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    Thomas J. Bata Czech

    Tomáš Jan Baťa, CC (September 17, 1914 – September 1, 2008), also known as Tomas Bata Jr. and Tomáš Baťa ml. and “Shoemaker to the World”, ran the Bata Shoe Company from the 1940s until the ’80s. His last name pronounce baht-ya.

    Baťa was born in the Czech city of Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic, the son of Czech industrialist Tomáš Baťa. As a boy he apprenticed under his father, Tomáš Sr., who began the T. & A. Bata Shoe company in 1894 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia. His father, however, was killed in a plane crash when Tomáš was only 17, in 1932. Baťa’s origin surname is Batia.

    Tomáš J. Baťa attended school in Czechoslovakia, England and Switzerland. Anticipating the Second World War, he, together with over 100 families from Czechoslovakia, moved to Canada in 1939 to develop the Bata Shoe Company of Canada, including a shoe factory and engineering plant, centered in a town that still bears his name, Batawa, Ontario. Tomáš J. BaŤa successfully established and ran the new Canadian operations and during the war years he sought to maintain the necessary coordination with as many of the overseas Bata operations as was possible. During this period the Canadian engineering plant manufactured strategic components for the Allies and Thomas J. Bata worked together with the government in exile of President Benes and other democratic powers. With the end of the war the Bata company in the Czechoslovak territory was nationalized and the communists began to take control and to began to eliminate anything even remotely reminding people of Bata’s system. In 1945 it was clear that Zlin was lost for the rest of the Bata companies in the free world and could no longer act as a headquarters. Thomas J. Bata held a meeting in East Tilbury near London, UK and the decision was taken that Bata Development Limited in England would become the service headquarters of the Bata Shoe Organization. In 1946 Bata operated 38 factories and 2,168 company shops; they produced 34 million pairs of shoes and employed 34,000 people. In 1948, however, Czechoslovakia was fully seized by communist powers and Bata enterprises in Poland, East Germany, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria were lost. The greatest asset of the Bata companies was their people. Experienced employeees embarked energetically on work and only a few years later the Bata Shoe Organization under Thomas J. Bata had spread successfully across the world. Between 1946 and 1960 under the leadership of Thomas J. Bata 25 new factories were built and 1,700 company shops opened. In 1962 the Organization had production and sales activities in 79 countries – there were 66 factories and 4,100 company shops. Yearly output was 175 million pairs of shoes and the organization employed 80,000 people. Thomas J. Bata moved the headquarters of the Organization to Toronto, Canada in 1964 and in 1965 an ultra modern building, the Bata International Centre was opened. By 1975 the Bata Shoe Organization included 98 operating companies in 89 countries of the world employing 90,000 people; in the 90 factories 250 million pairs of shoes were produced annually and the company operated over 5,000 shops. The Bata Shoe Organization under the dynamic leadership of Thomas J. Bata, whose guiding principle was “Our customer – Our Master” was the largest of its kind in the world. Tomáš J. Baťa led the Bata Shoe Organization until 1984 when his son Thomas George Bata became the CEO.

    After the Communist government fell in Czechoslovakia, Tomáš J. Baťa made a triumphant return to his hometown in December 1989. Václav Havel, the Czech dissident leader and playwright turned president, asked Bata to return. Thomas J. Bata was greeted warmly in the main square in Zlin by thousands of people cheering him and he immediately initiated plans for the return of the Organization to the place where it all started. By 2008, the Czech company operated 93 shops in the Czech Republic, 25 in Slovakia and 43 in Poland.

    Tomáš J. Baťa remained in Toronto with his wife Sonja I. Bata, founder of the Bata Shoe Museum which opened in 1998 in Toronto, where he continued to take an active role in the business. He continued to travel extensively and to visit as many of the Bata operations around the world as he could. He also maintained his extensive contacts with world political and business leaders.

