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Family • Photo Restoration • 29 • Dusil • Christmas

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

 

 

 

 

• Dusil

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 5 minutes 51 seconds

72.Dec - Burlington · santa & Alica Dusil (christmas)
72.Dec – Burlington · santa & Gabriel Dusil (christmas)
73.Dec.5 - Burlington · angel, Gabriel, Karol Dusil, devil (Mikuláš)
73.Dec.5 – Burlington · angel, Gabriel, Karol Dusil, devil (Mikuláš)

 

74.Dec - Burlington · Gabriel, santa & Alica Dusil (christmas)
74.Dec – Burlington · Gabriel, santa & Alica Dusil (christmas)
77.Dec.5 - Burlington · Alica & Karol Dusil (Mikuláš)
77.Dec.5 – Burlington · Alica & Karol Dusil (Mikuláš)
78.Dec - Burlington · santa & Alica Dusil (christmas)
78.Dec – Burlington · santa & Alica Dusil (christmas)
78.Dec.5 - Burlington · angel, Gabriel, Alica, Karol Dusil (Mikuláš)
78.Dec.5 – Burlington · angel, Gabriel, Alica, Karol Dusil (Mikuláš)
78.Dec.5 - Burlington · Gabriel, Alica, Karol Dusil (Mikuláš)
78.Dec.5 – Burlington · Gabriel, Alica, Karol Dusil (Mikuláš)
81.Dec.24 - Burlington · Eva, Alica, Gabriel Dusil, Valeria Kendeova (christmas)
81.Dec.24 – Burlington · Eva, Alica, Gabriel Dusil, Valeria Kendeova (christmas)
81.Dec.24 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Valeria Kendeova, Eva & Alica Dusil (christmas)
81.Dec.24 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Valeria Kendeova, Eva & Alica Dusil (christmas)
81.Dec.24 - Burlington · Eva, Cezar, Alica, Gabriel Dusil, Valeria Kendeova (christmas)
81.Dec.24 – Burlington · Eva, Cezar, Alica, Gabriel Dusil, Valeria Kendeova (christmas)

72.Dec - Burlington · santa & Alica Dusil (christmas, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 28 • Taci

• Our nickname for my dad came about when I was a toddler.  I wasn’t able to pronounce “Tati” – Slovak for “Dad”. The best I could do was “Taci”, pronounced “Tat-see” so it stuck for everyone among the extended family. I had many miss-pronunciations throughout my childhood. They were never corrected and became part of my household vocabulary. It eventually became a problem when we visited other friends of my parents. I was around eight years old when we visited a Czech family and I asked the lady if I could “pikat”.  She looked at me with confusion, and I repeated the request. I started to get nervous as she still didn’t understand me. So I said in English if I could please have a drink. To my horror she laughed uncontrollably, and said something along the lines of, “chceš niečo pit? (Do you want something to drink?)” Suddenly, with this one mistake it occurred to me that my Slovak was terrible, and I would barely speak a word of Slovak until my mid-20’s when I moved to Prague, Czech Republic.

• My dad died 35 years ago today. I miss him tremendously.

I love you, Taci

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• Technical Notes

• I don’t like scratch removal solutions provided by scanners. Even though they offer a quick-fix in removing unwanted damage, I find that it degrades the overall image significantly in the process.  My methodology is to always preserve as much detail and texture in the photo as possible, and manually manipulate the images in Adobe Photoshop instead. Even though I sharpen the images, the process will never restore lost data (contrary to what we see on CSI TV shows). Sharpening results in an increase of grain, but I prefer grain over a blurry image.

• My approach is to scan all images without any fancy correction tools, and make the corrections on a pixel by pixel basis in Photoshop.  In some cases I will add content around the edges in order to correct composition issues. I will also paint detail that may be completely damaged. I call this “digital restoration with creative license”.  The entire process requires a lot of patience, but at the same time, while I am restoring the images, I feel that I am apart of that moment in time, and that makes the work more adoring.

• Taci

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• 1960 • Barca, Slovakia • Vaclav Dusil

60 - Barca · Vaclav Dusil (Graduation photo from Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola)
60 – Barca · Vaclav Dusil (Graduation photo from Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola)
60 - Barca · Vaclav Dusil
60 – Barca · Vaclav Dusil

 

• Prior to matriculation (graduation) from the agricultural middle School in Barca (now a part of Košice), students had a mini-scientific conference.  My dad won the first prize, and in this photo he is presenting his findings.  In the background is one of his teachers.  My mother graduated from the same school.

