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« послато: април 21, 2019, 11:36:23 поподне »
Poreklo website https://www.poreklo.rs/category/poznati/ already has a small list of accomplished people of Serbian ancestry, written in the Serbian language. Most are well known inside Ex-Yugoslavia, but some internationally too. This list includes some of the grates like Serbia’s, America's and ex-Yugoslavia's pride Nikola Tesla and some are surprises like Roger Joseph Boscovich (Ruđer Bošković) of Dubrovnik Republic, also the pride of Italian and Croatian people. With that in mind, it is important to emphasize that many great people, advancing culture and science or just minor Hollywood celebrities have mixed ethnical backgrounds. If some of them located far from homeland have only one of the parents of Serbia ethnicity, please list them here. I am biased toward grandmothers and aunts so please include those too. Often the mother, grandmother or that significant aunt in our life has more to do with us feeling loved and accepted than father whose last name we have. If that is all that they have or had (25% DNA Serbian) than they should be listed here.

Sometimes, who is Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Albanian, Canadian or Serbian is not so easy to determine even if you only look fathers several generations back. Many celebrities in USA, Canda, and Australia are a mix of several nationalities. So I propose Navaho American Indians standard of acceptance to the tribe. Celebrities with a blood quantum of 1/4 Serbian as welcome to be listed here.  Please provide a few sentences on what you know and links so we can all learn from you. You have to support your claim.

If we have an interesting collection, we may use your input in the upcoming revision of the English language website for Poreklo. Thank you.

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« Одговор #1 послато: април 22, 2019, 12:18:53 пре подне »
Let me get us started:

Sibi Blazic was born on April 14, 1970, in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Srboslava Blažić.  ( Hmm … sounds Croatian to me in that Latin alphabet ... are you sure she is of Serbian ancestry?  ;D  )  Sibi is the daughter of Slobodan Blažić and Nadežda Topalski, listed as born in Belgrade and married in the municipality of Vračar, Serbia. Sibi (Srboslava) is known for her acting role on The Dark Knight Rises (2012), George of the Jungle (1997) and Girl, Interrupted (1999). She also had a modeling career. Sibi has been married to actor Christian Bale since 2000. They have two children and Christian Bale often has something nice to say for his wife of Serbian ancestry (the key to 18 years marriage in Hollywood or anywhere else).

Sibi Blažić https://ethnicelebs.com/sibi-blazic
Sibi Blazic https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0088023/
Srboslava Blažić  http://liverampup.com/entertainment/sibi-blazic-wiki-model-serbian-pregnant-wedding-family-net-worth.html

Stana Katic is a Canadian film and television actress, active in the United States. She is known for her portrayal of Detective Kate Beckett on the ABC series Castle.

Stana Katić was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (April 26, 1978) to Serbian parents. She has stated:
My parents are Serbs from Croatia. I call us Dalmatian because that’s the part of the planet that we are originally from. I have Serb, Croat and even a handful of Montenegrin family members.

Her mother is from around Sinj, and her father is from Vrlika. Can anyone from Društvo Poreklo tell us more about her family Serbian origin in Dalmatia?  I think Stana will appreciate more information and we can contact her on her Instagram website or Twitter.

Stana Katic – IMDb  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1065664/
https://ew.com/tv/2018/01/27/stana-katic-absentia-castle-exit/
https://www.instagram.com/drstanakatic/?hl=en
Stana Katic - (@Stana_Katic) · Twitter
https://twitter.com/Stana_Katic


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« Одговор #2 послато: април 22, 2019, 07:03:44 пре подне »
Luka Yovetich, known professionally as Luka Jones, is an American actor and comedian, best known for co-starring in the NBC sitcoms Best Friends Forever and Up All Night. Luka was born as Luka Yovetich in Evanston, Illinois, USA on August 18, 1975.

Luka is the son of Diana and Gene Yovetich. He was raised in Illinois and Colorado. Luka’s paternal grandfather was Eli Yovetich born in Kansas and listed of Serbian descent (the son of Mile/Mike Jovetić and Mary Poznić). Mile was born in Plaški, Karlovac, Croatia, so it is Lika region.  Mile Jovetić was the son of Rade Jovetić and Starka Ralić. Mary Poznić was born in either Yugoslavia or Austria, as I see two records.

Do we know anything about Jovetić or Ralić from Plaški, Karlovac or in surrounding villages of Lika? I see several villages around Plaški, like Janja Gora, that one time had almost 100% Serbian population.  Plaški is also listed as majority Serbian on Wikipedia up to Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s.  Here is Wikipedia information for Plaški history from 1600-1800.

