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Fiesta" on Sunday, Aug- 1 1 1 (sign. i i "ZAJEDNIČAR" In To Sam Mosunic August 7, 1957. Frank Braidic \n\n Croats Show Little Concern For What Is Said, Done In Belgrade (Continued from Page 8) cept among the university youth, which is troubled with the «amc symptoms evident throughout Yugoslavia a mong younger people. Recently a batch of Za students returned from study visits to Austria and West Germany, and were tried before e, courts, according to the party press, on charges ^of allegedly forming a student "resistance o a ni/ntion'' and smuggling "proclama tions" to student bodies in the West. Western observers here said one charge was that of "disturbing Serb-Croat broth erhood." The trial was secret, but the accused were, it is said, treated leniently. In public the official attitude was to brush the business off as a childish affair. But officials admit also that a great deal of lively discus sion goes on in the university. They say it is "constructive," but they also admit that some of it is controversial, not al ways uncritical of the Yugo slav leadership in home or foreign affairs. Zagreb gives an impres sion of being a very self possessed city, paying little attention to what is said and done in Belgrade and no attention at all to poli tics. Outside of its own affairs and the idea of "getting on" at which it works diligently its interests are with the Wpst travel in the West, Western literature, Western culture generally. It is trying ardently to "catch up" with the West in matters of taste in living and standards and making a good job of it. Passport Easing Noted This attitude seems to have i at least the tolerance and some encouragement of Croatian leaders. They profess, in fact, to approve these Western lean ings, not from any political, standpoint here they are as adamant as any but from the point of view (as one official put it to this wri ter) of "assimilating and making maximum use of what is good for us here in West ern culture and Western so cial-civic practice." They live up to the pre cept by making it, for ex ample, simple for people to get passports for foreign travel much easier than for applicants in Serbia and other republics. Husbands and wives are permitted to travel westward together, instead of one re maining behind as a hostage for the others return. I heard People generally are mod estly but well dressed and with taste. There is a certain style in the shops and an at tentiveness about waiters in hotel dining rooms and in a score of restaurants about town with such intriguing names as "Two Fish and Three Lambs" names to denote the specialties of their tables that would do credit to many Western establish ments. And in a night club I watched Yugoslavia's first live performance of "rock and roll" by a quartet of young French cabaret per formers, who had no diffi culty in persuading four volunteer partners onto the floor. Thousands In Attendance June 30 At Eighteenth Northern Cal Croatian Day Central Committee Lodges Hard Put To Satisfy Needs Of Record Breaking Crowd SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. The 18th Annual Croatian Day Picnic, sponsored by the Central Committee of the Northern California CFU Lodges, was held on Sunday, June 30, in beautiful Napredak Park, Cupertino. It was another big event with capacity crowd jamming the grounds from many sections of northern California. Held under gorgeous weather conditions which make Santa Clara Valley famous for outdoor festivities, the an nual excursion of the Croatian Fraternal Union again dem onstrated that the great fra-" ternal, cutural and social ties cela, Casmo Lukrich, Tony of our Slavic peoples are deep Pavlovich, Petar Japernica, in their hearts which gener- Ben Bartulovich, John Jur atc the serene Slavic hospi-! chan, Tony Vukovich, Ivan tality and good fellowship Marijanovich, C. N. Matko feeling. Throughout the whole day and until late in the evening, everyone enjoyed himself with such a gusto that the thousands present thought that they were just members of one im mediate family. broiled fryers, the people joined in group story telling, singing and dancing to the music of Joe Jadro's modern band, Martin Santich's kolo and polka specialists and John Botica's Lijerica. With the latter, the "old-timers" had fun while the younger gener ations whooped it up with the other ensembles. Professor In Praise While the official bands on hand had their crowds, there were a number of solo instrumentalists on the grounds, such as little Chris Grandov of Nest 282 and a nother accordionist, Jim Ko vacevich Boggio, a fine young player, j^ho will soon join the CFU. For the first time in years there were CFU members of far north Lodge 249 in Eureka pre sent at the occasion in the persons of Tony Maroh nieli, Mary Warren Vrljan and the