• Postscript from my Mom • 2014 September • We commuted by streetcar, which took about half an hour. Taci would be around 18 years old in this photo.  This high school was focused on veterinary studies. The table is covered with velvet, so it must have been a special event.

 

Article – Prečo Práve Poľnohospodárstvo

 

67.Apr.9 - Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (Veterinary Medicine, class photo)
60.Jun – Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (High School class photo)

 

• 1965 • Łysa Polana, Poland • Vaclav Dusil

65 - Łysa Polana · Vaclav Dusil (Polish Customs)
65 – Łysa Polana · Vaclav Dusil (Polish Customs)

 

• 1966 • Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam • Vaclav Dusil

 5 minutes 26 seconds

66 - Paris · Vaclav Dusil
66 – Paris · Vaclav Dusil
66 - Amsterdam · Vaclav Dusil (harbor)
66 – Amsterdam · Vaclav Dusil (harbor)
66 - Brussels · Vaclav Dusil (Atomium)
66 – Brussels · Vaclav Dusil (Atomium)
66 - Paris · Vaclav Dusil (statue)
66 – Paris · Vaclav Dusil (statue)
66 - Brussels · Vaclav Dusil (car)
66 – Brussels · Vaclav Dusil (car)

 

• My dad went on a trip to Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris in the summer of 1966. These are a selection of photos from that trip. I still have the leather jacket that he has on in these pictures.

 

• Tags

Andrej Collak, Anna Collakova, Attila Kende, Csaba Kende, Darina Poprenakova, Digital Restoration, Dusil Family, dusil.com, Edo Novak, Erika Dusil, Eva Dusil, Gabriel Dusil, Ivan Spisak, Iveta Kende, Juraj Bialko, Karol Dusil, Kende Family, Ladislav Kende, Maria Collakova-Korytkova, Maria Dusilova, Michal Jr, Michal Korytko, Nyarjas, Orendas, Pepo Vesecky, Robert Dusil, Robert Dusil sr., Slavo Sykorsky, Stefan Kende, Vaclav Dusil, Valeria Kendeova, Vera Kendeova

 


 

66 - Paris · Vaclav Dusil (thumbnail)

Family • Photo Restoration • 26 • Dusil • Brothers

“Ultimately the purpose of life boils down to one question:
What do your children think of you?
Our highest value is to live in the memory of our children.”
Karol Dusil

• All three Dusil brothers were competitive and ambitious. This may have been due to genetics and partly because of their environment. All three brothers were denied many things growing up; They’re father wasn’t around during their formidable years so their mother carried the boys through their teenage years and into manhood. The repressive communist regime, was also a contributing factor, where a capitalist definition of ambition was prohibited. My uncle once told me they felt persecuted by the repressive communist regime. The best way for them to get back at them was to get the most out of iron curtain’s education system and use that to thrive in the West. All the Dusil brothers made a tremendously positive mark in this world, using their own resourcefulness, intelligence, and determination.

• One year after the Warsaw Pact Invasion, the two youngest brothers saw their opportunity to escape the regime. The oldest of the three had already settled in Sweden with no plans to return. After they emigrated a local journalist wrote about the Dusil brothers – In so many words he said that they took advantage of the communist education system and abandoned Košice Judo. It’s worth noting at this point that higher education in the communist regime was free. Often candidates were accepted into university, not based on their scholastic achievements, but based on the position their father held in the communist party. Of the 150 students that started in my uncle’s engineering class, only 50 finished. The journalist may have been politically pressured to write the article, although this has never been confirmed. In retrospect, the property their father owned, confiscated by the communists in 1948, would have covered the Harvard education tuition fee for all three boys.

• The brothers fought a lot, but stuck together when necessary.  My dad’s temperament was closer to his mother’s, and the youngest brother was somewhere in between. The oldest brother was most similar in personality to their father. My father was the most sensitive of the three boys. My uncle once said to me, “You could easily hurt his soul”.

