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Family • Photo Restoration • 15 • Dusil

• During the communist era very few citizens of the eastern bloc were allowed to travel to the west, except for politicians and sportsmen. Travelling amongst countries such as East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, and Yugoslavia were allowed. But even that was difficult, since the authorities only allowed travel to the eastern block once every two years. Travel to the west on a Czechoslovakian passport required both a “vyjazdna dolozka” (an “exit visa” granted by the passport police) and an entry visa granted by the western country. Only after receiving the “vyjazdna dolozka” (specific to the country of destination) could the traveler apply for an “entry visa”. In addition, the traveler’s employment manager needed to approve the application.

• Top sportsmen from Czechoslovakia would have a number of STB minders when competing in western countries.  STB, or “Štátna tajna bezpečnosť”, is Slovak for “State Secret Security”. Essentially they were the Czechoslovakian equivalent to the Russian KGB. STB minders were present as members of the Czechoslovakian delegation at events such as the Olympics, European or World championships. Despite these minders, some successfully defected to the embarrassment of the communist party – Martina Navratilova (tennis), Václav Nedomanský and Richard Farda (hockey), and many others. In the early 1960’s travel rules and political repression was a bit relaxed. But these political changes were not enough and this led to changes in the communist party hierarchy. It also resulted in the attempted reforms of the new General Secretary, Alexander Dubček, referred today as the Prague Spring. On the 21st of August 1968 the Soviet Union and four other members of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia to halt Dubček’s reforms. This meant in a renewed orthodox communist grip on Czechoslovakia for the next twenty years.

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News footage from the 21st of August 1968

• In 1969 my uncle requested travel to Paris, His boss asked what would happen to his children. My uncle lied, saying that his children would stay with their relatives. Essentially he was reassuring his boss that my cousins would remain home as “collateral deposit”. This was sufficient to reassure the authorities that the traveler would not defect. On that basis his manager approved their travel request. My uncle subsequently forged his children into the application. They obtained exit visas from the passport police, and then entry visas into France. Ten days later they “forgot” to return. The rest is history…

• Digital Photo Restoration

4 minutes 40 seconds

68.Nov - Košice · Gabriel Dusil
68.Nov – Košice · Gabriel Dusil

 

• Postscript by Eva Dusil • 2014 October • Gabičko, this a very cute photo when you were about two months old. I still remember Nanika commenting how well you were able to hold your head up. Love you, Mom, with happy memories.

• Postscript from me • 2014 October • I think I could have won the award for the roundest head in Czechoslovakia.

 

8 minutes 00 seconds

69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Eva Dusil
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Eva Dusil
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (cradle)
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (cradle)
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (kiss)
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (kiss)
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (on Taci's shoulders)
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (on Taci’s shoulders)

 

• Postscript by Eva Dusil • 2014 September • This photo was taken at Slavo Sykorsky’s villa in Košice, where we lived until we left Czechoslovakia in August 1969 and emigrated to Canada. Prior to Slavo’s place we lived in Pepo Vosecky’s apartment for short time. You were about four months old.

• Postscript from me • 2014 September • Look at that little baby… Precious!

 

69.Apr - Košice · Gabriel Dusil
69.Apr – Košice · Gabriel & Eva Dusil

 

 

8 minutes 19 seconds

69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#1)
69.Sep.4 – Košice · Leaving for Paris (#1)
69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#2)
69.Sep.4 – Košice · Leaving for Paris (#2)
69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#3)
69.Sep.4 – Košice · Leaving for Paris (#3)

 

• Postscript from Eva Dusil • 2014 October • These were taken in Košice on the day before we emigrated. We are at the bus station on our way to Bratislava to catch our flight to Paris the following day. In Bratislava we slept over at a rental apartment with Slavo and Milica Sykorsky. We arrived at Orly Airport in Paris, late in the afternoon on the 5th of September – on Vašek’s birthday. As we landed in France we finally felt free. Our first night was in a university dormatory, since the fall semester had not yet begun. You took your first steps that night. During the trip you had a bad cold, runny nose and fever, but a couple days after arriving in Paris you were fine.■ My father-in-law didn’t know that we were leaving, and later told us he would have informed the authorities.