By decision of the Military Council in Graz, Serbs were allowed to resettle the area. The Serbs came in three waves: 1609, 1639 and 1666. Together with Tounj, Plaški was center of a military company that was part of Ogulin's regiment. The Eparchy of Upper Karlovac of the Serbian Orthodox Church was founded in 1711 and had its first seat in Gomirje monastery and from 1721 to 1941 the seat was in Plaški. The Orthodox Cathedral was built from 1756 to 1763.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla%C5%A1ki
Gene Yovetich (Jovetić) https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV57-7YWY
Eli Yovetich - Mike Yovetich as Mile Jovetić  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9R4L-7W3?i=58&cc=1810731
Mile Jovetić  https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/MW9M-Q13

Luka’s paternal grandmother is Mary Skorupan (the daughter of Dušan “Peter” Skorupan and Millie “Alla” “Helen” Timotejevic/Temorovich ... not sure on the family name). Mary was born in Kansas. Dušan “Peter” was listed born in 1889 Hungaria on the entrance to the USA and later listed as born in 1888 Yugoslavia in 1940 United States Census.  Dušan “Peter” was described as a member of a Serbian Orthodox Church in one of Luka's listings, but I could not confirm. Millie is probably Milja but she was also listed as Alla in 1940 USA Census, born in 1891, Yugoslavia.

I see that Skorupan is the family name in Croatia but it is interesting that there is a connection to the Serbian Orthodox Church.  Members of Društvo Poreklo, is there any history on Skorupan family name or Y-DNA tests?

Mary Scorupan https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VR2L-JGD
https://www.instagram.com/lukayovetich/?hl=en
https://www.earwolf.com/person/luka-jones/
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« Одговор #3 послато: април 22, 2019, 10:08:15 поподне »
Stana Katić was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (April 26, 1978) to Serbian parents. She has stated:
My parents are Serbs from Croatia. I call us Dalmatian because that’s the part of the planet that we are originally from. I have Serb, Croat and even a handful of Montenegrin family members.

Her mother is from around Sinj, and her father is from Vrlika. Can anyone from Društvo Poreklo tell us more about her family Serbian origin in Dalmatia?  I think Stana will appreciate more information and we can contact her on her Instagram website or Twitter.

Probably, from the same family was Ostoia Cattich, mentioned in Catastico di Verlica, in 1692. He had family of 14 members, and was one of wealthiest in Vrlika (he had the largest livestock fond). Katić's family patron is St. Nicolas.

More about them can be found in Simić's a Škiljan's book "Srbi u Cetinskoj Krajini" (pg. 303-305).

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« Одговор #4 послато: април 23, 2019, 05:18:56 поподне »
Thank you, Nemo, and welcome to Poreklo forum. Interesting information about Katić familz in Dalmatia. I appreciate that your first message in Poreklo Forum is about providing help to others.  I solute you Nemo!  You the Man! ... as we say in the USA. :D

I didn’t find Simić's a Škiljan's book "Srbi u Cetinskoj Krajini" in the Poreklo digitized library, but I see it being discussed both by Serbian and Croatian Internet information forums. Our editor, Amicus, recently informed us that we now have over 11000 publications, books and other published materials covering life, historical and cultural events of Serbian and other nationalities in our area.  I see new books being digitized and added every week by our volunteers. The access to the library is available with membership to Poreklo Society (Društvo Poreklo).

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« Одговор #5 послато: април 24, 2019, 05:52:54 пре подне »
Stana Katic is a Canadian film and television actress, active in the United States. She is known for her portrayal of Detective Kate Beckett on the ABC series Castle.

Stana Katić was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (April 26, 1978) to Serbian parents. She has stated:
My parents are Serbs from Croatia. I call us Dalmatian because that’s the part of the planet that we are originally from. I have Serb, Croat and even a handful of Montenegrin family members.

Her mother is from around Sinj, and her father is from Vrlika. Can anyone from Društvo Poreklo tell us more about her family Serbian origin in Dalmatia?  I think Stana will appreciate more information and we can contact her on her Instagram website or Twitter.