• Dusil

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 8 minutes 47 second

50.Jun - Ostrava · Karol, Vaclav & Robert Dusil (portrait)
50.Jun – Ostrava · Karol, Vaclav & Robert Dusil (portrait)

61 - Slovenský raj · Vaclav Dusil & Robert Dusil
61 – Slovenský raj · Vaclav Dusil & Robert Dusil
61 - Slovenský raj · Vaclav & Robert Dusil
61 – Slovenský raj · Vaclav & Robert Dusil
63 - Muráň · Vaclav & Robert Dusil
63 – Muráň · Vaclav & Robert Dusil
59 - Bojnice · Robert & Vaclav Dusil (square)
59 – Bojnice · Robert & Vaclav Dusil (square)
61 - Košice · Vaclav & Karol Dusil (tricycles)
61 – Košice · Vaclav & Karol Dusil (tricycles)
68 - Košice · Vaclav & Karol Dusil (train goodbye)
68 – Košice · Vaclav & Karol Dusil (train goodbye)
73.Jun - Burlington · Vaclav & Karol Dusil (Veterinarian, shaking hands)
73.Jun – Burlington · Vaclav & Karol Dusil (Veterinarian, shaking hands)
76 - Burlington · Karol, Vaclav & Robert Dusil (backyard)
76 – Burlington · Karol, Vaclav & Robert Dusil (backyard)
78.Oct - Kitchener · Vaclav & Karol Dusil (Octoberfest)
78.Oct – Kitchener · Vaclav & Karol Dusil (Octoberfest)

50.Jun - Ostrava · Karol Dusil (portrait, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 25 • Mamička • University

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• Those years were quite hard on me – frequently falling in and out of love, and ending up with a broken heart. I’d go skating in the winter with my friends. My oldest brother Csaba would chaperon me to Sunday afternoon tea dances. He was my confidante in matters of the heart. On Sunday evenings I would stroll downtown with my girlfriends and flirt with the boys. I was still horseback riding but by the time I reached the end of middle school my commitment in riding weakened as love interests occupied my time.

• In my teens, I didn’t apply myself. I graduated from middle school with slightly better than average grades. My next step was submitting my application to veterinary college. University education in my country was free and everyone had their own motivation. For me it was clear – I loved animals. But for others it was either parental pressure or they wanted to avoid military duty. Entering university was effective in postponing civil service – reduce it to only six months compared to a standard two year service. Getting into university was less about grades, and more contingent on who your father knew. The system was corrupt and everybody knew it. A consequence of this corruption was a lackadaisical attitude towards education. It wasn’t something that was openly discussed but we felt it subconsciously.

• With my father’s help I was accepted into the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice. Although I had a passion for animals I also had to work the system to get accepted to university. From the moment I entered higher education my sloppy attitude towards studying ended. I was stimulated by my surroundings, and proud to be a university student. I attended lectures regularly, even though they weren’t compulsory. I loved anatomy and immensely enjoyed dissecting animals in the lab. I recall on many occasions leaving the lab with blood up to my elbows. I studied parts of the body thoroughly, and it never ceased to amaze me that every little bump, groove, or elevation had a Latin name. Latin was also one of our courses, and continues to be the foundation of communication in medicine. That also helped me when I later learned English. My favorite professor was František Hrudka. He taught Histology and made the subject fascinating – a characteristic that I can’t extend to the other professors. Another favorite of mine was the world famous anatomy professor, Peter Popesko, whose anatomical atlases were used in the University of Guelph. The education system in Czechoslovakia was very different from the West. Most exams were oral. If the professor was in a bad mood, or was having personal problems at the time, it would have an adverse affect on how he conducted the exam. If he had some reservations or personal dislikes towards you – because you didn’t attend his lectures – it would negatively reflect on your final mark – or he would just fail you. We were hostages to the emotional roller coaster and personal biases of our professors.

Mamička

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72 - Brampton · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
72 – Brampton · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
72.Jan - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, black lab)
72.Jan – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, black lab)
74.Jan - Oakville · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Trafalgar Animal Hospital surgery)
74.Jan – Oakville · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Trafalgar Animal Hospital surgery)
74 - Burlington · Valeria, Stefan Kende & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
74 – Burlington · Valeria, Stefan Kende & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
75 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75 - Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75 – Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75.Jun - Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75.Jun – Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
78 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
78 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
79 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
79 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
89.Jul.7 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Aldershot Animal Hospital)
89.Jul.7 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Aldershot Animal Hospital)

72 - Brampton · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery, premiere pro)

 

Martial Arts • Photo Restoration • 24 • Košice Judo • Memories of Judo, III

• Introduction by Ing. Maria ‘Cuna’ Cabanová • 2005 April 20 • Translation & Editing by Gabriel Dusil

• Judo and the judoka of Košice shaped who I am today. I decided on my university education thanks to my coach Kajo Dusil, who thoroughly prepared me for my entrance exams to the Technical University Faculty of Metallurgy. The School of Economics, where I went did not adequately prepare me for technical school.

