reunion of VÉČkÁr's
Thursday I returned to Bratislava and
got together with Maksi. We also met Felix, one of the organizers of Vecko
reunion 1998. Felix told us that the early arrivals meet every day at cafe
Amsterdam near by. So we went there. Had a beer and we noticed a couple
talking at the next table. We started to get aquatinted with each other.
Milan is now living in Calgary, Alberta and Sonja in Sydney, Australia. She
didn't recognize me at the beginning, however after a while we both
started remembering the good old times at the V-klub and the parties that
followed the dances. Soon we both knew that we were in fact old lost
friends from 1968. I remembered her friend by her thick hair. I learned
that Maja is now a grandmother and still lives in Bratislava. Next day I
met Maja in the V-Klub and it felt like thirty years ago, the atmosphere,
the people, old friends were all suddenly there again thirty years later.
It was nostalgia. Peter Lipa was singing all night and we danced and were
having good time all night as well. It was repeated Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday however everybody was tired as we all realized that we are in fact
thirty years older and our endurance isn’t what it used to be then.
I must tell you little bit of the
history of our Vecko. Vecko was a University Student Club that seen its
birth in 1965. Our generation mostly attended the happenings in the V-Klub
during 1966-1969 and lived through the loosening of the strings by the
ruling Communists in the spring of 1968 and sudden invasion of the arm
forces on August 21, 1968. That marked the end of the new beginnings. By
end of 1969 many of us left and are spread around the world and we lost
contact with each other. This reunion brought us magically together after
all this time. One thing made me really sad was the absence of support by
any of the government organizations, especially the House of Foreign
Slovaks under leadership of Mr. Rastislav Saling. Finally this government
organization had a chance to make contacts with some really great and
successful people after all these years and they missed their chance
totally. This organization is suppose-helping Slovaks living abroad, well
where were they when they could have shown they support at this action?
is Makši Dubrovay?
letter from Makši
to World wide
reunion of Véčkár's "GENERATION 1968"
to Makši's pictures over the years
to Makši's 62nd Surprise birthday party
to Makši's final days
Celebration of Makši's life party at Watch
Lake Community Hall on September 28, 2002
Scattering Makši's ashes at his
favorite spot near his house on September 29, 2002
Makši's ashes at Bute Look Out above Watch Lake, BC, on October 13,
burial in Bratislava on November 12, 2002
Published in the Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 6, No. 3, Fall
Copyright © Vladimir Linder 1998
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