

He was the independent marketing consultant for The Charlie Daniels Band, Randy Travis, Wynonna Judd, and Toby Keith. He was instrumental in planning and coordinating Wal*Mart's "Country Music Across America Tour," which performed at Wal*Mart parking lots over a 3-year period.
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Religion Dr. Predrag Matejic   Priest
Curator of the Hilandar Research Library and the Director of the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies at The Ohio State University. Son of Dr. Mateja Matejic.
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Religion Very Rev. Dr. Mateja Matejic   Priest
Founder of the Hilandar Research Library for Medieval Slavic Studies at Ohio State University. Received the St. Sava Medal, the Serbian Church's highest award, in Ohio and a Gramata from Patriarch Pavle in Belgrade.
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Sports Mirko Medic birthplace: Valjevo, Serbia Soccer
He is currently playing for Canadian Soccer League champion, Serbian White Eagles FC. He was captain of the Serbian White Eagles for part of the 2007 season and currently serves as vice-captain.
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Sports Nenad Medic birthplace: Apatin, Serbia Poker
A Canadian professional poker player with a World Series of Poker bracelet and World Poker Tour Championship title.
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Sports George Francis 'Doc' Medich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Baseball
Pitcher for Yankees, Pirates
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Science Milo Medin birthplace: Fresno, CA Research
Worked at NASA's Ames Research Center, where he quickly saw the potential for an open network that could link many government research centers that would allow scientists to share information more easily. Using a new Defense Department creation known as the Transmission Control Protocol/Internetworking Protocol, he led a team that built the NASA Science Internet, which linked researchers in 16 countries and six continents. When he left NASA's Ames Research Center in 1995 to help found the At Home network. He founded M2Z Networks in 2005.
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Politics Mitchell Melich birthplace: Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah Administration
He was Solicitor for the Interior Department under the first Richard Nixon administration.
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Academics Dr. Michael Mennard   Professor
  US Foreign Service-retired, Ph.D. History, Georgetown University
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Academics Ned Mervos birthplace: Southside, Pittsburgh, PA Teacher & Administrator
aka: Ned Mrvos. Received prestigious award from the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV engraved with lamp of knowledge. Teacher, coach, Principal, Elementary Supervisor for West Mifflin, then grant writer and finally, working with the School Board in his own district.
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Military James I. Mestrovitch birthplace: Crna Gora, Yugoslavia US Army - Sergeant
As a member of Company C, 111th Infantry, 28th Division, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in the U.S. Army during World War I
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Religion Metropolitan Christopher birthplace: Galveston, TX Bishop
born: Velimir Kovacevich. Elevated to the episcopate in 1978 by the Assembly of Bishops in Belgrade and tonsured with the monastic name of Christopher, he became the first American-born bishop to serve a diocese of his church in North America. In 1991, he was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan of the Midwestern Diocese of his church, thereby becoming also its Primate.
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Academics Eleftherios Michael   Professor
He is the Academic Director for the Peace and Conflict Resolution Program of the Washington Semester Program at American University, Washington, D.C.
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Entertainment Alex Mihailovich birthplace: Toronto, Canada On-Air Personality
A Canadian correspondent '16:9 - The Bigger Picture' (a Canadian investigative newsmagazine airing on Global TV). Also worked as an anchor and reporter for CTV Northern Ontario in Sudbury, a reporter for CTV Toronto, and a photojournalist for CTV Northern Ontario in Sault Ste. Marie.
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Academics Dr. Vasa D. Mihailovich   Author
  Professor of Slavic Languages, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hil
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Business & Finance Branko Milanovic   Economist
A Lead economist in the World Bank's research department in the unit dealing with poverty and inequality and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in Washington D.C.
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Politics Fred Milanovich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA State Senator
State Senator for the state of Pennsylvania. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Entertainment Paul Samuel Milanovich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2008
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Business & Finance Richard Milanovich   Management
Tribal Council Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians since 1984.
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Sports Sam Milanovich, Jr. birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Coach
He was the head basketball coach at Dickinson State University (ND) and took his team to the playoffs seven straight seasons. was also named the North Dakota Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year when he led Dickinson to its first NDCAC championship since 1948, and he was an NAIA District 12 Golf Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1987. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Sports Sam Milanovich, Sr. birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Coach / Administrator
Played his college basketball at the University of Pittsburgh and captained the Panthers for three years, leading them to the 1941 NCAA semifinals as a senior. After graduating from Pitt, he coached basketball at both Beaver and Aliquippa High Schools, capping his career by leading the Quips to their first state title in 1949. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Sports Scott Milanovich birthplace: Butler, PA Football
Tampa Bay Bucs & Tampa Bay Storm (Arena)
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Judiciary Milos Milenkovich birthplace: Yugoslavia Attorney
  Attorney and Past President of the Serbian Unity Congress (SUC).
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Academics Stefan Milenkovich birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Teacher / Musician
aka: Stefan Milenkovic. A concert violinist and a member of the faculty at the Juilliard School and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
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Academics Radmila Milentijevich birthplace: Adanja, Serbia Professor
Former professor and dean at the City College of the University of New York.
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Sports Velco 'Vel' Miletich birthplace: Lead, SD Racing
He and his partner (Parnelli Jones) joined forces to create the 'Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing' team in 1969.
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Entertainment Ivana Milicevic birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Actress
HBO series 'The Mind of a Married Man', had roles in many films as well
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Judiciary Robert P. Milich   Judge
Presiding Judge, Youngstown, Ohio Municipal Court
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Sports Darko Milicic birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia Basketball
Selected by the Detroit Pistons as the 2nd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. Played the 2005-06 season with the Orlando Magic. On the first day of free agency, he was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies to a 3-year contract.
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Entertainment John Miljan birthplace: Lead City, SD Actor
Appeared in 201 films between 1924 and 1958. Miljan was handsome enough for leading roles, but realized early on that he'd have a longer screen career as a villain, usually an oily 'other man' type.
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Sports John Kenneth 'Johnny' Miljus birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA Baseball
He pitched in Major League Baseball between 1915 and 1929.
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Politics Alex Miller   Administration
born: Alex Milaich. Member of the committee to convince the Alaska Constitutional Convention to adopt the 'Alaska-Tennessee Plan' in order to lobby for statehood. Also, worked as a lobbyist who had a major influence on Alaskan legislation in the 1970's and 1980's.
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Military Joe T. Milloy birthplace: Vozdovac, Serbia USAF - Lieutenant Colonel
born: Zivko T. Milojkovic. He was was a graduate of the Royal Yugoslav Military Academy. He was a bomber pilot in the Royal Yugoslav Air Force at the outbreak of World War II. After WWII, he came to America and received U.S. Citizenship by a special Act of Congress. Joining the USAF, he worked his way to lieutenant colonel and also was an analyst and translator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the 1980's.
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Military John Milodragovich birthplace: Butte, MT US Army - Lieutenant
An WWII American O.S.S. Officer who was involved in the 'Halyard Rescue Operation' Ranger Mission) in Nazi occupied Yugoslavia in 1944
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Academics Aleksandar Milosavljevic   Professor
Associate Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
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Entertainment Ana Milosavljevic birthplace: Serbia Musician
Praised by New Music Connoisseur as a 'virtuoso performer' with 'a wonderful mix of technique, sensitivity and passion,' violinist Milosavljevic has performed worldwide as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. She has made solo appearances in recitals at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Kolarac Concert Hall, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, Greenwich House Arts (in the series Women's Work), and Donnell Library, and has also performed at Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall, and the United Nations in New York.
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Sports Igor Milosevic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Basketball
Began his professional career in 2003 with the Greek League club Iraklis BC. After spending 3 years with Iraklis he moved to the Serbian League club in Red Star Belgrade in 2005. After spending 3 seasons with Red Star he moved to the Euroleague powerhouse club Olympiacos BC in 2008. He is a member of the 2009 NBA Draft.
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Military Risto Milosevich birthplace: Los Angeles, CA US Army - Sergeant
Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1979 for his actions in the Battle of the Bulge.
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Art & Literature Tanasko Milovich birthplace: Fojnica, Hercegovina, Yugoslavia Artist
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Sports Velibor 'Bora' Milutinovic birthplace: Bajina Basta, Serbia, DF Yugoslavia Soccer
Coach of the US Soccer team in the 1994 World Cup playoffs. He is the only soccer coach who has participated in five World Cups at the helm of five different national teams: Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, Nigeria and China. He has also coached national teams of Nicaragua and Jamaica and several professional teams around world. When he took the US team in 1992 there was no professional league Bora took the amateurs and made great players out of them.
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Business & Finance Michael 'Mike' Minich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Business Owner / Inventor
  Electrical Engineer who designed the locking connector device utilized on space rockets. He was owner of TriRidge Electronics Corporation.
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Sports Nikola Miodrag birthplace: Brampton, Ontario Soccer
  A Canadian soccer player that has played for the Toronto Lynx, Canadian Lions, Hamilton Serbians and North York Astros.
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Art & Literature Nenad Mirkovich birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Artist
Among his many awards, he was chief illustrator for a weekly national magazine in Belgrade. He received a gold medal for the Best Newcomer Artist in Belgrade, received Best of Show in Germany in 1982 and Best of Show in Italy in 1997.
