Serbian History 101

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Serbian History 101
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Entertainment Marina Abramovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Performance Artist
Marina is a conceptual and performance artist, philanthropist and art filmmaker. Her work explores body art, endurance art and feminist art, the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.
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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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Sports Marko Aleksic birthplace: Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia Soccer
Marko is a soccer player who plays for the Alberta Golden Bears. He spent four seasons with FC Edmonton, before the club ceased operations after the 2017 season.
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Art & Literature Alma Alexander birthplace: Novi Sad, Yugoslavia Author
born: Alma A. Hromic. She was born in Yugoslavia, grew up in Africa, and now lives in the state of Washington. She is the author of four previous novels that have been published exclusively in Australia and New Zealand.
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Entertainment Ana Alexander birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Actor
born: Ana Katarina Stojanovic. Ana was discovered as a fashion model at the age of 12 while playing basketball for the renowned Serbian basketball team, Partisan. Soon after that, she then began her acting career by appearing in several commercials. She has since worke in theater, had a successful modeling career, appeared in numerous commercials and movies. She has traveled extensively throughout her life, living in Serbia, South Africa, Germany, England, Italy, Austria and the United States.
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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.
       
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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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Entertainment Zoran Amar birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Director
Zoran is the Founder & Producer of Film Underdogs Collective in New York City. He is also a director and actor.
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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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Sports Stefan Antonijevic birthplace: Buffalo Grove, IL Soccer
Selected by Sporting Kansas City in the 3rd round (No. 43 overall) of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft. After trialling in Serbia and Croatia, Antonijevic returned to the United States and signed for NASL club Fort Lauderdale Strikers and then moved to rival Florida club Tampa Bay Rowdies. In 2015 he was named to the NASL Team of the Week four times, more often than any other Rowdies player. In January 2019, he signed with Sogndal.
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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.
       
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Entertainment Sebastian Arcelus birthplace: New York City, NY Actor
Arcelus is an American actor, best known for his roles as Lucas Goodwin in the Netflix TV series House of Cards and Jay Whitman in the CBS TV series Madam Secretary.
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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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Entertainment Baruch Arnon birthplace: Novi Sad, Yugoslavia Musician
Baruch is a classical pianist and renowned music teacher. He is currently a faculty member at the Juilliard School in New York and has previously taught music at the Israel Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and Musica de Camera.
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Entertainment Marina Arsenijevic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Musician
Marina is a Serbian-born American pianist and composer who also goes by the professional name Marina. She is known for playing on a transparent piano, recording popular albums in her native country, and performing on a PBS television show featuring her original compositions.
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Science Krste Asanovic   Scientist
Krste has written and co-authored many academic papers concerning computer architecture. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the RISC-V Foundation. He was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2014 for contributions to computer architecture. He was elected as an ACM Fellow in 2018 for contributions to computer architecture, including the open RISC-V instruction set and Agile hardware.
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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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Entertainment Coco Austin birthplace: Tarzana, CA Actor
born: Nicole Natalie Marrow. Coco began her career specializing in swimsuit, lingerie & body modeling, for calendars, catalogs and videos. She won the 1998 Miss Ujena contest in Mexico. She previously worked events and parties at the Playboy Mansion and also appeared in low-budget R-rated films. She has Serbian ancestry through maternal grandparents born in Serbia.
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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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Art & Literature Paul von Baich birthplace: Gratz, Austria Photographer
Paul was a Canadian portrait and wildlife photographer who traveled throughout Canada documenting the life of Canadians and Northern Native people from coast to coast, including landscape and wildlife.
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Sports Mike Bakic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Soccer
born: Milan Bakic. Mike is a Canadian retired soccer player. He played professional club soccer for Serbian White Eagles, Rochester Lancers, Washington Diplomats and Houston Hurricane. He also played indoor soccer for the Hartford Hellions and Kansas City Comets.
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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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Entertainment Emilija Baranac birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Actress
Emilija is a Serbian-Canadian actress and model. She is known for her portrayal of Midge Klump in The CW drama series Riverdale.
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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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Sports Nick Bastaja birthplace: Grantham, England Football
Former professional Canadian football offensive lineman who played 14 seasons in the Canadian Football League. He was raised in Hamilton, Ont and started his CFL career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was part of the Grey Cup championship-winning Winnipeg Blue Bombers teams of 1984 & 1988. He won the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award in the 1985 CFL season.
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Sports Arun Basuljevic birthplace: Bronx, New York Soccer
Arun is an American professional soccer player who plays for Oklahoma City Energy in the USL Championship.
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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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Entertainment Mike Begovich birthplace: Burlingame, CA Actor
born: Michael Joseph Begovich. He acted both on stage and on television. He would become a regular on the television series Fashion House playing Lance Miller. He would become a producer for music, movies and television.
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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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Business & Finance Nicholas Anthony Begovich birthplace: Oakland, CA Management
Nick formerly served as a corporate Vice President of Litton Industries and President of the Woodland Hills, Calif., aerospace company’s Data Systems Division. Prior to joining Litton, he retired as Vice President of the Ground Systems Group for Hughes Aircraft, where he made major contributions as an engineer, including groundbreaking work that led to advances in air defense systems.
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Business & Finance Jelena Behrend birthplace: Serbia Business Owner
Jelena is jewelry designer based out of the Lower East Side in New York City. Described as fashion forward by New York (magazine),[2] her hammered pieces have been seen on Hollywood celebrities and in feature films.
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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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Entertainment Donald P. Bellisario birthplace: Cokeburg, PA Producer
Donald broke into television as the story editor for Black Sheep Squadron. He is an American television producer and screenwriter who created and sometimes wrote episodes for the TV series Magnum, P.I., Tales of the Gold Monkey, Airwolf, Quantum Leap, JAG, and NCIS.
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Entertainment Michael Angelo Bellisario birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Actor
Michael is an American actor and the son of scriptwriter and producer Donald P. Bellisario.
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Entertainment Troian Bellisario birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Actor
Troian is an American actress. She is best known for starring as Spencer Hastings in the television series Pretty Little Liars. She is the daughter of producers Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt.
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Entertainment Laura Benanti birthplace: New York City, NY Actor
born: Laura Ilene Vidnovic. Laura is an American actress and singer. She has received five Tony Award nominations. She played Louise in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy, winning the 2008 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Benanti then appeared in the 2010 stage musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, winning the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She appeared in the 2013 NBC television production of The Sound of Music Live!, in the TV series Supergirl and the TBS comedy The Detour. She also has had a recurring role as First Lady Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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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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Art & Literature Rushka Bergman birthplace: Serbia Editor / Publisher
Rushka is an artist, film director and contributing fashion editor for LUomo Vogue and Vogue Italia. She was the personal stylist for Michael Jackson and acted as creative consultant and costume designer for his This Is It concerts in London.
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Entertainment Sanja Bestic birthplace: Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia Director
aka: Sanja Bestic Berisavac. Sanja is a director, writer and producer.
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Entertainment Gordon Bijelonic birthplace: New York, NY Producer
Gordon is a Hollywood producer with over 40 film credits to his name. His movies feature a Who’s Who of Hollywood actors from Vin Diesel to Robert De Niro, Keira Knightley and the late Robin Williams, among many others.
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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 Predrag Bjelac birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia Actor
He portrayed Igor Karkaroff in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Lord Donnon in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. He is a graduate of the Belgrade University's Faculty of Dramatic Art, class of 1986, and studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (1988) in New York City.
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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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Sports Bogdan Bogdanovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Basketball
Selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 27th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, with his draft rights being traded to the Sacramento Kings during the 2016 NBA draft. In 2018, he was selecteed to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. He also represents the Serbian national basketball team internationally. He earned an All-EuroLeague First Team and a EuroBasket All-Tournament Team selection in 2017. He was named the 2017 All-Europe Player of the Year, by the international basketball website Eurobasket.com.
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Entertainment Dusan Bogdanovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Musician
Dusan is a composer and classical guitarist. As a soloist and in collaboration with other artists, he has toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan, and the U.S. He has taught at the University of Southern California, San Francisco Conservatory, and the Geneva University of Music.
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Entertainment Maja Bogdanovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Musician
Maja is a Paris-based cellist who also lives part of the year in Chicago, Illinois.
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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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Entertainment Nikola Bogojevic birthplace: Duluth, MN Wrestler
Nikola is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Otis, and is the current holder of the mens Money in the Bank contract. He was the National Champion in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Junior Pan-American Games in 2011. He also won bronze at the Pan-American Games in Greco-Roman wrestling in 2014. He had a perfect 48-0 season in 2010 for the Spartans, winning the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Wrestling Championship in the 285-pound class.
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Sports Brian Thomas Bogusevic birthplace: Oak Lawn, IL Baseball
Brian is an American/Serbian professional baseball former outfielder and broadcaster. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Orix Buffaloes.
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Aerospace Danilo Bojic birthplace: Lipovo near Kolasin Engineer
Redesigned the new escape hatch after the Apollo I disaster. He was a member of the NASA Apollo 'Serbo 7 Team'.
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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 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. Raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Born to a Ukrainian father and Serbian mother.
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Academics Ranko Bon   Professor
Rankjo holds a Diplomate Engineer in Architecture degree from Belgrade University, a Master’s in City Planning from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT. He has worked in the Urban Planning Institute of Slovenia in Ljubljana before teaching at MIT, the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Northeastern University, MIT, and the University of Reading, where he is emeritus professor. He is also a writer and painter.
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Art & Literature Bratsa Bonifacho birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Artist
Bratsa is a painter, working from a discipline based in formalism, he is an abstract expressionist who chooses between many elements including symbolist and figurative to express non-verbal thoughts and emotions abstractly.
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Art & Literature Boogie birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Photographer
born: Vladimir Milivojevich. Boogie is a photographer from Serbia, based in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his documentary and portrait photographs of people on the margins of society and for his street photography. His work has been published in The New York Times,Time, The Huffington Post, Huck, and shown on HBO (for the show How To Make It in America).
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Entertainment Muruga Booker birthplace: Detroit, MI Musician
born: Steven Bookvich. Muruga is an American drummer, composer, inventor, artist, recording artist, and an autonomous Orthodox priest.
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Science Olga Boric-Lubecke   Engineer
Olga is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu. She was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2015 for contributions to biomedical microwave technology. She co-founded Adnoviv a startup working with sensor technology founded in 2013.
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Sports Milan Borjan birthplace: Knin, SR Croatia Soccer
Milan is a Canadian professional football player who plays as a goalkeeper for Serbian club Red Star Belgrade and the Canadian national team.
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Judiciary Nick Borkovich birthplace: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Judge
Honourable Nick Borkovich was an Attorney, Judge in the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) (1990-1999) and Judge in the Superior Court of Justice (1999-2010). Also helped organize Hamilton's SNF Basketball teams in the 1960's & 1970's.
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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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Sports Evan Bouchard birthplace: Oakville, Ontario, Canada Hockey
Evan was drafted in the first round, in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection by the London Knights. He helped London capture the OHL Championship and 2016 Memorial Cup in his first year with the organization and was named captain of the Knights for the 2017–18 OHL season. He was then selected in the first round, by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Evan was the youngest Oilers’ defenceman to score a goal five days after his 19th birthday. Son of a Serbian mother.
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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.
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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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Sports Milan Bozic birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Soccer
Milan is a Canadian football player that previously played with Serbian top league clubs FK Zvezdara and FK Hajduk Beograd, Ukrainian club FC Volyn Lutsk, lower league Serbian clubs FK Indija, FK Zeleznicar Beograd and FK Kolubara and with the Bosnian Premier League club FK Leotar.
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Sports Robert (Bob) Bozic birthplace: Windsor, Ontario Canada Boxing
Bob was a professional heavyweight boxer from Toronto, Canada, between 1970-77. His boxing record was 14-3 (7 KOS). He fought and lost to Larry Holmes in Madison Square Garden in 1973. He recently worked as a bartender in New York City at Fanelli Cafe.
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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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Politics Bob Bratina birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Mayor
Canadian broadcaster and politician who served as the 56th Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario from 2010 to 2014. Went on to become the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Hamilton East--Stoney Creek. He also played brac, clarinet, saxophone and accordion for the Balkan Strings Tamburitza Orchestra. Son of a Serbian mother & Croatian father.
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Sports David Joseph Brcic birthplace: St. Louis, MO Soccer
David is a retired American soccer goalkeeper who played professionally in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. He also competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics and earned four caps with the United States mens national soccer team.
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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.
       