 

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69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#1, thumbnail)

 

 

Martial Arts • Photo Restoration • 13 • Košice Judo • Memories of Judo, I

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

• I started judo in 1961. I was an economic student and my classmate and best friend Erika Mešterová persuaded me to try the sport. At the time our judo facilities were in a small building in Petrov Sad, Košice. We had to share the facilities with the TJ (Telovýchovná jednota) Lokomotíva Košice wrestlers and boxers. The room where we practiced was covered with soft mats, more suited to wrestling than for judo. The building wasn’t heated so in the winter when we came to train, the mats were covered with a layer of frost. We had to wear socks on our feet, otherwise our feet would freeze. In such cold facilities no one took it easy during training. Everyone wanted to warm up quickly with a lot of movement. After training we showered under ice-cold water.

• After completion of the indoor swimming pool in Košice in 1963, our building became part of the swimming community, so we no longer had a place to train. In early September the team organized a march in the center of town with a goal to find a new gym. The event was a success and for some time we rolled around in Room 4 of the Technical University’s dormitory on Vysokoškolska ulice (street). Later we moved to the school gymnasium on Gemerská street. We also bought our own mats, ordered by Robert Dusil somewhere in Bohemia. The training facilities weren’t only for judoka so we only had a few reserved hours each week. The girls needed to train with the boys. Men trained under the guidance of Vašek and Robert Dusil, and the girls were under the leadership of Karol Dusil. Each workout started with laying the mats and stretching the canvas.

• The following school year we moved to the Cadets facilities on Komenského ulici. There we had separate training from the boys, and never trained with them again. In later years we also trained on Podhradová. When I first arrived, the girls were trained by Juraj Mazánek, aka. Hoszu. After a short time he was replaced by Dušan Halász, who we called Marmot. When he departed to military service Karol Dusil took over. Kajo, as we all called him, gave his entire soul to coaching. The first championships titles for Czechoslovakia were awarded to Julka Tóthová in Nuremberg, Germany in 1962 (Unfortunately she is no longer among us). Next champions were Božena Glaubicova-Mikušákova and Hanka Demáčkova in Košice in 1966. The most successful year for women’s Košice judo was in 1967. The Czechoslovakian championship that year was held in Žilina. Winning in their weight classes were Juca Ujjobbágyova, Erika Tordová-Királyová, Valika Zelenayová-Záhradníková and Maja Polončáková. In 1968 in Prague, additional championship titles were won by Milka Kojecká-Mišková and Božena Glaubicova. Gold metals were also awarded to Marta Ujjobágyová and Magda Antolíková. At that time, Košice women’s judo was the best team in Czechoslovakia. In 1968 in Košice took first place in the unofficial national championships. Kajo trained the women until he immigrated to Canada in September 1969.

• Košice Judo

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 5 minutes 51 seconds

62 - Košice · Pepo Vosecky, Ivan Krizko, Mato Mohr, Robert, Vaclav Dusil & Csaba Kende
62 – Košice · Pepo Vosecky, Ivan Krizko, Mato Mohr, Robert, Vaclav Dusil & Csaba Kende
62 - Košice · Pepo Vosecky (judo flip)
62 – Košice · Pepo Vosecky (judo flip)
61 - Nitra · Edo Novak, x, x, Robert & Vaclav Dusil, Joe Nalevanko, (judo)
61 – Nitra · Edo Novak, x, x, Robert & Vaclav Dusil, Joe Nalevanko, (judo)
61 - Košice · x, Halasz, x, Jozef Grusecky, Nalevanko, Kende, Nyaryas, Ivan Spisak, Juraj Mazanek, Vlado Babilonsky, Pavel Petrivalsky, x, x, Urban, Vojtech Agyagos, Laco Hluchan, x, Vaclav & Robert Dusil
61 – Košice · x, Halasz, x, Jozef Grusecky, Nalevanko, Kende, Nyaryas, Ivan Spisak, Juraj Mazanek, Vlado Babilonsky, Pavel Petrivalsky, x, x, Urban, Vojtech Agyagos, Laco Hluchan, x, Vaclav & Robert Dusil
61 - Košice · Sano Drabcak, Edo Novak, Vaclav & Robert Dusil
61 – Košice · Sano Drabcak, Edo Novak, Vaclav & Robert Dusil
61 - Košice · Juraj Bialko, Erika Mesterova-Dusilova, x, x, Joe Nalevanko, x, x, x, Vaclav Dusil (station)
61 – Košice · Juraj Bialko, Erika Mesterova-Dusilova, x, x, Joe Nalevanko, x, x, x, Vaclav Dusil (station)
60 - Košice · Joe Nalevanko, Vaclav, Robert Dusil, Ludvik Wolf, Juraj Mazanek & Ladislav Magyar (judo dojo)
60 – Košice · Joe Nalevanko, Vaclav, Robert Dusil, Ludvik Wolf, Juraj Mazanek & Ladislav Magyar (judo dojo)

