A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Miroslava Mira Panajotovich Vukelich

  • Active journalist since high school: daily papers, magazines, radio, TV (correspondent, interviewer, reviewer, critic)
  • Sports correspondent for Peoria Star (3 years)
  • Foreign correspondent for various Belgrade’s papers and magazines since high school (subjects: film/TV, music, sports, cultural events)
  • Special correspondent for Belgrade’s leading paper, with the largest circulation in the country: Politikal/TV Revija
  • Producer, director and commentator of the Yugoslav Radio Hour on KTYM Radio in Inglewood, California
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AFFILIATIONS:

  • Active member of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA)
  • Active member and six years (2001-2007) Board Member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Interviews, reviews for magazines, newspapers, radio and TV stations in Yugoslavia (now Serbia) and USA

FAMILY:

  • Father: Svetislav Panajotovic, attorney
  • Mother: Stanka Panajotovic, wife and mother
  • Brother: Ika Panajotovic, attorney, film producer, director, pianist, professional tennis player(Wimbledon, Davis Cup)
  • Husband: Sava Ljubicic, composer, musician
  • Sister-in-law: Elena Panajotovic, librarian
  • Nephew: Eric Panajotovic, educator, businessman
  • Niece: Sonja Panajotovic, attorney

EDUCATION:

  • High School - Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Music School (piano) - Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia (Germanic and Slavic Studies)
  • BA Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois (journalism, communications, political science)
  • MA - UCLA (English, linguistics)
  • UCLA Evening School (recording arts and sciences)
  • LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: English, Serbo-Croatian, German, Russian

SPORTS PROFESSIONAL PARTICIPATION:

  • Basketball – Center forward for Yugoslav national champions the RED STAR
  • Handball – Center forward for Yugoslav national Champions the RED STAR
  • Tennis – Yugoslav junior tennis championships (top ranking)
  • Recipient of the highest sports award in Yugoslavia, the Gold Medal
  • Bradley University no. 1 (3 years)
  • Peoria, Illinois City champion (3 years)
  • US Midwestern Intercollegiate Singles tennis champion
  • Ranked in Southern California (12 years) with Darlene Hard, Billie Jean King, etc.
  • International tournaments: Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America
  • USA tennis circuit
  • Tennis Pro: Player, coach, referee official
  • Tennis Coaching: Individual coaching, Inglewood High School’s boys team coach (reached the CIF finals)
  • Active Member: United States Tennis Association

HOBBIES:

  • Reading, travel, piano playing, interior decorating, palate knife oil painting, theater, opera, musicals, concerts, dancing, music (classical, pop, folk, country-pop, gospel, jazz, R&B, Latin), sports ( tennis, swimming, jogging, horseback riding, fishing, sailing, skiing, water skiing), working out in gym, photography, gardening, cooking

From: Official Web-SIte


People Directory

Desko Nikitovic

Desko Nikitovic, Executive Chairman of East Point Holdings, was born in Arilje, Serbia on November 11, 1960. He received his law degree from the University of Belgrade in 1989. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Nikitovic was an active member of the “opposition movement” advocating democracy in Serbia. He immigrated to the United States in 1990 and has lived in Chicago for the past 26 years.

As a representative of Serbian diaspora in the United States, Mr. Nikitovic made numerous appearances on US national and local television and radio programs, promoting democratic changes in Yugoslavia. He served as President of the Serbian Unity Congress in Chicago, from 1998-2002.

In January of 2003, Nikitovic was appointed Consul General of Serbia in Chicago.

During his tenure as Consul General, Mr. Nikitovic pursued strong economic ties with the United States. He secured the prominent “Sister City” relationship between the Serbian Capitol Belgrade and the City of Chicago.

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Publishing

Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

In 2013 Christian world celebrates 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom was given to the Christian faith. Commemorating the 1700 years since the Edict of Milan of 313, Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church published a book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan. The book has 72 pages and was translated by Popadija Aleksandra Petrovich. This excellent overview of the historical circumstances that lead to the conversion of the first Christian emperor and to the publication of a document that was called "Edict of Milan", was originally published in Serbian by the Brotherhood of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher, Vrnjci 2013. “The Edict of Milan” is calling on civil authorities everywhere to respect the right of believers to worship freely and to express their faith publicly.

The publication of this beautiful pocket-size, full-color, English-language book, has been compiled and designed by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologian Archimandrite Justin Popovich. Bishop Athanasius' thought combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant faith, knowledge of history, and a profound experience of Christ in the Church.

In the conclusion of the book, the author states:"The era of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena, marks the beginning of what history refers to as Roman, Christian Empire, which was named Byzantium only in recent times in the West. In fact, this was the conception of a Christian Europe. Christian Byzantine culture had a critical effect on Europe; Europe was its heir, and then consciously forgot it. Europe inherited many Byzantine treasures, but unfortunately, also robbed and plundered many others for its own treasuries and museums – not only during the Crusades, but during colonial rule in the Byzantine lands as well. We, the Orthodox Slavs, received a great heritage of the Orthodox Christian East from Byzantium. Primarily, Christ’s Gospel, His faith and His Church, and then, among other things, the Cyrillic alphabet, too."