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

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



  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?


  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.



  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.


  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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