Secretary, Mary Bartella. It was nice meet ing you, grand members. vich, George Ivancan, William Blazevich, Tony Kuchan, Pe ter Lozancich, Sam Mosunic Sam Milon and C. Pusich. Bigger, Better In 1958 It's this army that makes the great service, planning and functioning of the picnics go on with smoothness and After feasting on the most! congeniality year after year delicious barbecued lamb and and every We also had the pleasure visiting with Professor Martin Glavina of Santa Cla ra University, who observed1 that our picnic was an out-1 standing event. The Professor WARREN, Ohio Lodge hails from Pelesjac, off the 1593 of the Croatian Fraternal Dalmatian Coast. I Union will sponsor a "Croa Cooperative Army ltian Many persons often wonder what makes a CFU picnic such a grand successful fete year after year. Of coursc, the people who attend help the success, but basically, it is the organization in back of the day, the people who work and run, who serve you in one way or another, that make the picnics. In the CFU Annual Picnic it takes an "army" of people to make it a success of a young married couple,!and all those members, men both doctors, valuable citizens and women, take pride in therefore and neither a mem- serving you with admiration ber of the party, who were just back from a six-week holiday trip together in Wes tern Europe. Such conditions, people tell you, enable them to plan their holidays ahead. and smiles, year after year. In charge of the barbecue were Albert Sankovich, Milan Poppvich, Tony Ficovich, Roy Cernach, Robert Popovich, N. Nichols, Mike Brykovich and Dan Popovich. In the dish-out group were Robert Mestrovich, Peggy Dedier, Aida Rado van, Chris Radovan, Peter Capitanieh, Zorka Galeb and Daisy Popovich. In the spaghetti, coffee and desert group were Celestina Popo vich, Mrs. Marna Popovich, Mrs. M. Nichols, Mrs. Roy Cernach, Elizabeth a n Jean Marsalla, M. Marsalla, Dina Minton, Vinka Dugan zich and Ana Radman. Yes, Zagreb is trying hard Frank Kuchan, John Kersnar, to bring itself up to date. i Edward Buliavac, Nick Petru- official of the Cen- tral Committee, past and present, has appreciated their fraternal efforts. Bro. George G1 a v a s, Committee President, and N. J. Nikolac, Chairman of the Day. wish to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them for the great work done for the 18th Annual festivity. Bros. Glavas and Nikolac also ex pressed their appreciation, and that of the committee, for the turn out of our Slav people from all sections of Northern California. Bro. George Glavas, whose father had directed a bus load of members from Sacramento, wishes to take this opportu nity, on behalf of the Central Committee, to thank each and every one who attended the picnic and promises that the slight shortage of seats will be remedied this coming year. Furthermore, we will have a novel entertainment program for you, come next June. Peter Obad, Pub. Warren Members Plan Croatian Fiesta For Sunday, August 11th i ust 11, at Bozin's Lake Fran ces, which is on Elm Road Ext., Route 5, North of War ren. Traveling north, you first pass the Warren water filter plant, which is next door to the Lake. Our lodge members are asked to bring out the chil dren by 3 p.m. for games and prizes. Barbecued lamb and pork will be prepared early enough for your dinner and a variety of liquid refreshments will be available. Those who enjoy swimming are invited to bring their suits along and swim in the clear lake water. Fishing can be done there also. Music for dancing, on the wonderful pavilion, will be provided by Dave Zupkovic of Youngstown. I Those going to the picnic i from Warren must follow Elm Road to Mosquito Lake and then stay on Route 5. Those coming through Hawland Cor- ners on Route 82 continue in- to Warren at intersection of 82 and 5. Turn right and stay Taking care of tickets were Stella Jagich, John Prokuri za, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Car, on Rt. 5 until you see our big Those coming in from Youngstown on 422 turn right at intersection on Rt. 422 and 5. Coming east on 422 turn left at intersection of Rt. 422 and 5. I All CFU members and William Markovich, Mary Ko vacevich and Elizabeth Niko- friends of the area are invited lac. Tending bar were Paul: to attend. Stephen Haller, Sr. Srok, Liko Prsha, Stjepan Kovačevich, Matt a k o, —CANDID FORWARD U URBANE It Couldn't Have Happened To A "Nicer Guy" Remarks by Dr. Novice G. Faw-1 ectt, President of the Ohio State University, at the presentation I June 7th, 1957, of the Lamnu i Award to Matthew M. Braidcch. I now have the honor toj present Mr. Mathew Michacl Braidech for the Lamme Me dal for Meritorious Achieve ment in Engineering. Mathew Michael Braidech was born in Cleveland and re ceived his primary and sec ondary education there. Hr has obtained two degrees from The Ohio State Univer