 

• Documents & Articles

66.Jun.18 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Rudé Právo, Lokomotivy VSŽ Košice)
66.Jun.18 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Rudé Právo, Lokomotivy VSŽ Košice)
68.Dec.10 - Bratislava · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Šport Bratislava, Judisti Lokomotiva Košice do 1. ligy)
68.Dec.10 – Bratislava · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Šport Bratislava, Judisti Lokomotiva Košice do 1. ligy)
69.Jun.26 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Večer, Žiakom dosť mužom málo)
69.Jun.26 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Večer, Žiakom dosť mužom málo)

 


 

60 - Košice · Joe Nalevanko, Vaclav, Robert Dusil, Ludvik Wolf, Juraj Mazanek & Ladislav Magyar (judo dojo, premiere pro)


Photo Restoration • Services

• Preserving History

• The physical presence of our lives inevitably disintegrates with time. In a few short generations our living legacy will be retold exclusively on a computer screen. Any photo albums that survive will be relegated to a museum. In fact our imprint on society is already being stored digitally, and in the cloud. Whether it’s through social networking, blogs, or cloud storage services.

• Technology is progressing at a pace where each decade increases expectations of quality by another order of magnitude. What does this mean for our children’s children? It’s about realizing that what we think is excessive today, will be average for the next generation, and for their children may our efforts will be substandard. In other words, “technology overkill” in preserving historical content should be the mantra. Hopefully our offspring will appreciate the effort we have made in preserving history.

• Restoration of photographs archives precious family photos in the best quality possible. In digital form photos no longer degrade and aren’t subjected to nature’s elements that destroy photographs – light, moisture, and heat – or even a natural disaster. Once a photo is restored and saved digitally it can be printed over again at its maximum quality. Restoration include several stages of repair, depending on the age, wear, or type of image. It’s up to the client to draw the line between strict preservation of history verses improving the image even further with artistic expression. Each stage is demonstrated below, accompanied by an animated GIF showing a few sample images.:

  1. Correcting colors
  2. Fixing damaged images
  3. Removing unwanted objects or people
  4. Correcting composition
  5. Restoration of historical photos.

• Color Correction

Portfolio - Digital Photo Restoration (Samples, color correction, 306p)

  • Correcting colors is necessary due to the degradation of ink over time. Color photos often lose their blues resulting in photos that shift towards yellow. In other cases the original photo service may have incorrectly balanced the image’s color. Or they may be over-saturated or under-saturated by the development studio. Positive and negative film also require special care in restoring colors. Digital correction can completely restore images back to the intended look of the photographer or the captured scene.

• Damaged Images

Portfolio - Digital Photo Restoration (Samples, damaged images, 306p)

  • Damage may include rips, liquid stains, scratches, dust spots, or development errors that have ruined the image. Paper on which the photo was printed may include a texture that can otherwise ruin the image. Depending on the extent, much of this damage can be reversed to reveal the image underneath.

• Object Removal

Portfolio - Digital Photo Restoration (Samples, removing items or people)

  • In some cases a perfectly good photograph is ruined by someone entering the frame, or an object that is distracting the photo from its focal point. Depending on the position and size of the object, many of these distractions can be removed to regain the desired focus of the image.

• Composition Corrections

Portfolio - Digital Photo Restoration (Samples, composition correction, 306p)

  • An excellent photo may be ruined by poor composition. Maybe the image was improperly balanced because the horizon isn’t level. Other photos may cut out important detail from the image, such as the top of someone’s head, or the space around the main subject has resulted in a cramped feel. Maybe the subject is centered when a preferred composition is the thirds rule. Digital restoration can correct many composition errors. In some cases missing details can be manually “painted in” to properly compose an image.