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Business & Finance John Miscovich birthplace: Flat, AK Business Owner / Inventor
Invented, in 1948, the Intelligiant, a highly pressurized, robotic nozzle that did the work of 12 employees in removing overburden, enabling him to continue mining. Son of Pete Miscovich.
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Business & Finance Pete Miscovich birthplace: Imotica, Croatia Business Owner
Founder of the longest family-owned gold mine still operating in the Alaskan Interior (The Golden Horn Mine).
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Entertainment Pete Mistovich   Tamburitza Musician
When Eli Popovich entered the Army for WW-II, he went on to play the Berde in the Popovich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra for over 50 years.
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Sports Ilija Mitic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Soccer
He was a star of the North American Soccer League, its 7th all-time leading scorer with 239 points in 166 games, including 101 goals.
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Sports Savo Mitrovic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Ice Hockey
He is a retired Serbian-Canadian professional ice hockey player. He was awarded the 1992 Charles E. Holt Coaches Award. He played for the Greensboro Monarchs and Huntsville Blast in the ECHL, the Phoenix Mustangs of the West Coast Hockey League, the Detroit Falcons and Port Huron Border Cats of the Colonial Hockey League, and the Odessa Jackalopes of the Western Professional Hockey League during his career.
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Judiciary Paul H. Mitrovich   Judge
Ohio Court of Common Pleas
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Academics Milos Mladenovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Professor
  He was professor emeritus of History at McGill University in Montreal, and editor of The New Review, a scholarly journal about Eastern European History. Until his death he was a frequent consultant on sensitive Eastern European matters for the Department of External Affairs.
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Academics Nikola Moravcevic birthplace: Zagreb, Yugoslavia Professor
He is a university professor, critic and writer.
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Sports George Ralph Mrkonic birthplace: McKeesport, PA Football
He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played one season with the Eagles and one season for the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League. He later went on to become a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.
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Business & Finance George Ralph Mrkonic, Jr. birthplace: McKeesport, PA Management
Former Borders President (Retired), K-Mart Executive Vice President of Speciality Retailing, President of EyeLab, Inc. and President of Herman's World of Sporting Goods.
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Entertainment Benedict 'Ben' Mulroney birthplace: Montreal, Quebec Canada On-Air Personality
He is the second of four children born to former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mila Pivnicki Mulroney. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in history, from Duke University; he subsequently earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from University Laval. He is best known as a Canadian television host.
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Politics Milica 'Mila' Mulroney birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina Prime Ministers Wife
born: Milica Pivnicki. The wife of the 18th Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney. She is currently a director of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and of Astral Media.
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Military George S. 'Gov' Musulin birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA US Army - Captain
Awarded the Legion of Merit. Captain George ('Guv') Musulin was the Commanding Officer of the Halyard Mission, the evacution operation that successfully rescued hundreds of Allied airmen, including some 500 American flyers from Nazi occupied territory in Yugoslavia during World War Two.
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Entertainment Alex Nesic birthplace: Santa Barbara, CA Actor
Featured in the feature films High Crimes and What Boys Like. Also appeared in Sleeper Cell, CSI: Miami, JAG, As If, Angel, Felicity and Unhappily Ever After.
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Sports Radoslav 'Raso' Nesterovic birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Basketball
He was a first-round pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1998 NBA Draft. He joined the Timberwolves just before the end of the 1998 - 99 season and played there through the 2002 - 03. He later played for the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers.
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Sports Daniel Nestor birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Tennis
born Daniel Nestorovic. He won 54 doubles titles, including one gold medal in 2000 Summer Olympics, the Tennis Masters Cup, and four Grand Slam men's doubles titles. In addition, He won the 2007 Australian Open mixed doubles title with Elena Likhovtseva. This pairing also reached the finals of the 2006 Australian Open and the 2006 French Open. He reclaimed the Men's doubles world #1 ranking, after winning doubles at Wimbledon
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Sports Al Niemiec birthplace: Meriden, CT Baseball
He was an American baseball second basemen and shortstop who played two seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) in 1934 and 1936, for the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Athletics. In 1942, he was called by the United States Navy to serve in World War II for four years. He is also famous for a precedent-setting legal case about returning veterans of World War II.
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Medicine Dr. Daniel Alan Nikcevich   Oncologist
He attended Rush Medical College in Chicago, where he simultaneously earned his MD and a PhD in immunology. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Duke University, he was recruited to Duluth. He works in the program aimed at bringing state-of-the-art cancer treatments to patients.
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Sports Aleksandar 'Aca' Nikolic birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Basketball
A renowned basketball player and coach from Yugoslavia. He is considered to be so instrumental and important to the game's development in the country that he is often referred to as the Father of Yugoslav basketball. Because of his contributions to the sport, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998 and FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007.
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Sports Mike Nixon birthplace: Masontown, PA Football
  born Mike Niksic. He played with the Steelers in 1935 before entering the college coaching fraternity. During this same period, he also played third base in minor league baseball's Southern Association. He briefly resumed his playing career with the NFL Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942. He left to serve as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy for three years, but returned in 1946 as a Steelers assistant for 6 seasons. His first NFL head coaching position was with the Washington Redskins. He became the head coach of the NFL Steelers in 1965. He also served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Legislature.
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Entertainment Natalija Nogulich birthplace: Chicago, IL Actress
On Broadway with Jason Robards in 'The Iceman Cometh'. She is also known for her appearances in numerous television plays and films.
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Academics Anna Novakov birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Professor
Art historian, critic, educator and curator based at Saint Mary's College of California. She has received numerous awards and grants for her research and art criticism. In addition to her published essays, collaborations with artists, museum catalogues and exhibition reviews, she is the primary contributor and editor of more than ten books.
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Art & Literature Jovan Obican birthplace: Cannes, France Artist
  Serbian artist who emigrated to France; he is known for playful figures in a broad style drawn from traditional Slavic ethnic costumes and characters.
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Sports Bob O'Billovich birthplace: Butte, MT Basketball
He has been involved with the CFL since 1963 in the roles of player, coach, general manager, scout, and several front-office positions.
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Sports Edward 'Ed' Obradovich birthplace: Melrose Park, IL Football
Former American football defensive end in the NFL. Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round (91st pick) of the 1962 NFL Draft, he spent his entire ten-year career with the Bears.
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Sports Jim Obradovich birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Football
Former professional American football tight end in the NFL for nine seasons for the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Entertainment Milan Opacich birthplace: Gary, IN Musician / Luthier
Earned our nation's highest award - National Heritage Award for all his contributions with the tambura and preserving Serbian history in 2004.
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Entertainment Mike Orlich birthplace: Hibbing, MN Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1993.
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Sports Mike Orlich birthplace: Chisholm, MN Coach
He had a distinguished 59-year career as an athlete, teacher, coach, athletic director, official, and commissioner. He touched the lives of more than 39,000 students and, as an official, worked a grand total of 715 games while mentoring more than 105 NFL officials. In addition, he also officiated World Tennis and pro basketball. He was inducted posthumously into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 2005.
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Military Rudolph 'Rudy' Ostovich III   US Army - Major General
The youngest Two-Star general in the American army. President of Spectrum Group, Alexandria, VA. Managing partner of Parker Ostovich & Associates, LLC a defense consulting firm located in the Wash DC area.
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Entertainment Catherine Oxenberg birthplace: New York City, NY Actress
An American actress, best known for her performance as Amanda Carrington on the 1980s American prime time soap opera Dynasty. Daughter of Princess Elizabeth Karadjordjevic.
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Military Mitchell Paige birthplace: Charleroi, PA US Army - Colonel
Recipient of the Medal of Honor from World War II.
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Academics Predrag P. Pajic   Librarian
South Slavic Area Specialist at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
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Sports Neven Pajkic birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Boxing
Became the Canadian Boxing Federation Heavyweight Champion on March 27, 2010. Now living and training in Toronto, Canada..
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Art & Literature John R. Palandech birthplace: Sulina, Roumania Publisher
  He and his brothers published numerous local and national newspapers and commemorative volumes.
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Business & Finance Milan Panic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Management
President and CEO of ICN pharmaceuticals (a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical company with divisions in 5 countries). Became the prime minister of former Yugoslavia.
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Academics Zorica Pantic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Professor
She was announced as Wentworth Institute of Technology's fourth president on June 8th, 2005. She is the first female engineer to head an institute of technology.
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Judiciary Sam Papich birthplace: Butte, MT Law Enforcement
An FBI agent for 29 years, he worked undercover in South America during World War II and later served for 20 years as the FBI liaison to the CIA. In the early 1960s he served on Kennedy administration commissions surveying U.S. intelligence operations in Latin America. In 1970 he retired from the FBI to become a member of the President's Foreign Advisory Board, working with embassies around the globe and consulting with then-United Nations Ambassador George H.W. Bush. He later served as a consultant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on an assessment of Soviet intelligence.
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Humanitarian Mildred (Arbutina) Pappas birthplace: Freedom, PA Educator
  Listed as a 'Pittsburgher of the Century' (for her good deeds and works) by Educational Television (PBS) WQED Magazine in its December, 1999 issue.