    In addition to his many university doctorates, he was a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian award and received the Order of T.G. Masaryk in the Czech Republic. He was particularly proud of his association with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment. He joined the Regiment during the Second World War and served as a Captain in the Canadian Reserve Army and as Honorary Colonel from 1999 to 2007. He was frequently seen in the field visiting with its troops. In 2007 he received the FIRST Award for Responsible Capitalism, the lifetime Achievement Medal.

    Tomáš J. Baťa’s consideration for others led to his work with numerous charitable organizations. He was Chairman of the Bata Shoe Foundation. His dedication to Junior Achievement International, Trent University and York University in Canada and the Tomáš Baťa University in the Czech Republic reflected his special interest in the education of young people.

    He participated in several leading business organizations. In Canada, he was a former Director of Canadian Pacific Airlines and IBM Canada. He was a founding member of the Young Presidents Organization, Chairman of the Commission on Multinational Enterprises of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD and founding member of the Canada India Business Council.

    Tomáš J. Batia looked back with pride on his success in building out of the bits and pieces of the enterprise that survived the war, a new, successful global organization that made an important contribution to the development of Third World countries. Not only did he provide jobs and a decent standard of living for thousands of Bata employees, but long before it was fashionable he opened up opportunities for education and advancement to people of all races and colours; he introduced them to modern technology and previously unknown standards of quality workmanship and he helped many of them to establish businesses of their own. He did all this through a culture founded above all on service – a genuine concern for the well-being of the Organizations staff, its customers and the communities in which it operates.



    Nick Vujicic, the strongest Serb there is 



    Josip Stolcer Slavenski /1896-1955/ – Croatian composer

    He was born in Čakovec, Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia, Austria-Hungary (present day Croatia) into the Štolcer family. Here he attended elementary school but later studied music in the class of Zoltán Kodály in Budapest and Vítězslav Novák in Prague. He also studied in Paris, France.Štolcer started his career as a music teacher in Zagreb in 1923 but soon, in 1924, he moved to Belgrade. Like another Yugoslav composer, Jakov Gotovac, he was a Pan-slavic and Yugoslav national romantic whose work was strongly influenced by regional and national heritage. The sounds of home, its own history and heritage were in his works masterfully expressed new sequence of universal time. He observed the sound heritage of the cultures of the east, hoping to find the environments unchanged by the influence of the modern world.

    Štolcer-Slavenski lived in Belgrade until his death in 1955. Josip Štolcer’s Memorial Collection, established in 1965 in Belgrade, contains original manuscripts and scores, tapes and records, as well as numerous other objects and musical instruments from the composer’s home. Several music schools in Serbia and Croatia were named after him.His best works are incorporated in a symphony named Simfonija Orienta (Symphony of the Orient) for soloists, choir and orchestra as well as in another symphony Balkanofonija (Symphony of the Balkans). Further he composed numerous piano works, violin sonatas, string quartets, and solos; his best-known choir songs are Voda zvira and Romarska….” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josip_%C5%A0tolcer-Slavenski



    Greatest Serb of our modern times – Nikola Tesla, the guy that invented it (according to the Americans )

    Open Link – “Why he was the greatest geek who ever lived”</strong>

    Amazing Story of Nikola Tesla – (Drunk History)



    Tesla looks awesome in that third pick from the left. Never seen that picture before. My turn, while clearly not nearly as important as a genius like Tesla Cliff Bleszinski is an American entrepreneur and video game developer and a kind of cool guy.  



    Keep up the good work mate!



    Štefan Banič 1870-1941Stefan Banic, a Slovak inventor, constructed a prototype of a parachute in 1913 and tested it in Washington D.C. in front of the U.S. Patent Office and military representatives by jumping from a 41-floor building and subsequently from an airplane in 1914. His patented parachute became a standard equipment for U.S. pilots during the World War I. Banic worked in the United States from 1907 to 1921, with two interruptions. His name is not well-known, however, the Patent Office and military records confirm these historical facts, as you can also see, if you visit various Air Force (.af.mil) and government (.gov) sites. In some sources his first name appears in the English form Stephen. The Slovak spelling is Štefan Banič, written with diacritical marks in CEE character set (Latin-2), the Slovak pronunciation is approximately Shteffun Bunnich.