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Sports Mike Brkovich birthplace: Windsor, Ontario Basketball
Member of the 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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Politics Mark Brnovich birthplace: Detroit, MI Attorney General
Mark currently serves as Arizonas 26th Attorney General. He was first inaugurated in 2015, and again in 2019 after winning re-election. Mark has spent most of his professional life serving as a prosecutor at the local, state, and federal levels.
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Sports Nikola 'Niki' Budalic birthplace: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Soccer
Niki is a retired Canadian soccer player who currently serves as a director of soccer operations for Inter Miami CF. He previously played 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. He was the 18th overall pick of the Colts in the 1970 NFL Draft, Named to the 1971 Pro Bowl & Won Super Bowl V. His run set up the field position for the Colts' late winning FG against Dallas.
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Entertainment Nina Bunjevac birthplace: Welland, Ontario, Canada Cartoonist
Canadian born, Nina spent her formative years in Yugoslavia, where she began her art education before returning to Canada at onset of the war of the 1990s. Nina’s comics have been published in a number of international periodicals and anthologies, including The National Post, Le Monde Diplomatique, ArtReview and Best American Comics. She has authored 3 books. And, her artwork has been included in a number of exhibitions, both in Canada and internationally.
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Politics John Butrovich Jr. birthplace: Fairbanks, AK State Senator
Born in a mining camp, John worked in the insurance business and served in the Alaska Territorial Senate. A conservative, budget-pinching Republican in the territorial and state legislatures, he nevertheless drew respect from Democrats for his willingness to support taxes that paid for services to Alaskans.
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Business & Finance Ljubomir Buturovic   Management
Ljubomir is vice president of informatics at Inflammatix where his team leverages novel data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence to develop and validate the robust clinical algorithms that power the company’s diagnostic tests. Prior to Inflammatix, Dr. Buturovic was the principal at Clinical Persona, chief scientist at Pathwork Diagnostics, Inc., bioinformatics director at Incyte Corporation and adjunct professor of computer science at San Francisco State University.
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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 birthplace: 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
       
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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. He won silver at the 2008 Bejing Olympics and gold at the 2009 World Championships in Rome.
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Sports Stefan Cebara birthplace: Zadar, Yugoslavia Soccer
Stefan is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a winger for Valour FC. Born to a Serb father and a Croat mother and spent his early years in the town of Benkovac. He first moved to Belgrade with his family when he was four, and then to Canada at the age of six. At the age of nine he started playing with Windsor FC Nationals. He grew up competing in soccer, basketball, hockey, volleyball and track/field.
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Entertainment Kaca Celan birthplace: Ratkovo (OdZaci), SR Serbia Director
Kaca is an award-winning writer, director, theatre and acting expert, professor and actress. She is internationally known for being awarded the first prize for the best German-language play from the Bund der Theatergemeinden (Alliance of the German Theatre Community) for her play Heimatbuch among other awards.
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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 Peter Chelovich   Business Owner
President/Owner of Export Lakes Export. He is a recipient of Volunteerism award presented at the White House by President Ronald Reagan.
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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 Vasil Crlenica   Tamburitza Musician
aka: Vaso Crlenica. Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1978
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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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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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Science Slobodan Cuk birthplace: Yugoslavia Engineer
For over 20 years, Slobodan was a full-time Professor of Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology until January 2000. In 1979, he founded TESLAco, which is currently located in Laguna Niguel, California. Over 30 patents have Slobodans name on them.
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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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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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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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Sports Frank Dancevic Russell birthplace: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Tennis
Frank is a Canadian professional tennis player. He first became the countrys top singles player, according to ATP rankings, on February 10, 2003, as an 18-year-old, and remained so from January 30, 2006 until June 20, 2010. Dancevic has reached two ATP singles finals (Indianapolis and Eastbourne), the quarterfinals of the 2007 Montreal Masters and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 65 in September 2007.
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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
       
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Politics John Dapcevich   Mayor
Mayor of Sitka, Alaska for 5 terms (total of 12 years).
       
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Politics Marko Dapcevich   Mayor
Mayor of Sitka, Alaska
       
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Politics Velimir 'Bill' Dapcevich   Administration
Head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the state of Alaska.
       
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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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Sports Nicholas Nick Delpopolo birthplace: Niksic, Montenegro, Yugoslavia Martial Arts
born: Petar Perovic. Nick is an American judoka. He competed in the mens 73 kg event at the 2012 Summer Olympics; Won the 2nd & 3rd rounds, lost the 4th round and was eliminated in the repechages. He was then expelled from the Olympics by the IOC after he tested positive for cannabis. He competed again at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the mens 73 kg event, ultimately finishing 7th in his division.
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Academics Bogdan Denitch birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria Sociology
born: Bogdan Denis Denic. Bogdan was an American sociologist. He was a leading authority on the political sociology of the former Yugoslavia, and served as professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) from 1973 to 1994. Denitch was active in democratic left politics throughout his life, joining the Young Peoples Socialist League at age 18, and later co-founding the Democratic Socialists of America. From 1983 through 2004 he organized the annual Socialist Scholars Conference in New York. Since the 1990s he was an advocate for human rights and an opponent of nationalism in the former Yugoslavia.
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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
       
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Politics Marina Dimitrijevic   City Government
Marina is an American politician from Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Common Council member for the 14th Aldermanic District, serving since 2020. Previously, she served on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors from 2004 to 2020, including as board chairwoman from 2012 to 2015. A Democrat, she has also worked as the executive director of the Wisconsin Working Families Party.
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Entertainment Mike Dimkich birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Musician
born: Michael John Dimkich. Mike is an American guitarist who is currently a member of the punk rock band Bad Religion. He has also played for The Cult, Channel 3, Suckerpunch, and Steve Jones.
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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
Vlade 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. Is currently the Sacramento Kings' GM. Recipient of the 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a two time FIBA World Cup Champion and two time Olympic Silver winner. His #21 has been retired by the Sacramento Kings.
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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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Sports Novak Djokovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Tennis
Nivak is a professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, 5 ATP Finals titles, 34 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 14 ATP Tour 500 titles, and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for over 280 weeks. In majors, he has won a record 8 Australian Open titles, 5 Wimbledon titles, 3 US Open titles, and 1 French Open title. By winning the 2016 French Open, he became the 8th player in history to achieve the Career Grand Slam and the 3rd man to hold all 4 major titles at once, the first since Rod Laver in 1969 and the first ever to do so on three different surfaces.
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Sports Bob Djokovich birthplace: Gary, IN Handball
born: Robert Ray Djokovich. Bob is an American former Basketball and Handball player who competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics in handball. He was the 4th President of the USA Team Handball. At the Summer Olympics in 1984 was he team captain and scored 18 goals. His biggest victories are the Gold medal at the Pan American Games (1987) and a silver medal at the Goodwill Games (1986).
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Sports Barney Djordjevic   Soccer
born: Slobodan Djordjevic.Barney was an American soccer forward who earned one cap with the U.S. national team in a 2-1 World Cup qualification loss to Mexico on September 10, 1972 in Los Angeles. He played in the German American Soccer League and was in the stands to watch the game. Through an error by the United States Soccer Federation, the team was short handed and Barney came out of the stands to start the game. He was replaced at halftime.
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Business & Finance Marek Djordjevic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Management
Marek worked at Rolls Royce for 15 years as the companys head of exterior design and also creative director for the USA Design works studio. While there, he worked on the Mini, MG, and Land Rover vehicles, while Rover Group was owned by Rolls Royce. He was also involved in the design of the Phantom Drophead Coupe, the Phantom Coupe and the experimental Rolls-Royce 100EX, named best luxury car ever by Esquire magazine. In 2003, he designed the exterior of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII, a luxury model which helped revive the Rolls Royce brand. Marek left Rolls Royce in 2005, to start his own namesake firm in Los Angeles.
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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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Entertainment Zeljko Djukic birthplace: Derventa, Bosnia & Herzegovina Director
Zeljko was born in Derventa, Bosnia & Herzegovina. He studied Stage Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He co-founded The Utopian Theater Asylum (TUTA) in Washington, DC in 1995 and moved the company to Chicago in 2002. He began as Artistic Director and will now assume the role of Founding Director. He received a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Drama Arts School in Belgrade, Serbia. He will teach Modern American Dance abroad, but will also continue to teach classes at TUTA.
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Art & Literature Radovan Lale Djuric birthplace: Yugoslavia Artist
Lale started studying art at the College of Architecture in Nis, Serbia. After his studies in Nis, he went on to work at the Nation Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia as a set designer before studying fine art in Belgrade, Venice, Amsterdam, and Paris. He went on to work with the Dalmas design firm in Paris before moving to the United States in the 70s for the remainder of his career. Once moving to the United States, he set up his gallery Lales space on East 72nd street in Manhattan, NY, where he displayed his own artwork, including his large folding panels.
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Military Theresa A.H. Djuric   USAF - Brigadier General
Teresa is a retired United States Air Force brigadier general. Her last assignment was Deputy Director, Space and Intelligence Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
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Sports Andrew Joseph 'Jess' Dobernic birthplace: Mount Olive, IL Baseball
born: Andrew Joseph Dobernic. Jess was an American 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. For his career, he compiled a 7–3 record, with a 5.21 earned run average, and 55 strikeouts in 109 innings pitched.
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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 M. Drachkovitch birthplace: Serbia Professor
Milorad received a bachelor's degree in political science (1949) and a Ph.D (1953) from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After serving as director of studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, he went to the United States (1958), where he held a succession of academic posts. He was a visiting assistant professor of political science at the UC Berkeley, a fellow at the Russian Research Center at Harvard and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. He served as the director of the Hoover Archives and was awarded the title of senior fellow, emeritus, at the Hoover Institution in 1993.
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Entertainment Rasha Drachkovitch   Producer
Rasha is an American television producer and President of 44 Blue Productions, which he co-founded with his wife, Stephanie Drachkovitch in 1984. In that capacity, he has been the executive producer of A&Es Whalburgers, and Night Watch Animal Planets Pit Bulls & Parolees, FS1s Pecos League, LMNs Killer Kids, and MSNBCs Lockup.
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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 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 the AL Rookie of the Year in 1950. He was also drafted by the NFL Chicago Bears (1946, 9th Round) and BAA Providence Steamrollers (1947, 1st Round).
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Business & Finance Mitchell M. Duchich   Business Owner
born: Mihailo Duchich. Mitchell was the founder of the Clover Leaf Dairy Company. Built in 1908, it was one of the earliest dairies in Gary, Indiana and one of the largest employers there at that time. Actor Karl Maldens father worked there as a milkman. As president of the Serbian National Defense Council of America, he met with president Harry S. Truman in the early 1950s. Known as a philanthropist, he also funded a scholarship program allowing American youth of Serbian origin to attend college.
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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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Aerospace Paul Duich birthplace: Centerville, IA Engineer
Paul was a Logistics Manager and Engineer for electrical energy for the Apollo spaceship during the flight to the moon. He also was a Retired USAF Colonel. He was a member of the NASA Apollo 'Serbo 7 Team'.
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Military Momcilo Voyvoda Djujic birthplace: Kovacic, Knin, Dalmatia, Austria-Hungary Chetniks
Momcilo was a Serbian Orthodox priest and Chetnik commander who led a significant proportion of the Chetniks within the northern Dalmatia and western Bosnia regions of the Independent State of Croatia during World War II. He survived the war, surrendered to the western Allies and emigrated to California. He played an important role in Serbian emigre circles and founded the Ravna Gora Movement of Serbian Chetniks alongside other exiled Chetnik fighters. He later retired to San Marcos. He died at a hospice in San Diego at the age of 92.
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Judiciary Nicholas M. Duric   Attorney
Chicago Attorney and founder of the Serbian Bar Association.
       