Stana Katic – IMDb  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1065664/
https://ew.com/tv/2018/01/27/stana-katic-absentia-castle-exit/
https://www.instagram.com/drstanakatic/?hl=en
Stana Katic - (@Stana_Katic) · Twitter
https://twitter.com/Stana_Katic

We also learned from Zrno, one of the Editors and big contributor on Poreklo forum, about Katić family and same Ostoia Catich from the area between Crnogorca and Tutuša in Dalmatia.  It appears that ancestors of Canadian actress Stana Katic (Achim and Jovan Catich) had a significant agricultural land and ownership of the mill in Garjak village. In 1810, Katić and Kalinić families were the largest in Koljanima and started expanding to other nearby villages.

There is a lot more information about ancestors of Canadian-American TV and film actress Stana Katic.  We will be glad to translate more for her if she needs Poreklo help.

But wait ... there is more. 

Stan Katic married Kris Brkljac (Brkljač) in April of 2015 in Dalmatia.  Kris is raised in Australia but now lives with Stana in Florida. Kris is a native of Sydney, Australia, where he grew up with his two brothers Milan Brkljac and Dragoljub Brkljac. I searched USA emigration records and many Brkljač family members left at about the same time as others from Lika, Kordun, and Dalmatia. First names of 1890-1925 Brkljač emigrants to America were Jovan, Djordje, Lazo, Milan, Jovo, Milka ...  hmmm.    I see that Brkljač family name is common in Knin, so it is possible that Kris Brkljač is also of Serbian ethnicity.  I searched the internet and found this information on Croatian website Acta Croatica: "Surname Brkljač in modern Croatia Brkljač families are mainly Serbs and they are mostly from Knin area. " You know ... when Acta Croatica claims someone is Serbian than they are absolutely, indisputably, court certifiable Serbian.

The second option for Kris Brkljač origin is the village of Grmuša in Bosnia (Bihać region) which list population in 1971 and 1981 as 97% Serbian. I also see Brkljač family name in Novi Sad.   https://bs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grmu%C5%A1a
 But the 2015 wedding location for Stana Katic and Kris Brkljac was picked by them to be Dalmatia.  http://wikinetworth.com/businessman/kris-brkljac-wiki-age-net-worth-wedding.html

For those of you that do not know Knin location (possible origin of Kris Brklac ancestors) is only 31km (19 mile) from Vrlika (the origin of Stana Katic ancestors).  ???  Could this be true?  :o  Maybe we have a truly romantic story of a couple with Serbian roots in Dalmatia returning to get married in the origin of there families ... very cool Kris and Stana! Very cool!
 


So, in which Dalmatian Monastery did this private wedding take a place?  Need some help please from experts ... anyone who knows more about the wedding or the origin of Brkljač family name. Thank you.
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« Одговор #6 послато: април 24, 2019, 09:11:15 пре подне »
Very interesting story, Бећар! :)

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« Одговор #7 послато: април 26, 2019, 07:23:28 поподне »
It is hard to watch American Baseball TV updates these days without hearing something impressive about 2018 MVP, Christian Yelich. Now star player of Milwaukee Brewers (Milvoki Pivari), 26 years old grandson of Serbian Stephen Jelić from Gary, Indiana.
Yelich (Jelić) power: https://www.youtube.com/v/L_PbtZYD8Ks



Yelich is a favorite topic of conversation among Milwaukee Serbs. Probably all 4000 of them, based on US census data, and comments from Steve Petrović. Steve is the president of the American Serb Hall on the Milwaukee's southwest side. Mike Uželac, the former president Serb Hall shares that sentiment and adds that all Serbian community is behind Christian. They used an analogy for Brewers sports star as Novak Djoković or Vlade Divac of Milwaukee. The St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, the St. Sava Orthodox School and Serb Hall are important gathering places for Milwaukee Serbians.

When asked about great support he gets from Serbian fans, Christain said: "Any time you can have an impact on anybody's life in a positive direction, to bring happiness to the community or a certain group of people, you don't take that lightly as a team, as a player,"

In Milwaukee, Yelich's success stirs Serbian pride https://apnews.com/c746e8453b3043dd9ea2adcd42ec03fc

When Brewers’ slugger takes the field, the stadium goes wild. And Yelich delivers … like Slavsko Žito he delivers that well known sweet feeling of celebration. Last season, Yelich won National League batting title with a .326 average. Christian also hit 36 home runs and had 110 RBIs. He was so good ... so good he just missing the Triple Crown — title last time accomplished seven years ago.  The Milwaukee slugger with Y-DNA from Trebinje holds the third-best batting average in the American National League. Now that is something all American, Canadian, Japanese, and Taiwanese baseball fans want to watch.

