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Encyclopedia of Czech-American Biography

Past SVU President Míla Rechcigl, for years, has been diligently working on a long-term, to date the most ambitious SVU project yet, to preparing a comprehensive and up to date Czech American Biography.

It is a tremendous and unparalleled undertaking which,
when finished, will comprise several thousand biographies of notable
American personalities with Czech roots, starting from the time the first
Czech put his foot on American soil to date. The planned encyclopedic vade
mecum, reflecting enduring contributions of our countrymen to the
development of the US, will be not only an invaluable tool for all
researchers and students of Czech-American history, but also a cart blanche
for the Czech Republic, which considers Czech-Americans as their own and as
a part of its magnificent cultural history.

In contrast to the traditional Who's Whos that are quite impersonal,
telegraphic in style, terse, full of abbreviations which make them hard to
read, and frankly unpalatable, if not boring, Míla Rechcigl has chosen an
encyclopedic style with a flowing narrative to make biographies more
interesting and pleasure to read. For easier use, instead of alphabetical
arrangement, he is organizing this monumental endeavor into specific
sections of various facets and areas of human endeavor, covering business,
religion, government & politics, law, music, dramatic art, visual art,
creative writing, publishing, media, education, activism & reform, the
humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences &
mathematics, engineering, medicine, military, exploration, espionage,
sports, modeling, and recreation. The publication will, of course, have an
alphabetical index as well.

Inasmuch as the manuscript is rapidly approaching its completion, to assure
its completeness, Dr. Rechcigl would welcome additional suggestions of
significant individuals for possible inclusion in any one of the areas
mentioned above.

I am wholeheartedly supporting this effort and urge our readers to send, as
soon as possible, the names of deserving individuals to Dr. Rechcigl, via
the following e-mail: svu.one@gmail.com. Be sure to include the person's
place and year of birth, as well as death (if applicable). Short biographies
would also be welcome.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Petr Gandalovič


Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States