|Mr. Terbo with the bust of Nikola Tesla by the famous sculptor, Ivan
Mestrovic. The bust holds an honored position in the public area of the
||Society Executive Secretary William Terbo and Mrs.
Terbo (Boyana, who acted as interpreter and facilitator) visited Belgrade and
several cities in central Serbia in late September. The trip accomplished many
tasks promoting the mission of the Society including updating our working
relationship with the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade, visiting Tesla sites in
Serbia and providing print and television interviews for both national and
regional media outlets that introduce the Society's efforts on behalf of Tesla
to a wider audience.
Upon his return from Geneva, a meeting was held
with Society European Correspondent Momcilo Simic, President of the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations Board, to discuss
significant progress and current efforts to solidify international recognition
of Tesla as one of the most important founders of radio
Several items were on the agenda for the visit to the Nikola
Tesla Museum. Mr. Terbo has access to a recently discovered archive of ten
letters written by Nikola Tesla in 1893 (and four dated in 1894 and 1895)
concerning the planning and construction of the Niagara Falls power station
(completed in 1896) based on Tesla patents. It was hoped that the Museum would
be able to provide copies of letters to Tesla that generated his detailed
answers. Unfortunately, the Museum does not have such correspondence, probably
due to the fire that ravaged Tesla's laboratory in March 1895.
the Museum is, in a manner of speaking, reviewing the Terbo (Trbojevich) family
patrimony, the essence and memorabilia of his father's uncle, Nikola Tesla.
UNESCO named the Museum a World Cultural Site in late 2003. Gifts and grants by
the U.S. and Canadian governments and significant private donations have
enabled the Museum to undertake a comprehensive program of preservation and
cataloging. Mr. Terbo has requested a copy of correspondence between Tesla and
his father. It is 121-page file and greatly exceeds the Society and Terbo
Multiple meetings with Museum Director Marija Sesic
were held. Discussed were an update of the past year's activities and planning
for next year and 2006, the 150th anniversary of Tesla's birth. (Director Sesic
is planning to retire in 2005.) Mr. Terbo was able to tape a survey video of
the first floor exhibits of the Museum at a time before the Museum was open to
the public. An informative meeting was held with former Museum Director Prof.
Dr. Aleksandar Marincic, a personal and Society friend of over 25
Mr. and Mrs. Terbo were invited to attend a press event at the
Museum to introduce a new two-volume work on the 80-year history of Radio
Television Serbia. The early history gives great credit to Tesla for the
technology and inspiration for the creation of one of the earliest broadcast
facilities in the Balkans.
While in Kraljevo, about 100 miles south of
Belgrade, the Mr. and Mrs. Terbo attended the national Press Premiere of Emir
Kusturica's excellent new film Zivot je Cudo (Life is a Miracle) at the best
theater in Serbia, the equal of the best in Beverly Hills, California. It is
likely that the film will be nominated for an Academy Award in the category of
"Best Foreign Language Film" in 2005. Mr. Kusturica is a well-known
international director and actor. The film is a French-Serbian co-production.
Also in Kraljevo, the Nikola Tesla Electro Technical School was visited at the
invitation of the Director and faculty and meetings with students in several
classes were arranged.
Nikola Tesla is held in the highest regard in all
of Europe but more so in the former Yugoslavia and particularly in Serbia. Mr.
Terbo's closest blood relationship to Nikola Tesla makes arranging media
interviews and personal appointments very easy. No doors are closed. While in
Belgrade and Serbia two national and four regional press interviews and one
national and two regional TV interviews were conducted. In a display of Serbian
hospitality, invitations to at least a dozen events, meetings and social
situations were offered. This reflects positively on Serbian-American relations
that have suffered in recent years.