• When circumstances permitted, I tried to assist the Košice Judo Association in later years. In September 1978, I celebrated ten years as president of the Regional Association of Judo. I succeeded Edita Pačajová-Kardosová who stepped back to the mat as a trainer. I handed off this role to Marta Ujjobágyiova-Kelemenová and Erika Tordová-Királyová. At the time, women’s judo was completely separate from the men. The women were part of Lokomotíva Košice and men trained primarily in TJ VSŽ (Telovýchovná jednota Východoslovenské železiarne). I often offered my coaching assistance to the men’s team of Košice Judo. Helping me extensively were Laco Pačaj, Peter Széky and Jaro Plávka. Summer camps for the girls were organized by Csaba Kende. I coached periodically until 1992, before leaving for Bratislava to work. Then I raised my coaching qualification to class II, and graded successfully for my first dan, black belt.

• In judo I held various roles, such as chairwoman of the political-educational Commission for the District Judo Association, which at the time of the totalitarian regime was extremely important and had been one of the most important evaluation criteria for the sport. I worked as the President of the Judo Association and in that time we formed a joint association with karate. The Slovak Association of Judo awarded me an honorary second degree black belt for my contribution. At the elementary school in Barca (where I take my grandchildren) I led the judo team. I have now fulfilled my dream as a grandmother-judoka.

• It’s not my objective to just document the facts. These are my personal experiences and memories that others might remember differently. In closing, I must thank all judoka who shaped me, helped me and who are still my good friends. Mainly; Erika and Kajo Dusil, my lifelong friends; Csaba Kende, who devoted one summer for the preparation of my first dan black belt, and coached me through the final stages of my class II coaching certificate; Jaro Plávka who was my partner in my black belt grading; Laco Pačaj and Peter Széky who helped me in coaching, and with many other activities.

With reverent respect
I remember well the judoka and friends
who are no longer with us:
Vašek Dusil
Ďuri Mazánek
Julka Tóthová
Marcel Ondrík.

• Košice Judo

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 6 minutes 20 seconds

67.Dec - Morava · x, x, x, Karel Hrubicek, Vaclav Dusil, Vlado Makovsky, Csaba Kende, x & Jano Misko (station)
67.Dec – Morava · x, x, x, Karel Hrubicek, Vaclav Dusil, Vlado Makovsky, Csaba Kende, x & Jano Misko (station)
67.Dec - Morava · x, x, Vlado Makovsky, x, Karel Hrubicek, Vaclav Dusil, Eva Kendeova, x, Csaba Kende & Jano Misko (station)
67.Dec – Morava · x, x, Vlado Makovsky, x, Karel Hrubicek, Vaclav Dusil, Eva Kendeova, x, Csaba Kende & Jano Misko (station)
66.Jun - Klánovice · Vaclav, x, & Karol Dusil (judo workshop)
66.Jun – Klánovice · Vaclav, x, & Karol Dusil (judo workshop)
66.Jun - Klánovice · x, x, Vaclav, x, Karol Dusil, x, x (judo workshop team)
66.Jun – Klánovice · x, x, Vaclav, x, Karol Dusil, x, x (judo workshop team)
66 - Košice · Marcel Ondrik. Csaba Kende, Robert Dusil, Jozef Novotny & Vaclav Dusil (Judo grading)
66 – Košice · Marcel Ondrik. Csaba Kende, Robert Dusil, Jozef Novotny & Vaclav Dusil (Judo grading)
65 - Split · Vaclav Dusil (Judo Tournament in Croatia)
65 – Split · Vaclav Dusil (Judo Tournament in Croatia)
59 - Košice · Jozef Arvay, Nyarias, Ludvik Wolf, Zerge Kaan, Laco Magyar, Papik, x, Robert Dusil, Jozef Grusecky & Vaclav Dusil (judo)
59 – Košice · Jozef Arvay, Nyarias, Ludvik Wolf, Zerge Kaan, Laco Magyar, Papik, x, Robert Dusil, Jozef Grusecky & Vaclav Dusil (judo)

 