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« Одговор #8 послато: април 27, 2019, 04:19:30 пре подне »
Christian’s paternal grandfather is Stephen Yelich, now in his eighties and very proud of his grandson Christian. Stephen still lives in Gary, Indiana where he was born to Christ Yelich and Anne Leshanovich. Christ (the great grandfather of baseball sports star Christian Yelich) was listed from Serbia in his 1922 US Emigration records. Mim Bizic (Pennsylvania, USA) and Mike Stojakovic (Canada) have information that leads them to believe that Christ was originally from Orašje or other areas near Trebinje, Hercegovina. FamilySearch.org has records of Krsto Jelić that seems to fit well into this scenario and meaning of the name. Krsto's arrived in the USA in 1908. Later using the name Christ Yelich, his US Census records can be found in 1930 and 1940 (see links below). Most likely he was born in 1888 and had six years older brother, Jovan Jelić (used name John Yelich later).

Krsto Jelić, New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1908   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXPZ-S4H
1922 Naturalisation record https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939N-GH9R-9?i=3580&cc=1838804
1940 US Census https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9MB-J6DZ?i=11&cc=2000219
1930 US Census  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9R4L-KXN?i=19&cc=1810731
Mrs. Anne L Yelich https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK4D-HLNB

It appears that Krsto Jеlić (Chris Yelich) personally new Karl Malden’s father, Petar Sekulovich. Peter Sekulović and Krsto Jеlić, both worked in the same period at Cloverleaf Dairy as milkmen in Gary, Indiana (see an old photo of milk delivery from that time).  ??? I wonder if Petar and Krsto debated while drinking milk, whose son or great-grandson will be more famous?  Whose nose was bigger was probably not much of a debate. :D

I did not see any evidence that Yelich and Sekulovich arrived together in America. US Emigration records list Peter Sekulović from Bileća above Trebinje in Hercegovina.

Cloverleaf Dairy (see an old photo from that time)  http://www.cloverlanddairy.com/images/delladora.jpg
Petar Sekulović (Karl Maldenćs father) records linking him to Bileća, Hercegovina https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFH1-LW5
Karl Malden (Mladen Sekulović) http://www.hercegovinapromo.com/biografije-poznatih-hercegovaca-karl-malden-mladen-sekulovic/

Steven’s mother, Anne was born in New York, the daughter of Luka and Ljubica Lešanović/Leshanovich. Both Luka and Ljubica listed Belgrade, Serbia as their birthplace. Luka arrived first тo Ellis Island, NY in 1909. His wife Ljubica Lesanovic/Lešanović arrived two years later to NY, listed also as Serbian from Belgrade.

Anne Leshanovich and Christ Zelich marriage  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9M-3N9X
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXBY-5YH
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJGG-TJ9

Christian’s paternal grandmother is Rosalie “Rose” Sammy (the daughter of Louis Sammy and Raina/Irene Theodoreoff/Theodoroff). I could not confirm Louis' national origin, some people claim Russian, others Croatian. Raina was of Bulgarian nationality.

Christian’s maternal grandfather is Mineo Dan Oda. Mineo is Japanese.
https://ethnicelebs.com/christian-yelich

Thank you FamilySearch.org for collecting data and to The British Serb Magazine - Britić for investigating the origin (Poreklo) of Christian Yelich and connection to Petar Sekulović. http://www.ebritic.com/?p=684049
Also, many thanks to Mimi Bizic, educator and Serbian cultural icon from the Pittsburg area. https://www.babamim.com/

Да ли се нешто зна о Херцеговцу, Крсти Јелићу? Браћа Јелић (Јован и Крсто) су можда живели у околини Требиња … могуће Орешје Површ а можада и даље западно у Орешје Попово. Њихова емиграција за Америку је била у периоду 1905-1908 године из луке Antwarp, Belgium и луке Le Havre, France.

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« Одговор #9 послато: април 27, 2019, 12:51:42 поподне »
The New England Patriots used the 77th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on former Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich, because the physical edge defender knows how to get into the backfield.

But he also has some pretty great, hair, too.

Which didn’t go unnoticed by Nick Caserio, the director of player personnel for the New England Patriots, who had some fun with the hair while speaking to reporters shortly after making the third-round pick.