sity: the Bachelor of Cheim ical Engineering degree in 1925, and the professional de gree, Chemical Engineer in 1931. Mr. Braidech was Chief, Chemist, Department of Pub lic Utilities, 1926 to 1936, and Professor of Chemical Engi neering at Case Institute from The following appeared in the May-June, 1955, issue of "Ma tica" and was translated into English for the edification of our American and Canadian born members. It depicts the meeting during the World's Fair of 1939 of Zivadin Stcvano vić, the head of a small Yugo slav community, Brestovac, with the late Fiorello LaGuar dia, New York City's interna tionally renowned Mayor of those pre-World War II days. This is an important day in my life. I will be received by the head of the largest municipality in the world, which has a population of ov er eight million and whose wealth is fabulous. I am ready, and waiting for the auto which my "col league" LaGuardia promised to send. Precisely at ten, a luxurious automobile stopped in front of the house where I was staying, and my ap pointment was for twenty minutes after ten. I went down to the street, the chauf feur knew me by my odd clothing, greeted me respect fully and opened the door of the limousine. I was accompanied by an acquaintance of mine from Belgrade, who is in this country as a student, and who has an excellent com mand of the English lan guage. I asked him to come, not knowing that my "col league" knows the Serbo Croatian language. The automobile starts off, we speed along the city streets, the policemen, recog nizing their chief's auto, sa lute in greeting, surely think ing, what kind of creature is that in our chief's automobile. We arrive at our destination. Welcome To New York Some twenty kilometers from New York, near the fair, on a small hill, a summer res idence for Mayor .LaGuardia was erected, for he is also chairman of the committee which organized this greatest world exhibition, where 63 nations of the old and new world have exhibited their progress through the centu ries. The auto stops, the police men bowing in greeting. We ascend to the second floor. We are ushered into a large sa lon, where a number of peo ple, sunk deep into comforta ble chairs, await reception. It is easily seen by their clothing, appearance and gold chains that they are nt u greater creatures than I, but LaGuardia, out of deference to a stranger and his "colleague", re ceives me first. His secre tary comes for me, opens the door, and I enter the chamber, which is taste fully appointed. LaGuardia rises from his desk and comes toward me, offering a cordial handshake. He is short of stature, stocky of build, but possessed of steel-like energy. His every glance, movement and word Ohio State University President Hails Mathew H. Braidech .. Mathew M. Braidech .. 1936-1945. In 1944, the then mayor of Cleveland, Frank J. Lausche, (elected Senator in 1956), asked Mr. Braidech to take charge of the Board of Memories of A Tryst With "The Little Flower" Fiorello LaGuardia Was Great Friend of The Yugoslavs shows that he is a man of strong will and great spiritual strength. I Like Your Country I addressed him as follows: "Colleague LaGuardia, per mit me to thank you for per sonally opening the Yugoslav Pavilion at the World Fair, and for directing those great, friendly words to the Yugo slav peoples, when you said, like and love one another, and the whole world will respect and like you. Those words of yours were carried by our en 'tire press, and taken to heart by the people* Aside from that, I considered it my duty to visit you, as one of my col leagues. Time, there is one small difference between my own and your community, and that is that yours has a pop ulation of over eight million and mine, one thousand. But we are still colleagues." He laughed heartily. Americans like jokes, he again shook my hand, and said in the Serbo-Croatian language: .."C o 11 e a u e, thank you for your kind re marks. I am glad of your visit. I like your country very much. On the shores of your blue sea, at Rijeka, when I was consul, 1 left many happy memories." Then he added: "Perhaps New York, too, is just one big village, and I would be glad to change with you." This latter remark was ut tered in all sincerity. I under stood him. His life is hard in this po sition: He never has a mo ment's peace. He is in a con stant turmoil, at work. He has over eight million inhabi tants in his jurisdiction, while I have one thousand. He has over twenty-four thousand policemen under him, while I have one old crony. Destroyed Gangsters He withstood a fight with a n s e s a n e s o y e them, while I have order and peace. The gangsters put a price on his head* a number of times, while nobody even dreams of mine. That is why !he was sincere when he said he would gladly change with me. True, he has a bit higher salary than I, receiving two