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  1. barbara
    January 27, 2010 @ 12:59 am

    Lovely profile, and lovely photo of the Angelus as well.  Thanks.

     

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  2. retro kim
    January 27, 2010 @ 8:05 am

    Thanks, Diarmid, for discovering and sharing Officer Matuskiwiz’ amazing story. I’d love to share it, but how on earth do you pronounce that surname? Maybe Ma-TOO-ski-witz?

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  3. Diarmid Mogg
    January 28, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

    I’d guess it started out as “ma-tUHsk-evitch”, back in the old country, before morphing to “ma-TOOsk-evitz” after emigration.

    He might have had a son, as there’s a mention of a train driver called William Matuskiwitz who was involved in saving an LA-bound train from crashing (he noticed flames coming from the engine or something) sometime in the 30s or 30s, and he might have had a wife called Daisy Ellen Matuskiwiz (nee McGee) who lived in California around the same time as Billy.

    The Matuskiwiz trail goes cold there, though.

     

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  4. retro kim
    January 28, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

    I found another possible connection in this reference to an “ornate Andalusian”-style home built in the Hollywood hills for someone by the surname. Google street view shows there is still quite a grand Spanish house on that site, assuming I’m looking at the right side of the street. So maybe Officer Billy’s kids did okay for themselves.

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  5. Diarmid Mogg
    January 28, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    When that house was commissioned, our Matuskiwiz would just have finished 35 years on the force. I suppose it might have been his retirement gift to himself, if he’d saved REALLY hard…

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