Voices from Russia

Saturday, 11 July 2015

11 July 205. A Blast from the Past… “Podkarpatská Rus” from the 1930s

00 I am Rusin! 24.05.14

For all my Rusin friends out there…



This reminds all of us Old School “Hunkies”, “Russkies”, “Polacks”, and “Ukies” of the ethnic radio shows that were on every Sunday. This is what you heard after you got home from Church… hey, there’s more than one closet Happy Louie fan out there (c’mon, admit it… gowan… you’re amongst friends)…



Tuesday, 7 July 2015

7 July 2015. A Blast from the Metropolia Past… Mike Naymick of the “Tribe”

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00 Mike Naymick


“Tribe” has two complementary meanings here… firstly, Mike Naymick was from the “tribe”, he was “one of us”, he came out of American Slavonia, he was Russian Orthodox, he was an Old School Hunkie. Secondly, Mike played for the Cleveland Indians, “The Tribe”, in 1939-40, and 1943-44 (and for the St Louis Cardinals in 1944). He was 6 foot 8 inches tall (2.03 metres) and wore Size 17 (Size 53 European) shoes! Whew!


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

4 November 2014. Now, For Something ENTIRELY Different… Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s National Sausage Week!

00 Plymouth PA kielbasa

Kiełbasa (that be the Polack spelling) in Plymouth PA… that’s pronounced “kah-bah-see” in PA, New York, and New Jersey


beer and kapusta

Here be “galoomkies” and kapusta with pivo… all normal people have this alongside their kolbasa (that be the Russkie spelling)


00 Pelmeni. Russian food. 26.06.13

Here be pelmeni (that be little Russkie “pirogies”) with sour cream… another good thing to have with one’s kolbász (that be the Hunkie spelling)


Put my vote in for smoked garlic kolbasa… plenty of it, with kapusta and pivo. Now, that’s American Slavonia on a plate! Y’ know, “galoomkies”, “pirogies”, the White Eagle Club, Rova Farms, the Magyar Othon, the Nassau Ave Meat Market, the M & I, the International Bar, Happy Louie and Heavy Chicago, listening to the “polka show” on the radio, having the Kulich basket blessed on Easter… the whole banana. That’s a milieu that I’m proud to have grown up in! Be sure to make enough for seconds, please…


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