thousand dollars monthly, which in our currency means about one hundred thousand dinars, while I receive one hundred dinars. The same starting digits, but lacking three zeros. Still, I do not envy him, and would not want to be in his place, for I wohld not know how to rule such a large city, nor would I have any place to spend that kind of salary. We Are True Brothers With all this in mind, I re plied "Thank you, colleague, for the offer, but great villages, Inquiry looking into the cau ses of the East Ohio Gas o a n y e o s i o n i s work resulted in his appoint ment as Research Director of the National Board of Fire Underwriters. During the past twenty years, Mr. Braidech has play ed an important part in the investigation of major explo isions and fires in the United States. His reports have been of incalculable value in point ing out causes and in indicat ing the way by which steps might be taken to minimize the possibilities of similar oc currences in the future. In recognition of Mr. Brai dech's contributions in this field of safety, I now present him to receive the Lamme e a o e i o i o u s Achievement in Engineering. such as New York, need great men, such as you, while my village needs a man such as I." He again shook my hand. We went to his desk. We sat down. He offered me some cigarettes. "How do you like New York?" asked LaGuardia. "The fair is magnificent." I answered. "There, I saw the entire progress of the human race through the centuries, but only Amer ica can arrange something like that. New York is a city of wonders. I am awed at its skyscrapers, its traf fic, its museums, zoos and its greatness." He smiled. "And how is it with the brother Croatiane?" inquired LaGuardia. "Between the Serbs and Croatians, there is no dif ference. We are true brothers. We are branches of the same tree. We all love freedom and are struggling for a better life, and all the differences which have come up and which corrupt politicians fre quently and expertly create, will pass and be smothered over by time, for the Serbs and the Croats, as a people, are conscious of the fact that there- is no life for them, if they do not remain together, and despite all foreign in trigues, brotherly love will be victorious." He looked deep into my eyes, and his own eyes were moist. He is a great friend of Yugoslavia. When he was a consul in Rijeka, during the time of Austria-Hungary, he got to know the very soul of our people, and he loved them. That love has not dimmed. "I, too, believe that. Yugo slavia must progress. I love that country very much," La Guardia told me. Parting Of The Ways It was time to leave, the minutes were over, and he is busy. Others are waiting to see him. I arose, and he gave me his photograph as a keep sake. He walked me to the door, holding my arm, while the news photographers took our pictures. The reporters demanded a statement, and LaGuardia re ferred them to me, and I told them I had come as a tourist to see the World Fair, and at the same time to pay a visit to my "colleague." They smiled. We bid our farewells. LaGuardia shook hands cordially, saying: "Give my regards to all the people of Yugoslavia. I wish them every good, harmony and progress." "Thank you come to Yugo slavia. It will welcome you gladly," I replied. I descend the steps. His auto awaits and returns me and my friend to the city. Some friends, our emigrants, meet and congra tulate me. It pleased them that their countryman, in blanket and sandals, the head San Francisco 900 Outing Guaranteed Rewrite Social Books SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— Plans are now being formu lated for our Lodge 900 Bas ket Picnic which will be held at Boyes Hot Springs, Sono ma, on Sunday, August 11. A sneak preview of what is planned promises a good time for all. Excitement, thrills, "blood shed" and sprained bones are expected when the Married Men (Red Devils) tangle with the Single Men (White An gels) on the softball diamond adjoining the picnic grounds. The Red Devils piloted by "Tiger" Bob Mestrovich will rely on "Home Run King" Gene Benson, "Newly Wed" Joe Skitarelich and other out standing athletes to bring home the bacon, while the writer will guide the White Angels to victory with "Strong Arm" John Kersnar, "Lover" Sam Milon, 'Spee dy" Bill Blazevich, "Hands" Tony Pavlovich, plus other dynamite ball players. The winning team will receive a beautiful trophy a bottle containing a Golden Color Liquid do nated by the losers. In addition to the above highlight a Ladies- 50 Yard Dash (Professionals Barred) will be held following with a egg throwing contest between mixed partners. Valuable pri zes for the winners. The park also affords an ideal locale to enjoy swim ming and dancing. The picnic grounds will be reserved for Lodge 900 for the use of eating, singing and drinking. Chartered budses equipped