• Historical Restoration

Portfolio - Digital Photo Restoration (Samples, historical, 306p)

  • Precious family photos inevitably degrade over time. In the same way that a photo represents a moment in time, a digital scan stops that image from degrading further, and protects it forever in a virtual form.
  • Studios in the 19th century and early 20th century accented their portraits by manually brushing eyes, lips, or hair. This technique is called hand-coloring or Pictorialism. To some, these manual touch-ups can be annoying and detracting from an otherwise perfect historical image. Some historians may feel that these touch-ups should remain in the image as part of preserving its historical record. The choice is subjective, and both versions could often be generated from the original image. Sepia effects were also used to artistically accent photographs. These effects can also be restored in the restoration process. Why not keep a sepia and black & white version to accommodate both aesthetic alternatives?

• Ask for a Quotation

Digital restoration services are priced on a project basis. Contact us if you have any questions, or would like an estimate on restoring all or part of your family archive. For generations that follow, start today by preserving your family heritage.

• Restoration Approach

    • The recommended resolution for scanning photos is 1200dpi and 48bit color (16 bits per RGB color) saved in the Tagged Image File Format (TIF). TIF supports up to 2GB file sizes, allowing for quite large resolution images. Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) is not be used for two main reasons: 1. the bit depth for standard JPEG is only 8bits per color (although JPEG2000 supports 16bits per color it is not as widely adopted). 2. JPEG photos have lossy compression. File sizes between TIF and JPEG are significant – A typical compression ratio is anywhere between 200:1 and 500:1 (TIF:JPEG). This gives some indication of how progressively JPEG compresses the image. In the interest of preserving history, the lossless TIF format is ideal.
    • All scanner enhancements such as “unsharpen mask”, auto exposure, and Digital ICE should be turned off. Editing should be left to the restoration service, for maximum control over the original image.
    • Positive or negative film should be scanned between 6000dpi and 9600dpi at 48bit color depth when possible to capture the maximum detail of the image.

If the approach above seems excessive then consider that as little as ten years ago 5 Megapixel (MP) cameras was the largest sensor in SLR cameras. Now there are 16MP cameras on smartphones that exceeding great quality. Ten years ago camcorders recorded video in 0.45 million pixels per frame (784×576 PAL). Now smartphones support 4K video (3840×2160, UHD) that support over 8 million pixels/frame. A similar progression has occurred in the digital audio industry. Technology is progressing at an unprecedented pace. Restoration services therefore need to look into future generation’s expectations of quality – not in what is considered normal today. Besides, a 8TB hard drives sells for 280 US$ (as of July 2015) – the storage cost is only 3¢ per TIF image.

• Sending & Receiving Photos

    • If you already only a few scanned images then they could be sent by email up (gmail for instance supports up to 25MB). But email is not ideal because some applications will automatically compress the images before sending, resulting in significant image degradation. The sender thinks they have sent a high resolution image, but the receiver gets a very low resolution version. A better approach is to send images via a cloud-based service such as Dropbox, which supports 2GB of cloud storage for free. Other cloud services have even higher capacities, up to 10GB for free.
    • If the client does not have scanning capabilities then the original photographs can also be sent for restoration processing. It’s recommended to send photos by registered post or a courier that will track the shipment to its destination. Photos will be carefully scanned at the resolutions specified above and returned to the owner once the restoration service has completed.
    • Restored images can be sent back to the client in several formats using a cloud service. As mentioned above, the recommended format is uncompressed TIF for archiving purposes. But several additional images can be provided in various resolutions and file formats as requested by the client.
    • Printing is provided on the Epson Stylus R3000. Supported services include:
      • Up to A3+ (329mm x 483mm, 12.95″ x 19.02″) paper size.
      • 9 color inks are supported using the Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink technology. According to Epson, “UltraChrome K3 ink has improved print permanence characteristics that provide lightfastness ratings of up to 108 years for color and over 200 years for black and white.”
      • Paper grade is 250 grams or above.
      • Clients can choose premium glossy photo or matte stock paper.
      • Border-less printing is supported (i.e. no white border – ink bleeds to the edge).
      • Black & white or color printing is supported
      • Video capture of the restoration process can also be offered with each of the images, upon request.
      • For more information click here for more information on the capabilities of this printer: Epson – R3000 (brochure)
    • Payment can be made by PayPal or bank transfer.