Caserio and the Patriots, who picked a WR in the first round for the first time under Bill Belichick, are looking forward to getting to work with Winovich.
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NFL draft results: Patriots select DE Chase Winovich with the 77th pick

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« Одговор #10 послато: април 27, 2019, 03:34:53 поподне »
Christian’s paternal grandfather is Stephen Yelich, now in his eighties and very proud of his grandson Christian. Stephen still lives in Gary, Indiana where he was born to Christ Yelich and Anne Leshanovich. Christ (the great grandfather of baseball sports star Christian Yelich) was listed from Serbia in his 1922 US Emigration records. Mim Bizic (Pennsylvania, USA) and Mike Stojakovic (Canada) have information that leads them to believe that Christ was originally from Orašje or other areas near Trebinje, Hercegovina. FamilySearch.org has records of Krsto Jelić that seems to fit well into this scenario and meaning of the name. Krsto's arrived in the USA in 1908. Later using the name Christ Yelich, his US Census records can be found in 1930 and 1940 (see links below). Most likely he was born in 1888 and had six years older brother, Jovan Jelić (used name John Yelich later).

Krsto Jelić, New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1908   https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXPZ-S4H
1922 Naturalisation record https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939N-GH9R-9?i=3580&cc=1838804
1940 US Census https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9MB-J6DZ?i=11&cc=2000219
1930 US Census  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9R4L-KXN?i=19&cc=1810731
Mrs. Anne L Yelich https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK4D-HLNB

It appears that Krsto Jеlić (Chris Yelich) personally new Karl Malden’s father, Petar Sekulovich. Peter Sekulović and Krsto Jеlić, both worked in the same period at Cloverleaf Dairy as milkmen in Gary, Indiana (see an old photo of milk delivery from that time).  ??? I wonder if Petar and Krsto debated while drinking milk, whose son or great-grandson will be more famous?  Whose nose was bigger was probably not much of a debate. :D

I did not see any evidence that Yelich and Sekulovich arrived together in America. US Emigration records list Peter Sekulović from Bileća above Trebinje in Hercegovina.

Cloverleaf Dairy (see an old photo from that time)  http://www.cloverlanddairy.com/images/delladora.jpg
Petar Sekulović (Karl Maldenćs father) records linking him to Bileća, Hercegovina https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFH1-LW5
Karl Malden (Mladen Sekulović) http://www.hercegovinapromo.com/biografije-poznatih-hercegovaca-karl-malden-mladen-sekulovic/

Steven’s mother, Anne was born in New York, the daughter of Luka and Ljubica Lešanović/Leshanovich. Both Luka and Ljubica listed Belgrade, Serbia as their birthplace. Luka arrived first тo Ellis Island, NY in 1909. His wife Ljubica Lesanovic/Lešanović arrived two years later to NY, listed also as Serbian from Belgrade.

Anne Leshanovich and Christ Zelich marriage  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9M-3N9X
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXBY-5YH
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJGG-TJ9

Christian’s paternal grandmother is Rosalie “Rose” Sammy (the daughter of Louis Sammy and Raina/Irene Theodoreoff/Theodoroff). I could not confirm Louis' national origin, some people claim Russian, others Croatian. Raina was of Bulgarian nationality.

Christian’s maternal grandfather is Mineo Dan Oda. Mineo is Japanese.
https://ethnicelebs.com/christian-yelich

Thank you FamilySearch.org for collecting data and to The British Serb Magazine - Britić for investigating the origin (Poreklo) of Christian Yelich and connection to Petar Sekulović. http://www.ebritic.com/?p=684049
Also, many thanks to Mimi Bizic, educator and Serbian cultural icon from the Pittsburg area. https://www.babamim.com/

Да ли се нешто зна о Херцеговцу, Крсти Јелићу? Браћа Јелић (Јован и Крсто) су можда живели у околини Требиња … могуће Орешје Површ а можада и даље западно у Орешје Попово. Њихова емиграција за Америку је била у периоду 1905-1908 године из луке Antwarp, Belgium и луке Le Havre, France.
https://mojahercegovina.com/kristijan-jelic-americka-bejzbol-senzacija-trebinjskog-porijekla/

