|Society Executive Secretary,
William Terbo, spent 22 days in Yugoslavia (Serbia) of which five full days
were spent in Belgrade (plus two days involved in arrival and departure). The
better part of two days was spent in meetings and events at the Nikola Tesla
Museum (Muzej Nikole Tesle) in Belgrade, and with Director, Mme Marija Sesic.
Nikola Tesla Memorial
|On Tuesday, September 17th, William and Boyana Terbo placed a
large floral display at the foot of the pedestal on which is placed the golden
sphere holding the ashes of Nikola Tesla. The pedestal and sphere are located
in a place of honor, a draped and paneled large alcove, in a quiet area of the
first floor of the Museum. The ribbon attached to the floral display read in
part "Your Family Remembers You and the World Remembers You". A video and
photographs were made of the presentation for press, family and Society
With schoolchildren at the
|The Nikola Tesla Museum is a popular destination for school
class field trips. The Museum provides professional tour presentations for
these groups. Every day several classes visit the Museum to absorb something of
the presence of this icon through his personal effects, to participate in
demonstrations of the Tesla Coil, the robot boat and other exhibits, and to see
the honors given Tesla from around the world. While at the Museum, to the
delight of their teachers, Mr. Terbo took time to interact with a 5th Grade (11
and 12 year olds) History class and, later, with a 6th Grade combined Physics
and English classes. The children were enthusiastic and asked many thoughtful
and serious questions both about Tesla and Mr. Terbo. Each group insisted on
individual autographs and each teacher requested a written paragraph to bring
back to school as a reminder of the visit. This contact was very special for
both the students and Mr. Terbo.
|This year represents the 50th year that the
Museum has been open to the public. The principal founder of the Museum was Dr.
Sava Kosanovic, nephew of Nikola Tesla and former Yugoslav Ambassador to the
United States and the United Nations. Mr. Terbo's father, Nicholas Trbojevich,
and Dr. Kosanovic were very close in several ways: close in age, as first
cousins raised nearby, and both went away to University in Budapest. (Society
Executive Board member Charlotte Muzar was secretary to Dr. Kosanovic both in
New York at the time of Tesla's death and later in Washington during his tenure
as Ambassador.) Mr. Terbo had ample time to meet and talk to Dr. Kosanovic on
his visits to Detroit during his time in the U.S. in the late 1940's and early
At Dr. Kosanovic's memorial
|Later on September 17th, William and Boyana Terbo placed a
large bouquet on Dr. Kosanovic's memorial at the Belgrade Central Cemetery. The
memorial is prominently located on the right-hand side of the central walkway
about 50 meters from the Cemetery Grand Entrance. Photos were taken for family
and Society archives.
With Mr. Vasilije Perendija
|Mr. and Mrs. Terbo had the opportunity to visit with Mr.
Vasilije Perendija, a 90-year old gentleman who was an assistant to Dr.
Kosanovic in London and Charge de Bureau at the Embassy in Washington. Mr.
Perendija has a clear recollection of those times and told many stories of the
people involved in that turbulent postwar period. Of special personal interest
were memories of Mr. Terbo's aunt and niece of Tesla, Dr. Mica Trbojevic, who
served as Attache and Hostess at the Embassy during Dr. Kosanovic's tenure. A
video and photos were taken for personal and Society archives.
|The museum, under Director Mme Sesic, has accelerated
publishing books and other material using the Museum archives. Recent items
These items are available for sale at the Museum
(Krunska 51, 11000 Belgrade, Yugoslavia). Prices and whether they can be
ordered by mail (and shipping charges for overseas delivery) are not known.
Copies were acquired for family and Society archives.
- Nikola Tesla, Tagebuch Aus Strasbur 1883-1884 (Diary
from Strasbourg), 251 pages, ©2002, ISBN 86-81243-03-9 (German and
- Nikola Tesla in Belgrade 1892, 96 pages,
©2002, ISBN 86-81243-04-7 (Serbian)
- The Orders, From Nikola Tesla Legacy, 80 pages,
©2001, ISBN 86-81243-02-0 (Color Photos of Awards, Medals and Diplomas,
text in English and Serbian)
- Catalogue ©2002, ISBN 86-81243-05-5 (15 Tesla
Photos, captions in English and Serbian)
With Momcilo Simic
|A meeting was held with Society European Correspondent (and
ex officio Executive Board member) Momcilo Simic to coordinate current
activities and plan toward future projects. Mr. Simic is Department Director of
Radio Television Serbia and represents Yugoslavia in many technical and
scientific committees of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in
|An interview was given to Vecrnje
Novoceti, the newspaper with the largest circulation in Yugoslavia. The
half-page interview, with color photo, appeared in the Friday, September 27
issue. A television interview was given to a Serbian regional TV network. The
50-minute taping is to be edited into a 25-minute program with voice-over
interpretation to Serbian. It is scheduled for an early October broadcast.
|A new (2001) 100-Dinar (about $1.60 US) postage stamp
featuring the 1890 image of Tesla holding the wireless light bulb is available
at Yugoslav Post Offices. Samples of this stamp and a (1993) 40,000-Dinar (old
currency, no value) stamp with a similar, but painted image (bought at a
philatelic store) were acquired for the family archive.