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Entertainment Richard Dick Durock birthplace: South Bend, IN Actor
Dick was an American actor and stuntman who appeared in over 80 films and over 700 television episodes. He was perhaps best known for playing Swamp Thing in both the feature films Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing and the subsequent television show.
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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, 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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Art & Literature Alexander Dzigurski birthplace: Stari Becej, in Backa, Serbia Artist
Internationally acclaimed seascape artist.
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Science Bernhard Caesar Einstein birthplace: Bern, Switzerland Physicist
Bernard spent his early years in Switzerland until the age of eight, when his family moved to Greenville, South Carolina. He was not a serious student in high school, or even in his first two years of college at UC Berkeley. He enlisted in the US Army was stationed in southern Germany. He credited the army for giving him self-discipline, and after discharge he applied and was admitted to Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland. He followed in both his grandfathers and his fathers footsteps to study physics at the ETH. Upon graduation at ETH, he returned to the United States and worked as an engineer for Texas Instruments and then Litton Industries. He filed and obtained five U.S. patents.
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Science Hans Albert Einstein birthplace: Bern, Switzerland Physicist
Hans was a Swiss-American engineer and educator, the second child and first son of Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric. Hans A. Einstein was a long-time professor of Hydraulic Engineering at the UC Berkeley. He was widely recognized for his research on sediment transport. To honor his outstanding achievement in hydraulic engineering, the American Society of Civil Engineers established the Hans Albert Einstein Award in 1988 and the annual award is given to those who have made significant contributions to the field.
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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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Sports Mike Enich birthplace: Boone, IA Football
Iron Mike was a college football player for the University of Iowa. He was a member of Iowas 1939 Ironmen team and a first team All-American in 1940. As a senior in 1940, Enich was named team captain and MVP of the football team. He earned first team All-American honors and played in the East-West Shrine Game in 1941. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the USMC. He served in the South Pacific theater where he received severe chest wounds at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 and was awarded the Purple Heart. He returned to the University of Iowa where he attended law school, receiving his juris doctor degree in 1948. He was elected Poweshiek County Attorney (1963) and was appointed to the district court bench (1971). He was also inducted into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame.
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Sports Steve Enich birthplace: Hibbing, MN Football
Drafted in the fourth round of the 1945 NFL Draft by the Boston Yanks and played that season with the Chicago Cardinals as an Offensive Guard. Received the Order of St. Sava Category I (1989).
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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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Judiciary Jill Nicole Filipovic birthplace: United States Attorney
Jill is an American feminist, lawyer and author. She earned a BA degree with dual majors in Journalism and Politics from New York University (NYU) and a JD degree from the NYU School of Law in 2008.
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Academics Lilien Filipovic-Robinson birthplace: Slovenia Professor
Professor of Art at George Washington University
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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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Entertainment Dillon Hart Francis birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Musician
Dillonis is an American electronic musician, record producer and DJ. A native of Los Angeles, he is best known for popularizing the moombahton genre.
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Humanitarian Helen Losanitch Frothingham birthplace: Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia Pioneer
Helen was a humanitarian aid worker, womens rights activist, nurse and writer. During World War I, she travelled from Serbia to the United States to secure relief packages from donors to help soldiers and orphans. When the war ended, she established an orphanage in Guethary, France to care for orphans of the Spanish Civil War. She was honoured for her service with Serbias highest award, the Order of the White Eagle.
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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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Aerospace Peter Galovich birthplace: Hudson, WY Engineer
Peter was an Electronics Engineer for the 'Emergency Hatch System'. He was a member of the NASA Apollo 'Serbo 7 Team'.
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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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Business & Finance Welko Gasich   Management
aka: Velko Gasich. Welko was a retired Executive Vice President, Programs Northrop Grumman for Aerospace Engineering. He was also a retired Aerospace Defense Executive, Management Consultant of Douglas Aircraft Co. Instrumental in the development of the T-38, F-5, F-20 and B-2 Bomber.
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Entertainment Ogden Gavanski   Producer
Ogden is a film producer. He has worked with well-known Hollywood actors and also co-produced with Pedro Almodovar. He is one of the owners of Milestone Production, a Vancouver production company founded in 1996. He is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada.
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Sports Momcilo 'Gabbo' Gavric birthplace: Sinj, Yugoslavia Soccer
Gabbo was a professional soccer player. In 1967, he signed with the Oakland Clippers of the North American Soccer League (NASL). He spent two seasons with the Clippers and won the 1967 championship with them. He was also an NFL placekicker for the San Francisco 49ers in 1969. He moved to the Dallas Tornado, then to the San Jose Earthquakes where he was the co-MVP of the NASL indoor tournament and named to the All-tournament team.
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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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Academics Thomas Dashiff Gilovich birthplace: United States Author / Professor
Thomas is the Irene Blecker Rosenfeld Professor of Psychology at Cornell University. He has conducted research in social psychology, decision making, behavioral economics, and has written popular books on these subjects. he has collaborated with Daniel Kahneman, Richard Nisbett, Lee Ross and Amos Tversky. His articles in peer-reviewed journals on subjects such as cognitive biases have been widely cited. In addition, he has been quoted in the media on subjects ranging from the effect of purchases on happiness to perception of judgment in social situations. He is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
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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. His #20 has been retired by the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and is only 1 of 7 including Michael Jordan and James Worthy.
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Business & Finance Milomir Glavcic birthplace: Pope, Serbia Business Owner
Milomir arrived in Canada in 1949 not knowing the language or the customs, without a penny in his pocket. He first worked as a farm laborer and then as a miner. Soon after, he moved to Niagara Falls and opened a small restaurant. With hard work, frugal living, and shrewd investment, he soon began buying real estate and a few small business. As he prospered, he became a generous patron of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Canada and helped Serbs in Niagara Falls build the church dedicated to St. George. He also paid for the reconstruction of several ruined churches in his native village and the surrounding area. Glavcic Drive is named in his honor.
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Sports Mike Glumac birthplace: Niagara Falls, Ontario Hockey
A professional ice hockey player that played with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Captain for Croatian hockey club KHL Medvescak Zagreb in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
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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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Business & Finance Jeff Gray   Executive/Entrepreneur
CEO & Co-founder of Gluware. Prior to GLuware, he was VP of BD at Yelofin, Director of BD at Firefly and a Management Consultant at Deutsche Bank GTS/Cards. He has 2 US Patents and has received a US Special Congressional Recognition and a US COngressional Commendation for service to the community and business entrepreneurship.
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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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Politics John Gregovich birthplace: Petrovac, Montenegro State Senator
John was a merchant and Nevada Senator in the late 19th century. A member of the Silver Party during his tenure as senator, he later helped take on the cases of various Serbian and Montenegrin immigrants living in Tonopah after a mine fire in 1911. He was murdered in 1912 by fellow immigrant Andriza Mircovich, who remains the only person executed by firing squad in the state of Nevada. His house in Tonopah, the John Gregovich House, is a historic home listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
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Entertainment Gloria Grey birthplace: Portland, OR Actor
born: Maria Dragomanovich. Gloria was an American screen and stage actress and director, appearing in mainly dramatic/romantic films during the silent era and after. She appeared in 33 films[a] during the 1920s, as well as five Spanish-language films made in Argentina during World War II.
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Academics Andrej Grubacic birthplace: Yugoslavia Professor
Andrej is a US-based Yugoslav Sociologist, Balkan federalist, and university Professor with a Yugoslavian background who has written on cooperation and mutual aid in world history, world systems theory, labor history, and the history of the Balkans. He is the grandson of Ratomir Dugonjic, Yugoslav partisan leader and communist revolutionary. An advocate of an anarchist approach to world-systems theory, he is one of the protagonists of new anarchism, and a prominent member of the now defunct antiglobalization or global justice movement.
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Sports Marko Guduric birthplace: Priboj, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia Basketball
Marko signed his first professional contract in April 2013. In 2019, he signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies and in December 2020, the Grizzlies waived him. He then signed with Fenerbahçe Beko.
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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 John Hajdukovich birthplace: Montenegro Pioneer
John ran several trading posts around Big Delta and was a member of the Alaska Game Commission. He immigrated to Alaska in 1903 and worked as a miner, trapper, and guide. In 1906 John bought the roadhouse in Big Delta and enlarged it, and later sold it. In 1928 his observations and experience in the Big Delta country was the basis for the relocation of the bison herd from Montana that lives there.
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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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Politics Karin Housley birthplace: South St. Paul, MN State Senator
Karin is a Minnesota politician, businesswoman, and member of the Minnesota Senate. She is also an author and has been published by Random House. Karin's father was born to Serbian parents (Milovan & Anna Tabakovich) and, at a young age, was adopted by his sister & brother-in-law after the passing of his parents. She is married to Phil Housley who is an American professional ice hockey coach and former NHL player.
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Art & Literature Tijana Ibrahimovic birthplace: Sombor, Serbia Journalist
Tijana is an entertainment journalist and TV personality. She first left her native country to complete Serbo-Hungarian high school in Budapest, Hungary. She then moved to the US as an international student and attended CUNY
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Entertainment Ivan Ilic birthplace: Palo Alto, CA Musician
Pianist Ivan enjoys a unique place in today’s musical landscape thanks to his unconventional repertoire and multifaceted approach. By combining performing with writing, producing radio and video, and drawing upon key interdisciplinary experiences with visual art, acting, and the neuroscience of learning, he develops new audiences for unfamiliar music.
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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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Art & Literature Mirko Ilic birthplace: Bosnia and Herzegovina Artist
Mirko is a comics artist based in New York City. He published his first works in 1973, and has since been publishing comics and illustrations in magazines and has become the art and comics editor of the students magazine Polet in 1976. He also designed album covers, designed covers for political weekly magazines, posters for theaters and posters for movies. In March 1986 he moved to New York. He started publishing his illustrations in Time, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other newspapers and magazines. In 1991, he became an art director of Time International and the following year he became art director of the Op-Ed in the New York Times.
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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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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 Stefan Jankovic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Basketball
Stefan is a professional player. He played two seasons of college basketball for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors where he was named the Big West Conference Player of the Year in 2016. Since turning pro, hes played for; Sioux Falls Skyforce, Erie BayHawks, Crvena Zvezda, Partizan, AEK Athens and Capital City Go-Go.
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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. While with the U. of Miami Hurricanes Sam hired future NFL coaching legend, Jimmy Johnson and Clemson University's Athletics Director, Dan Radakovich.
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Sports Timothy Robert Jankovich birthplace: Gary, IN Basketball
Tim Jankovich was named head coach at SMU on July 8, 2016, after four years as associate head coach. He previously was head coach at Illinois State (2007-12) and North Texas (1993-97), and as an assistant or head coach, his teams have won 7 regular season conference championships and 5 league tournament titles, made 10 NCAA appearances and have earned 8 NIT berths. His career includes serving as an assistant coach for Lon Kruger, Jack Hartman, Eddie Sutton, Kevin Stallings, Bill Self, Larry Brown, Boyd Grant, Gene Iba and Bob Weltlich.
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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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Science Marko V. Jaric birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Physicist
Marko was a Serbian-American physicist. He served as visiting professor at Montana State University and Harvard University, and full professor at Texas A&M University. He was a leading researcher in the field of Quasi-Crystals authoring and editing four influential books. An annual award was established in his name, known as the Serbian Nobel Prize for excellence in physics by a Serbian born physicist.
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Entertainment Michael C. Jelenic birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Producer
born: Michael Christopher Jelenic. Michael is an television writer, producer and animator. He is best known for working on Teen Titans Go! alongside Aaron Horvath. He and Horvath both wrote the feature film Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018). He also developed Batman: The Brave and the Bold with James Tucker and the 2011 TV series ThunderCats with Ethan Spaulding, which both aired on Cartoon Network and were made by Warner Bros. Animation.
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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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Entertainment Ivy Jenkins birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Musician
born: Ivana Vujic.Ivy is a Canadian bassist. She started her music career playing bass for the melodic hard rock band In The Wake from Toronto, Canada. She then joined the all-woman band Kittie in late 2007, a period which found the band playing concerts in Central and South America. She appeared on their 5th & 6th albums. Ivy is currently playing bass guitar in a metal band called Speedgod, from Lansing, MI with her husband Geoff Jenkins on vocals. Ivy is the co-owner of Umeus Cloth, a clothing line run by herself and her husband.
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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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Sports Nikola Jokic birthplace: Sombor, Serbia Basketball
Nicknamed 'Joker', Jokic was selected with the 41st overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2014 NBA draft. Selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2016. In the 2018–19 NBA season he received his first All-Star and All-NBA First Team selections. He also won an Olympic silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games. Nikola also represents the Serbian national basketball team internationally.
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Entertainment Mirjana Jokovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Actor
Mirjana is a film and stage actress, best known for her role in Underground (1995), Maid in Manhattan (2002), At Middleton (2013) and Eversmile New Jersey (1989). She currently is Director of Performance for Acting and an acting teacher in the Theater Faculty of the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles.
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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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Entertainment Victoria Jordanova birthplace: Yugoslavia Composer
born: Viktorija (Vita) Pop Jordanova. She is a composer, performer, and media artist. She is the creative director, curator, producer and the sound editor for ArpaViva, a music and performance label she founded in 2003.
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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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Sports Milan Jovanovic birthplace: Nis, Serbia Strongman
Nicknamed: Strongman. Milan is a former WPA and GPC world powerlifting champion and a strongman competitor. He is sometimes known by the nickname Ribcracker. He is also a writer and blogger. He also appeared in several supporting roles in a couple of movies, namely The Parade, The Sisters and Montevideo, vidimo se!
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Sports Pavle Jovanovic birthplace: Toms River, NJ Bobsleigh
U.S. Olympic team officials liked to say Pavle Jovanovic is one of the most feared brakemen' on the Bobsleigh World Cup circuit. His two first place finishes in late 2004 and strong performances through 2005, gave good reason to proclaim him as one of the best, likely to be a 2006 Turin Winter Games participant and potential winner.
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Entertainment Brandon Jovanovich birthplace: Billings, MT Musician
Brandon is an operatic tenor whose repertoire encompasses Wagner, Puccini, Strauss, Britten, and from early Baroque to world premiere operas. He is most known for his passionate portrayals of Slavic, French and German operas. His signature roles include Don José in Bizets Carmen, B. F. Pinkerton in Puccinis Madama Butterfly, Cavaradossi in Puccinis Tosca, and the title role in Wagners Lohengrin. He was the 2007 Richard Tucker Award winner.
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Business & Finance Drago Jovanovich birthplace: Yugoslavia Management
aka: D. K. (Dragoljub Kosta) or 'Gish'. Began his career working on Frank Piasecki's XHRP-1, later to become the H-21. Leaving Piasecki, he formed his own company and created the JOV-3, the first tandem with intermeshing rotors to be successfully flown. He then joined McCulloch Motors and formed the Aircraft Division completing the MC-4, MC-9 and J-2 Autogyro. He then went to work for Hughes Helicopters on the Hughes 269. In all, he was the chief engineer on no less than eight rotary wing aircraft. He held 16 patents on rotary wing aircraft and, his designs for main rotor blades, hubs and drive systems are still in use on the Hughes 500 and 300 series. He is accredited with the development of the Tension Torsion Strap Blade Retention system, and his fail-safe design philosophy has set industry standards.
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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. She was born to a Serbian father and Russian mother.
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Sports Boban Kajgo birthplace: Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia Soccer
Boban is a Canadian soccer player who plays for the OFK Balkan Mirijevo in the Serbian League Belgrade.
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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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Sports Radivoje Rade Kalajdzic birthplace: Zenica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina Boxing
Rade is a professional boxer. He turned pro in 2011. On 18 October 2013, he took out light heavyweight legend Otis Griffin in just 1 round. He lost a highly controversial decision to Marcus Browne 16 April 2016 fight for the WBC United States title, which broke his undefeated streak. He was officially the IBU Champion in 2014. His three-seconds knockout of Fabio Garrido on 13 November 2015 was met with criticism.
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Sports Francis Stanley Kaminsky III birthplace: Winfield, IL Basketball
Frank is a professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected with the ninth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2015 NBA draft. He played college basketball for the Wisconsin Badgers, where he set the Wisconsin single-game record for points (43). He was the unanimous mens National College Player of the Year in 2015.
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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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Sports Milovan Kapor birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Soccer
Milovan is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays for Uzbek club Buxoro. In 2012, he played in the USL Premier Development League with Bradenton Academics, and the following season with Baltimore Bohemians. He made his professional debut for Dukla Banská Bystrica against Spartak Trnava on March 6, 2015. In 2016, he joined ViOn Zlaté Moravce.
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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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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.
       
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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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Sports Aleksandar Katai birthplace: Srbobran, Serbia Soccer
Aleksandar is a professional footballer who has played for the Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy.
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Entertainment Stana Katic birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Actress
Stana was raised in Chicago. 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. Stana co-starred in the American crime-comedy-drama television series 'Castle' from 2009 to 2016.
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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.
       
