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

Vukan R. Vuchic

Education
Dipl.-Ing., University of Belgrade, 1960 
M. Eng., University of California/Berkeley, 1965 
Ph.D., University of California/Berkeley, 1966
First recipient of the Dr. Friedrich Lehner Medal, Munich, Germany, 1982
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Foreign Member, 1993
Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, Foreign Member, 2005.

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Publishing

Serbian Americans: History—Culture—Press

by Krinka Vidaković-Petrov, translated from Serbian by Milina Jovanović

Learned, lucid, and deeply perceptive, SERBIAN AMERICANS is an immensely rewarding and readable book, which will give historians invaluable new insights, and general readers exciting new ways to approach the history​ of Serbian printed media. Serbian immigration to the U.S. started dates from the first few decades of 19th c. The first papers were published in San Francisco starting in 1893. During the years of the most intense politicization of the Serbian American community, the Serbian printed media developed quickly with a growing number of daily, weekly, monthly and yearly publications. Newspapers were published in Serbian print shops, while the development of printing presses was a precondition for the growth of publishing in general. Among them were various kinds of books: classical Serbian literature, folksong collections, political pamphlets, works of the earliest Serbian American writers in America (poetry, prose and plays), first translations from English to Serbian, books about Serb immigrants, dictionaries, textbooks, primers, etc.

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