Veza mladog Kristijana sa Trebinjem je njegov pradjed Risto Jelić. On je još 1904. godine iz rodnih Mostaća odselio u Geri u Indijani. Tamo se zaposlio u mljekari čuvenog Mihajla Dučića, takođe Trebinjca. Bio je aktivan u srpskoj zajednici i veliki prijatelj sa Petrom Sekulovićem, ocem glumca Karla Maldena. U Geriju ga je sa Srpkinjom Anom Lješević vjenčao sveštenik Petar Stijačić, isto rodom iz Trebinja. Inače, Kristijan nosi pradjedovo anglizovano ime, dok je srednje ime Stepan dobio po djedu Šćepanu (zahvaljujući njemu dobili smo ove informacije), tako da je Kristijan u pravoslavnoj crkvi kršten kao Risto Šćepan Jelić. Kristijanova majka Ališa je tipičnog američkog melting pot porijekla, pa zahvaljujući njoj Kristijan nema tipičan balkanski ili evropski izgled.
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« Одговор #11 послато: април 28, 2019, 08:01:47 поподне »
https://mojahercegovina.com/kristijan-jelic-americka-bejzbol-senzacija-trebinjskog-porijekla/

Veza mladog Kristijana sa Trebinjem je njegov pradjed Risto Jelić. On je još 1904. godine iz rodnih Mostaća odselio u Geri u Indijani. Tamo se zaposlio u mljekari čuvenog Mihajla Dučića, takođe Trebinjca. Bio je aktivan u srpskoj zajednici i veliki prijatelj sa Petrom Sekulovićem, ocem glumca Karla Maldena. U Geriju ga je sa Srpkinjom Anom Lješević vjenčao sveštenik Petar Stijačić, isto rodom iz Trebinja. Inače, Kristijan nosi pradjedovo anglizovano ime, dok je srednje ime Stepan dobio po djedu Šćepanu (zahvaljujući njemu dobili smo ove informacije), tako da je Kristijan u pravoslavnoj crkvi kršten kao Risto Šćepan Jelić. Kristijanova majka Ališa je tipičnog američkog melting pot porijekla, pa zahvaljujući njoj Kristijan nema tipičan balkanski ili evropski izgled.
Thank you for the clarification Wolf Sagash, I did see Risto listed but did not realise it was him.  Good to know that birth place is Mostać nera Trebinje.

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« Одговор #12 послато: април 28, 2019, 08:33:26 поподне »
The New England Patriots used the 77th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on former Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich, because the physical edge defender knows how to get into the backfield.

https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/04/nfl-draft-patriots-chase-winovich-hair
https://www.b92.net/sport/ekipni/football.php?yyyy=2019&mm=04&dd=27&nav_id=1535484

Good find ДушанВучко!  Chase Winovich praised his hard-working parents Nina and Pete, and commented in an interview:
"I'm Serbian," said Winovich. "I'm eastern European. It's Slovak, Serbian. And then I'm Irish and English. That's my other half."

https://mgoblue.com/news/2018/11/20/football-the-chase-is-on-winovich-having-mvp-caliber-season.aspx

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« Одговор #13 послато: април 28, 2019, 10:00:20 поподне »
Branko Radivojevič (Serbian: Бранко Радивојевић / Branko Radivojević; born November 24, 1980) is a Slovak former professional ice hockey forward who began and finished his career playing for HK Dukla Trenčín of the Slovak Extraliga (Slovak). He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild. His Serbian father Matija came to Czechoslovakia during the 1970s as a contractor of a Yugoslavian company.
Medal record
Representing   Slovakia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal – second place   2012 Helsinki   
Bronze medal – third place   2003 Helsinki
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branko_Radivojevi%C4%8D
Slovak forward Branko Radivojevič, a key part of the Slovakian national team

Mario Bliznak a Branko Radivojevic Slovensko radost vs Nemecko ms2013


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« Одговор #14 послато: мај 02, 2019, 02:47:15 пре подне »
Jeff Samardzija, nicknamed The Shark, is an American professional baseball player. He is a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. His father is of Serbian heritage, the son of parents emigrated from Europe around 1951. His mother had German ancestry.

Jeff’s paternal grandparents were Nikola Samardžija and Mika Rasković (the daughter of Stevo Rasković and Juja Dukić). Mika was born in Knin, Dalmatia (formerly Yugoslavia).

Jeff’s maternal grandparents are Donald Gene Lipke (the son of Russell W. Lipke and LaMae Blackman) and Jean Marie Kraft (the daughter of Martin Conrad Kraft and Lucille Maines).

https://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/jeff-samardzija.html
https://www.nwitimes.com/entertainment/columnists/offbeat/offbeat-chicago-cubs-valpo-name-jeff-samardzija-has-media-buzzing/article_654146f5-e7ca-5a46-b29e-311fe8e9c99d.html

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« Одговор #15 послато: мај 02, 2019, 11:45:12 пре подне »
Вероватно је Самарџија из Пађена код Книна.