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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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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. Uncle of Milan Lucic.
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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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Academics Veselin Kesich birthplace: Bosansko Grahovo, Yugoslavia Theology
Dr. Kesich was an expert on Eastern Orthodox theology, early Christianity and Serbian Church history. He was a professor of New Testament studies at St. Vladimirs Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York and also a member of the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, N.Y. where he taught comparative religion, with a focus on Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. He was the author of several books including Formation and Struggles: The Birth of the Church AD 33-200; The First Day of the New Creation: The Resurrection and the Christian Faith; The Gospel Image of Christ: The Church and Modern Criticism and Treasures of the Holy Land, which he coauthored with his beloved wife.
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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 Gordon Zdravko Kljestan birthplace: Mission Viejo, CA Soccer
As a three year starter at Seton Hall, he was named as a 2006 All-Big East preseason selection and 2005 All-Big East honorable mention. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. He went on to play for the New Jersey Ironmen (indoor), the New York Red Bulls, the Cleveland City Stars and FC Tampa Bay. He retired from professional soccer in January 2011 and currently is the Senior Director, Soccer Operations for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Gordon's brother, Sacha, was a teammate of his at Seton Hall and was also a professional soccer player.
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Sports Sacha Bryan Kljestan birthplace: Anaheim, CA Soccer
Sacha is an American soccer player who plays as a midfielder for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer. He also played on the United States men's national soccer team (USMNT) from 2007 to 2017. Sacha's brother, Gordon, was a teammate of his at Seton Hall and was also a professional soccer player, having played for the New York Red Bulls.
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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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Entertainment Sasha Knezev birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Film Director
Sasha is a filmmaker who attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a BA and MA in Critical Studies. He has produced, written and directed feature films, short-films and commercials and has authored a book on Eastern European media representation and cinema.
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Politics Radoje Knezevic birthplace: Stragari, Kingdom of Serbia Administration
Radoje was a key member of the group that organised the Yugoslav coup détat of 27 March 1941 that deposed the regency of Prince Paul, Dr. Radenko Stankovic and Dr. Ivo Perovic, along with the government of Prime Minister Dragisa Cvetkovic. Following the coup he was appointed as the Minister of the Royal Court, and after the resulting invasion of Yugoslavia, he accompanied the King and government into exile in Cairo then London. After the war, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour in absentia during the Belgrade Process conducted by the countrys newly established communist authorities, and emigrated to Canada.
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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 Ljubo 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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Sports Darko Kolic birthplace: Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia Soccer
Darko is a former footballer. He began his professional career in his hometown of Belgrade in 1992 – first with FK Rad in the First Division and then Hajduk Belgrade in the Second Division. He then moved to Canada where he played for 6 teams over 12 years. He then began his coaching career in 2007 when he was named assistant coach of the Concordia Stingers. In November, he left the Stingers and joined Vermont Voltage, becoming the assistant to Bo Simic. In 2011, he was named technical director of FC Anjou located in the eastern part of the city of Montreal.
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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. Milo's brother, Bill Komenich, also played in the NBL.
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Sports William 'Bill' Komenich birthplace: Gary, IN Basketball
Bill was an professional basketball player. He played for the Oshkosh All-Stars in the National Basketball League for three seasons and averaged 2.9 points per game. He won the NBL championship in 1941–42. Bills brother, Milo Komenich, also played in the NBL.
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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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Sports Mark 'Claw' Koncar birthplace: Murray, UT Football
Mike was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 1976 NFL Draft, playing for five seasons before playing for the Houston Oilers. After playing for the Oilers he retired.
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Sports John Konchar birthplace: West Chicago, IL Basketball
John is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons.
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Judiciary Steven R. Kosach   Judge
2nd Judicial District Court in Nevada
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Sports Zoran Kosanovic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Table Tennis
Zoran was a table tennis player. He represented Yugoslavia in all five world championships from 1973 to 1981. In 1976, he was European Champion in Prague. With his doubles partner he reached the European Championship semifinal in 1978. In the Balkan Championships, he won 11 titles. From 1975 to 1979, he was the Yugoslav champion five times. His highest ranking in the ITTF World Ranking was 7th place. In 1979, Kosanovic moved to Toronto. In 1981, he won the North American Championship and in 1982 the US Open. At the 1983 World Championship in Tokyo, he represented Canada.
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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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Entertainment Nick Kosovich birthplace: Australia Dancer
Nick is an internationally respected figure in the Ballroom world, Nick competed for 30 years before his recent retirement. He has competed in seven Professional World Championship events, and before retiring from competition earlier this year he won the United States American Smooth Championships and finished second in the 2004 World Classic Showdance Championships. He has appeared in several movies and appeared on numerous TV network shows.
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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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Academics Milivoje Kostic birthplace: Bioska, UZice, Serbia Professor
aka: Milivoje M. Kostic. Milivoje is a thermodynamicist and professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at Northern Illinois University, Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Illinois, and Editor-in-Chief of the Thermodynamics section of the journal Entropy. He is an expert in energy fundamentals and applications, including nanotechnology, with emphasis on efficiency, efficient energy use and energy conservation, and environment and sustainability. He has also worked in industry and has authored a number of patents and professional publications, including invited articles in professional encyclopedias.
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Academics Jelena Kovacevic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Professor
Jelena is engineering professor, whose research has focused on signal processing and data science. She is the first female dean of the engineering school at New York University.
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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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Science Dusan Krajcinovic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Engineer
Dusan was a mechanics scientist. He was past member and chair of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME. He served a term on the U. S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He authored a review paper on damage mechanics that predates his book on the same subject. He worked at Ingersoll Rand Research Inc. and Argonne National Laboratory, before becoming Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Illinois, Chicago, IL and then Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), until retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2004.
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Art & Literature Ana Kras birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Artist
Ana is a Serbian-born American furniture designer, photographer and fashion designer who is based in New York City. She has gained recognition for her Bonbon Lamps and for her photography for the Copenhagen Fashion Week sets, as well as for swimwear. As a teenager, she briefly modeled in Japan after declining modeling contracts in New York and Paris. She moved to Los Angeles in 2011 before settling in Manhattan in 2013.
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Sports Dejan Kravic birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Basketball
Dejan is a professional basketball player for Obradoiro of the Spanish Liga ACB. He started his college career with York University, Canada. In his sophomore season, he averaged 15.6 points and 9.6 rebounds. In the 2011–12, he was redshirted. In the 2012–13 season, he played his first games for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He was named to the First Team Academic All-Big 12. Since starting his pro career, he's played for 7 European teams.
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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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Science Miroslav Krstic birthplace: Pirot, Serbia Scientist
Miroslav is a control theorist, distinguished professor, senior associate vice chancellor for research, and director of a control systems research center at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is renowned for his contributions to adaptive control, nonlinear control, stochastic systems, extremum seeking, and boundary control of partial differential equations. He is a coauthor of 14 books and over 350 journal papers. He is among the most highly cited researchers in the field of control systems according to Scopus and Google Scholar.
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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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Entertainment Vuk Kulenovic birthplace: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia Composer
Vuk was a contemporary composer and teacher based in Boston, Massachusetts. He taught counterpoint, orchestration and directed study at Berklee College of Music. He composed and had commissions from around the world. His influences were wide-ranging, including jazz, Indian ragas, Balkan folk music, rock and many other contemporary styles. He wrote over 100 works for symphony orchestra, solo instruments, chamber ensembles, choral and vocal pieces, ballet, and scores for film and stage music.
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Sports Vladimir Kuljanin birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia Basketball
Vlad is a Canadian basketball player, who plays as a center. He was seventh place with the Canadian national men's basketball team at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. He moved to Toronto from his birth city of Sarajevo at the age of ten. He also played in the 2005 FIBA U21 World Championship, where Canada won the bronze medal.
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Entertainment Ludwig von Kunits birthplace: Vienna, Austria-Hungary Conductor
born: Ludwig Paul Maria von Kunic. aka: 'Luigi'. Luigi was a onductor, violinist, teacher, composer. At 11 he was asked by Brahms to attempt the second violin in one of the composer's quartets. At 21 he performed his own violin concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic. He went to the USA with an Austrian orchestra to perform at the 1893 World's Fair and remained there, teaching violin in Chicago and at the Pittsburgh Cons. It was as concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra that he first visited Toronto for a performance with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. In Toronto he formed the Academy String Quartet and at the request of the Toronto musicians he formed the New Symphony Orchestra, which in 1927 became the TSO. He shaped a generation of string players, some of whom continued to play with the TS in the 1980s.
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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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Business & Finance Zoran Ladicorbic birthplace: Banat, Serbia Fashion Design
Known as 'Zoran'. He is an American fashion designer that is particularly known for extremely minimalist, understated garments following the American sportswear principle, in neutral colors (occasionally red, purple or blue) and high quality natural fabrics such as silk, linen and cashmere wool. His clothes have been described as 'Gap for the very rich', and as 'revolutionary' due to being designed without 'built-in obsolescence'.
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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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Academics Gojko Lalic birthplace: Serbia Professor
He is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle, having joined the faculty in 2008. He also heads the Lalic Research Group which addresses the synthesis of complex organic molecules used in the pharmaceutical industry. He has contributed to approximately 50 cited papers and has two patents for methods and kits that analyse reaction products.
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Military Nick. A. Lalich   US Army - Captain
Nick was a star college basketball player at Ohio University and eventually played for the Youngstown Bears in the National Basketball League (NBL) during the 1945–46 season. During World War II, Nick served with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS; predecessor of CIA) helping to rescue and evacuate approximately 550 downed Allied fliers during Operation Halyard, without losing a single life or plane. He later worked for the CIA in Greece from 1952 to 1957.
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Sports Peter T. Lalich birthplace: Lorain, OH Basketball
Pete played basketball and baseball at Ohio University and in 1987 was inducted into the Ohio University Athletics Hall of Fame. He played in one game for the Cleveland Rebels where he attempted one field goal and was credited with one personal foul. He also played in the National Basketball League with the Sheboygan Redskins, the Cleveland Chase Brassmen, the Pittsburgh Raiders and the Youngstown Bears.
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Entertainment Lauren Lapkus birthplace: Evanston, IL Actress
born: Dorthea Lauren Allegra Lapkus. She is an American actress, voice actress, comedian and impressionist known for portraying Susan Fischer in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black and Jess in the HBO series Crashing. She has also made appearances on such television shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Middle, Hot in Cleveland, The Big Bang Theory, and @midnight and films such as Jurassic World. She has appeared on many podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang!, improv4humans, and her own podcast With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus. She was a main cast member on the TBS original sitcom Clipped. She also played the voice of Little Lotta in Harvey Street Kids.
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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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Academics Gordana Lazarevich birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Professor
She became director of the School of Music at the University of Victoria in 1986. Prior to that, she was director of graduate studies in music at the same university. She has written about various musicians and musical genres, specializing in 18th century and 19th century music. As a pianist, she performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and appeared on CBC radio and television. In 1959, Lazarevich won the CBC Trans-Canada Talent Festival in the piano category.
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Sports Milan 'Sheriff' Lazetich birthplace: Anaconda, MT Football
Milan was a first-team All-Big Ten tackle and second-team All-American in 1944 for the Michigan Wolverines. He later played professional football for the Cleveland Rams and Los Angeles Rams. He played on the 1945 NFL Championship team as a rookie and was an All-Pro guard/linebacker for the Rams in 1948 and 1949.
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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. Rush was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. He is part owner of the Toronto restaurant The Orbit Room, and is a licensed aircraft pilot, motorcycle rider, and gourmet cook. Alex received the Order of Canada.
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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. Son of a Serbian mother & Irish father.
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Sports Joseph Linta birthplace: New Brighton, PA Agent
Joe is an accomplished athlete and coach, but he is better known as a sports agent. He has been an NFLPA Licensed Agent since 1990, and since then has been the owner of JL Sports NFL Player Agency. He currently represents over 55 NFL players and coaches.
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Sports Ljiljana 'Lilo' Ljubisic birthplace: Yugoslavia Paralympic
Lilo is a paralympic athlete from Canada competing mainly in category F12 throws events. She has competed in the shot and discus at four consecutive Paralympics. She won the discus gold and shot silver medals in her second appearance in 1992 and followed this up with two bronze medals in the same events in 1996. However she was unable to win any medals in the 2000 Summer Paralympics.
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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 Bronko Lubich birthplace: Batonja, Hungary Wrestler
born: Bronko Sandor Lupsity. Bronko was a Hungarian-born Serbian Canadian professional wrestler, manager, referee and promoter. Known by his ring names Bronco or Bronko Lubich, he and Aldo Bogni were 'heels' competing in regional territories for the National Wrestling Alliance in Canada, the Pacific Northwest, Midwest and Southeastern United States throughout the 1960s. He also appeared as both a wrestler and manager in Texas during the early 1960s, and was often known to use his cane as a foreign object to help his men score victories. In this role he became a well-known booker and promoter in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. After his retirement, he joined Fritz von Erich's World Class Championship Wrestling as head referee and part of the booking team until its close in 1990.
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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
Milan is a professional ice hockey left winger (but plays physically in the style of a power forward) for the Calgary Flames of the NHL. He played major junior hockey with the Vancouver Giants, captured a Memorial Cup and was named tournament MVP. Drafted in 2007 by the Boston Bruins as a 19-year-old and 3 years later, he became the first player of Serbian descent to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. Nephew of Dragan 'Dan' Kesa.
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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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Entertainment Bela Lugosi birthplace: Lugos, Austria-Hungary Actor
born: Béla Ferenc Dezs? Blaskó. Known professionally as Bela Lugosi. Bela was a Hungarian-American actor best remembered for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in other horror films. After playing small parts on the stage in his native Hungary, Lugosi gained his first role in a film in 1917. He had to leave the country after the failed Hungarian Communist Revolution of 1919 because of his socialist activism. He acted in several films in Weimar Germany before arriving in the United States as a seaman on a merchant ship. In 1927, he appeared as Count Dracula in a Broadway adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel. He later appeared in the 1931 film Dracula directed by Tod Browning and produced by Universal Pictures.
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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 birthplace: 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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Sports Ilija Lupulesku birthplace: Uzdin, Yugoslavia Table Tennis
Ilija is a former Serbian-Yugoslav and later American table tennis player who competed in the 1988, 92, 96, 2000 and in the 2004 Summer Olympics. He became a naturalized American citizen in 2002. In 1988 he won the Seoul Olympic silver medal in the men's doubles together with Croatian Zoran Primorac. Between 1989 and 1991, he and doubles mate Primorac reached the semifinals or finals of every major tournament in the world. But by the end of 1991, war ripped through the region and the Croatian Primorac and Yugoslavian Lupulesku were no longer permitted to play together. In 1996 & 2000 he competed for FR Yugoslavia and in 2004 he participated for the United States.
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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 Rebecca MacDonald birthplace: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia Management
born: Ubavka Mitic. Rebecca is a Canadian businesswomanof Serbian origin. Recipient of several business awards, she is founder and executive chair of Just Energy Group Inc., an energy commodities trading company.
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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 Bogdan Maglich birthplace: Sombor, Yugoslavia Physicist
born: Bogdan Castle Maglich (also spelled Maglic or Maglic). Bogdan was an experimental nuclear physicist and the leading advocate of a purported non-radioactive aneutronic fusion energy source. He discovered the omega meson, helped find seven more mesons at CERN. Maglich invented the missing mass spectrometer, taught or worked at UC Berkeley; CERN; University of Pennsylvania; Princeton; Rutgers, headed his own companies; awarded White House citation by Pres. Kennedy; honorary citizen of Switzerland.
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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 Boris Malagurski birthplace: Subotica, SR Serbia Producer
Boris is a Serbian-Canadian film director, producer, writer, political commentator, television host and activist, known for his documentary The Weight of Chains.
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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.
       