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Academics Rade D. Paravina birthplace: Serbia Professor
D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials, University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. President, Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry. Editor, Journal of Color and Appearance in Dentistry.
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Sports George Oscar Paskvan birthplace: La Grange, IL Football
He was a bruising fullback usually requiring more than one tackler to bring him to the turf. He was a two-time all-Conference choice in 1939 and 1949 and both times was the Badger's MVP. The La Grange, Illinois native led the University of Wisconsin in rushing in 1939. His career rushing total was 1,029 yards.
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Sports Zarko Paspalj birthplace: Pljevlja, Montenegro Basketball
In 1989, he became one of the first Europeans to move to the NBA, joining the San Antonio Spurs despite going undrafted. He only played in only 28 games due to differences of opinion with Larry Brown and, as he confessed, a weakness for Pizza Hut and Marlboros. He did develop a cult following among fans, evidenced by the Terry Cummings-penned song 'The Mark of Zarko', which was sung to the tune of 'The Mark of Zorro.' He was cut from the team three days before the 1990 NBA Playoffs and returned to Yugoslavia.
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Military Eleonore J. Paunovich   USAF - Colonel
She holds the position of Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Dental Diagnostic Science at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where she serves as coordinator of the clinical geriatric programs for the Oral Medicine and Senior Care Clinic.
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Military Mihailo 'Mike' Paunovich birthplace: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia USAF - Captain
Upon his graduation from the Royal Yugoslav Military Academy, he was commisioned a Lieutenant in the Royal Yugoslav Air Force. With the advent of World War II, he promptly joined the forces of General Draza Mihailovich. He was a pivotal participant in the rescue and evacuation of more than 500 American airmen. Soon after completing the mission, he was commisioned a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following the end of WW-II, he was enlisted to perform special services for the U.S. through the Office of the Naval Attache in Rome, Italy.
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Judiciary Anastasia X. Pavich   Attorney
Associate at Monico, Pavich & Spevack. Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
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Judiciary John Pavich birthplace: Lynwood, IL Attorney
An attorney and the Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 11th Congressional District in Illinois. In response to the 9/11 tragedy, Pavich joined the Central Intelligence Agency, working in counterterrorism for the National Clandestine Service from 2003 to 2005.
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Judiciary Robert J. Pavich   Attorney
Partner at Monico, Pavich & Spevack. Career distinctions have included service as Lead Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands from 2001 through 2003.
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Entertainment Steve Pavlekovich birthplace: Detroit, MI Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1979
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Sports Brian Pavlet birthplace: Rockford, IL Golf
Long Drive Champion. He was a pitcher for the University of Nevada-Reno until he blew out his shoulder hurling 90 plus mph fastballs. At twenty-two years old, he began playing golf and immediately amazed people with his quick hands, power, and distance. It took three years to win the 1993 National Long Drive Championship with a pop of 336 yards. The longest drive that he ever hit in a tournament was 462 yards.
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Sports Aleksandar Pavlovic birthplace: Bar, Montenegro, Yugoslavia Basketball
He spent one year playing high school basketball in the prestigious Baltimore Catholic League where he attended and helped Archbishop Spalding High School (Severn, Maryland) to their first league championship under current The John Carroll School head coach Tony Martin. Pavlovic was a first-team All-BCL pick as a senior at the school. He was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 19th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the expansion draft on June 22, 2004, but was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Business & Finance Slobodan Pavlovic birthplace: Popovi near Bijeljina, Bosnia Real Estate
He has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and has graduated from School for Management and Real Estate in Chicago. In 1975, he was declared the most successful trader in real estate. He also is the proud bearer of St. Sava Medal of the First Order.
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Entertainment Sanda Pavlovich birthplace: Detroit, MI Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2006
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Entertainment Natasha Pavlovich birthplace: Popovi, Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina Actress
She is the Ambassador of Slobomir City and Slobomir Companies, an accomplished actress, a former Miss Universe finalist, an aviatrix, and founder of The Natasha Pavlovich Foundation. She is a decendent of Duke Pavle of the Hercegovina region of former Yugoslavia.
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Art & Literature Jaroslav Pelikan birthplace: Akron, OH Scholar / Lutheran Pastor
President Bill Clinton appointed Professor Pelikan to serve on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Dr. Pelikan received honorary degrees from 42 universities all over the world. In 2004 received the Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He authored over 40 books on the history of Christianity. He was a Professor of History at Yale University. At the age of 80, he was appointed scholarly director for the 'Institutions of Democracy Project' at the Annenberg Foundation.
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Activism Elizabeth (Wanamaker) Peratrovich birthplace: Petersburg, Alaska Activist
As Grand Camp President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, Elizabeth provided the crucial testimony that cultivated passage of the Anti Discrimination Bill. Wife of Roy Peratrovich, Sr.
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Politics Frank Peratrovich birthplace: Klawock, Alaska Mayor
Former Mayor of the City of Klawock, Alaska. Only Alaska Native elected to the Constitutional Convention. Served on Alaska Statehood Committee from 1949-59. President of the Alaska Native Brotherhood.
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Politics Roy Peratrovich, Sr. birthplace: Klawock, Alaska Mayor / Activist
One of the leaders of Alaska's Native civil rights movement. Former Mayor of the City of Klawock, Alaska.
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Sports Kosta Perovic birthplace: Osijek, Croatia Basketball
He played basketball professionally for Partizan Belgrade at the time of his being drafted by the Golden State Warriors. After being drafted in 2006, Perovic did not immediately come to the NBA. Rather, he played the 2006-07 season in the Serbian League. He was signed to a two-year contract in 2007 by Golden State and was assigned to a Warriors' affiliate team until January 2008, when he was recalled to the Warriors' squad.
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Law Enforcement Gerald Petievich birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Secret Service
He belongs to that tiny group of writers who came to crime fiction from careers in law enforcement. He has been an Army counterspy and a U.S. Secret Service agent, using his real life experiences to achieve verisimilitude in his fiction. His novels are known to come as close as any in the mystery- and-thriller genre to a genuine realism. Three of his novels have been produced as major motion pictures.
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Law Enforcement John Petievich birthplace: Los Angeles, CA LAPD
He served in law enforcement for 30 years - with the US Army Military Police and the LAPD. A recipient of the LAPD's Star of Valor. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he has had parts in several films and is a police technical advisor in Hollywood.
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Art & Literature Sasa Petricic birthplace: Journalist
A Canadian journalist. He has also taught television journalism at the National University of Rwanda, and conducted courses in videojournalism at the Canadian Screen Training Centre. He also won the 1999 Canadian Association of Journalists Award for Investigative Journalism and the 2005 Canadian Radio and Television News Directors' Association Award for his work in Rwanda and in August 2008, he received a Gemini Nomination for Best News Feature for his documentary on activities by Christian missionaries in Thailand after the tsunami.
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Sports Alex Petrovic birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Ice Hockey
He is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman currently playing with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League as a prospect for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.
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Sports Drazen Petrovic birthplace: Sibenik, Croatia Basketball
A tireless shooter and prolific scorer, he is arguably the most celebrated basketball player ever to emerge from Europe. He is considered the crucial part of the vanguard to the present-day mass influx of European players into the NBA. Portland Trail Blazers selected him in the third round of the 1986 NBA Draft. Played for Portland in 1989-1990 and then the New Jersey Nets, 1990-1992.
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Sports Katarina M. Petrovic birthplace: Valjevo, Serbia Tennis
She has been the catalyst behind South Carolina's influx of talented players during her tenure. A tireless recruiter, she helped bring multiple All-SEC performers to the school. She joined the Gamecock coaching staff in September 2004 after serving as the sports manager at the Michael-Ann Russell Community Center in North Miami Beach, Fla.
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Academics Snezana Petrovic   Professor / Artist
Since 2002, she has served as the Fine Arts Department Chair and Professor of Arts at Crafton Hills College after seven years of teaching at California State University in Los Angeles. She has designed for over 230 theatrical productions as well as 22 television series and 8 feature films. Her art and video works have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Prague.
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Sports Tim Petrovic birthplace: Northampton, MA Golf
An American professional golfer.
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Academics Dr. Michael Boro Petrovich birthplace: Cleveland, OH Professor
He taught Balkan and Russian History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1950 until his untimely death in 1989.
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Military Nick Petrovich   Operation Halyard
Past President of the Serbian Unity Congress. During WW-II, he was an 18 year old rifleman guarding both the U.S. Airmen and General Draza Mihailovich.
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Sports Adrien Plavsic birthplace: Montreal, Quebec Hockey
A Canadian ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League for the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Drafted 30th overall by St. Louis in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
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Science Dragoljub Pokrajac birthplace: Sibenik, Yugoslavia Scientist
His fields of interest include data mining, video analysis, image processing, applied mathematics and others. He is currently working as an associate professor at Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware.
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Sports John Paul Polich birthplace: Hibbing, MN Ice Hockey
He played in five leagues over the course of his career including the NHL New York Rangers.