• Documents & Articles

66.Jun.18 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Pravda, TASD RJEKA Lokomotiva VSŽ)
66.Jun.18 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Pravda, TASD RJEKA Lokomotiva VSŽ)
66.Jun.3 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Československý Šport, Judo s indexom)
66.Jun.3 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Československý Šport, Judo s indexom)
65 - Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (judo Diplom, Zá obetavú prácu)
65 – Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (judo Diplom, Zá obetavú prácu)

59 - Košice · Jozef Arvay, Nyarias, Ludvik Wolf, Zerge Kaan, Laco Magyar, Papik, x, Robert Dusil, Jozef Grusecky & Vaclav Dusil (judo, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 23 • Dusil • Emigration

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• In my third year of veterinary studies, Prague Spring began. It was January of 1968 and Alexander Dubček was at the forefront of the reforms. Some of the leaders rallied behind him, wanting to give communism a human face. It felt like fresh air was blowing though the country. We began to lift our heads in hopes of a better future. The older generation was cautious but everyone else was optimistic. Eight months later the Soviets decided they had enough and sent 200,000 troops to clamp down on our aspirations. One month after that Warsaw Pact Invasion my son, Gabriel was born.

• Soon after the invasion, a mass exodus began. We decided to leave everything and everyone behind. In October 1969 I was supposed to begin my fifth year of veterinary studies. We fled the country instead. This was only possible because of the general chaos during those few months. There were relaxed procedures in the government agencies responsible for issuing travel visas. My parents were devastated by our plans, but still supported us. Vašek and I assured my mother that I would finish university, but we had no idea how we would fulfill that promise. First and foremost we had to focus on survival and take care of our baby. We believed that as long as we had two healthy hands we would survive.

• There was no looking back. Our flight took us through Paris, where we spent nine weeks waiting for approval to immigrate to Canada. Coming from an authoritarian regime, we thought we had to choose a province. With pressure from the immigration officer, we chose Saskatoon, Saskatchewan because they had a veterinary college. She encouraged us to choose an agricultural province. On the 9th of November 1969 we arrived in the beginning of a freezing cold winter. We met other Slovaks including my favorite professor from Košice, František Hrudka. He had also immigrated! By this time he was lecturing at the University of Saskatchewan. The people we met were supportive and ready to help us, but I felt lonely. Vašek was gone most of the day looking for a job and I was left alone with Gabriel, and nobody to talk to.

• On one occasion a local Slovak family invited us for dinner. I told them I wanted to continue with my veterinary studies. “Well, you’ll be the only female veterinarian in Canada” was their reply. Suddenly I felt that we came to some backward country. But I soon realized that they didn’t know much about veterinary medicine. It was true that there were few women in the profession, but I didn’t lose hope. Meanwhile, back home my mother listened to criticism that all her sacrifices had been wasted, and that I didn’t finish my studies. After ten long days in Saskatoon, we realized that we were in a free country, and could go wherever we wanted. The layers were shedding from the repressive regime we left. We were no longer prisoners of the state. We contacted Manpower and with their help we moved to Toronto, Ontario to join my brother-in-law, and his family. Within a few days we were happily reunited and I was surrounded by family. We lived together in a rented house, attended English language classes together. Vašek worked part time at a car wash with his brother. We took turns babysitting, while the other attended English lessons. Vašek was also studying for his provincial veterinary exams which he passed without difficulties.

• Postscript by Gabriel Dusil

Today commemorates the 46th anniversary of our arrival to Canada.

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• Dusil

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 6 minutes 14 seconds

 

69.Oct - Paris · Eva, Gabriel, Erika, Sona, Roman Dusil
69.Oct – Paris · Eva, Gabriel, Erika, Sona, Roman Dusil
69.Oct - Paris · Eva & Gabriel Dusil
69.Oct – Paris · Eva & Gabriel Dusil
69.Oct - Paris · Eva, Gabriel, Erika, Roman, Sona Dusil
69.Oct – Paris · Eva, Gabriel, Erika, Roman, Sona Dusil
69.Oct - Paris · Gabriel Dusil
69.Oct – Paris · Gabriel Dusil

• Postscript from Eva Dusil • 2014 October • Here is my cute son, Gabičko. He had his first birthday in Paris. During our stay in France, you had this red sweater with a leather front.