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Sports Mike Mamula birthplace: Lackawanna, NY Football
Philadelphia Eagles. 7th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. Had 31.5 sacks during his brief career.
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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, Press 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. Prior to his entering the college coaching profession, he represented Aliquippa both as a player and coach in the annual SNF Tournament. 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 Milan Marcetta birthplace: Cadomin, Alberta, Canada Ice Hockey
Milan was a professional ice hockey player who played 54 games in the National Hockey League over a 20 year career. He played with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota North Stars. He only played three games in the finals in 1967 for Toronto, but earned the right to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
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Academics Alexander Margulis birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Professor
Alex was a physician who was a professor of radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University. He was formerly the Associate Chancellor and Chairman of Radiology at University of California, San Francisco. Over 8 of his papers have each been cited over 100 times. His awards are too numerous to count. Several that were especially meaningful to him include eight honorary doctorates, the Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine, the University of California Medal, and the Gold Medal of the Radiological Society of North America.
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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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Entertainment Charlie Marinkovich birthplace: Seattle, WA Musician
Charlie is an American singer, songwriter and rock guitarist best known for his work with the rock band Iron Butterfly. He has previously worked with the rock guitarist, Randy Hansen. Marinkovich is from Seattle, Washington USA but lived and played in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1990s.
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Sports Boban Marjanovic birthplace: Boljevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia Basketball
Boban is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. Standing at 7'4` playing the center position, he is the second tallest active player in the NBA. In 2015, he earned an All-EuroLeague First Team selection. He represented Serbia at EuroBasket 2017 where they won the silver meda. In 2019, he played an assassin in the American action thriller John Wick: Chapter 3.
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Entertainment Margaret Markov birthplace: Stockton, CA Actor
Margaret Markov is an American film and television actress. She had a supporting role in the romantic drama The Sterile Cuckoo with Liza Minnelli and co-starred in There Is No 13. During the making of The Arena, in 1974, she started dating producer Mark Damon; the two later married and she retired.
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Sports Aleksa Markovic birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Soccer
Aleksa began playing in 2015 with Brantford Galaxy in the Canadian Soccer League. He later started playing with FK Zemun debuting as senior with one appearance in the 2015–16 Serbian First League. Next season he spent on loans, first half at FK Radnicki Beograd playing in the Serbian League Belgrade, and second half with FK Brodarac 1947 playing in same league. In summer 2017, he was registered for his club, Zemun, which had just had been promoted to the Serbian SuperLiga, and he made his debut in the Serbian highest rank on August 5, 2017, in a game against FK Radnicki Nis.
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Sports Duke Maronic birthplace: Steelton, PA Football
born: Dusan J. Maronic. Duke was an American football offensive lineman who played eight seasons in the NFL, mainly for the Philadelphia Eagles. He didn't play college football. In 1965, he was also an assistant coach in the Atlantic Coast Football League with the Harrisburg Capitols, and then took over the head coaching job in 1966 through 1967.
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Sports Peri Marosevic birthplace: Brcko, SFR Yugoslavia Soccer
born: Perica 'Peri' Marosevic. Born to a Croat father and a Serb mother in Bosnia and initially moved to Frankfurt, Germany with his parents as a young child to escape the conflict, before eventually settling in Rockford, Illinois. He was drafted in the first round (5th overall) by FC Dallas in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, and signed to a Generation Adidas contract. He made his pro debut on March 2009 in a Dallas's game against Chivas USA. He has been a member of the U.S. U-17, U-18, and U-20 national teams. He was a member of the squad for the United States in the 2009 U-20 FIFA World Cup, coming on as a substitute.
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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 birthplace: Smederevo, Yugoslavia Priest
He was a Serbian-American writer, translator and anthologist, Serbian Orthodox priest, and Professor Emeritus of Slavic languages and Literatures at Ohio State University. He was a founder of the Hilandar Research Library scientific project at the Ohio State University, where he taught Slavic languages since 1968. He was the first director of the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies and founder and director of the publishing house Kosovo, as well as the editor of the Paths of Orthodoxy magazine. A translator and anthologist of Medieval and foreign poetry, he had also authored several books of poems and Eastern Orthodox history.
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Sports Trevor Matich birthplace: Washington, D.C. Football
Trevor played college football at Brigham Young University where he was a two-time all-conference offensive lineman in the Western Athletic Conference. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft. In all, he played for 5 teams in the NFL for 12 seasons, mainly as a long snapper. After his playing career was over, he briefly served as a color & studio analyst on TV and has won eight Emmys for his work.
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Judiciary Jelena McWilliams birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Attorney
born: Jelena Obrenic. Jelena worked as a lawyer at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and then worked in the United States Senate as assistant chief counsel for the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and then as chief counsel and deputy staff director for the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. She then served as executive vice president, chief legal officer, and corporate secretary for Fifth Third. Jelena was confirmed to the position of Chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in June 2018.
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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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Science Nenad Medvidovic   Scientist
Nenad is a Professor in the Computer Science Department and in the Informatics Program at the University of Southern California. He is a faculty associate of the Institute for Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine. He is the Founding Director of the SoftArch Laboratory at USC. He has served as Director of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering, and Associate Chair for Ph.D. Affairs in USC's CS Department. He is the current Area Lead for the Computer Systems Area in USC's CS Department.
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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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Sports Ed 'Bebbers' Melvin birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA Basketball
born: Edward H. Milkovich. Bebbers was an professional basketball player. He played in the Basketball Association of America for the Pittsburgh Ironmen during the 1946–47 season. After his playing career, He coached the St. Bonavanture Bonnies and Toledo Rockets men's basketball teams between 1947 and 1965. In his 17 years as a NCAA Division I head coach, he compiled an overall record of 222–179, including 3 consecutive conference regular season championships from 1950 to 1952.
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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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Science Mihajlo D. Mesarovic birthplace: Zrenjanin, Yugoslavia Engineer
Mihajlo is a Serbian scientist, who is a professor of Systems Engineering and Mathematics at Case Western Reserve University. He has been a pioneer in the field of systems theory, he was UNESCO Scientific Advisor on Global change and also a member of the Club of Rome. He has lectured in more than 60 countries, advised government officials on a variety of issues, consulted for international organizations, and published widely. He was also the founder of the 'Mathematical Theory of General Systems' Journal, Springer Verlag.
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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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Sports Stevan Micic birthplace: Mesa, AZ Wrestler
born: Stevan Andrija Micic. At the end of 2018, he had a collegiate wrestling record 74 wins and 13 defeats. For the 2019-20 season, he is not competing after qualifying for the Olympics through his finish at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships. He is using an Olympic redshirt and plans to return in 2020 with one year of eligibility remaining. He wrestled for the United States at junior levels, winning bronze at the 2015 Junior World Championships in Salvador, Brazil. Beginning in 2018, he started to represent Serbia at senior levels. He won bronze in the 2018 European Wrestling Championships. The bronze medal was also Serbia's first ever European medal in freestyle wrestling.
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Sports Aleks Mihailovic   Soccer
After a stellar career with the Jacksonville University Dolphins’ men’s soccer team, Aleks totaled 136 points, 54 assists and 41 goals. He earned All-American honors in 1978 after becoming the 3rd player in NCAA history to amass 40 goals and 40 assists in a career. His 54 career assists rank sixth in the NCAA all-time books, while his 0.82 assists per game is seventh. Mihailovic played 3 years professionally for the San Diego Shockers and the Washington Diplomats of the NASL. He also coached the Chicago Shockers, a professional indoor soccer league. He founded Soccer Made in America & the Chicago Blast Soccer Club.
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Sports Djordje Mihailovic birthplace: Jacksonville, FL Soccer
Djordje is an American professional soccer player who currently plays as a midfielder for the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer and the United States national team. The Chicago Fire signed Mihailovic as a homegrown player in January 2017. The 18-year-old became the ninth Homegrown signing in Fire history and the first player born after the club's founding in 1997. He made his MLS debut on March 11, 2017 in a 2–0 home victory over Real Salt Lake. He scored his first MLS goal on September 27, 2017 in a 4–1 away victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
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Entertainment Jelena Mihailovic birthplace: Valjevo, Serbia Musician
aka: Jela Mihailovic, Jela Cello or JelaCello. Jela is a cellist based in Belgrade and Los Angeles who performs classical and contemporary music. She was awarded the 'Golden Shield' and 'Golden Charter' awards, which are given for dedication and creative contributions to culture by the Cultural and Educational Community of the Republic of Serbia.
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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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Academics Vasa Mihich birthplace: Yugoslavia Professor
born: Vasa Velizar Mihich. Vasa is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. Born in Yugoslavia, Vasa has lived in Los Angeles since his arrival in the United States in 1960. He is an academically trained painter and was a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Design and Media Arts. He taught theories of color to understand interdependence and interaction of color and form, color and quantity, color and placement, and after-image. Now retired as a professor emeritus, he focuses on his conceptual art practice.
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Science Srba Mijailovich birthplace: Yugoslavia Scientist
Srba is a Research Professor for computational mechanobiology at the Department of Biology at IIT. His research interests are in developing quantitative approaches to study biological systems at multiple levels of organization (i.e. multiscale modeling). These theoretical advances are the foundation for the development of computational platforms to study the interplay between mechanical forces, cell biology, and integrated organ physiology.
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Art & Literature Marjorie Mikasen birthplace: Chicago, IL Artist
Marjorie is an abstract, geometric, hard-edge acrylic painter working in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has a degree in studio arts from The University of Minnesota. She is co-author with Mark Griep of the nonfiction book Re'Action!' Chemistry in the Movies.
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Academics Branko Mikasinovich birthplace: Belisce, Croatia Author / Professor
Branko is a Serbian American scholar of Yugoslav and Serbian literature, as well as a noted Slavist. He received his B.A. from Roosevelt University in Chicago, his M.A. from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and a Ph.D from the University of Belgrade. He has taught the Russian language and Slavic literature at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans, and was president of the Louisiana Association of Professors of Slavic and Eastern European languages.
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Entertainment Milan the Leather Boy birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Musician
born: Milan Radenkovich. He was always credited mononymously as Milan, was an American record producer, songwriter and recording artist on numerous songs made throughout the 1960s, mostly though not exclusively in the garage rock genre. He released an LP and numerous singles for seven different national record labels and other independent labels (a total of more than 30 songs) under a variety of names, including Milan with His Orchestra, Milan, The World of Milan, Milan (The Leather Boy), and The Leather Boy, and also worked under the name Rick Rodell.
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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
Head coach for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) beginning in 2020. He had previously been the offensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes. He played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), Berlin Thunder (NFL Europe), Los Angeles Xtreme (XFL), Tampa Bay Storm (Arena Football League), and the Calgary Stampeders (CFL) and Head coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). In his first season as a professional head coach, he led the CFL's Toronto Argonauts to victory in the 100th Grey Cup.
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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 Goran Milev birthplace: Nis, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia Actor / Director
Goran is an actor, director, and producer. He made his acting Chicago debut in 2006 in 'The Two Headed Pin'. In 2009, he co-founded 'Moving Stories Theatre', which specializes in producing plays by renowned European playwrights, rarely performed in the United States. In 2010 he moved to Los Angeles, California from Chicago, Illinois continuing his career in Acting and Filmmaking. In addition to his acting work, he launched his own production company, GM Films in 2012 in Los Angeles. Under the GM Films, he produced and directed documentaries.
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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
born: Jovan Miljanovic. He 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
Johnny pitched in Major League Baseball between 1915 and 1929. He was part of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 1927 National League pennant champions. Was also known as `Big Serb` and `Jovo`.
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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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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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Academics Vesna Milosevic-Zdjelar   Professor
Vesna is a astrophysicist, science educator and author. Her specialty is teaching astrophysics to students enrolled in non-science programs at the University of Winnipeg. Prior to teaching in Winnipeg, she was an astrophysicist at the Belgrade Observatory in Serbia. She immigrated to Canada in 1998 to escape the Nato bombing of her native country. She began as a guest lecturer in physics at the University of Winnipeg before being hired full time.
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Art & Literature Tanasko Milovich birthplace: Fojnica, Hercegovina, Yugoslavia Artist
St. Louis, Missouri was his home for a half-century. For 21 years he was one of the distinguished artist-teachers to serve on the faculty of Washington University School of Fine Arts. He was a member of the St. Louis Art Commission and a lifetime member of the St. Louis Artists' Guild, Group Fifteen, and the Society of Independent Artists.
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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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Military John W. Minick birthplace: Wall, Allegheny County, PA US Army - Staff Sergeant
As a Staff Sergeant in Company I, 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division inside German defenses of Hurtgen and Vossenack, Germany, Minick voluntarily led a small group of men through a minefield, single-handedly silenced two enemy machine gun emplacements, and engaged a company-sized force of German soldiers before he was killed while crossing a second minefield. For these actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1948.
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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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Sports Rex Mirich birthplace: Florence, AZ Football
Rex is a former American football defensive lineman in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Northern Arizona, Mirich was drafted by both the AFL and the NFL in 1963. He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1963 NFL Draft and by the Oakland Raiders in the 1963 AFL Draft. He played for the AFL's Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and the NFL's Boston Patriots. In 2012, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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Academics Robert “Sonny” Mirich birthplace: Butte, MT Teacher
Sonny was a coach and teacher that, upon retirement, turned to writing.
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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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Sports Goran Miscevic birthplace: Virovitica, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia Soccer
Goran is a Canadian professional soccer coach and former player. After his retirement from competitive soccer he obtained a coaching license from the German Football Association. He managed VfR Pforzheim in Germany for two years. In 1997, he immigrated to Canada and in 2000 he served as an assistant coach for Glen Shields of the Canadian Professional Soccer League. In 2003, he was appointed the head coach for the Metro Lions, and in the 2004 season led the team to a second-place position in the Eastern Conference. He has since coached in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman the United Arab Emirates and China.
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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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Sports Slobodan Misic-Brenda birthplace: Brusnik, Serbia Handball
Slobodan is a handball coach and author on the sport. He was head coach of the Quebec handball team for the 1976 Olympics held in Montreal. In 1981, he also co-authored a training manual for handball goal keepers.
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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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Politics Jody Mitic birthplace: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada City Councillor
MCpl (ret.) Jody Mitic CD is a Canadian politician and retired soldier. He served as an Ottawa City Councillor, representing Innes Ward in Ottawa's east end. He served in the Canadian Army as a sniper. He lost both of his legs in a landmine incident while fighting in the War in Afghanistan in 2007. He announced on March 31, 2018 that he would not be running for re-election, citing wanting to spend more time with his family, and both mental and physical health issues. He wrote a book about his experience in Afghanistan in a memoir titled Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper.
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Art & Literature Viktor Mitic birthplace: Serbia Artist
Viktor is a painter and sculptor living in Toronto, Ontario. He is best known for incorporating firearms in his art, a skill he acquired during national service in his native Yugoslavia. Because art and violence coexist in an inexplicable way, he says his art highlights the absurdity and senselessness of gun violence, but at the same time he transforms these acts into art.
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Entertainment Filip Mitrovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Musician
Filip (aka: The Elkcloner) composer from Los Angeles, California. His debut album was released in 2012 via EMI Music. The song 'Come Away With Me' was used in a television commercial that premiered during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals on ESPN. The single 'Crossfire' peaked at #13 on MTV Adria chart. Mitrovic's music was performed at Carnegie Hall in 2010. He composed the soundtrack for Hollywood feature Manhattan Undying and produced the opening titles theme music Four Seasons in Havana. He scored the official trailers for TV show Emerald City.
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Sports Nemanja Mitrovic birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Basketball
Nemanja is a professional basketball player who last played for Niagara River Lions. He has also been a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team. He played college basketball for four years at the University of Portland (West Coast Conference, NCAA Division 1).
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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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Science Svetlana Mojsov   Scientist
Svetlana is a Research Associate Professor at The Rockefeller University. She also has 7 patents.
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Academics Nikola Moravcevic birthplace: Zagreb, Yugoslavia Professor
He is a university professor, critic and writer.
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Sports Jelena Mrdjenovich birthplace: Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada Boxing
Jelena is a Canadian professional boxer who won the Women's International Boxing Federation super featherweight title by defeating Franchesca Alcanter in Edmonton in 2012.
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Business & Finance George Ralph Mrkonic Jr. birthplace: McKeesport, PA Management
George is an American businessperson who has been at the helm of 5 different companies. He holds the position of Non-Executive Chairman for Maru Group Ltd.. He is also on the board of 5 other companies. In his past career he held the position of Non-Executive Chairman at Paperchase Products Ltd., Vice Chairman for Borders Group, Inc. and Vice Chairman & President at Walden Book Co., Inc. and President of Hermans Sporting Goods, Inc.
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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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Politics Caroline Mulroney Lapham birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Canadian
Caroline, MPP is a businesswoman, lawyer and politician who is currently serving as the Ontario Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs. She is the elected MPP for the riding of York—Simcoe in the 2018 election as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and was a candidate in the 2018 Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership election. She served as Attorney General of Ontario from 2018 to 2019. She is the only daughter and eldest child of the 18th Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney, and his wife Mila Mulroney.
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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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Entertainment Spud Murphy birthplace: Berlin, Germany Musician
Born Miko Stefanovic. Aka: Lyle 'Spud' Murphy. Spud studied clarinet and saxophone when young and took trumpet lessons. He worked in the early 1930s as saxophonist and arranger, then became a staff arranger for Benny Goodman and contributed arrangements for many others. He formed a Big Band and recorded two jazz albums. He later focused on classical, film music & teaching. He worked on over 50 films & won a Neff Award for best music score. He became a renowned educator, writing over 26 books on various topics in music, such as instrumental techniques and music theory.
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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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Religion Varnava Nastic birthplace: Gary, IN Bishop
born: Vojislav Nastic. Saint Varnava the New Confessor was the auxiliary bishop of Hvosno and is a saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church. His feast is October 30 on the Julian Calendar. An the auxiliary bishop to the Serbian Patriarch, after WW-II he openly criticized the new communist regime for mistreating the church. He was soon arrested and, in 1948, sentenced to 11 years in prison. Released from prison in 1951, but was always under guard by the Communist government until he died in 1964. He died under suspicious circumstances, and many believe he was poisoned by the communist secret police but an autopsy was not perfeomed.
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Sports Alex Nedeljkovic birthplace: Parma, OH Hockey
A 2nd round pick of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes (2014). Was the starting goalie for the U.S. at the IIHF World Juniors (2016) that won bronze. Scored a goal - into a empty net - in March 2016. One of only 14 AHL goalies to accomplish that feat. Was named Best Goaltender in the AHL (2019).
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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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Science Branislav Notaros   Engineer
Branislav is an electrical engineer from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. He was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2016 for his contributions to higher order methods in computational electromagnetics.
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Entertainment Mel Novak birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA Actor
born: Milan Mrdjenovich. Mel is an American actor who is best known for villainous roles in Black Belt Jones, Game of Death, and An Eye for an Eye. He is also known for doing all of his own stunts and fighting scenes. Throughout his career, he has starred or co-starred in fifty-four feature films. He is also an ordained minister.
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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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Science Tihomir Novakov birthplace: Sombor, Serbia Physicist
aka: Tica Novakov. After graduating from the University of Belgrade with a PhD in Nuclear Physics, Tica taught at the University of Belgrade and worked at the Vinca Nuclear Institute. He immigrated to the United States in 1963 and worked at Shell Development Company prior to becoming a research scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in 1972. Between 1952 and 2013, Novakov authored more than 150 research papers published in peer-reviewed journals that have been cited in more than 6000 articles.
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Entertainment Bojana Novakovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Actress
Bojana was born in Belgrade and moved to Australia at the age of seven. She starred in the American TV series Instinct with Alan Cumming. She also runs her own independent theatre company. Her younger sister Valentina is also an actress.
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Business & Finance Phebe Novakovic   Management
Phebe is an American businesswoman and former intelligence officer. She serves as the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics. As of 2018, she is listed as the world's 25th most powerful woman in business by Forbes.
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Entertainment Valentina Novakovic   Actress
Valentina is a Serbian-Australian actress that has recently begun working in US movies. She is the younger sister of Bojana Novakovic.
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Sports Andrija Novakovich birthplace: Muskego, WI Soccer
Andrija is an American professional soccer player who plays as a forward in Italy for Frosinone. Despite signing a letter of intent to play college soccer at Marquette University, he agreed to join English Championship side Reading in April 2014, signing for the club in June of the same year. In September 2019, it was announced that he would leave Reading, with Frosinone paying an undisclosed fee for the player. He signed a contract with Frosinone lasting until 30 June 2022.
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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. As head coach, he led the CFL's Toronto Argonauts to victory in the 71st Grey Cup (1983).
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Art & Literature Biljana D. Obradovic birthplace: Bitola, Macedonia Author / Poet
Biljana is a poet, critic, translator and Professor of English who has lived in Yugoslavia, Greece, India and the United States. She considers herself a transnational poet, drawing on her lived experience in many countries and her fluency in multiple languages. She's published five collections of her own poems. And, she's published 8 Serbian translations of other writers poems. She also reviews books. She is Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans.
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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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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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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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Entertainment Mike Orlich birthplace: Hibbing, MN Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 1993.
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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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Art & Literature Lilly Otasevic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Artist
Lilly is a artist based in Toronto, whose large-scale sculptural works have been commissioned by several local governments in Ontario, Canada. Ecological concepts are frequently incorporated into her sculptures and also determine the materials being used. Although a trained painter, Otasevic's portfolio mainly consists of large-scale sculptures. She often focuses on environmental themes when designing public art works.
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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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Art & Literature Christina Oxenberg birthplace: New York City, NY Author
Christina is a writer, humorist, and fashion designer. She has written seven books, and her writing has been featured in magazines and publications like Allure, The Sunday Times, and Huffington Post. Her two knitwear clothing lines, Christina Oxenberg and Ox, have appeared in luxury boutiques throughout the world. She is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and is a descendant of the Serbian House of Karadordevic.
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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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Sports Sasa Palamarevic birthplace: Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina Water Polo
Sasa is a male water polo player. He was a member of the Canada men's national water polo team, playing as a centre forward. He was Silver medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Championships in Perth, Australia. He was a part of the team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. On club level he played for Hull in 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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Sports Ilija 'Ika' Panajotovic birthplace: Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia Tennis
Ika was a Serbian-American film producer and tennis player. He competed in 12 Grand Slam tournaments during his career. He appeared at Wimbledon 7 times and played in the French Championships 5 times. From 1953 to 1959, he participated in Wimbledon every year and made the third round in the 1958 Championships. He was the Yugoslavian national champion in 1958 and 1959. He graduated from the University of Belgrade's Law School and worked as an attorney for five years. He then moved to Los Angeles. He was the producer of several Hollywood films. He was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Motion Picture Academy.
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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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Sports Nikola Paunic birthplace: Podgorica, Yugoslavia Soccer
Nikola was selected 74th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He wasn't signed by Vancouver and joined United Soccer League side Orange County Blues on June 2, 2015.
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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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Military Michael D. Pavich birthplace: Salt Lake City, UT USAF - Major General
Michael was a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster and Combat Readiness Medal. At the end of his military career, he became the Director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University Research Foundation during which time he became the President of the Foundation.
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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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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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Art & Literature Ksenija Pavlovic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Journalist
Ksenija is an independent White House Correspondent currently covering the Trump administration. She is a published author, political scientist, entrepreneur, U.S. military spouse and an uncompromising advocate for the freedom of the press. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Pavlovic Today, an independent American news outlet. She has teaching experience in International Affairs, Politics and Security from Yale University at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
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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 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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Entertainment Sanda Pavlovich birthplace: Detroit, MI Tamburitza Musician
Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2006
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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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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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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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Entertainment Zoran Perisic birthplace: Prokuplje, Serbia, Yugoslavia Cinematography
Zoran is an inventor and holder of several patents on Front-Projection and 3-D Cinematograph. He was Special Effects Director/Supervisor or Consultant on many major Hollywood films. He is a member of the Academy, author of `Visual Effects Cinematography` and other books including YA novel `An Alien Called Freddy`. He has several patents to his credit the latest of which is Z3D System for Stereoscopic Cinematography.
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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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Sports Scott Perunovich birthplace: Hibbing, MN Hockey
A 2nd round draft pick of the NHL's St. Louis Blues (2018). Won Hockey's version of the Heisman, the NCAA's Hobey Baker Memorial Award (2020). Won bronze with the U.S. at the IIHF World Juniors (2018).
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Entertainment Vessna Perunovich birthplace: Zajecar, Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia Visual Artist
Vessna Perunovich is a Canadian visual artist based in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently a sessional teacher at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. She works in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, drawing, video installation and performance. Her aim seems to be an attempt to express the most with the least amount of materials.
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Business & Finance Jim 'Zika' Peters birthplace: Yugoslavia Executive
Zika was a native of Yugoslavia, he served in the Yugoslav resistance during WW II and immigrated to the United States following the war. He made a career in international business living in Beirut, Istanbul, London, Brussels and finally Denver, where he retired in 1989 as President of the Samsonite International Group.
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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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Sports Dusan Petkovic birthplace: Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia Soccer
Dusan was a Serbian and Yugoslav football forward. Nicknamed Senegalac due to somewhat darker complexion, he is remembered as a superb striker who had excellent finishing and playmaking abilities. He spent his whole playing career at SK Jugoslavija based in his hometown. He appeared in a total of 175 official games and scored 219 goals for SK Jugoslavija, becoming the second all-time scorer for the club. He later moved to the United States and, never returning to Yugoslavia again, died in 1979 in New York City.
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Entertainment Dusan Petricic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Producer
Dusan is a illustrator and caricaturist. He has illustrated numerous children's books and his caricatures have appeared in various newspapers and magazines from Politika to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Toronto Star. He has received numerous awards for his work.
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Art & Literature Sasa Petricic   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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Entertainment Dan Petronijevic birthplace: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Actor
Daniel is a Canadian actor who has appeared in various feature films, including the American Pie franchise, and in TV shows such as 19-2, Playmakers, Cardinal, and Letterkenny. He is also a prolific voice actor, having worked on numerous animated television series. He voiced and sang for over 45 characters.
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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
Born to a Serbian father and Croatian mother, Drazen was a tireless shooter and prolific scorer. He was 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. Drazen is second cousin to Serbian basketball executive and former professional basketball player Dejan Bodiroga.
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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 birthplace: Uzice, Serbia 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. He was also former Serbian Unity Congress President. Formerly VP Finance of Monsanto Chemical Company's Mexico subsidiary, Managing Director for Latin America for American Standard Company, President and founder of Intercapital S.A., and BRP S.A.a management consulting firm, and former V.P of Board of Trustees University of the Americas.
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Sports David Gabe Pilipovich birthplace: Duquesne, PA Basketball
David is an American college basketball coach. Prior to becoming head coach of the Air Force Academy Falcons, he spent five years as an assistant. He became the head coach at Air Force in February 2012. He also became the first AFA head coach to beat two ranked teams in the same season and owns three of AFA's four wins against ranked opponents, including a win over the twelfth ranked New Mexico.
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Art & Literature Vladimir Pistalo birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Author
Vladimir is a writer, most notably winning the NIN Award for novel of the year in 2008. He now works at Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts where he teaches World and American history. The French language translation of his novel Milenijum u Beogradu was a choice for the prestigious award Femina for the best translated novel in French.
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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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Sports Zachary Plavsic birthplace: Vancouver, BC, Canada Sailing
Zachary has represented Canada in two Olympic Games. In the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Plavsic finished 23rd. In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, Plavsic placed in 8th. In the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Plavsic finished Second and at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, Plavsic finished in 12th spot.
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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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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: Berane, Yugoslavia Soccer
Don is a retired professional soccer midfielder and coach in the United States. He played professionally in Yugoslavia, Canada and the North American Soccer League. He later coached in both the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. In 1993 became the director of the youth soccer, Lou Fusz Soccer Club, which has teams playing in the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA) soccer league and the Midwest Regional League (MRL).
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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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Sports Derek Popovich birthplace: Syracuse, NY Soccer
Derek is a midfielder who plays for American MISL side Syracuse Silver Knights. He attended SUNY Oswego, playing on the men's soccer team from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, he began his professional career with the Albany Blackwatch Highlanders in the fourth division Premier Development League. In 2004, he moved to the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL First Division. He played only one game. In 2005, he moved to the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Second Division.
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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.
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Sports John 'Poppy' Popovich birthplace: Monessen, PA Football
John was a former American football player and coach. He played in the National Football League from 1944 to 1945, for the Pittsburgh Steelers and 'Card-Pitt', a team that was the result of a temporary merger between the Chicago Cardinals and the Steelers caused by the manning shortages experienced league-wide due to World War II. Popovich was signed to 'Card-Pitt' midway through the season, after he returned from the Army due to a medical discharge. He served as the head football coach at Waynesburg University from 1955 to 1958.
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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.
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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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Business & Finance Steve Popovich birthplace: Nemacolin, PA Management
Steve was a Serbian American record company executive. As the founder of Cleveland International Records, he launched and guided the careers of many famous artists through his work with the CBS label family, including The Jacksons, Cheap Trick, Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Bob Dylan, and Meat Loaf. He was involved as co-producer and/or label in six Grammy nominations and winner of two.
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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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Academics Michael Pravica   Professor
Dr. Pravica is a scientist and professor at the University of Nevada who got his master’s and a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. In Physics, he has discovered a new way of doing chemistry dependent on hard x-rays. It’s a process that could help explain why there’s life in the universe, and on a practical level, is useful in creating new types of materials, which he’s done.
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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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Art & Literature Adam Pribicevic birthplace: Kostajnica, Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia, Austria-Hungary Journalist
Adam was a Serbian publisher, writer, and politician. Among the Serbian Canadians, he was among the most important, eminent, and well-known post-World War II Serbian political émigrés who came from Yugoslavia to Canada.
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Entertainment Ana Prvacki birthplace: Pancevo, Yugoslavia Performance Artist
Ana is a Serbian-born conceptual performance and installation artist who has exhibited internationally. She is known for exploring social interactions in her work and using music to express core ideas such as eroticism. Her artistic influences stem from feeling like a foreigner wherever she has lived.
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Aerospace Vern Pupich   Pilot
Test pilot of the DC3 prior to WW-II
       
