I appreciate your sharing the way you've
encountered folks who don't mind displaying their
My son is a William, by the way.
I've tried to teach him the value of education, and
he's accepted that school is for him. He's become a
great student and they've given him a Class award at
his elementary school...it's called the
"Fantastic Kid" award for his attitude toward the
teachers and others.
Like any dad, I'd like to see him become a good
man...he seems like he should be a teacher in a way.
I just hope the world can become less filled with
those who are, in fact, idiots. It's something.
Where I used to be employed so much was made about the
achievements of those who over a very long period of
time,have done well as state employees. The praise
and adulation is endless for those who succeed in this
sphere. One person who sticks out was the first afro
american director of a NC school for those with mental
retardation. He was promoted to become the state
director of mental health bypassing many with medical
degrees to head up a plan to change mental health in
NC. He was rarely criticized for the problems the
plan encountered because,many say,he is black. So he
took on this job, and gave a swan song to those who
worked with him, and it all seemed as if he was going
to be able to do great things....well, for all that
was said, there hasn't been alot accomplished.
If anyone with a foreign sounding name was asked
to fill the role, and I doubt one would be so
appointed, he would have been dismissed and blamed for
any kind of mess. Not for any other reason than,
people here are considered transplants who screw
things up because they are not from NC
Is the effort of those from other areas
appreciated..not hardly and those with our last names
are viewed with distrust while others who are from NC
are praised even in the face of blatant incompetence.
I have my work cut out for me raising my little
slovak son here in the South.
--- William F Brna <wfbrna@...
> I occasionally work by picking up autos that a
> dealer has bought at
> auction and deliver them to his business.
> Yesterday, I went to Flint,
> MI, among other places, and was handed an envelope
> containing cash for my
> expenses. I have been doing this off and on for
> about a year and my name
> was spelled "Burna" on the envelope. Just as long
> as they don't mispell
> my name on my paycheck. Of course, I have been
> dealing with this for 76
> years and will continue to deal with it until my
> obituary is published.
> All I am trying to say, is, that it m akes about as
> much difference to me
> as _________________________. (Supply your own
> metaphor for
> inconsequential sayings).
> I have a t-shirt with CSI printed on it. Underneath
> is the explanation
> of the letters (Can't Stand Idiots). I have found,
> over the years, that
> there are a hell of a lot of them!
> Bill Brna
> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> From: gregory majercik <gmajercik@...>
> Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 18:36:06 -0700 (PDT)
> Subject: Re: [S-R] Seeking Advice
> I'm glad that others are proud of their unusual
> So it is slovak. The way I've learned to live with
> is to accept it, but it does become a concern when
> undertaking something like a job search where people
> interview and don't want to seem rude by
> mispronouncing a name they hardly can spell. It
> to know others experiences. Being knew to NC it
> be useful to have a local sounding name for
> like a job search, McLawhorn, for instance, but I
> to make due with what is on my birth certificate. In
> a situation like seeking employment, people have
> generally being decent. I just wish I could make it
> bit easier for them to deal with it.
> --- William F Brna <wfbrna@...> wrote:
> > Greg,
> > I, too, lived in North Carolina some time ago, and
> > if you think you have
> > problems with your name, how would you like to
> > mine? I have found
> > very few people, in NC, PA, IL, MO, where I have
> > lived, who do not have
> > problems spelling my name . It has been spelled
> > way since at least
> > 1600 and I have traced my family tree back to
> > with the same
> > spelling. Most people want to put an "e", "i" "y"
> > or "u" in it.
> > Quite frankly, I am not bothered by this. In fact,
> > I enjoy having an
> > unusual (to non-Slovaks) name.
> > William F. (Proud to be) Brna
> > On Sun, 19 Aug 2007 03:14:33 -0700 (PDT) gregory
> > majercik
> > <gmajercik@...> writes:
> > Thank you very much;
> > Being in North Carolina, I know my son will hear
> > about his last name from teachers and other school
> > kids. The ties to my family aren't strong enough
> > here
> > for him to gain that insight and understanding of
> > his
> > own geneology. I do worry that he'll be the source
> > of
> > kidding from other kids, but I knew when I was his
> > age, how it was to have Uncles and Grandparents
> > where
> > I knew my background. It won't be the same for him
> > unless I try to give him that understanding in a
> > that will help him understand who he is, in part.
> > That's one reason why I was so interested in this
> > group....for the answers to help me raise him.
> > Take care,
> > Greg
> > --- konekta@... wrote:
> > > Dear Greg,
> > > I appreciate your letter very much. Very honest.
> > > I will assume, you are interested in genealogy,
> > not
> > > mending family ties and
> > > old wounds.
> > > Take yourself and follow your trace back to your
> > > ancestors as far and as
> > > broad as you can. By doing this you will
> > > many things and find many
> > > people, who will be friendly to you. If your
> > > immediate family is not on good
> > > terms with you with some effort you can find
> > > relatives which you are
> > > not aware of today. They are here but also in
> > > States or elsewhere. You
> > > are all connected by blood.
> > > For the time being you can just skip those who
> > > not appear to be suitable
> > > for such endeavor. Your family tree is endless.
> > > As to your name and experiences with it I can
> > fully
> > > share your feelings.
> > > To me, the most important thing is how the name
> > > sounds, not so much how it
> > > is written. Just Imagine, what would you say if
> > your
> > > name was to be written
> > > in chinese.
> > > My name is Bohinc. In the time of Germans, it
> > > written Bochinz, just to
> > > produce the same sound.
> > > I think it's the "J", that makes the trouble at
> > your
> > > end. If it were
> > > Mayerchik then it would sound almost correctly.
> > > Some nations just do not have the provision to
> > write
> > > down a foreign name so
> > > that it would sound exactly the same as in
> > homeland.
> > > Know the tune of Johnny Cash: "A boy named Sue?"
> > > Listen to it and your son should listen too.
> > > With best wishes,
> > > Vladimir
> > >
> > >
> > > _____
> > >
> > > From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> > > [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
> > > Behalf Of gregory majercik
> > > Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2007 4:12 PM
> > > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> > > Subject: [S-R] Seeking Advice
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > I'm a second generation Slovak raised in NJ. My
> > > father was Mike Majercik and he had three
> > brother's
> > > born in Upstate New York. His father was Paul
> > > Majercik, a immigrant. My mother was a Sakach
> > > was
> > > raised in Illinois. We had a family tragedy
> > thirty+
> > > years ago, and I lost my father. This was in
> > > Lately, I've wanted to know more about my Slovak
> > > roots. I joined this chat group about two years
> > ago.
> > >
> > > I would be interested in opinions about doing
> > > geneological research which, at times, can be
> > > emotionally difficult. Apart from the loss of my
> > > father, there are three issues. First, family
> > > relations became strained and distant due to my
> > > father's death. So, there is this situation from
> > the
> > > tragedy where the family rarely maintains any
> > > contact. It was long enough ago, where two of
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