Samardžija should be originally from Padjene, Knin.
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« Одговор #16 послато: мај 28, 2019, 10:20:18 поподне »
HBO TV series Big Little Lies is filmed in Los Angeles and the Monterey Peninsula on the coast of California. Some of the well-known film stars in this TV series are Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, and Nicole Kidman.  One of the newer characters in that show (Tori Bachman) is played by Sarah Sokolović.  Sarah is a theater, film and television actress born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA).

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4706451/
https://www.youtube.com/v/Fehif7fk0mQ

Sarah’s paternal grandfather was Božidar Sokolović (the son of Simo Sokolović and Stanislava Brković). Božidar was born in Drvar, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Sarah’s paternal grandmother was Nevenka Radjenović (the daughter of Stevan “Stevo” Radjenović and Mileva). Nevenka was born in Lika, Yugoslavia (now Croatia).

Sarah’s father Dimso Sokolović was Orthodox Christian (Pravoslavni Hrišćan) of Serbian origin.
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?n=dimso-sokolovic-dan&pid=152316237&fhid=10109

Watch Sarah Sokolović on HBO premier Big Little Lies on June 6, 2019.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3920596/videoplayer/vi2908994841?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_3

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« Одговор #17 послато: мај 29, 2019, 06:35:34 пре подне »
The love for hockey and soccer (American name for the traditional game of football) runs deep in Milan Lučić, extended Serbian-Canadian family.  His father Dobrivoje played football in Bosnia and Hercegovina (Република Српска).  His uncle Dragan "Dan" Kesa played 139 professional hockey games (1993-2003) in National Hockey League (NHL) with three of North American teams (TampaBay, Pittsburgh and Dallas).
https://icehockey.fandom.com/wiki/Dan_Kesa

Milan's mother, Snežana (Kesa) Lučić, emigrated as a little girl from Dalmatia, Yugoslavia (today Croatia) probably in the 1960s. Milan's brother, Jovan Lučić, also born and raised in Vancouver, Canada now lives in Serbia. Jovan was the goalkeeper for FK Vršac, Bežanija, Radnički and Zvezdara in Serbia. Jovan helped Radnički win 2017 Belgrade Association Cup and he also played hockey in Serbian Hockey League (2013-2015). Milan visited Serbia for his brother’s wedding in 2014.
https://www.mozzartsport.com/ostali-sportovi/vesti/milan-lucic-donecu-stenli-kup-u-beograd-samo-da-ga-jos-jednom-osvojim/160300

Since joining the Boston Bruins as a teenager in 2007, power forward Milan has been regarded as one of the most fearsome players in the NHL. In 2009 he was voted the NHL's ninth hardest active hitter in an SI players poll. That is when 192 cm, 105 kg Milan Lucic got his nickname „brick wall on ice cates“ (zid od cigala na sličugama).  But all that strength is accompanied by a lot of hockey skill too. His violent forechecking and excellent shot made Milan Lucic, Boston Bruin’s goal-scoring leader in the 2010-11 season. If Lučić was not seating in the penalty box, he was scoring goals that season.  That year they also won the Stanley Cup Championship, the most prestigious professional hockey title.


Milan Lucic brought the 2011 Stanley Cup trophy to his hometown church, St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Burnaby, Canada, for a gathering of 350 people and on a harbor cruise with friends and family.
https://www.starhangelmihailo.com/

Milan now plays for Edmonton Oilers and his team did not do well in the 2018-19 season.  He is a little bit slower, a little bit more strategic, but still very much respected by opposing teams. This co-captain of the Edmonton Oilers is very protective of his teammates, and other players know that.
https://sr.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9C%D0%B8%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%BD_%D0%9B%D1%83%D1%87%D0%B8%D1%9B

What is surprising about Milan, is his sincere and honest way of talking during interviews. He speaks that way even when asked difficult and personal questions like about the tragical death of his father.  Milan takes his time in responses and comes across as very genuine ... open. He captures your interest and attention.  I think Milan Lučić has the potential for TV sports commentator carrier and I would like to see him go there when the right time comes.
 

