Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Refused Visa
- Martin: That was the only message he sent to me lately. By some of his past messages, it sounded like he isn't into politics too much. The messages are sent (I think) on a business computer where he works. Nice guy and our interests are basically on fruit trees. He is also big on experimenting with all kind of varieties of Hardy Kiwi plants. Quite a few years ago, I sent him a variety of Hardy Kiwi plants that I grew. The plant permits were a little difficult to say the least. I remember when the federal plant inspector came to my place, I asked him about a certain plant disease that Slovak plant inspectors didn't want on any plants. The U.S. plant inspector didn't have the faintest idea what the disease was. My plants were sent bare root, arrived in good shape and are happily growing in Slovakia.
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From: Martin Votruba
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 2:20 PM
Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: Refused Visa
> the previous one was from east Slovakia as well (Jewish origin).
I wonder whether the author of the e-mail you posted, Dave, has more
information. I don't know whether the previous US Ambassador to
Slovakia, Rodolphe Vallee (2004-2007), is Jewish. The one before him,
Ronal Weiser (2001-2004) is, but neither of the two was born in
Slovakia. Weiser has recently donated $250,000 to support scholarly
exchange between the U. of Michigan and Slovakia, and the report said
that he'd learned to love the country while he was the ambassador --
not a word about any ancestral ties. While reports have been
commenting on the current Ambassador Vincent Obsitnik's Slovak roots,
I'm not aware of any report saying the same about Weiser or Vallee.
I'd be interested to know.
votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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