 3 minutes 38 seconds

70 - Toronto · Vaclav, Gabriel & Eva Dusil (grocery shopping)
70 – Toronto · Vaclav, Gabriel & Eva Dusil (grocery shopping)
70 - Toronto · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (kitchen)
70 – Toronto · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (kitchen)
70 - Toronto · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Slavo Sykorsky's house)
70 – Toronto · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Slavo Sykorsky’s house)
73.Aug - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (house)
73.Aug – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (house)
73.Aug - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (front door)
73.Aug – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (front door)
73.Jun - Burlington · Vaclav, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital sign)
73.Jun – Burlington · Vaclav, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital sign)

70 - Toronto · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Slavo Sykorsky's house, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 22 • Mamička • Keszthely

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• From the time I was three years old, my mother and I would visit my grandmother in Keszthely, Hungary, during our summer holidays. Throughout the 1950’s the communist government allowed visits to neighboring socialist countries, only once every three years. In the 1960’s they changed it to every second year. We could only stay for three weeks at a time because my mother needed to return to work in Košice.  I was raised along the lines of what would be considered a latchkey child – high strung with a lot of energy. My Hungarian cousins, Zsuzsi and Tibor were younger than me, and weren’t ideal playmates. Furthermore, my aunt and uncle were very protective of their children. They wouldn’t allow anything that would ‘endanger their health’. So I would often go exploring by myself.

• In the summer of ’58, when I was twelve years old, I discovered there was a stud farm in the center of town. I wandered off to the stables many times to watch the horses as they went about their daily activities. Hungary was famous for breeding Arabian horses and other warmblooded horses. I watched these magnificent animals running and jumping in the fields. Soon enough the stablemen saw my curiosity and came to chat with me at the edge of their property. After a few visits they let me get a closer look. My ears would fill with their stories. This began a new chapter of my life.

• We returned to Keszthely in the summer of 1960. When my uncle Geza learned of my passion for horses, he managed to enroll me in the Keszthely farm’s riding school. By this time I had been riding for two years in Košice. My daily routine was to wake up at 5:30, and ride my cousin’s bicycle four kilometers to the stud farm. The mornings were cool and the uphill ride was arduous, but my heart beat with anticipation every time. My throat and lungs would hurt as I rode up to the farm. Every day I would clean the horses, saddle them, and out we went to the countryside. We would ride as a group through alleys lined with linden trees, green meadows, and eventually down to Lake Balaton to cool our horse’s legs. I tried my best to keep up with the adults who were mostly caretakers, maintaining the stables on behalf of the state. In those early days I was given calmer mares. As time passed I became one of the team. They treated me kindly, and held me in high regard, despite my young age. Throughout my teens I returned many times to this sanctuary. I fell in love with the farm, and it still fills me with fond memories. The saddest day was always our departure. For my mother, it was leaving her mother behind. For me I had to say goodbye to the horses, and to my friends. I always knew that I would not see them for at least two more years.

• When I was sixteen I again returned to Keszthely. On this visit the farm included me in an equestrian exhibition in Nagyvázsony. There was a parade for the tourists.  We also presented historical scenes in period costumes that included horses, such as war scenes. I also took part in parkour jumping for the onlookers. As a guest participant and foreigner, I was privileged to be part of this celebration. I was even paid for my participation.

Mamička

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 • 8 minutes 16 seconds

 

• 1960 July • Keszthely, Hungary • Eva Kendeova

60.Jul - Keszthely · Eva Kendeova (Cafe on Lake Balaton)
60.Jul – Keszthely · Eva Kendeova (Cafe on Lake Balaton)

• 1960 • Toporec, Slovakia • Winning 1st in ‘L’ class Parkour jumping with Lisa

60 - Toporec · Eva Kendeova (Winning 1st in L class Parkour jumping with Lisa)
60 – Toporec · Eva Kendeova (Winning 1st in L class Parkour jumping with Lisa)
60.Jul - Toporec · Eva Kendeova (horses, winning 1st competition)
60.Jul – Toporec · Eva Kendeova (horses, winning 1st competition)

• Postscript from my Mom • 2014 November • This was taken after after my first competition at the age of 14. I won with my horse Lisa, who happened to be in good spirits that day. I received a crystal vase trophy.

• My mother won in the ‘L’ class competition that day.  These were jumps ranging from 100cm to 110cm.  The girl to her right was a fellow equestrian rider, around three years older than my mother.