 

Education • Photo Restoration • 11 • Googičko • School

• Here is my beautiful sister growing up – from kindergarten all the way to her high school graduation. As with anyone with a younger sibling, I will always look at our Googičko as my little sister. Well, she’s not so little anymore. She’s a business woman. She’s a wonderful mother. She’s an accomplished artist. She’s trains in mixed martial arts (MMA). Oh ya,… and she’s beautiful. I couldn’t ask for a better sister!

 Happy Birthda Googičko 

I love you,

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

• These days, my sister runs her own  business.

 

Home - Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School '80-'92)

• Digital Photo Restoration

 8 minutes 33 seconds

Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School '80-'92)
Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School ’80-’92)

80 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)
80 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)

81 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)
81 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)

82 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)
82 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)

83 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)
83 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)

84 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)
84 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)

85 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)
85 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)

86 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)
86 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)

87 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)
87 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)

88 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)
88 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)

89 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 9)
89 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 9)

90 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 10)
90 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 10)

91 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 11)
91 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 11)

92 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 12)
92 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 12)

 


80 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten, restoring, premiere pro)

Martial Arts • Ferus Fitness Fight Club • Strength, Conditioning, Kickboxing & Self Defense

15.May.21 - Prague · Karel Ferus & Gabriel Dusil (technique w. mitts, thumbnail)
Welcome to our diverse training regime at Ferus Fitness Fight Club in Prague, Czech Republic. The first video shows our strength and conditioning routine. Training sessions range between one to two hours long. We use basic tools such as kettlebells, Exercise balls, rubber resistance bands, Punching bag, and fitness balls (5kg, sand filled). Circuit training consists of one or two minute intervals with twenty to sixty second breaks to prepare for the next exercise.

 13 minutes 19 seconds

This next video is a private  session focusing on various kickboxing combinations. Attention is given to balance, technique, and speed, in order to reach maximize achievable power. Each student works towards reaching that maximum power within their own physiology – body weight, height, and gender.

 12 minutes 40 seconds

The third session focuses on training younger children on various kickboxing and self defense techniques. In this session we concentrate on fighting stance, balance, as well as punching and kicking techniques. Training can begin as young as six years old.

 16 minutes 49 seconds

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Family • Photo Restoration • 10 • Taci

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2015 March

• During Christmas of 1965 I met Vašek. He was in his fifth year of university in the same veterinary program as myself. He had a great influence on my performance and always pressured me to do better. We studied together and went on dates as much as school permitted. The following year he graduated and then his compulsory military duty awaited him. Vašek and I got engaged in December of 1967 while still serving his military duties.

• Your father was an excellent surgeon. Taci was the best student in his class and the only one to finish with honors. For Vašek it was absolutely essential that he finished university with a red diploma. By the time he graduated, both of his brothers had finished their studies and also received red diplomas. The difference was that your father was the only one in his class that graduated with honors, whereas in engineering there were several students that completed that distinction.

• Taci was a great communicator and had a lot of charisma. Our clients liked him very much. He had an inherent view into the hearts of people, and that allowed him to be very compassionate and empathetic. Together we built a successful veterinary practice. He was ambitious and competitive, but not because he wanted to prove he was better than others – throughout his life his biggest competitor was himself, and the struggles he had with his own ego.

• Taci died 34 years ago today. We miss him tremendously.

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

• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 47 seconds

70 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Hyde Park Zoo)
70 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Hyde Park Zoo)
71 - British Colombia · Vaclav Dusil (lifting bolder)
71 – British Colombia · Vaclav Dusil (lifting bolder)
74 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (reading)
74 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (reading)
74 - Guelph · Vaclav Dusil (jumping into Rockwood falls #1)
74 – Guelph · Vaclav Dusil (jumping into Rockwood falls #1)
74 - Guelph · Vaclav Dusil (jumping into Rockwood falls #2)
74 – Guelph · Vaclav Dusil (jumping into Rockwood falls #2)
76 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Banjo)
76 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Banjo)
76 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (playing the Banjo)
76 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (playing the Banjo)
76 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (happy)
76 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (happy)
76 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (opening champagne, restored)
76 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (opening champagne)
78 - Vaclav Dusil (party drink)
78 – Vaclav Dusil (party drink)