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Military Dusko Popov birthplace: Titel, Austro-Hungary (Serbia) Double Agent
Born to a wealthy family of Serb industrialists, Popov became a double agent for British Intelligence during WWII (Code-named 'Tricycle') and provided MI5 with invaluable information on German and Japanese plans for the war. Popov had lived in the US for a year in 1940, and informed J. Edgar Hoover of Japan's intent to attack Pearl Harbor, but Hoover perceived Popov as an extravagant playboy and therefore 'unreliable', so this critical information was not passed up the chain of command. Years later, author Ian Fleming (a British Naval Intelligence Officer during WWII who worked with Dusko Popov to provide cover for the D-Day invasion) would use Popov as the primary model and inspiration for the fictional character, 'James Bond'.
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Entertainment Ana Popovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Musician
Her father first introduced her to the blues, through an extensive record collection and sessions hosted at the family home. Popovic founded her first serious band at age nineteen. Within a year, she was playing outside of Yugoslavia and opening shows for American blues icons like Junior Wells. She is a veritable anomaly in the blues scene, in professional circles she's also called the feminine Jimi Hendrix.
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Sports Dragan 'Don' Popovic birthplace: Yugoslavia Soccer
He first came to the United States in 1967 to play for the St. Louis Stars of the old National Professional Soccer League. Later, as a coach, he led the New York Arrows to four consecutive MISL championships (1979-1982).
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Sports Peter Popovic birthplace: Koping, Sweden Hockey
A retired Swedish ice hockey defenceman. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 5th round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins (1999�2000) and Boston Bruins.
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Entertainment Adam Popovich birthplace: Denver, CO Tamburitza Musician
In 1982, Adam Popovich was presented with the National Heritage Fellowship of the Folk Arts Program of the National Endowment of the Arts. Played Cello & Brac in the Popovich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra.
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Entertainment Eli Popovich   Tamburitza Musician / Military
Former member of the OSS and CIA. Involved in Operation Halyard to rescue downed airmen in Yugoslavia during WW-II. Recipient of the Silver Star. Also played berde in the Popovich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra.
       
 
Sports Gregg Popovich birthplace: East Chicago, IN Basketball
Player, Coach & General Manager. In 2008, he was bestowed the United States Air Force Academy's award of Distinguished Graduate. He said that the award possibly was the most meaningful he has received, which includes 4 NBA titles.
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Academics Ljubica D. Popovich   Professor
Professor of Art History, Emerita at Vanderbilt University. She is a specialist in Byzantine, Slavic, Early Christian, and Western Mediaeval art. Past President of the North American Society for Serbian Studies (NASSS).
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Entertainment Marko Popovich   Tamburitza Musician
Played Prim in the Popovich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra.
       
 
Sports Milton John Popovich birthplace: Butte, MT Football
He played with the Chicago Cardinals for 5 seasons, from 1938 to 1942.
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Sports Paul Popovich birthplace: Flemington, WV Baseball
During his career, he was an infielder for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. He helped the Pirates win the 1974 and 1975 National League Eastern Division and was nicknamed 'Supersub' for his utility work for the Cubs in 1969.
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Entertainment Theodore 'Teddy' Popovich birthplace: Globeville, CO Tamburitza Musician
Played Bugarija in the Popovich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra.
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Entertainment Vlad Popovich birthplace: Tonawanda, NY Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1993
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Judiciary Zoran Popovich birthplace: Akron, OH Judge
Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in Lewisburg
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Art & Literature Pompeo Posar birthplace: Trieste, Italy Photographer
He is reportedly the third most prolific photographer of Playboy Magazine's Playmate centerfolds (through 1994), having shot a total of 65 spreads and 40 covers.
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Judiciary Theodore S. Potkonjak   Judge
He is a Past President of the Serbian Bar Association. He was named associate judge for the 19th Judicial Circuit of Illinois (Lake and McHenry Counties) on March 12, 2002. He was installed in a ceremony at the Lake County main courthouse on April 4, 2002, which included an Invocation by V. Rev. Milan Savich of St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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Judiciary Viktor Pregel   Attorney
Attorney at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington D.C. Previously with District of Columbia, Office of the Attorney General.
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Academics Milovan Prelevic   Professor
A Belzberg Professor of Legal Writing and Research at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He is a leading Canadian legal scholar and is recognized authority on Canadian Legal Citation, having made many contributions to the the definitive McGill Guide to Canadian Legal Citation. He is also a professional singer who has performed internationally in association with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.
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Aerospace Vern Pupich   Pilot
  Test pilot of the DC3 prior to WW-II
       
 
Science Michael Pupin birthplace: Banat, Serbia Physicist / Physical Chemist
Author, Physicist, Inventor and Pulitzer Prize winner.
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Business & Finance Milan Puskar   Management
Founder and President of Mylan Laboratories
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Medicine Daniel Pyevich birthplace: East Moline, IL Dentist
Retired Orthodonist and Past President of the Serbian National Federation (SNF).
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Business & Finance Rick Quinn   Management
Co-founder/Owner of Opolo Vineyards. Proprietor of The Inn At Opolo. In 1983 he arranged to buy a Century 21 real estate office with only 6 agents. By 1986 he had built that office up to 135 agents and became the third largest Century 21 in the United States.
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Sports Dan Radakovich birthplace: Monaca, PA Administration
Athletics Director at Georgia Tech. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Sports Dan 'Bad Rad' Radakovich birthplace: Duquesne, PA Coach
Formerly an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers' first two Super Bowl-winning teams. Also coached at the college level at Cincinnati, Colorado, North Carolina State and Robert Morris University.
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Art & Literature Jim Radakovich   Artist
He is a sculptor and painter living and working in New York City. He graduated from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. Emerging from the vibrant New York City East Village art scene of the early eighties, he has continued exhibiting in Soho, Chelsea, throughout the US and in Japan. His work has entered the collections of many prominent Americans tastemakers including fashion designer Todd Oldham, TV's "Crossing Jordan" producer director Alan Arkush, Ford Models owner Katie Ford and hotelier Andre Balazs.
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Sports Branko Radivojevic birthplace: Piestany, Czechoslovakia Hockey
He is a ice hockey forward that was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 1999, signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Minnesota Wild prior to playing for Spartak Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
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Art & Literature Elijah Monte Radlovic birthplace: Montenegro, Yugoslavia Author
Former British Officer. After legal study at the University of Belgrade and Cambridge University, he embarked on a career in journalism, working for the Reuters News Agency, the London Daily Mail, and on the staff of the Balkan Herald in Yugoslavia.
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Sports Vladimir Radmanovic birthplace: Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina Basketball
Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics as the 12th pick of 2001 NBA Draft. Was a candidate for the NBA Most Improved Player Award in the 2003-04 season. After voicing his frustration for not being a starter, he was traded from the SuperSonics to the Los Angeles Clippers in Feb 2006. And, in July 2006, he agreed to terms with Los Angeles Lakers.
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Sports Ryan Radmanovich birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada Baseball
He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1993 and went on to play 25 games with the Seattle Mariners (MLB), and was a starting right fielder for Team Canada in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. He currently plays for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He played for Canada in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, and was named to the 2008 Canadian Olympic Baseball team.
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Art & Literature Natasha Radojcic-Kane birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Author
She is the author or two novels HOMECOMING and YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE HERE, several plays and screenplays.
       
 
Sports Aleksandar Radojevic birthplace: Herceg Novi, Montenegro, Yugoslavia Basketball
He was drafted from Barton County Community College by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft and played twelve games for the Utah Jazz in the 2004-05 season.
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Sports Predrag 'Preki' Radosavljevic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Soccer
After retiring as a player, Preki became an assistant coach with Chivas USA, and upon the appointment of Bob Bradley as the United States national team manager, Preki was promoted as head coach of Chivas USA for the 2007 Major League Soccer season and was named Coach of the Year in his first season
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Academics Paul Rankov Radosavljevich   Author / Professor
  Professor at the New York University, School of Pedagogy and Member of the American Psychological Association. He was also a prolific writer of the Slavs.
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Medicine Dr. Ninoslav D. Radovanovic   Medicine
Recognized as one of the world's leading cardiovascular Surgeons.
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Sports William Alex 'Bill' Radovich birthplace: Chicago, IL Football
He played five seasons in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions. He was named All-Pro twice. He finished his career in the All-America Football Conference with the Los Angeles Dons. When he left his football career behind him he went to play 'tough-guy' roles on film.
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Sports Joe Raduka birthplace: Bastaji, Yugoslavia Soccer
A former U.S.-Serbian soccer player who began his career with Red Star Belgrade before spending time with indoor and outdoor teams in the U.S., Canada and Belgium. He currently runs a youth soccer club in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Activism Milo John Radulovich birthplace: Detroit, MI Activist
Former reserve Air Force lieutenant who was accused of being a security risk in 1953. His case was made public and helped turn the American people against McCarthyism
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Entertainment Milos Raickovich birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Composer / Conductor
Raickovich's music has been performed in numerous venues in Europe and the USA, including the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Zagreb Music Biennale, Europhonia Radio Festival, La MaMa Etc. and Miller Theater in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
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Sports Dan Rains birthplace: Rochester, PA Football
He was named to the AP All American team his senior year and played in both the Japan and Hula Bowls. he played semipro football from 1978 to 1980 and proved to be so outstanding that he was later inducted into the Semipro Hall of Fame in 1986. He played with the Chicago Bears from 1981 to 1987. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Entertainment Vladimir Rajcic birthplace: Pec, Serbia, Yugoslavia Actor
Actor and Guitar player and singer in band 'Avangarda'.
