Voices of Polonia: Arthur Rubinstein—A Polish-American Classical Pianist

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By Ted Rajchel Background Arthur Rubinstein received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers. He was described by the New York Times as one of the greatest pianists of...

Mike Krzyzewski, Championship Basketball Coach

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by Ted Rajchel Background Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, nicknamed “Coach K”, is an American college basketball coach and former player. Since 1980 Krzyzewski has served as the head men’s basketball coach at Duke University, where he...

Voices of Polonia by Ted Rajchal

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Theresa Bernstein-American Artist and Writer Background Theresa Ferber Bernstein (March 1, 1890 to February 13, 2004) was an American artist and writer born in Krakow, Poland, and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She received her art training...

Voices of Polonia; Howie Mandel- Man of Many Talents

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By Ted Rajchel Howie Mandel —A Man of Many Talents Background Howard Mandel is a Canadian comedian, television personality, screenwriter, actor, producer, director, entrepreneur, and game show host. He hosted the CNB (originally NBC) game show...

Voices of Polonia: Jadwiga of Poland, Queen and Saint

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Jadwiga of Poland, Queen, and Saint Queen Jadwiga of Poland was the first female monarch of the Kingdom of Poland, reigning from the 16th of October 1384 until her death on the 17th of July...

Voices of Polonia

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By Ted Rajchel The invention of a small electric motor is often referred to as the Great Leap forward for plug-powered domestic machinery.  The new motor, known as the fractional horsepower motor, revolutionized the appliance...

Voices of Polonia – Nathan’s Coney Island Hot Dogs

By Ted Rajchel The hot dog is a classic American food. It is connected to Coney island, America’s most storied amusement resort. Nathan’s century old triumph of entrepreneurship is only part of the Ellis-Island- meets–Coney-Island...

Voices of Polonia: August 2021

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By Ted Rajchel The History of Poland The History of Poland Background—Poland in the Middle Ages The written history of Poland began in the 10th century.  At that time Poland was ruled by a dynasty called the Piasts. ...

Voices of Polonia Bona Sforza, Italian, Queen of Poland

By Ted Rajchel Background Bona Sforza was an Italian princess, who became Queen of Poland in 1518, as the second wife of King Sigismund I of Poland. At that time no one anticipated how significant the...

Voices of Polonia-Johnny Lujack—Football Great— Heisman Trophy Winner

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By Ted Rajchel Background He played college football for the University of Notre Dame, and professionally, for the Chicago Bears. Lujack was the first of several successful quarterbacks who hailed from Western Pennsylvania. Others include...