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Science Michael Pupin birthplace: Banat, Serbia Physicist / Physical Chemist
Author, Physicist, Inventor and Pulitzer Prize winner.
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Politics Mike Pusich birthplace: Sombor, Vojvodina, Austro-Hungarian Empire Mayor
Mike was a Serbian American immigrant who was Mayor of Douglas, Alaska. As mayor, Mike traveled to Washington D.C. at his own expense to secure the funds to relocate the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Mines office and laboratory to Douglas Island, and succeeded. In 2017, the Douglas Harbor was renamed 'Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor' to recognize the decades of contributions made by Mike.
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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 for Clemson University. Dan began his career in college athletics administration as the Athletic Business Manager at the University of Miami when hired by Sam Jankovich in 1983. He was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He was named Sports Business Daily's Athletic Director of the Year in 2017 at the Sports Business Awards.
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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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Science Stojan Radic   Engineer
Stojan graduated from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester in 1995 and has subsequently worked in Corning and Bell Laboratories. He holds a B.S.E in electrical engineering, an M.A. in physics and a Ph.D. in optical engineering. He is presently a professor of electrical engineering and director of the Photonics System Laboratory at the Qualcomm Institute at the University of California, San Diego. He is a fellow of the Optical Society (OSA) and serves with IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Optics Express Journals, the Optical Fiber Conference, the European Conference on Optical Communications and the IEEE Photonics Board. He has authored more than 170 journal papers and more than 200 conference proceedings.
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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.
       