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Academics Aleksandar Rajkovic   Professor
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
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Sports David Christopher 'Dave' Rajsich birthplace: Youngstown, OH Baseball
Pitcher - Played for the World Series winning NY Yankees
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Sports Gary Louis Rajsich birthplace: Youngstown, OH Baseball
1B & Outfield for the Mets, Cardinals & Giants
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Sports Rhonda Rajsich birthplace: Phoenix, AZ Raquetball
Professional raquetball player. Won the US Open and National Singles titles in the same season.
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Academics Bogdan Rakic   Professor
Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures at Indiana University, IN.
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Sports Igor Rakocevic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Basketball
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2nd round (51st overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft. He did not play until the 2002-03 NBA season. He was released after the season and signed by the San Antonio Spurs who also released him shortly after.
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Military Edward 'Ed' Ratkovich   US Army - Major General
Headed Air Force Intelligence in Europe
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Politics Bill Ray   State Congressman
Served 22 years in Alaskan State Congress. First as a member of the House of Representatives and then as Juneau's state senator.
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Entertainment Cissy 'Marica' Rebich birthplace: Sewickley, PA Actress / Singer
In 2010, she became the first General Manager of the Serb National Federation. Prior to that, she spent several decades performing in many productions on Broadway, including the long-running musical hit, “Les Miserables.” During that time she obtained a juris doctor, practicing law for many years as a Deputy Attorney General in New Jersey and as an associate with a law firm specializing in insurance law in the New York City metropolitan area.
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Sports Zeljko Rebraca birthplace: Prigrevica village near Apatin, Serbia Basketball
A second round draft pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1994 NBA Draft. The Sonics immediately traded his NBA rights to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who then traded his rights to the Toronto Raptors in 1999, who in turn traded his rights to the Detroit Pistons in 2001. n the NBA, he has played for the Detroit Pistons (2001-04), the Atlanta Hawks (2004) and the Los Angeles Clippers (2004-06).
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Entertainment Dr. Nikola Resanovic birthplace: Derby, England Musician / Composer
He has worked extensively with the sacred chant of the Serbian Orthodox Church and has composed several volumes of choral liturgical music. Awarded the 2003 Cleveland Arts Prize in Music for his achievements in music composition, Nikola Resanovic was recently appointed chair of the Liturgical Music committee of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA & Canada.
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Entertainment Rudolph Reti birthplace: Uzice, Serbia Musician / Musical Analyst / Composer
He is best remembered today for his distinctive method of musical analysis, which he claimed revealed the 'thematic process' in music.
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Entertainment Mirko Roknich birthplace: McKeesport, PA Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2008
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Sports Pete Romcevich birthplace: Silopaj, Serbia Racing
He was very popular race car driver in the Midwest and East he placed twelfth in the 1947 Indianapolis 500.
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Entertainment Rick Rossovich birthplace: Palo Alto, CA Actor
born born Frederic Enrico Rossovich. He is an American actor best known as Ron 'Slider' Kerner in the 1986 classic Top Gun.
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Sports Timothy John 'Tim' Rossovich birthplace: Palo Alto, CA Football
He played for the National Football League Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Houston Oilers between 1968 and 1976. He played in the Pro Bowl in 1969. He also played for the Philadelphia Bell of the WFL between 1974-1975, until the league folded mid-way through the 1975 season. When he left his football career behind him he went into acting.
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Sports Robert 'Rob' Rusnov birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Archery
He ranked first or second among Canadian archers every year from 1992 through 2000. As a competitor at the 1995 Pan American Games, he won two gold medals and three bronze medals.
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Sports Steve Ruzich birthplace: Cleveland, OH Football
  He was a former guard in the National Football League. He was drafted in the fourteenth round of the 1952 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns and would play three seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
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Sports Nicholas Lou 'Nick' Saban birthplace: Fairmont, WV Football
He is an American college football coach and the current head coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team. He previously served as head coach of the National Football League's Miami Dolphins and three other NCAA universities: LSU, Michigan State, and Toledo. He led LSU to the 2003 BCS National Championship and Alabama to the 2009, 2011 and 2012 BCS and AP National Championships, making him the first coach in college football history to win a national championship with two different Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools. Saban and Paul 'Bear' Bryant are the only coaches to win an SEC championship at two different schools. He appeared on the September 1, 2008 cover of Forbes magazine as 'The Most Powerful Coach in Sports'.
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Sports Paul Salata birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Football
He was a professional American football wide receiver in the NFL and the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). He played for the AAFC/NFL's San Francisco 49ers and the AAFC's Baltimore Colts. After the Colts franchise folded in 1950 he was drafted by the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played with the CFL Calgary Stampeders, where he was an all-star, and the Ottawa Rough Riders. In later years, he became famous for creating the Mr. Irrelevant Award in the NFL Draft. After retiring from football, he became a successful businessman in Southern California. He has also acted in a number of Hollywood movies.
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Business & Finance William G. Salatich birthplace: Chicago, IL Management
Former President of Gillette North America and Vice Chairman of the Gillette Company from 1970 to 1979. He was the recipient of the Citation of Merit from the National Conference of Christians and Jews and is a Horatio Alger awardee.
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Aerospace Ralph Salaya birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Engineer
  Headed the engineering team that safely brought back the Apollo 13 astronauts
       
 
Sports Jeff Samardzija birthplace: Merrillville, IN Baseball
Made his first impact at Notre Dame as a right-handed pitcher for the baseball team and as a Tight End for the football team. Drafted by the Chicago Cubs.
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Activism Mirjana Samardzija   Heritage / Culture
Professional background in International Project Finance. President of the Serbian Unity Congress. Formed the American Serbian Women's Caucus that was responsible for the first conviction by the Hague Tribunal of Moslems and a Croat for war crimes against Serbs tied to the camp at Celebici.
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Entertainment Robert Lazar 'Bobby' Samarzich   Actor / Musician
Child actor and Tamburitza Musician.
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Entertainment Richard Savage birthplace: Akron, OH Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1983
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Academics Carl Kosta Savich   Author / Historian
  He has received an LCP BW American Jurisprudence Award and a Handy and Harmon Academic Scholarship.
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Sports Predrag Savovic birthplace: Pula, Croatia Basketball
Professional basketball player formerly of NBA's Denver Nuggets.
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Sports Milos Scepanovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Soccer
A Canadian footballer playing predominately as a midfielder, he is currently playing for the Serbian White Eagles FC of the Canadian Soccer League and a member of the Canada U-20 men's national soccer team.
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Entertainment Thomas William 'Tom' Selleck birthplace: Detroit, MI Actor
He hit success with his role in Magnum, P.I. he has starred in a number of films, such as Three Men and a Baby (1987), many made-for-TV movies, and guest spots on other shows, notably Friends, and Boston Legal.
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Entertainment Rade Serbedzija birthplace: Bunic, Lika, Croatia Actor / Director
Recognized for his supporting roles in Hollywood films such as Mission: Impossible II, Mighty Joe Young, The Saint, Eyes Wide Shut, Snatch, EuroTrip, The Quiet American (2002), Shooter and a cameo in Batman Begins.
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Art & Literature Stevan Shapona birthplace: San Francisco, CA Artist
A graduate of San Jose State University in California, he is an artist who has explored numerous styles including Impressionism, Expressionism, and Abstraction and settled on a traditional Realism. Son of Victor Shapona.
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Art & Literature Victor Shapona birthplace: Farrell, PA Artist
born: Vitomir Saponja. Graphic artist. Painted three major iconostases in the West and completed projects for several other Serbian Orthodox Churches. Father of Stevan Shapona.
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Judiciary Louis S. Shuntich birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA Attorney
He served in the law department of Prudential life insurance company for 26 years; he is also an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Service Professionals. He also is the author of many books.
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Military Lance Sijan birthplace: Milwaukee, WI USAF - Captain
He was the first Air Force graduate to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. The book, 'Into the Mouth of the Cat' was written about this brave American-Serb. A building at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is named for him, for his bravery in Vietnam
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Art & Literature Marc Sijan birthplace: Milwaukee, WI Artist
Marc Sijan has exhibited in over 50 one man museum exhibitions world-wide with the majority of the museums setting attendance records with the showing of his works of art.

Marc Sijan is widely acknowledged as one of the world's most prominent hyper-realist sculptors.

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Academics Slobodan Sijan birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Professor
Director, Author, Artist & Critic.
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Academics Dr. Andrei Simic   Professor
Professor of Anthropology at USC and author of several books.
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Art & Literature Dr. Charles Simic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Poet - Pulitzer Prize
born: Dusan Simic. Belgrade-born professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, won his Pulitzer for poetry in 1990. 15th Poet Laureate of the United States. the 2007 recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.
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Art & Literature John Simon birthplace: Subotica, Serbia Author / Critic
born: Ivan Simon. Author and literary, theater, and film critic.
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Sports Zivko 'Lucky' Simunovich birthplace: Yugoslavia Wrestling
Professional Wrestler
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Academics Ida Sinkevic   Author / Professor
Professor of Art History at Lafayette College. Past President of the North American Society for Serbian Studies (NASSS).