70 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Hyde Park Zoo, premiere pro)

 

Family • My Beautiful Boys

Family • My Beautiful BoysFamily • My Beautiful Boys08.Sep - Woking, Lucas, Gabriel & Matias Dusil (kiss, restored)

• Maybe it’s because I’m an engineer at heart. Throughout my whole life I found beauty in numbers. When studying physics in university I got to a point in advanced mathematics where the line between science and art began to blur. I wanted to create this post to demonstrate how it is possible to find incredible symmetry in numbers, that are directly connected to those that we love the most.

• Our children are the light of our lives. They give meaning to our existence. There is nothing more important to me than Matias & Lucas. My boys are special, but I didn’t realize how extra special they were until I wrote down their birth dates for the first time.  Here is a short video to Illustrate those two awesome days in my life.

• Be sure to watch in full screen by clicking the icon in the lower right corner of the video.

Matias & Lucas, Daddy loves you 🙂

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

 

 

 

 


02.Apr.16 - Prague · Matias & Lucas Dusil's birth date (Beautiful Numbers, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 8 • Kende

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

• My mother, Valeria Kendeova, was the shining light in our family. I sometimes wonder where her strength and vision came from, since most of her life she suffered ill health. My mother contracted scoliosis as a teenager. This was due to malnourishment while attending private school in Budapest. When she came home for the summer holidays her mother noticed she had bowed legs, due to the onset of rickets. Valeria told her parents that she was always hungry at boarding school, but they didn’t believe her. Malnutrition at the school later manifested into scoliosis. The curvature of my mother’s spine worsened when she started to work as a clerk – sitting all day at a typewriter. The fact that my mother had a job was considered an achievement. Most women in post-war Czechoslovakia were homemakers. Valeria’s employment was further challenged by the fact that her Slovak wasn’t very good. Her mother tongue was Hungarian, and she also spoke German fluently. My mother also learned French while attending boarding school in Belgium. When the grandchildren were born my mother’s nickname became “Nanika”. This is from the Hungarian, “nagymama”, or grandmother. My mom was the one that guided me to getting a good education, and to strive for post-secondary studies. She allowed me to be independent.

• My father, Stefan Kende’s nickname was “Nadapi”, for the grandchildren. This was taken from the Hungarian “nagyapa”, or grandfather. My father wasn’t involved in nurturing me. Maybe it was different for my older brothers – Csaba who was twelve years my elder, and Attila was seven years older. Stefan had a reputation as an intellectual in our community. He worked as an antique book expert in Czechoslovakia – one of only three experts in the country, who would appraise old books throughout the state. This service was mainly for private libraries, collectors, and antique stores. My father was also a champion chess player – certainly one of the top ten best players in Czechoslovakia. Stefan would finish work at 18:00, come home for supper, then go to the café at Hotel Slovan to play chess. Nadapi played with a group of friends for one koruna per game (about five Canadian cents in today’s exchange rate). With their colorful game commentary they entertained onlookers. He also played in regional and national chess matches. He was a well known chess champion in Košice.

• Kende

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 17 seconds

 5 minutes 55 seconds

 5 minutes 25 seconds

 

69.Dec.24 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
69.Dec.24 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
70.Apr.7 - Košice · Stefan Kende's birthday
70.Apr.7 – Košice · Stefan Kende’s birthday

• Postscript from my Mom • 2014 October • This photo was taken on my father’s 71st birthday.

 

70.Dec.24 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
70.Dec.24 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende

 

70 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
70 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende

 

70 - Košice · Stefan Kende, Valeria Kendeova
70 – Košice · Stefan Kende, Valeria Kendeova

• Postscript from my Mom • September 2014 • This is a photo of my Mom and Dad, taken in Kosice, at their home on Krmanova 3, Kosice, shortly after we emigrated to Canada.

