Archive for the ‘Interviews & Profiles’ Category

My Interview with Musician, Teacher Rudy Render 1929-2014

Earlier this year, as a friend of his family, I had the opportunity to meet musician and teacher Rudy Render, who died September 11, 2014, in West Hollywood, California, at the age of 85. I wanted to meet the man whose career in show business included a stint as musical director for film legend Debbie [...]

Recommended Reading: Quiet Hero by Rita Cosby

Rita Cosby’s Quiet Hero is one of the best books I’ve read all year. Not because it is some great literary achievement, nor because it makes some profound philosophical point , but because it is a personal and eminently readable account of the experiences of one man—her father—as he endured the horrors of World War [...]

Backstage with Basia

“It’s changed over the years,” said Basia Trzetrzelewska when I asked her what she had observed about public perception of Poland during her 30 years of travel as an international singing sensation who tried her wings in Chicago in the early 1980s. ”I remember the interviews at the beginning; people would talk to me like somebody [...]

Wesley Adamczyk Speaks the Truth about Katyń

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Chicago Polish-American author Wesley Adamczyk invited me to his home on July 14,  2011, to see his exhibition. As I make my way in, he advises me to watch out for the electrical cords running to a strategically placed floor lamp in his living room. He has positioned several lamps to shine on his collection of memorabilia [...]

Interview with My Aunt Mary and Uncle Bogdan

An interview with my mother’s sister and her husband, conducted in their home in Wrightstown, New Jersey, November 28, 2004, in which they remember their courtship and marriage, and my uncle talks about the brutality he endured as a young man coming of age in Poland during World War II.