with an accordion will trans port the group to the park round trip. Transportation by automobile is optional. A slight fee of $2.50 for non-members and $2.00 for members of Lodge ^00 will entitle the picnickers for round-trip bus transporta tion, entrance to the park and free drinks. For those using their automobiles $1 for members and $1.50 for non-members will be col lected to cover the drinks and entrance to the park. So just pack your picnic basket and be ready for lots of fun there'll be plenty of drinks and more FREE. The Committee, Bob Mes trovich and Sam Mosunic Co Chairmen, Sam Milon, Bill Blazevich and Tony Nola will be looking forward to the pleasure of meeting you and your friends Sunday, August 11. ...Junior Jottings... (Continued From Page 8) special and peculiar attraction of the trip to Europe brought in an unprecedented 1013 I rise in the January-June ros !ters. Letdown After Europe I Yes, you may re-read the previous paragraph for it (certainly is revealing, Even we had almost been convinced that we were "on the skids" when lo and be hold, with the exception of 1956 the current year's pro duction pleasantly and sur prisingly surpassed that of the half dozen previous years. And, frankly, who is to question the magnetism of European trip as against that i of a junket across the border? I We are happy indeed in the I k n o w e e o o o s i i v e 'that our Junior Order, yes, our CFU is a vibrant, virile organization growing, ex panding, progressing without any sign of deterioration, stagnation or likelihood of falling apart. To ye of little faith but one iword EXCELSIOR! of one of the smallest munici palities, visited the head of the largest municipality in the world. Annual Rox Fete Lures Old Timers Fraternal Tryst Memorable Affair McKEES ROCKS, Pa. The latest undertaking to spotlight McKees Roclis Was our recent joint C.F.U. annual picnic. It proved a success be yond expectation considering that we had a coincidence of dates, unavoidable as it were. The committee is fully ap preciative of the turnout 'by many local non-Croats, non C.F.U. members and also the Serb brethren who attended the outing. A Cokeburg con tingent headed by Bernard F. Luketich put up a first time visit to our community. Ex-Roxian Returns The picnic also showed that while some localites ^failed to red-pencil th£ date onoe the Rox one and only such affair is announced, a far larger number look forward to the association advantages which the gathering presents. May next year's committee see a few new faces if for no other reason than to have a few additional clans bound to sup port an even larger picnic in 1958. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sneller of Cleveland, Ohio paid us a surprise visit that day after attending C.F.U. Day at West View Park in Pittsburgh. Frank Sneller formerly lived in McKees Rocks before mov ing on to Cleveland where he became a fraternal figure there gaining C.F.U. promi nence which culminated with a position on the C.F.U. Su preme Trial Board until 1951, at which time he did not seek re-election. Meeting with old cronies must have been heart warming to the Snellers, while to the Roxians it was a sig nificant honor to have the Snellers with us. 25th For Raekies Continuing in the vein of giving plaudits now and not post-humously, we call atten tion to the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Anthony (Ace) Rackie, Jr. recently celebrated there silver wedding anniversary. There may be couples within the lodge longer married than the Raekies, but to Mr. and Mrs. "Ace" goes the distinc tion of being the longest mar ried all-Lodge 143 couple. Tony Rackie will be remeni-* bered as a "Z" columnist back in the middle '30's, also as a lodge secretary. He was the man responsible largely, for the Spirits entering a men's team in the 3rd C.F.U. Tenpin Tournament back in 1937 to become the first representa tives from the Keystone State and at that time the most eastern entry. He ad vocated Singles-Doubles com petition at this annual bowl ing joust and the yellowed pages of the Zajedničar give him credit for having Singles Doubles play made a part of the 4th Annual Tenpin Tour nament when it was held in Cleveland in 1938. So it is as a contrast to where people get married and that is the last you hear of them about being active in the C.F.U. ranks. Meeting August 8 The two C.F.U. affiliates hold their next meetings soon, the "Spirits" on Thurs day, August 8th and Senior Lodge 125 on Sunday, August 11th. Please attend and above all see your lodge secretary about additional protection with the C.F.U. Incidentally, when last did you mention the Society to a non-member for possible enrollment? The Croatian Fraternal Union of America has al ways responded to all wor thy appeals for help in time of peace or war, regardless of. race, creed, religion or color.