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Academics Sofija Skoric   Author / Professor
University of Toronto. Past-President of the North American Society for Serbian Studies (NASSS).
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Sports Nick Skorich birthplace: Bellaire, OH Football
He was an American football offensive lineman and coach. After the end of World War II, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had drafted him in 1943. He played three years for the Steelers. He then went into coaching, first at the high school level, then as an assistant in the NFL with the Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles (who promoted him to head coach in 1961), and Cleveland Browns who promoted him to head coach in 1971). After leaving Cleveland, he served as supervisor of officials for the National Football League.
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Entertainment George Skrbina birthplace: Pupolica, Yugoslavia Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1982
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Art & Literature Aleksandar Slavkovic birthplace: Cacak, Serbia Author
Wrote the novel, 'The Immigrant: The Judge Fisher Story
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Academics Biljana Sljivic-Simsic   Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago. Former President of The North-American Society for Serbian Studies (NASSS).
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Entertainment Charles Smilinich birthplace: Tonawanda, NY Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1987
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Sports Alex Smith birthplace: Bremerton, WA Football
He is a professional American football quarterback for the NFL Kansas City Chiefs. He was the first overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2005 NFL Draft.
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Sports John Smrke birthplace: Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada Ice Hockey
A retired professional ice hockey player who played 103 games in the National Hockey League. He played with the St. Louis Blues and Quebec Nordiques.
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Sports Stan Smrke birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Ice Hockey
He was a Canadian ice hockey forward that started his career with the NHL Montreal Canadiens in 1956. He was the first Yugoslavian-born player ever to play in the NHL. After leaving the NHL, he was sent to the minor leagues and became a member of the Rochester Americans. He is currently ranked fifth all-time in the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame.
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Art & Literature Bozidar Sokolovic birthplace: Drvar, Bosnia Publisher
Publisher, Author, Poet & Publicist. In 1978, he started the magazine 'Serb World'. He published a book of his own poems, Vapaji i vrisel (Cries and Shrieks). His publishing enterprise 'Neven' published books about the Chetnick heroes, Momcilo Djuric and Ilija Desnica.
       
 
Art & Literature Boris Spremo birthplace: Susak, Yugoslavia Photographer
He has won over 280 national and international awards for photography. Recognition of his talent began early, when in 1966, he earned what is perhaps his most important distinction, being the first Canadian to capture a First Prize Gold Medal in the World Press Photo Competition in the Hague. In 1997, he was awarded Canada's highest honour, the 'Order of Canada' (C.M.) for his years of photographic excellence with a presentation by Governor General Romeo Le Blanc at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
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Art & Literature Danielle Sremac birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Artist / Author
She has appeared on hundreds of national and international television and radio programs including CNN, NBC, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, CBS, C-SPAN, BBC, NPR and others, and published her first book War of Words with Praeger Publishers in 1999. As an artist, she has been exhibiting and selling her original oil paintings since 2000 through galleries in Naples, Florida, Carmel, California, Washington D.C. and to private collectors.
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Sports Uros Stamatovic birthplace: Pozega, Serbia Soccer
A Canadian footballer playing predominately as a midfielder. He is currently playing for Canadian Soccer League champion Serbian White Eagles FC. He has played over 200 first-league matches and scored over 30 goals.
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Sports Borislav 'Boris' Stankovic birthplace: Bihac, Serbia Basketball
Former basketball player and coach, as well as a longtime administrator in the sport's various governing bodies. Because of his contributions to the sport, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991 and FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007.
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Business & Finance Thomas Stankovich   Management
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Response Genetics, Inc. Recipient of the 2005 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
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Academics Dr. Stephen Stepanchev   Professor / Poet
Emeritus Professor English Literature, Purdue and Queens College
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Science Ognjeslav Kostovic Stepanovic birthplace: Wiesburg, Austria Inventor
An inventor. He was born in Wiesburg, Austria to a Serbian noble family residing in Pesta, Hungary, but spent most of his life in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Credited with creating 'arbonite', plywood of high strength - actually the first plastics in the world.. He patented the technology of the production of arbonite in the USA on 4 September 1906. He designed and constructed a dirigible (airship), and developed the gasoline engine for it. In 1879 he demonstrated his flying models of a helicopter, aircraft and ornithopter, while in 1881 approached the building of an aircraft.
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Sports George M Stepanovich birthplace: East Chicago, IN Baseball/Basketball
Attended North Carolina State College where he played varsity baseball and basketball. In basketball, he was second in rebounds in 1958 and 1959 seasons. In 1959, he was a member of the ACC Championship Team and was also selected to the ACC All-Tournament team and All-ACC team and was third team All-American. He was signed for the Baltimore Orioles by Manuel 'Red' Norris.
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Sports Aleksandar 'Alex' Stepanovich birthplace: Berea, OH Football
An American football center who was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
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Military Nicholas 'Nick' Stepanovich birthplace: Indiana Harbor, IN US Army - Colonel
  Instrumental in recruiting American Serbs into the O.S.S. during WWII. He had a brilliant career as a lawyer and military leader and was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the U.S. ambassadorial staff to the United Nations.
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Politics Michael A. Stepovich   Governor
Former Territorial Governor of Alaska, appointed by President Eisenhower in 1957. Prior to taking the position of Governor, he served three terms in the Territorial Legislature.
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Art & Literature Andrew Stevovich birthplace: Salzburg, Austria Artist
  He moved from Austria to the United States when he was an infant; his family later settled in Washington, D.C., when he was a small child. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1970 and his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 1980.
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Academics Traian Stoianovich birthplace: Grajesnica, Macedonia Scholar
Professor emeritus from the history department of Rutgers University at New Brunswick. World renowned scholar of Balkan history and published A Study of Balkan Civilization and a four volume collection of articles and essays, Between East and West, the Balkan and Mediterranean Worlds (1992-1995) and also Balkan Worlds: The First and Last Europe.
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Sports Predrag Stojakovic birthplace: Slavonska Pozega, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia Basketball
Played for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets. He was one of the league's top small forwards. He is considered one of the most successful basketball players ever to come out of the former Yugoslavia.
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Academics Dr. Svetozar Stojanovic   Professor
Professor at the University of Buffalo. Founder and President of the Serbian-American Center, Belgrade. Professor and director emeritus of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade.
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Business & Finance Dusan Stojanovic   Management
Dusan is a senior vice president and the chief risk officer of FHLB Des Moines. Before joining FHLB Des Moines, he was a senior expert and team leader for quantification and modeling in the Capital Markets Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He began his tenure at the Federal Reserve in 1995 as an associate economist. After eight years on the staff of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, he became a vice governor for banking supervision at the National Bank of Serbia in 2003. Returning to the United States in 2005, he held the position of senior examiner/credit risk modeling specialist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
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Sports Mike Stojanovic birthplace: Lapovo, Serbia Soccer
A star in the old North American Soccer League, at first with the Rochester Lancers, and later with the San Diego Sockers and Golden Bay Earthquakes. However, he first attracted attention while playing for the Toronto Serbian White Eagles of the National Soccer League where he scored 52 goals in the 1973 season. Inducted as a player into the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
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Entertainment Paul Stojanovich birthplace: Sacramento, CA Producer
Notable creations include American Detective (1991 - 1993) and World's Wildest Police Videos (1998 - 2001).
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Sports Pete Stoyanovich birthplace: Dearborn Heights, MI Football
American football placekicker who played with the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Rams in the NFL.
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Sports Nicholas 'Jumbo' Strincevich birthplace: Gary, IN Baseball
He made his big-league debut with the Boston Bees on April 23, 1940, then played with the Boston Braves, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and finished his big league career with the Philadelphia Phillies.
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Sports George 'Juke' Suder birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Baseball
  An outstanding baseball player as a young man. Although he didn't make it to the Major Leagues, he played five years in the Athletics' farm system
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Sports Pete 'Pecky' Suder birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Baseball
Was the second baseman for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1949 when the A's established a major-league record for turning 217 double plays in a 154-game season. Played his entire 13 year career with the Philadelphia Athletics. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Sports Rick Suder birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Basketball
He is considered one of the best pure marksmen in Beaver County basketball history. He took his All State honorable mention to Duquesne University, where he won the Chuck Cooper Award. His senior season saw him lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring, and he received recognition as a team MVP award and on the All Conference team. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame and the Duquesne University Hall of Fame.
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Sports Steve Sundra birthplace: Luxor, PA Baseball
He was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played during eight seasons for the New York Yankees, Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns. He was a member of the World Champion Yankees in 1938. He won his last four starts during the regular season, then ran off 11 straight victories (three in relief) for the 1939 AL pennant-winners before losing his last start of the season.. Posted a lifetime record of 56-41. Pitched in one World Series.
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Academics Zeljan Suster birthplace: Yugoslavia Professor
University of New Haven. Past-President of the North American Society for Serbian Studies (NASSS). Americanized version of his name is Julian Schuster.