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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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Sports George Radosevich birthplace: Brentwood, PA Football
George was an NFL offensive lineman for four years, primarily for the Baltimore Colts, for whom he was a center in the early 1950s snapping the ball to a young Johnny Unitas. Afterward, he spent 43 years as a local high school football coach and also coached track at Brentwood and Peabody high schools. He retired from coaching in 2002.
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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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Science Miodrag Radulovacki birthplace: Parage, Backa, Serbia Inventor
Miodrag was a Serbian American scientist and inventor. He was Professor of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His research accomplishments include: the Adenosine Sleep Theory and pioneering pharmacological studies for the treatment of sleep apnea. Miodrag and research collaborator, David W. Carley, invented several drug therapies which have been patented by the UIC. He published more than 170 scientific papers and was also a Foreign Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
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Business & Finance Sasa Radulovic birthplace: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia Architect
Sasa is a co-founding partner of '5468796 Architecture' - an award-winning Canadian firm from Winnipeg. His firm is known for affordable, highly innovative, urban architectural projects, which include institutional, commercial and residential structures.
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Politics Sasa Radulovic birthplace: Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina Ambassador
Sasa is an engineer, economist and politician. He is a former Minister of Economy of Serbia and the president of Enough is Enough, a political movement in Serbia, for whom he ran for president in the 2017 Serbian presidential election. He has been a member of the National Assembly of Serbia since 2016.
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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 Raickovic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Composer
Milos is a composer and anti-war activist. Some of his works are politically influenced. He has lived and worked in Belgrade, Paris, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Hiroshima and New York, where he now resides. While in Belgrade, he was the founder of the Ensemble for Other New Music, as well as one of the founders of the Belgrade Youth Philharmonic.
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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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Politics Tom Rakocevic birthplace: Toranto, Ontario Canada Member of Parliament
Tom is a Canadian politician, elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 provincial election. He represents the riding of Humber River—Black Creek as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party. Prior to his election to the legislature, he was employed as an executive assistant to Toronto city councillor Anthony Perruzza.
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Sports Milos Raonic birthplace: Titograd, SR Montenegro Tennis
Milos is a Canadian professional tennis player. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 3 singles ranking on November 21, 2016. he is one of the most successful Canadian singles male players in history. His career-high No. 3 ranking is the highest ever ranking for a Canadian man. He is the first Canadian male in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open semifinals, the French Open quarterfinals, and the Wimbledon final.
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Military Edward 'Ed' Ratkovich   US Army - Major General
Major General Edward Ratkovich was Director of Intelligence (J-2), Headquarters U.S. European Command at Stuttgart, Germany.
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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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Business & Finance Gorjana Reidel birthplace: Serbia Business Owner
born: Gorjana Ristic. Gorjana Reidel (born 1978) is an American jewelry designer based in Laguna Beach, California. She co-founded the jewelry line gorjana in 2004, with her husband Jason Griffin Reidel. n 2016, they opened their first jewelry brand store in Laguna Beach and have since opened 13 stores on both coasts, with plans for an aggressive retail expansion.
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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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Sports Jack Roslovic birthplace: Columbus, OH Hockey
A 1st round pick of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets. Was part of the U.S. team that won gold at the IIHF World Juniors (2017). Grandfather, Nick, was a founding member of Columbus' St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church. Family had roots in Midland, PA.
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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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Business & Finance Dan Sabovich birthplace: Reedley, CA Management
Dan served in combat in World War II on the Philippine island of Luzon as a squad leader of Filipino guerrillas. He was awarded numerous citations, including the Purple Heart. With then-Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr., Dan devised the plan that created the East Kern Airport District to govern the Mojave Airport. He became the airport’s first manager and set out to create the Civilian Flight Test Center. Under his care, the airport grew to support the National Test Pilot School, numerous flight test entities, aircraft storage and manufacturing facilities and innovative aviation companies. He continued to manage the Mojave Airport until 2002 and then took the title of district manager.
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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
       
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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. Inducted into the Tamburitza Association of America - Hall of Fame in 2005.
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Sports Tanya Nicole Samarzich birthplace: West Covina, CA Soccer
Tanya Nicole Samarzich Ruiz is an American-born Mexican footballer who plays as a forward for Liga MX Femenil club CF Monterrey. She was a member of the Mexico women's national team.
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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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Sports Pandel Savic birthplace: Dragos, Macedonia Football
Pandel earned a football scholarship to Ohio State but upon graduating in 1943 he joined the Marine Corps. He served with the First Marine Division in the South Pacific Theatre during WW-II. After the war, he decided to honor his commitment to Ohio State where he played 3 years of varsity football as quarterback. The 1949 team went on to beat highly favored California in Pasadena, OSU's first ever victory in the Rose Bowl. Though drafted by the NFL Packers, he chose to pursue a career in business. He and David Templeton built Twyman-Templeton, later known as Twyman Safety. In 1975, Pandel became a Founder of Muirfield Village Golf Club along with Jack, Bob Hoag, and Ivor Young.
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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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Academics Maja Herman Sekulic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Author / Professor
Maja is a poet, novelist, essayist and translator. She has published 14 books: 5 collections of poems, 4 novels, 2 books of criticism, 2 books of essays, and 1 biography as well as 12 books of major translations and critical editions of books by world renown authors and Nobel prize winners.
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Entertainment Nina Senicar birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia Actor
Nina is a Serbian actress and model now living in Los Angeles. She has acted in several Hollywood movies, such as Papillon and Mayhem, as well as appearing in Italian film and television productions.
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Business & Finance Bojana Sentaler birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Fashion Design
Bojana is a fashion designer based in Toronto, Ontario who is known for her alpaca coats. In 2014, she won the Women in Business Award honor at the International Women Achievers' Awards.
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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. To see Marc's work, click here.
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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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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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Judiciary Nada K. Sizemore   Judge
In 2018, Nada was appointed to the position of Judge of the Superior Court of Connecticut. She has worked in the insurance industry for 31 years, 24 of which were with the Travelers Insurance Company in its corporate legal services organization.
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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 Stephany Skrba birthplace: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada Basketball
Stephany is a former professional basketball player. She played the power forward position. A ten-year pro and University of Michigan graduate, she has played in some of the top basketball leagues in the world: EuroLeague, EuroCup, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Poland. She now is the Director, Women’s Basketball for Slan Sports. She is currently based out of France, where she lives with her two sons.
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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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Art & Literature Michael A. Smerconish birthplace: Doylestown, PA Journalist
Michael is a radio host and television presenter, newspaper columnist, author, and lawyer. He broadcasts The Michael Smerconish Program weekdays on SiriusXM's POTUS Channel (124), and hosts the CNN and CNN International program Smerconish on Saturdays. He is a Sunday newspaper columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has authored seven books: six non-fiction works and one novel. He is also of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter.
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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. Born to a Serbian mother and Slovenian father.
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Entertainment Ana Sokolovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Musician / Composer
Ana is a Canadian music composer based in Montreal, Quebec, whose contemporary pieces have won several awards in Canada. She was a student of classical ballet prior to studying theater and music. She studied composition in Belgrade and later obtained a master's degree from Université de Montréal where she now teaches.
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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.
       