 

• 1960 • Košice, Slovakia • Competing at the Veterinary College with Lisa

60 - Košice · Eva Kendeova (Competing at the Veterinary College with Lisa)
60 – Košice · Eva Kendeova (Competing at the Veterinary College with Lisa)

 

• 1961 • Barca, Slovakia • Walking Along the Train Tracks

61 - Barca · Eva Kendeova (horses, train tracks)
61 – Barca · Eva Kendeova (horses, train tracks)

• 1961 July • Spišská Nová Ves • Eva Kendeova

61.Jul - Spišská Nová Ves · Eva Kendeova (horses, log fence)
61.Jul – Spišská Nová Ves · Eva Kendeova (horses, log fence)

• 1962 July • Keszthely, Hungary • Eva Kendeova

62 - Keszthely · Eva Kendeova
62 – Keszthely · Eva Kendeova

 

• 1963 • Barca, Slovakia • On a filly at the Poľnohospodárska Technická School

63 - Barca · Eva Kendeova (On a filly at the park of Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola)
63 – Barca · Eva Kendeova (On a filly at the park of Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola)

• My mother was breaking young horses for her own use with the permission of the coop at the Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola in Barca. In all, she would break four horses during her studies there, and this was one of them. My mom would ride the filly to the local pub where the farmers and peasants would sit outside and enjoy their beer. When she touched the filly’s back it made him kick, since she was ticklish there. It was an amusing sight to the onlooking farmers.

 

• 1964 June • Barca, Slovakia • Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola

64 - Košice · Eva Kendeova (high school photo)
64 – Košice · Eva Kendeova (high school photo)

 

65.Jun - Barca · Eva Kendeova (Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola, class photo)
65.Jun – Barca · Eva Kendeova (Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola, class photo)

• My mother designed the layout for this class photo, and drew the school in the bottom right.  The early days of a budding artist.


60 - Košice · Eva Kendeova (Competing at the Veterinary College with Lisa, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 21 • Taci

15.Oct - Prague · Collage (Taci, angel wings, animated gif, 226p)

Here is my latest photo restoration and video editing project, in memory of father, Vaclav ‘Taci’ Dusil.

Collage
14
hours
The concept of this layout came to me a few months ago, one evening just before I fell asleep. The first challenge was to get the black matte just right so that the design would size to my printer. I also needed to make sure the wings would settle neatly within the matte. Next was to group, scale and space the photos to the size of the angel wings.
Photo
Montage
72
hours
Video editing was a tedious process. I had to essentially re-size each picture all over again – this time in Adobe Premiere Pro, then animate each photo in sequence to mosaic the wings. The ‘Taci’ animation was done in Adobe After Effects.
Photo Restoration 198
hours
There are 138 photos in total – 69 in each wing. The work spanned two months. Many of the original photos were annotated by my father. I initially used them in the collage, but I felt that the final layout was too messy with the added text.
Passion
hours
My dad maintained a beautiful visual diary of his youth. It’s been a privilege to restore his photos, and create a lasting archive for my family. I’ve joined a group of individuals in the genealogy community, who have felt the emotion from that split second in time when a photo was taken.

• Taci

If you missed the other Taci posts, you can link to them here:

• Photo Montage

 4 minutes 52 seconds

• Collage

 8 minutes 10 seconds

• Photo Restoration

 29 minutes 23 seconds


 Portfolio - Collage (Taci, angel wings, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 19 • Mamička • Veterinarian

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• Our language course ended in June of 1970. By that time we had learned passable English in six month. I was then advised to take the Michigan test if I intended to apply for university to finish my veterinary studies. I wrote the test in August and submitted my application to the Ontario Veterinary College. When they invited me for an interview I was disappointed to hear their classes were full. In the mean time, the University of Guelph admissions department advised me to complete grade 13 English (the final year of high school at the time), and apply the following year.

• The following summer I was accepted into the University of Guelph.  I began my studies in September of 1971, and was admitted to their third year of a four year program. Meanwhile my husband found work in Brampton at a small animal veterinary clinic, so we decided to move there. It was a good clinic because they were constantly busy. Most of our education in Czechoslovakia was focused on large animals to serve the needs of the agricultural industry. In contrast, The only experience my husband had at the time was at the veterinary college in Košice where he was an assistant in a large animal department. Canada already had a large market of domesticated animals. So the Brampton clinic was a great opportunity for him to quickly how to quickly treat small animals.