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Academics Dr. Henry Suzzallo birthplace: San Jose, CA Professor
He was deputy superintendent of city schools in San Francisco, professor of education at Stanford, and professor of educational sociology at Columbia, before becoming president of the University of Washington in 1915. After his dismissal from the University of Washington, Suzzallo became associated with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which he became president of in 1930. (Ethnic Serbian)
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Sports Steve Swetonic birthplace: Mount Pleasant, PA Baseball
He was a pitcher in Major League Baseball, who played his entire career for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1929 through 1935. As of 2006, Swetonic has one of the lowest ERA (3.81) of any major league pitcher coming out of University of Pittsburgh with more than 100 innings.
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Entertainment Miroslav Tadic birthplace: Serbia Musician
In the January 1997 issue, the editors of Guitar Player magazine voted Miroslav Tadic one of the world's thirty most radical and individual guitarists. He has been teaching at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles..
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Business & Finance Dan Tana birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Management
born: Dobrivoje Tanasijevic. Emigrated to the US and became restaurateur to the stars as owner of the famous W. Hollywood restaurant 'Dan Tana's'. A former soccer player, Dan Tana also helped found the first professional soccer league in the US. and bring soccer to America. Served on the board of several European soccer teams, including currently Red Star Belgrade.
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Sports George Tarasovic birthplace: Granville, NY Football
He played 15 seasons in Pro Football, mainly in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also spent time with the NFL Philadelphia Eagles and the American Football League's Denver Broncos. He was named to the UPI 2nd team All-NFL squad in 1959, and he is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Football Hall of Fame.
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Sports Dragan Tarlac birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia Basketball
Selected by the the NBA club the Chicago Bulls in the 1995 NBA Draft. He finally left Greece to go play in the NBA in the summer of 2000, when he took off for the United States to play with the Chicago Bulls.
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Sports Joseph John Tepsic birthplace: Slovan, PA Baseball
He was a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946. He spent another five seasons in the minors before retiring from professional baseball. During World War II, he served in the United States Marines Corps and was wounded on Guadalcanal. He eventually recovered and went on to attend Penn State University, where he was an outstanding athlete in both football and baseball.
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Politics Branko Terzic   Administration
Former FERC Commissioner, state PSC Commissioner and utility CEO, is an international consultant to corporations, multilateral lending agencies and governments on energy, infrastructure and network industry issues. Appointed Head of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President George H.W. Bush.
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Entertainment Steve Tesich birthplace: Uzice, Serbia Screenwriter - Academy Award Recipient
born: Stojan Tesic. Oscar-winning screenwriter, playwright and novelist.
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Science Nikola Tesla birthplace: Smiljan, Croatian Krajina, Austrian Empire Inventor
Inventor, physicist, mechanical and electrical engineer. Contemporary biographers of Tesla have deemed him ' The Father of Physics', 'the man who invented the twentieth century'[2] and 'the patron saint of modern electricity'.
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Art & Literature Dragan Todorovic birthplace: Kragujevac, Serbia Author
A writer and multimedia artist. He won the Best Young Journalist award in 1980. He published in Toronto Star, This Magazine, Saturday Night, NOW, Ottawa Citizen and other Canadian publications. In 1997 his article Border Crossing was nominated for the Canadian National Magazine Award.
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Business & Finance Desa Tomasevic-Wakeman birthplace: Vocin, Yugoslavia Management
Often described as the mother of the lease financing industry. She retired at age 71 as the president of US Leasing in San Francisco, which was acquired by Ford Motor Company. She also was a founding member of the Serbian Unity Congress (SUC).
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Entertainment Branko Tomovic birthplace: Muenster, Germany Actor
He is an actor that has been named "One to watch" by Moviescope Magazine in 2008 and recent film credits include The Bourne Ultimatum, It's a Free World, The Wolf Man, and Pope Joan.
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Academics Dr. George Vid Tomasevich   Author / Professor
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology-SUNY College and the author of many books, including THE HISTORY OF THE SERBS. Past President of the North American Society for Serbian Studies (NASSS).
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Entertainment Bob 'Blash' Topolovac birthplace: Buseva, Austria-Hungary Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1997
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Entertainment Bogdan 'Billy' Topolski birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2006
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Entertainment Nena Toth birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Cinematographer
born: Nevenka Redzic. Her teaching experience includes 25 years in European and North American universities. Faculty of Dramatic Arts, FAMU, USC, Toronto University. This summer 2007 she was replacing Ottawa University professor, teaching a Documentary Film Seminar.
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Sports Mike Trgovac birthplace: Youngstown, OH Football
He is the defensive line coach for the Green Bay Packers and the former defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. Born near Youngstown, Ohio, Trgovac was an All-American middle guard at the University of Michigan before starting his NFL coaching career.
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Academics Dr. Srdja 'Serge' Trifkovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Author / Professor
born: Srdja Trifkovic. He is a graduate of the University of Sussex in England, received his PhD at the Unversity of Southhampton and pursued his postdoctoral research on a State Department grant at the Hoover Institute at Sanford. He started his working life as a broadcaster and producer with the BBC World Service in London and with Voice of America in Washington. He also covered southeast Europe for U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Times. In addition to authorings several books, he has written scores of commentaries for - among others - the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Times of London, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has appeared on the BBC World Service, CNN International, MSNBC, and other media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic as a commentator on world affairs. He is also a regular contributor and since 1998, foreign affairs editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.
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Entertainment Melania (Knauss) Trump birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia Model
born: Melanija Knavs. A fashion model from Slovenia, and is the wife of the American real estate magnate Donald Trump.
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Sports Jan Ujevich-Bellhy birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Swimming
As a member of the Pitt Aquatic Club and began competing in earnest in meets across the United States. As a member of the US traveling team, she competed in Paris, France, and in East Berlin, East Germany, where she won the gold medal in the 200 meter breaststroke. Jan was also the WPIAL and PIAA champion in the two events. She was a finalist in the World Championship Trials and a finalist at the Olympic Trials in 1976. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Sports Dragan Umicevic birthplace: Dubica, Yugoslavia Hockey
A Swedish ice hockey player of Serbian descent. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the sixth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently playing with the F�rjestads BK in Elitserien.
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Sports Emil P. Uremovich birthplace: Hobart, IN Football
He was an American football lineman for the Detroit Lions and for the Chicago Rockets in the National Football League.
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Entertainment Holly Valance birthplace: Melbourne, Australia Actress
born: Holly Rachel Vukadinovic. She is related to the late British comedian Benny Hill (cousins twice removed). While modeling as a teen, she was discovered and cast in the long-running Australian soap Neighbours. Cast as Felicity 'Flick' Scully in 1999, Valance left the series in 2002 to pursue a music career. n 2004, Valance returned to acting, this time in the United States, appearing in episodes of the television series CSI: Miami, Entourage. In 2005, she appeared in an episode of CSI: NY. She then guest-starred in Prison Break, in 2006.
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Sports Rob Valicevic birthplace: Detroit, MI Hockey
He was drafted in the 6th round (114th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. He also played for the Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Dallas Stars.
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Judiciary George Vann   Judge
  79th Indiana Judicial Circuit
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Sports Ratko Varda birthplace: Gradiska, Bosnia and Herzegovina Basketball
He came up through KK Partizan's system, before making himself eligible for 2001 NBA Draft. He ended up not getting selected but still found himself on the Detroit Pistons roster to start the 2001/02 season. He ended up spending 2 seasons in the NBA on the rosters of the Pistons and Washington Wizards.
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Academics Dr. Milos Velimirovic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Professor
An American musicologist and Emeritus Professor of Music, Harvard and University of VA. Twice a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, he is considered an international expert in the areas of Byzantine music, the history of Slavonic music, and the history of Italian opera in the 18th century.
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Military Demetrio 'Butch' Verich birthplace: Laona, WI US Navy - Lieutenant Commander
  He served for twenty years as a navy pilot doing two tours in Vietnam during which he received two purple hearts, a distinguished flying cross and several air medals. After serving in the military, he enrolled in law school and was elected as the Forest County District Attorney.
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Entertainment Milan Verni   Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1998
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Military Joseph Veselinovich   US Army - Captain
An WWII American O.S.S. Officer who was involved in the 'Halyard Rescue Operation' (Halyard Mission) in Nazi occupied Yugoslavia in 1944
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Entertainment Ivan Vidak   Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1977
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Politics John P. Vinich birthplace: Hudson, WY State Senator
He served 16 years as a Wyoming State Senator and 8 years as a Wyoming Representative from Wyoming, at large. In 1974 when he was 22 years old, Vinich was the youngest person to be elected to the Legislature.
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Politics Ralph Vinovich birthplace: Peoria, IL Chief of Staff
  Became Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Robert H. Michel after working for Sen. Everett Dirksen. Also was Vice President for Legislative Affairs at the Tobacco Institute from 1983-1999.
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Sports Lazo 'Larry' Visnic birthplace: Jacobsburg, OH Football
  He played for the New York Giants for his entire 3 year career.
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Entertainment John Vivyan birthplace: Pennsylvania Actor
born: John R. Vukayan. Star of TV series 'Mr. Lucky' and appeared in over 40 movies.