    Stefan Banic was born on November 23, 1870 in Nestich (Neštich), now part of Smolenice, Slovakia, what was then in Austria-Hungary. Patriotism and innovation had always been important driving forces in Stefan Banic's life. As an employee of a Hungarian Count Palffy, he was dismissed from his job for trying to improve conditons for fellow workers and the townspeople. He was also refused enrollment to the high school because of his Slovak consciousness. Stefan Banic chose to come to America in 1907 and settled in the community of Greenville, Pennsylvania.

    He worked as a coal miner, stone mason and as an employee of the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company where he improved productivity through his innovative ideas. Banic also attended technical school at night. He was conversant in the English language, which is reflected in his petitions for a U.S. Patent and the technical descriptions of his parachute device.

    In 1912 Stefan Banic was a witness of a tragical accident that impressed him so much, that he started to think about the construction of the parachute. In 1913 he build the prototype and submitted his invention to the Patent Office. On June 03 1914 Banic demonstrated his parachute invention by jumping from a 41-story (other sources say 15-story but there were more jumps) building in Washington, D.C., and he also successfully jumped from an Army aircraft. He was awarded the first U.S. Patent (No. 1,108,484) for such a device, on August 25, 1914. He donated his patent rights to the newly formed Army Signal Corps and to the American Society for the Promotion of Aviation. In gratitude he was made an honorary member of the Army Air Corps (now Air Force) and the Society. It must be noted that at the time when many entrepreneurs were gaining wealth and fame for their efforts he was a man who received neither money nor recognition. His invention was to become an importnant one in the history of the World War, and the entire modern aviation.

    Stefan Banic returned to his homeland and Smolenice in 1921, which was now part of Czechoslovakia. He lived there until his death on January 2, 1941.

    In 1970, a memorial was unveiled at the Bratislave Airport, the capital city of Slovakia.

    On August 25, 1989, the community of Greenville, Pennsylvania, celebrated the 75th anniversary of Stefan Banic's invention and his contribution to the world of parachuting. It was a gala celebration with the U.S. Army and Air Force officials participating in the first such tribute to Stefan Banic in America. Proclamations were issued by Governor Bobert P. Casey, U.S. Congressman Tom Ridge, and by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania as House Resolution No.128, Mercer County, Borough of Greenville. On November 14, 1990, a bronze plaque was presented to the town of Greenville, Pennsylvania by the Slovak Museum & Archives, Middletown, Pennsylvania, honoring Stefan Banic.




    Eugene Cernan (Czech and Slovak American) <br />Last man to step on the moon during the Apollo 10 mission 



    Ján Bahýľ (25 May 1856 – 13 March 1916) was a Slovak inventor and constructor. He was working on several problems from the areas of military science, military construction, engineering etc. Among others, he focused on flying machines. In 1895, he was granted a patent on helicopter.

    Jozef Murgaš (17 February 1864 – 11 May 1929) was a Slovak inventor, architect, botanist, painter, patriot, and Roman Catholic priest. He contributed to wireless telegraphy and help develop mobile communications and wireless transmission of information and human voice. Murgaš was nicknamed the Radio Priest and deemed a Renaissance man.

    Peter Dvorský (born 25 September 1951) is a Slovak operatic tenor. Possessing a lyrical voice with a soft, elastic tone, and warm and melodious timbre, Dvorský’s repertoire concentrates on roles from the Italian and Slavic repertories. Dvorský was highly esteemed by Luciano Pavarotti, who referred to him several times as, “my legitimate successor”. Although his career has never been that of a superstar, he has become one of the leading tenors of his generation.

    Lucia Poppová (12 November 1939 – 16 November 1993) was a Slovak operatic soprano. She began her career as a soubrette soprano, and later moved into the light-lyric and lyric coloratura soprano repertoire and then the lighter Richard Strauss and Wagner operas. Her career included performances at Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala. Popp was also a highly regarded recitalist and lieder singer.