 

71.Jul - Košice · Stefan Kende
71.Jul – Košice · Stefan Kende

 

71 - Košice · Stefan Kende
71 – Košice · Stefan Kende
71 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
71 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
73 - Košice · Stefan Kende
73 – Košice · Stefan Kende
74 - Bardejov · Stefan & Csaba Kende (Bardejovské Kúpele)
74 – Bardejov · Stefan & Csaba Kende (Bardejovské Kúpele)

 

 • Tags

Anka Kendeova, Attila Kende, Csaba Kende, dusil.com, Eva Dusil, Eva Kendeova, Gabriel Dusil, Hotel Slovan, Lacko Kende, Ladislav Kende, Marta Kolos, Nadapi, Nanika, Richard Kende, Stefan Kende, Tibor Kolos, Valeria Kendeova, Zsusanna Kolos


 

73 - Košice · Stefan Kende (thumbnail)

Martial Arts • Photo Restoration • 7 • Košice Judo

• Czech judo started in the 1930’s. Slovak judo started in 1954, in Bratislava, by Ing. Robert Binder. One year later, judo was established in Košice by Ladislav Magyar. In 1959 Mr. Magyar left and my dad, Vaclav (Vašek) Dusil, was elected to lead the judo “oddiel” of Lokomotíva Košice. The Dusil brothers continued to build on the foundations laid down by Ladislav Magyar. Judo in Košice had steady growth throughout the 1960’s, mainly due to the efforts of Lokomotíva Košice.

• Slovak men won very few medals in the 1950’s and 1960’s at the national level. The Czechs had a twenty year head start on the Slovaks, so the conditions to improve their skills were more developed. The bigger cities on the Czech side of the country meant more judokas, more and better training facilities & coaches and a higher level of competition. Women’s judo, on the other hand, started in the 1950’s in both Czech and Slovak parts of the country, so the gap in the skill levels was much smaller, if any.  In the early 1960’s Bratislava dominated women’s judo on a national level. They captured around 50% of the all medals available (six in weight categories across junior and senior age categories, and one for open competition, where there are no weight restrictions).

• In the 1960’s the top countries at the European level were France, Germany, the Netherlands and later the Russians (who “converted” to judo from their version of Sambo, “Samozaschita Bez Oružija”, meaning “self-defense without a weapon”). Czechoslovakian judoka won a few silver and bronze medals in European championships from time to time. In the 2004 Olympic games, in Athens, Greece a Slovak judoka, Jozef Krnáč won an Olympic silver in the 66kg division.

 

• Košice Judo

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 3 minutes 29 seconds

60 - Košice · Robert & Vaclav Dusil
60 – Košice · Robert & Vaclav Dusil

3 minutes 59 seconds

61 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil performing uchi mata 内股 on Robert Dusil (restored #b)
61 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil performing uchi mata 内股 on Robert Dusil

•  This is my dad performing uchi-mata (内股) on my uncle Robert – Photographed in their training facility.  It has since been torn down.

 

Article - medzi mužmi v kimonách
Article – medzi mužmi v kimonách
Article - Judisti TJ Lokomotívy Košice
Article – Judisti TJ Lokomotívy Košice

 

 2 minutes 47 seconds

61 - Brno · Vaclav Dusil, Juraj Bialko, Juraj Mazánek, Robert Dusil, Ivan Spišák, Joe Nalevanko, Erika Mesterova-Dusilova, Julka Tothova, Milka Matuchova
61 – Brno · Vaclav Dusil, Juraj Bialko, Juraj Mazánek, Robert Dusil, Ivan Spišák, Joe Nalevanko, Erika Mesterova-Dusilova, Julka Tothova, Milka Matuchova

 

 3 minutes 23 seconds

61 - Nitra · Vaclav & Robert Dusil
61 – Nitra · Vaclav & Robert Dusil

 

• This photo was taken at an open air tournament in Nitra, Slovakia.  The men’s team beat the local team in the finals.

 4 minutes 12 seconds

63 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Regional Senior Championship, restored)
63 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Regional Senior Championship)

 

• In this photo my dad is holding his gold medal and diploma for winning the regional senior championships in both under 70kg, as well as the open class (no weight restrictions).