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Entertainment Sarah Sokolovic   Actor
Sarah Sokolovic is an American film, television, and theatre actress, who starred in Homeland as Laura Sutton and has a recurring role on Big Little Lies. She has performed in several plays including The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, Detroit, and A Streetcar Named Desire.
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Entertainment Michael John Sorich birthplace: Burbank, CA Actor
Michael is an American actor, voice actor, writer, director and voice director. He has voiced over 250 characters during his career.
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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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Sports Sandra Spuzich birthplace: Indianapolis, IN Golf
Sandra Spuzichwas an professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour in the 1960s, 70s & 80s. She was an amateur golfer and elementary school teacher when she decided to turn professional in 1962. Her first win came at the 1966 U.S. Women's Open by one stroke over Carol Mann. The tournament was held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota – the first major championship played there. In 1982, at the age of 45, Spuzich became the oldest player to win two LPGA Tour events in the same year when she won the Corning Classic followed by the Mary Kay Classic.
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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 Scoop Stanisic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Soccer
born: Vojislav Stanisic. Scoop is a retired soccer goalkeeper who was most recently the goalkeeping coach for Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer. He spent most of his career playing indoor soccer in the United States, but also played five outdoor seasons in the American Soccer League, American Professional Soccer League and USISL. He earned one cap with the US national team in 1993.
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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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Business & Finance Andy Stefanovich   Author
Andy is an American speaker, bestselling author, and business consultant. He is currently a partner with Richmond, Virginia-based venture capital firm New Richmond Ventures LLC. Previously, he was 'chief curator and provocateur' at Prophet, a creative design consulting agency based in San Francisco.
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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 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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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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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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Business & Finance Steve G. Stevanovich   Executive/Entrepreneur
Steve is the founder, President, and CEO of SGS Global Holdings which holds control investments in a number of technology companies in various industries. He sits on the Board of Governors of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, is a member of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees, serves on the Board of Advisors to the University’s Master of Science Program and is also a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness.
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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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Entertainment Djordje Stijepovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Musician
Djordje is a double bass player, singer and composer. He is best known as bassist for the psychobilly band Tiger Army and for Nickelodeon star Drake Bell. He is also a former member of Lemmy Kilmister's (Motörhead) side project The Head Cat. As a bandleader, he fronts the rockabilly band Atomic Sunset and performs as a solo artist under his own name. He has also recorded and performed as a guest musician with Tommy Emmanuel, Marco Beltrami, Wanda Jackson, Molotov, Rachel Brice and Beats Antique among others.
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Sports Stephen Samuel Stipanovich birthplace: St. Louis, MO Basketball
Stephen is a retired professional basketball player. A 6-ft 11-in center who played for the University of Missouri between 1979 and 1983, he helped coach Norm Stewart to four consecutive Big 8 Conference Championships and NCAA tournament appearances. He was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the second pick of the 1983 NBA draft. Knee problems limited his career to five seasons, and he retired in 1988.
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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 Ognjen Stojakovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Basketball
Ognjen is a professional basketball coach, currently working as Assistant Coach/Player Development for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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Sports Predrag Stojakovic birthplace: Slavonska Pozega, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia Basketball
aka: Peja Stojakovic. Predrag is a professional basketball executive and former player. He is currently the director of player personnel & development for the Sacramento Kings. He was one of the league's top small forwards. He won a NBA champion with the Maverick's, was a 3-time NBA All-Star with Sacramento Kings, Won the NBA Three-Point Contest twice and helped to lead the senior FR Yugoslavian national team to gold medals in the 2001 FIBA EuroBasket and the 2002 FIBA World Championship. He is considered one of the most successful basketball players ever to come out of the former Yugoslavia.
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Art & Literature Dejan Stojanovic birthplace: Pec, Kosovo Author / Poet
A lawyer by education, he has never practiced law and instead became a poet, writer, essayist, philosopher, businessman, and former journalist. In December 1990, he came to the US as a foreign correspondent, planning to stay six months to a year. During this time, he conducted interviews with prominent American writers. He did not return to his homeland in summer 1991, when the Yugoslav Wars started in the former Yugoslavia, and has been living in Chicago since 1990. He also established the private publishing firm Metoh.
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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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Entertainment Andre Stojka birthplace: Los Angeles, CA Actor
Andre is an American voice actor, who is best known for providing numerous voices in animated films, television shows and video games, most notably Starlite in the Rainbow Brite franchise and John Avery Whitaker in Adventures in Odyssey. For Disney, he's best known for voicing Owl in the Winnie the Pooh franchise from 1991-2007, replacing the late Hal Smith, who died in 1994. He also voiced Archimedes in House of Mouse, Osho.
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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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Aerospace Milos Subatovich birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Engineer
Milos was a former Royal Yugoslavian Air Force Pilot who fled to America after World War II and with his knowledge and skills became part of the Apolo 11 team. He was head of the engineering team of the Apolo 11 project in charge of docking and separating the Apolo module. He was born on 7 April 1915 in Serbia and died on 23 June 1993 in Los Angeles. He was a member of the NASA Apollo 'Serbo 7 Team'.
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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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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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Sports Goran Suton birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Basketball
Goran is a professional basketball player who last played for Movistar Estudiantes of the Liga ACB. He had completed his college career with the Michigan State Spartans in 2009. He was chosen 50th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2009 NBA Draft. However, he was cut during the preseason. He then choose to play overseas. Born to a Croatian Father & Serbian Mother.
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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 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
Nikola was an inventor, electrical & mechanical engineer and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. Born the son of a Serbian Priest and Serbian mother. He was a holder of over 278 patents issued in 26 countries. His AC Current Distribution lit the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and in 1896 'Harnessed The Power Of Niagara Falls'. A few months after Nikola's death in 1943 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his radio patent of 1900 over that of Marconi.
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Academics Stevo Todorcevic birthplace: Mrkonjic Grad, Bosnia and Herzegovina Professor
Stevo is a mathematician specializing in mathematical logic and set theory. He holds a Canada Research Chair in mathematics at the University of Toronto, and a director of research position at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Paris. He is the author of 7 books in mathematics.
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Sports Bojana Todorovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Volleyball
aka: Bo Todorovic. Bojana is a Serbian-American volleyball player. She won the 2011 NCAA Division I competition with University of California Bruins. She was fourth in the 2013 FIVB U23 World Championship. With the Filipino club Philips Gold Lady Slammers she won the bronze medal in the 2015 Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix conference and the Second Best Outside Spiker individual award.
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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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Sports Mike Todorovich birthplace: Zeigler, IL Basketball
born: Marko John Todorovich. Mike was an American basketball player and coach. He played college basketball at the University of Wyoming. He began his pro career with the Sheboygan Red Skins of the National Basketball League (NBL) and was named NBL rookie of the year. Later, he played for the St. Louis Bombers and the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. He later would coach the Blackhawks for several games.
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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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Art & Literature George Vid Tomashevich birthplace: Bocin, Yugoslavia Author
George was an eminent Serbian poet, writer and professor of anthropology. As a scholar of universal erudition, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at State University of New York, College at Buffalo, George was an eloquent speaker and greatly in demand among Serbian in North America. His distinguished academic career, including many books, articles and public lectures. As a scholar and poet, he wrote movingly on universal human topics.
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Art & Literature Michael Tomasky birthplace: Morgantown, WV Journalist
Michael is an columnist, commentator, journalist and author. He is the editor in chief of Democracy, a special correspondent for Newsweek / The Daily Beast, a contributing editor for The American Prospect, and a contributor to The New York Review of Books.
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Aerospace Danica Tomic birthplace: Serbia Pilot
Danica was the first woman pilot in Yugoslavia and modern-day Serbia and the first woman with the pilot certification. In 1928, she was the first woman in Yugoslavia to perform aerobatic maneuvers. In 1930, she applied for reserve pilots at the Civil School for Pilots in Belgrade. And, in 1933, she received certification for a touristic pilot license. After WW-I, she & her husband Miodrag migrated to the United States.
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Aerospace Miodrag Tomic birthplace: Stragari, Serbia Pilot
Miodrag was a Serbian/Yugoslav military pilot who flew during the Balkan Wars and WW-I. He was one of the first six Serbian pilots trained in France in 1912. In 1914, he participated in the first aerial dogfight of the war, when he exchanged gunfire with an Austro-Hungarian plane over western Serbia. Following the war, he and his wife Danica migrated to the Unired States.
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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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Sports Ognjen Topic birthplace: Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina Boxing
Ognjen is a Muay Thai kickboxer. He holds several Muay Thai world titles and has fought some of the sport's top competitors. He is a three-time world champion in Muay Thai. He earned the title Lion Fight World Championin 2013. He was named 'Professional Rookie of the Year' in 2011. He is also a World Boxing Council (WBC) North American Super Featherweight Champion and World Kickboxing Association (WKA) North American Lightweight Champion.
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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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Entertainment Darko Tresnjak birthplace: Zemun, Serbia Director
Darko is a director of plays, musicals, and opera. He has won the Tony Award, Obie Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award. He was the artistic director of the Hartford Stage (Connecticut).
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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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Sports James Trifunov birthplace: Jarkovac, Austria-Hungary Wrestler
James was a Canadian freestyle sport wrestler who competed in the 1924, 1928 (Bronze) & 1932 Summer Olympics. He also won a gold medal at the inaugural 1930 British Empire Games. He retired after the 1932 Olympics and took up coaching and sports administration. He also was president of the Manitoba Wrestling Association for 25 years. He was made a member of the Order of Canada (1981); inducted into the Canadian Olympic (1953); Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1960); the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of F (1966) & the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1981).
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Sports Sinisa Ubiparipovic birthplace: Zenica, Yugoslavia Soccer
Sinisa is a retired American soccer player. He was drafted in the third round (33rd overall) of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls. After his contract expired with New York Red Bulls he signed with Montreal Impact of the NASL. After his contract expired he signed with with Ottawa Fury FC of the NASL. He later signed with Indy Eleven. He retired at the end of the 2017 season. Sinisa's brother Slavisa Ubiparipovic is a professional soccer player.
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Sports Slavisa Ubiparipovic birthplace: Zenica, Yugoslavia Soccer
Slavisa is an American soccer player. He played for Cleveland Internationals in the USL Premier Development League in 2008 and currently plays for the San Diego Sockers in the MASL. Slavisa's brother Sinisa Ubiparipovic is a retired professional soccer player.
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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 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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Sports Elliot Uzelac birthplace: Gary, IN Coach
He is a former college and high school football coach. He served as the head football coach at Western Michigan University as well as the United States Naval Academy and was awarded MAC Coach of the Year in 1976.
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Sports Kristal Uzelac birthplace: Johnstown, PA Gymnastics
Kristal Dawn Bodenschatz is a retired American gymnast. A junior national all-around champion for three consecutive years, she was considered one of the United States' most promising junior gymnasts in the late 1990s.
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Entertainment Mike Uzelac birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Musician
Former bassist for the Canadian rock band Helix.
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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. In 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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Judiciary George Vann birthplace: East Chicago, IL Judge
Born: George Savanovich. 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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Science Bane Vasic   Engineer
Bane Vasic is an engineer at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2012[1] for his contributions to coding theory and its applications in data storage systems and optical communications.
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Academics Milos Velimirovic birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Professor
Milos was an musicologist and Emeritus Professor of Music, Harvard and University of VA. Twice a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, he was considered an expert in 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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Sports George Steve Vico birthplace: San Fernando, CA Baseball
Nickname: 'Sam'. He was a professional baseball player from 1941–1957 who spent two years in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers (1948–1949). His career was interrupted for three seasons (1943–1945) as he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
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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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Entertainment Martin Vidnovic birthplace: Falls Church, VA Actor
Martin is an American actor and singer. He is a Tony nominee, Drama Desk and NY Bistro award winning Broadway and cabaret veteran. He is the father of Laura Benanti.
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Military Nick Vincich birthplace: Aliquippa, PA US Army - Staff Sergeant
As a Corporal in C.O.F. 16th Infantry Regiment 'The Big Red One', 1st Infantry Division, Nick was a recipient of the Silver Star for Conspicuous Gallantry in Action (in Tunisia) during WW-II. He later was captured by Nazi Germany while serving in Sicily, and was sent to Stalag 3B near Fuerstenberg, Prussia where he remained for 2 years until liberated.
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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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Entertainment Steve Vinovich birthplace: Peoria, IL Actor
He is a Film, TV and Stage actor. He studied acting at the Strasberg Institute and the Juilliard School of Music. He's also performed voice over work on many animated movies and commercials.
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Sports William 'Butch' Vinovich Sr. birthplace: Midland, PA Officiating
Butch was a football (40 years), basketball (44 years), baseball (17 years) official and a licensed Amateur Athletic Union boxing judge. Inducted in the Beaver County and Midland Sports Hall of Fame.
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Sports William 'Billy' Vinovich Jr. birthplace: Midland, PA Officiating
Billy has officiated basketball, football, softball and volleyball for more than 60 years. He was also the director for two basketball officials camps at the University of Nevada and Pacific University. He was the first assigner of softball umpires for the Big West Conference. Inducted in the Beaver County and Midland Sports Hall of Fame.
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Sports William Vinovich III birthplace: Midland, PA Officiating
Bill officiated in the CFL for five years and worked the playoffs in each of those years. While with the CFL, he also officiated in the Arena Football League, NCAA Division I football and NCAA Division I basketball. Hired by the National Football League (NFL) in 2001 as a side judge & refree until he was moved to the league office as Western Regional Supervisor due to heart issues in 2007. Returning in 2012, he has since officiated 2 Super Bowl's. Inducted in the Beaver County and Midland Sports Hall of Fame.
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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 Robert Vlaisavljevich birthplace: Eveleth, MN Mayor
Mayor of Eveleth, Minnesota.
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Sports Brana Vlasic birthplace: Novi Knezevac, Vojvodina, Serbia Table Tennis
born: Branislava Vlasic. She is a table tennis player. In 2003, she relocated to San Diego. Throughout her junior career, Brana was one of the highest ranked US players. While at UC-San Diego, she played for the University's table tennis team. The National Collegiate Table Tennis Association awarded her Female Athlete of 2013.
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Politics Maja Vodanovic   City Government
Maja is a Canadian politician, who was elected to Montreal City Council in the 2017 municipal election. A member of Projet Montréal, she serves as the borough mayor of Lachine.
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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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Business & Finance Daniel Vosovic birthplace: Grand Rapids, MI Fashion Design
Daniel is an American fashion designer and was the winner of the 'Project Runway All Star Challenge' in 2009. He launched his own fashion line in 2009 and has consistently released collections each season since then. In 2012, he was accepted into the class of 10 designers for the 2-year CFDA Fashion Incubator program.
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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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Entertainment Aleksandra Vrebalov birthplace: Novi Sad, Yugoslavia Musician
Aleksandra is a musician & composer based in New York City. She has received commissions from Kronos Quartet, Carnegie Hall, Barlow Endowment, Festival Ballet Providence and Merkin Concert Hall Zoom Series. Vrebalov is also a co-founder of South Oxford Six, a composers' collective in New York.
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Aerospace Milojko 'Mike' Vucelic birthplace: Dreznica, Lika Engineer
Mike held positions as Project Manager, Senior Manager and one of the Directors of the Apollo program from 1966 to 1978. In 1970, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard M. Nixon for his role as scientific advisor during the rescue of the Apollo 13 from disaster. He was a member of the NASA Apollo 'Serbo 7 Team'.
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Academics Vukan R. Vuchic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Professor
Vukan is a public transport expert, a professor of the University of Pennsylvania, and a former consultant to the United States Department of Transportation on the planning, design and operation of transport systems. In 1994, he was elected a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
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Academics Alexander Vucinich birthplace: Wilmington, CA Author / Historian
Alexander was an American historian. He taught at the department of history & sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, San Jose State College, University of Illinois and the University of Texas. His field of research was the history of science and social thought in Russia and the Soviet Union. Brother of Wayne S. Vucinich.
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Academics Wayne S. Vucinich birthplace: Butte, MT Author / Historian
Wayne was an American historian and Emeritus Professor of History at Stanford University. Following World War II, he was one of the founders of Russian, Slavic, East European & Byzantine studies at Stanford University, where he spent his entire academic career. He wrote and edited many books. He was an analyst for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during the Second World War.
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Sports Bojan Vuckovic birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia Soccer
Nickname: 'Bo'. Bois a retired footballer. During his years in the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL), he was a two-time first team All Star and a two-time third team All Star. He was a co-owner, player, coach, and director of marketing for the Vermont Voltage until their dissolution in 2014.
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Academics Jelena Vuckovic birthplace: Nis, Serbia Professor
Jelena is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and a courtesy faculty member in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University. She is a Fellow of The Optical Society, the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
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Sports Pete Vuckovich birthplace: Johnstown, PA Baseball
Pete is a retired Major League Baseball starting pitcher. He won the 1982 AL Cy Young Award (as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers), is a member of the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a member of both the Western PA Sports Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
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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
David was the key public relations executive for Rockwell Collins. He was the Rockwell - NASA Project Coordinator for the Apollo program. He was a member of the NASA Apollo 'Serbo 7 Team'. 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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Art & Literature Prvoslav Vujcic birthplace: PoZarevac, Serbia Author
Nickname: 'Pearse'. Prvoslav is a writer, poet, translator, columnist and aphorist. He has been described as one of the most prominent writers of Serbian origin. He is the founder of the Urban Book Circle, based in Canada.
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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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Aerospace Slavoljub 'Sam' Vujic birthplace: Pancevo [Autonomous Province of Voyvodina, in the Republic of Serbia] Engineer
Sam was an Engineer for research on malfunction of electronic instruments for the Apollo and Saturn programs. He was a member of the NASA Apollo 'Serbo 7 Team'.
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Business & Finance John Vujicic birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario Canada Management/Entrepreneur
Former lawyer turned successful computer software development executive/entrepreneur. Formerly with Popware, Bell and VIZIYA.
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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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Science Vladimir Vukicevic birthplace: Serbia Engineer
Vladimir is a Software Engineer who has worked on many open source projects. He is known mostly for his work on open-source g