    Edita Gruberová (born December 23, 1946), is a Slovak soprano who is one of the most acclaimed coloraturas of recent decades. She is noted for her great tonal clarity, agility, dramatic interpretation, and ability to sing high notes with great power, which made her an ideal Queen of the Night in her early years.




    Radivoj Korać (Serbian: Радивој Кораћ), (November 5, 1938 – June 2, 1969) was a successful Serbian basketball player, from Yugoslavia. He died in a car crash at the age of 30, and FIBA Europe had established the Radivoj Korać Cup in his remembrance in 1971.

    Korać was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. He was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.

    Korać was born in Sombor, in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. He started playing for OKK Beograd, at the age of 16, and played as a left-handed forward-center. Popularly nicknamed, Žućko ('Blondie'), he became one of the best, if not the best, player of the Yugoslav League in the 1960s.

    Korać entered into the Yugoslavian national basketball team in 1958, and he went on to win five silver medals, and one bronze medal with them, in a total of 157 international games. He led the FIBA EuroBasket in scoring 3 times (1959, 1961, and, 1963), and he was named the MVP of EuroBasket 1961.

    In a 1964-65 season FIBA European Champions Cup (Euroleague) first round return game against Swedish League champions Alvik, from Stockholm, he scored 99 points (the game ended with a score of 155-57).



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    [td][size=11pt]Dr. Asim Peco[/size]

    Dr. Asim Peco; born May 24, 1927 in Ortiješ near Mostar, died December 7, 2011 in Belgrade, is a renowned Bosnian linguist, academician, professor, author and editor. Peco's work is credited for the development of Bosnian and Herzegovinian linguistics. His areas of specialization include dialectology of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, namely the Štokavian and Torlakian dialects. He wrote books on the speeches of eastern and central Herzegovina, speeches of western Herzegovina, Ikavian-Štakavian dialects of Bosnia and Turkish loan words into them.

    His work is cited or referenced by many. For example, his research on eastern Bosnian dialect was discussed at the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.[/td]



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    [td][size=11pt]Vjekoslav Klaić[/size]

    Vjekoslav Klaić (28 July 1849 – 1 July 1928) was a Croatian historian and writer, most famous for his monumental History of the Croats.

    Klaić was born in Garčin near Slavonski Brod as the son of a teacher. He was raised in German spirit and language, since his mother was German. Klaić went to school in Varaždin and Zagreb. Literature and music were more to his liking in the seminary than history; some of his musical works were performed. He studied history and geography in Vienna. After completing his studies, he taught for more than fifty years, first as a high school teacher, and after 1893 as a professor of general history at the University of Zagreb, where he stayed with short breaks until 1922, when he retired. He died in Zagreb.[/td]


    Eugene Cernan (Czech and Slovak American)
    Last man to step on the moon during the Apollo 10 mission

    I didn't know this, nice!



      Pavol Jozef Šafárik (13 May 1795, Kobeliarovo, present-day Slovakia – 26 June 1861, Prague, present-day Czech rep.)
      was a Slovak philologist, poet, one of the first scientific Slavists; literary historian, historian and ethnographer.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavel_Jozef_Safarik




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    [td][size=11pt]Avdo Međedović[/size]

    A Bosniak guslar (singer or oral poet) from Montenegro. He was the most versatile and skillful performer of all those encountered by Milman Parry and Albert Lord during their research on the oral epic tradition of Bosnia, Herzegovina and Montenegro (then part of Yugoslavia) in the 1930s. At Parry's request Avdo undertook to produce an epic of similar extent to the Iliad (15,690 lines), since Parry needed to investigate whether a poet in an oral tradition would be able to maintain a theme over such length. Avdo dictated, over three days and many cups of coffee (which, in turn, required much urination), a version of the well-known theme The Wedding of Smailagić Meho that was 12,323 lines long. On another occasion he sang over several days an epic of 13,331 lines. He claimed to have several others of similar length in his repertoire. Many years afterwards the Wedding was published by Lord with a parallel English translation.[/td]

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