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« Одговор #18 послато: јун 13, 2019, 05:51:11 поподне »
He was the Canadian champion in amateur boxing, but now he is an actor in many American films and TV shows.  With 196cm and 104kg this Canadian actor of Serbian descent gets many physical and violent Sci-Fi casting roles in films and TV series (Arctic Air, iZombie, Numb ...).  Aleks Paunovic has a nice personality and is very easy going. I believe he has the potential for some major film acting roles.  In this video clip, he pronounces his family name ending with "k" (Paunovik) sound instead of "ch" sound.  His father never Americanised ending of their last name so it still ends with the "c" ( ć ). 

https://www.youtube.com/v/ABv0VMezhwo
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006820/

“Yes! my dad is Serbian and my mother is Croatian.”  Aleks announced on his Twitter account in 2012.  https://twitter.com/alekspaun/status/184106769918857219

Aleks was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1969. He recently commented that his father is still coaching amateur boxing in Kansas City.   In another interview, he stated that Paunović family has “three generations of fighters.”  I assume he refers to boxing fighters but was not able to find any references to that.

Aleks is still very excited about being involved with boxing but also music and his early starts in that industry before his acting career. 

https://www.youtube.com/v/Wd3D73Odh00
https://www.facebook.com/pg/AleksPaunovicFans/videos/


I was not able to find anything of the origin of his father Paunović family line.  I am not sure if all three generations of Paunović fighters were in Canada or some go to one of Ex-Yugoslavia territories were his father’s Serbian ancestors lived.  Does anyone have any more information on the roots of Aleks Paunović?

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« Одговор #19 послато: јул 19, 2019, 07:12:44 поподне »
Milojko Mike Vucelic (Milojko Vucelić) is American mechanical engineer of Serbian origin. He was a project manager and in the period of 1966-1978 one of the directors of the US Space Program Apollo. For his contributions to the Apollo program, he has received several awards and acknowledgments. Mike received the highest USA civilian award – Presidential Medal of Freedom. After his work in NASA, Mike was the CEO of his own company, Ideal Electric.

Milojko Vucelić was born in Garešnica in 1930. His elementary education he completed in Bjelovar, and his Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering he received from the university in Zagreb. After working in Germany for two years, Michael left for the USA where he got his first job at Cessna Aircraft Company. He was working on the design of landing gear for the Cessna airplane C182RG. After Cessna, Michael worked for the North American Aviation, where he was a designer of the pilot rescue gear for the interceptor aircraft F-104 Starfighter and strategic bomber B-58 Husstler.

Michael was with the Apollo program since its inception in February 1962 as a member of the North American Aviation, today’s North American Rockwell who had a contract with NASA to work on the Apollo spaceship. Few months before he started his Apollo work, Michael obtained his US citizenship. Mr. Vucelić analyzed different Moon landing concepts and plans. Milojko also worked on developing specifications for different spaceship systems. He commenced his Apollo work as an engineer and later on, he became a manager in NASA’s Houston headquarters. His task was to eliminate all possible errors that could occur during the flight, and his colleagues called him the “manager for problems.” During that period, he closely collaborated with the central flight controller Gene Krantz.

“Michael Vucelic’s name will not be known as those of Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins, but it is him and hundreds of engineers, that were the real power behind the Apollo Program.” Associated Press, “Unknown Heroes of the Appolo Program”, published after historic Apollo 11 landing on the Moon on June 20, 1969.

After the Apollo 12 routine mission, the next mission employed a new system of emptying the tanks by heating them with liquid oxygen. During the mission preparation, the liquid oxygen discharge caused the burning of the insulation on the electrical cables in the reservoir. No one was aware that the mission was launched with damaged insulation. After 55 hours of space flight, before astronauts were supposed to go to sleep, it was necessary to switch on the heaters in the reservoir number 2 to increase the pressure and prevent the low-pressure alarm during their sleep. When the astronaut Jack Swigart turned the switch the short circuit caused the explosion of the reservoir 2. Vucelic was in charge of the successful astronauts' rescue and, as a member of the Apollo 13 mission team, Richard Nixon, the US president awarded him on April 18, 1970, with Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award.

In 2008, Milojko appeared in TV documentary Moon Machines https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1203167/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_1

Milojko resided with his wife in Mansfield, Ohio until he passed away in 2012. His widow has established a $40,000 college scholarship at our Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego for the study of engineering.  For the contributions to the Apollo space program of the Milojko's Serbian 7 team.

https://hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milojko_Vuceli%C4%87
http://www.croatia.org/crown/articles/10985/1/Mike-Vucelic-1931-2012-Apollo-system-manager-for-NASA-and-Rockwell-in-charge-of-300-NASA-ingeneers.html

So, why are we not celebrating Milojko Vucelć and his achievements in Serbia?
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