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Politics George Victor Voinovich birthplace: Cleveland, OH U.S. Congress
Former Mayor of Cleveland & Former Governor of Ohio
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Military Mele 'Mel' Vojvodich Jr. birthplace: Steubenville, OH US Army - Major General
His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Intelligence Star for Valor presented by the CIA
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Entertainment Slavko Vorkapich birthplace: Sremska Mitrovica in Syrmia, Vojvodina, Serbia Director
born: Slavoljub Vorkapic. Film director and editor, university professor, painter, and a prominent figure of modern cinematography and film art.
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Sports Slavko Vranes birthplace: Pljevlja, Montenegro, Yugoslavia Basketball
At 7 feet 5 inches he is one of the tallest players in the world. Vranes was selected by the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft.
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Entertainment Steve Vranjes birthplace: Lackawanna, NY Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2004
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Aerospace Mike Vucelic   Engineer
Received the Freedom Award from President Johnson for his work in the Apollo program
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Academics Dr. Wayne S. Vucinich birthplace: Butte, MT Professor
Was an Emeritus Professor of History at Stanford University. He wrote and edited many books. And, was a member of the OSS (forerunner of the FBI and CIA).
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Sports Pete Vuckovich birthplace: Johnstown, PA Baseball
1982 Cy Young Award winner
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Entertainment Sam Vudis birthplace: Gary, IN Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2007
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Aerospace David Vuich birthplace: Midland, PA Engineer
Key public relations executive for Rockwell Collins. He also worked on the F-111 and Minuteman II Missile, Polaris/Poseiden Missile Guidance Systems, and Mark II Avionics Systems.
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Politics Rose Ann Vuich birthplace: Dinuba, CA State Senator
The first female ever elected to the State Senate in California in 1973. Having broken the gender barrier, a freeway in California was named in her honor.
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Sports Aleksandar 'Sasha' Vujacic birthplace: Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Basketball
Professional basketball player. Though he has played the point guard position in Europe, he has found more playing time at the shooting guard spot in the Lakers' triangle offense.
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Academics Jasmina L. Vujic birthplace: Sabac, Serbia Professor
Renowned as a pioneer in the field of computer modeling in the nuclear field, joined the Berkeley faculty in 1992. The first woman to join Berkeley's nuclear engineering department in its 47 year, she now holds the department's chair, the first woman to do so among top U.S. universities.
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Military George Vujnovich birthplace: Ambridge, PA US Army - Major
Was the O.S.S. chief in Bari, Italy and responsible for selecting and sending into Yugoslavia the Halyard Mission members to Draza Mihailovich.
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Judiciary John P. Vukasin, Jr. birthplace: Oakland, CA Judge
  United States District Court for The Northern District of California. The 1986 trial of Jerry A. Whitworth, a former Navy radioman who was convicted of selling stolen classified Navy cryptographic data to a Soviet-controlled spy ring, focused national attention on Judge Vukasin.
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Sports Milan Radoje Vukcevich birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Chess
aka: Milan R. Vukcevic. Scientist, Chess International Master, Grandmaster & writer. Better known as an author of chess problems than as a player, however, being the first American resident to be awarded the title of International Composition Grandmaster by FIDE.
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Sports Mick Vukota birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Hockey
A former NHL Right Wing that played for the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens.
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Sports Bill Vukovich II birthplace: Fresno, CA Racing
Former driver in the championship car division of USAC and CART Championship Car series. He was named the 1968 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. Bill II is the son of 2-time Indy 500 Winner, Bill Vukovich and the father of Bill Vukovich III.
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Sports Bill Vukovich III birthplace: Fresno, CA Racing
An American race car driver. He was a three time starter of the Indianapolis 500. The grandson of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bill Vukovich and the son of Bill Vukovich II, Vukovich III was the 1988 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.
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Sports Bill Vukovich birthplace: Fresno, CA Racing
Two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500--who was fondly known as the 'Mad Russian'.
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Sports John Vukovich birthplace: Sacramento, CA Baseball
An American third baseman and coach in Major League Baseball best known for his years of service with the Philadelphia Phillies.
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Military Michael 'Mitch' Vuletich birthplace: Irondale, IL US Army Air Corps - Staff Sergeant
Received the Silver Star, 3 Purple Hearts, the French Croix de Guerre, a Presidential Citation, and many more awards, in WWII as a member of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division.
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Academics Dr. Stella Yaksich   Nursing
  Established the Stella Yaksich Endowed Scholarship at the School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh. Ph.D., R.N., NUR, GSPH, EDU.
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Entertainment Alfred Matthew 'Weird Al' Yankovic birthplace: Downey, CA Musician
He is a Grammy-award winning American singer, musician, actor, satirist, parodist, songwriter, music producer, accordionist, and television producer.
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Humanitarian Mike Yankovich   Farmer
  Upon his death, he left his farm to the University of Alaska and is known today as the University of Alaska Fairbanks Large Animal Research Station.
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Academics Dr. Vujica Yevjevich birthplace: Yugoslavia Professor
Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at Colorado State University. A prolific author, he wrote over 200 papers and 23 books and was founder of Water Resources Publications.
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Activism Stephen P. Yokich birthplace: Detroit, MI Union President
In 1995 he became the eighth president of the sixty-year-old UAW, a labor union officially named the International Union of United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America.
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Judiciary Tracey A.. Yokich birthplace: St. Clair Shores, MI Judge
She served as vice president of Seger Financial in Birmingham. She also served as a state representative from 1991 to 1996. Prior to entering the Michigan House of Representatives, Yokich was assistant corporation counsel in Macomb County. She was appointed the Macomb County Probate Judge in 2003. Daughter of Stephen P. Yokich.
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Politics Marie L. Yovanovitch   Ambassador
Ambassador from the United States of America to Armenia (2008 -). She was previously Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan (2005-2008).
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Law Enforcement Ray T. Zakovich birthplace: Freedom, PA Secret Service
Retired Supervisory Special Agent of the U.S. Secret Service, Chairman of Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers and Owner of Zakovich & Associates, Kansas City, MO.
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Sports George Dennis 'Butch' Zatazlo birthplace: Monaca, PA Basketball
When he graduated, Zatezalo held over 30 Clemson records and still holds 15. He was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1988. Zatezalo passed away in August of 2005 at the age of 57.
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Entertainment Slobodan Zelich birthplace: Zegar, Yugoslavia Entertainment / Director
He organized a junior choir within the church community and eventually directed the Petar Krstich Choir of Steubenville, Ohio from 1961 to 2008. He ended his career with his 100th composition entitled 'Sonja.' He won numerous honors and awards within the Serbian Singing Federation. He worked as a foreman for many years and retired from Trans Buckeye Sheet and Strip Steel Company.
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Judiciary George N. Zenovich birthplace: Fresno, CA Judge
Superior Court judge in California. Former California Assemblyman and State Senator.
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Entertainment Marina Zenovich   Director
She is a Director, Producer, Writer & Actress. Daughter of Honorable George N. Zenovich.
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Medicine Michael R. 'Mickey' Zernich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Surgeon / Athlete
President of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and practitioner at both Aliquippa Hospital and the Medical Center of Beaver County. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Medicine Steven Zernich, Jr. birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Surgeon / Athlete
Former Chief of Surgery at the former Aliquippa Hospital for more than 40 years and worked as a team with his brothers - Michael, the orthopedic surgeon, and Wallace, the family physician and obstetrician. Member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
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Medicine Wallace 'Wally' Zernich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA Obstetrician
Obstetrician
       
 
Sports Peter Zezel birthplace: Toronto, Ontario Canada Hockey
Selected 41st overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. He broke into the Flyers' lineup in the 1984 - 85 at the age of just 19 and made an instant impact, finishing 5th in rookie scoring. He was traded in 1989 and would play for the Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks prior to his retirement in 1999.
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Entertainment Julia 'Honey' Zimmerman birthplace: Johnstown, PA Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2008
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Sports Trifun Zivanovic birthplace: Santa Monica, CA Figure Skating
Through 2001, he competed for the United States, twice capturing medals at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
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Sports Lou Zivkovich birthplace: Canada Football
Defensive end for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. He is widely known for appearing as the July 1974 centerfold in Playgirl magazine, at the age of 33. attended the University of Miami where he received a degree in Physical Education and English.
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Business & Finance Mira Zivkovich birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Management
President and CEO of MZI Global Marketing and founder of the Slavic Heritage Coalition. Recipient of the 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
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Entertainment Alexander Zonjic birthplace: Windsor, Ontario, Canada Musician
A professional flutist born in Windsor, Ontario, who performs both light jazz and classical compositions. Zonjic initially played guitar at age 9, and by age 15 he was lead guitarist in a local R&B band. At age 21, Zonjic purchased his first flute from a street vendor asking $50. He was impressed with the potential the instrument had, and had mastered the basics of it by the year's end.
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Sports Mike Zordich birthplace: Youngstown, OH Football
A former professional American football player. He was a 1985 All-American safety at Penn State University, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. He played 12 seasons as a cornerback and safety for the New York Jets, Phoenix Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. He also served as the defensive and safeties coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Entertainment Louis Zorich birthplace: Chicago, IL Actor
Married to Olympia Dukakis. Played the recurring role of Paul Reiser's father on the long-running 'Mad About You' (NBC, 1992-99).
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Entertainment Dave Zupkovich   Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1974
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