 

• Publications & Documents

Article - Judo na košickom závode
Article – Judo na košickom závode

 

Article - Tri Tituly Dusilovcov
Article – Tri Tituly Dusilovcov
72.Oct.4 - Brampton · Daily Times, With Only A Few Pointers From Dad
72.Oct.4 – Brampton · Daily Times, With Only A Few Pointers From Dad

 

• My dad and I were featured in the local Brampton, Ontario, Canada newspaper. I am photographed here at four years old “throwing” my dad with a Seoi-nage (背負い投げ, or shoulder throw).  I vaguely remember this day. Training had finished, and the dojo was dark.  We were at the entrance with the newspaper photographer.  My dad jumped over me a few times, and it seemed that the photographer wasn’t satisfied. So my dad asked me to hold onto my arm as he jumped over me.  And there we have it – a beautifully staged Seoi-nage!

• Tags

Adolf Kostrian, Andrej Collak, Anna Collakova, Berco Allman, Csaba Kende, Czechoslovakia, Darina Poprenakova, Digital Restoration, Dusan Halasz, dusil.com, Edo Novak, Gabriel Dusil, Hluchan, Igor Fridrich, Ivan Spisak, Janosik Bastam, Joe Nalevanko, Jozef Arvay, Jozef Grusecky, Jozko Lemak, Julia Tothova, Juraj Bialko, Juraj Mazanek, Karol Dusil, Košice, Ladislav Kende, Lokomotiva Košice, Maria Collakova-Korytkova, Michal Korytko, Miro Brozek, Nyarjas, Orendas, Pavel Petrivalsky, Pepo Vosecky, Pista Oravec, Pozemné Stavby, Robert Binder, Robert Dusil, Sano Drabcak, Slavia Košice, Slavia Žilina, Slavo Sykorsky, Slezan Opava, Slovak Judo, Stefan Bartus, Ura Nage, Vaclav Dusil, Vašek Dusil, Vinohrady Bratislava, Vlado Babilonsky, Vojtech Agyagos


 

60 - Košice · Robert & Vaclav Dusil (thumbnail)

Family • Photo Restoration • 6 • Dusil • Cezar

• Introduction by Gabriel Dusil • 2015 March

• Having veterinarian parents carried an expectation that we would always surrounded by animals. Certainly that was the case – even at home. But it also seemed appropriate for my parents to go above and beyond that expectation. That’s why, when I was five years old, getting a Great Dane made sense. Even more appropriate was to call him by the nobles of names: Caesar (Named after Julius Caesar – although we used the Slovak spelling of Cezar).

• When we took him for walks on our street we always had neighbors approaching us, fascinated by his size. “Wow, he’s as big as a horse!”, was the most common comment. Back then many people had never seen a Great Dane in their life. During those years we were always known on the street as, “The veterinarians with the big great dane”.

• When we were young we would even ride Cezar. In the early days he was strong enough to hold me, but eventually only my sister was light enough for Cezar to hold her weight. Looking back, it may have seemed like a form of torture – parading on Cezar’s back as if we were riding a horse. Our friends watch us as if we were a act circus. At the time we felt that Cezar was relishing in the attention. Eventually we stopped our antics when it was clear he could no longer carry us.

• Dusil

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• Digital Photo Restoration

• 6 minute 30 second

 

76 - Burlington · Cezar (photo by Mr. Kinzel)
76 – Burlington · Cezar (photo by Mr. Kinzel)
75.Jul - Burlington · Alica & Cezar Dusil (drinking beer)
75.Jul – Burlington · Alica & Cezar Dusil (drinking beer)
75.Dec - Burlington · Puci, Alica & Cezar Dusil (reading)
75.Dec – Burlington · Puci, Alica & Cezar Dusil (reading)
75.Dec - Burlington · Cezar, Gabriel & Alica Dusil (reading in bed)
75.Dec – Burlington · Cezar, Gabriel & Alica Dusil (reading in bed)
75.Dec - Burlington · Alica, Eva & Cezar Dusil (going for a walk)
75.Dec – Burlington · Alica, Eva & Cezar Dusil (going for a walk)
75 - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (standing on hind legs)
75 – Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (standing on hind legs)
75.Nov - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Cezar, Spencer Smith Park)
75.Nov – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Cezar, Spencer Smith Park)
76.Jul - Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (railroad ties)
76.Jul – Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (railroad ties)
78.Jun - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (reading)
78.Jun – Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (reading)

 

82 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Cezar)
82 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Cezar)

75 - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (standing on hind legs, premiere pro)