Croatian speakers reach out to talk
Dear Help!: My wife was born in what is now Croatia and of course speaks the language. She would enjoy speaking with someone else who speaks the language.
Dear Help!: I was born in a village called Kozino near Zadar. I came to the U.S.A. in 1947, and my cousins in Croatia are surprised how well I speak the language after being gone so long.
They say I speak the old language, without the Serbo influence, which I'm told the country now is going back to.
I am interested in speaking with the person who requested information about making contact with Croatian speakers.
Dear Help!: My husband and a number of his friends are Croatian. He speaks fluent English and can be reached via Internet.
R.G.,Cocoa BeachSmall world, isn't it?
The three people heard from above were replying to a recent column in which a Melbourne woman identified only as L.H.D. expressed interest in getting in touch with other Brevard Countians capable of conversing in Croatian.
Linguists say the language is among those less commonly taught around the world.
Because the woman whose letter ran Thursday requested that her name and address not be published, identity of the respondents has been reduced to initials, as well.
Turnabout's fair play, one might say.
In order to facilitate discussion among them, Help! provided the four parties concerned with each other's names and e-mail addresses.
Dear Help!: A while ago, you gave some contact information about Jim Beam bottles. Could you list those addresses for me again?
Membership in the International Association of Jim Beam Bottle and Specialty Clubs can be attained only through affiliation with a local club.
District Director Barba Peeling of Apopka said there are four such clubs in Florida. Their presidents' names and addresses follow:
Central Florida Beamers -- Jeanine Connelly, 1786 Meredith Ave., Deltona, FL 32738.
Deep South Jim Beam Club -- Clola Schoneweis, 2555 S.E. Seventh Place, Homestead, FL 33033.
South Florida Jim Beam Club -- Bob Kelly, 14302 S.W. 76 St., Miami, FL 33183.
Tampa Bay Jim Beam Club -- Bill Brewster, 128 Cactus Dr., Hudson, FL 34667.
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