• I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in June of 1973. In many ways I fulfilled my dream, thanks to my husband. I also owe my heartfelt gratitude to my mother, Valeria Kende, who always believed in me. My mother could finally tell all her doubters that the sacrifices she made were worth it – Her daughter was a veterinarian.

Mamička

If you missed the other posts on Mamička, you can link to them here:

• Digital Photo Restoration

 Happy Birthda Mamička 

I love you,

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

 • 3 minutes 18 seconds

 

79.Jun - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (Aldershot Animal Hospital)
79.Jun – Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (Aldershot Animal Hospital)
79.Jun - Burlington · Cezar & Eva Dusil (Aldershot Animal Hospital)
79.Jun – Burlington · Cezar & Eva Dusil (Aldershot Animal Hospital)
00 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital, Komondor)
00 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital, Komondor)
01 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital, on the phone)
01 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital, on the phone)
01 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Czech visitors, Aldershot Animal Hospital)
01 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Czech visitors, Aldershot Animal Hospital)
00 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, (Aldershot Animal Hospital, examination)
00 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, (Aldershot Animal Hospital, examination)

• Documents & Articles

80.Jun.27 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Veterinarian Didn't Order Dogs Seized)
80.Jun.27 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Veterinarian Didn’t Order Dogs Seized)

 

80.Jun.21 - Hamilton · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Globe and Mail, Ten Rescured Dogs Destroyed)
80.Jun.21 – Hamilton · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Globe and Mail, Ten Rescured Dogs Destroyed)

 

80.Jul.31 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Order to Destroy Dogs Came From Top, Trial Told)
80.Jul.31 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Order to Destroy Dogs Came From Top, Trial Told)

 

80.Aug.1 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Dog Disease in Hamilton Spreading to Burlington)
80.Aug.1 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Dog Disease in Hamilton Spreading to Burlington)

 

Family • Photo Restoration • 18 • Gabičko • Mentors

• We always want our children to be better than us. Some may interpret that to mean success through wealth, fame, or power. But it’s beyond that. I want my boys to be stronger than me. Emotionally, physically, and socially. I want them to survive in this world beyond what I could possibly achieve. I want them to make an impact on their world better than what I achieved. I want to give my boys what my father didn’t – to be their mentor.

• Even with emotional clarity, I always felt limited in my ability to reach the top tiers of success. I revered those that had mentors throughout their lives. I observed how a select few attributed their achievements to a mentor. I never had someone that would sit with me and assess my life and provide continual and persistent guidance. The only times I would be approached directly by a family member was when I was in crisis, or when I had done something horribly wrong. Those times I had been lectured and disciplined. The closest I had to a mentor in those years was my coach, Morris Vaillancourt*, and my girlfriend’s father, Conrad Brown. I respected them immensely – always listening to their words of wisdom, and lessons from life. They were mentors by example and in how they viewed life.

* Morris Vaillancourt, was the coach of the Burlington YMCA Swim Club. He is also a National Coach, Level I and II Clinic Conductor. In 1973 Morris was the Canada Games Coach and also held the position of Chairman of the Ontario Swimming Coaches Association. He has trained over 100 Provincial and National record holders.

• Gabičko

If you missed other Gabičko posts, you can find them here:

• Digital Photo Restoration

 5 minutes 17 seconds

02.Apr - Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub)
02.Apr – Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub)
02.Apr.17 - Chertsey · Gabriel & Matias Dusil (St. Peters Hospital)
02.Apr.17 – Chertsey · Gabriel & Matias Dusil (St. Peters Hospital)
02.Aug - Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (pulling hair)
02.Aug – Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (pulling hair)
02.Aug - Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (Richmond Gardens, shoulder)
02.Aug – Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (Richmond Gardens, shoulder)
05.Jul - Villamartin · Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (kiss)
05.Jul – Villamartin · Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (kiss)
05.Oct - Woking · Lucas Dusil (living room)
05.Oct – Woking · Lucas Dusil (living room)
05.Oct - Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (brothers)
05.Oct – Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (brothers)
06.Dec - Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (penguin)
06.Dec – Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (penguin)
06.Jul - Albisano · Matias & Lucas Dusil (park walk)
06.Jul – Albisano · Matias & Lucas Dusil (park walk)
06.Dec - Woking · Matias, Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (Ivylea rock garden)
06.Dec – Woking · Matias, Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (Ivylea rock garden)

02.Apr - Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub, premiere pro)