The one-time volunteer fire chief was an air mechanic during World War II, once saved a man by hauling him out of a burning building, spent several years working for a wholesale jeweler and practically ran an oil refinery as one of three chief operators.
88-year-old Austin native did it all without a high school diploma.He
technically graduated from Pacelli Catholic Schools then called St.
Augustine Catholic School in 1946, though he was part of the class of
1944. He joined the U.S. Air Force and enrolled in its cadet training
program in 1943 after his junior year in high school.
I had a
choice, Rysavy said. It was either get drafted or go into the Air Force.
I didnt want to get in the mud, so I went with the Air Force.Though he
went through basic training and air mechanic school Rysavy was
transferred halfway through cadet training when the Air Force shut the
program down, he said he never received his high school diploma. By the
time he got out of the military in 1946, he received notice from Pacelli
telling him they were automatically graduating him.
served in Japan during WWII, where he worked on B-25 bombers. He served
about six months into the U.S. occupation of Japan before he was
discharged. Once he came back, he worked for a jewelry store and became
volunteer fire chief in Newport, Minn., where he oversaw 35
About 20 years later, he switched careers and gave
up his position as fire chief to work at the local oil refinery, now
owned by Erickson Petroleum Corp.We offer the biggest collection of old
masters that can be turned into hand painted cleanersydney
on canvas. Rysavy became a chief operator at the plant and was put in
charge of the refinery fire brigade. Since then, he has traveled
extensively throughout the U.S. and Mexico, among other places.
now lives in Hugo, but decided to come back to Austin for Pacellis
100th anniversary. Little did he know the surprise that was waiting for
him, however. Pacelli officials told Rysavy about the award Friday.He
deserves a diploma, Hamburge said. He has made us proud as a school and
as a nation.Pacelli educators gave Rysavy an original St. Augustines
diploma, even helping him to put on a shamrock-green graduation cap and
gown while hundreds of alumni hummed Pomp and Circumstance.
proprietors of Silver Arrow, a gift shop and gallery in the DePue Plaza
on Route 611 in Tannersville, believe that 96 percent of their inventory
was produced in the United States. And, once they sell the remaining
stock of stainless steel jewelry that was made in China, the amount of
domestic content in the store should rise to 100 percent.
Schramms began selling Native American items at craft fairs in and
around the Poconos in 1990. Bob has some Mohawk ancestry, and makes
beaded jewelry using semi-precious stones. He also knows how to fix
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was trained with some Navajo Indians that have been longtime friends of
ours," said Joan Schramm. "They trained him to do proper sterling
silver repair work to native jewelry."
Stroll through the
Steeple Gallery, tucked back on an easily missed alley off U.S. 41, and
you might think you had stumbled into a small museum of industrial
concept that would double as a quick charge station for gadgets. Steel
recurs as a theme throughout the fine arts gallery at 11107 Thiel
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for YOU. Paintings depict steelworkers toiling away and sculptures show
lunch pail-toting construction workers perched on sky-high steel beams.
Landscape painters portray smoky factories and rusted bridges the way
Impressionists represented lilly pad-strewn ponds and fog-draped
riverbanks.There is more on display in the gallery of course, including
hand-blown Italian glass, still-lifes and religious art.
steel and industry are major motifs. Owner Samantha Dalkilic-Miestowski,
who studied sculpture at Ball State University and at the Lacoste
School of the Arts in France, has deep ties with the steel mills that
ring Lake Michigans southern shore. Her father was a vendor for U.S.
Steel, and her husband has worked for the steel industry for 17 years.
once dreamed of creating her own metal sculptures in a studio in a barn
somewhere. Now she is a strong advocate for the hands-on art form.
Gallery has long devoted space to sculpture, even though gallery owners
often sniff at the medium as what patrons back into when they are
trying to look at paintings, Dalkilic-Miestowski said. She feels
vindicated now industrial art is common in North Shore galleries and
industrial home decor has become chic.
"Now more than ever, it's
something you would see in Restoration Hardware," she said. "But how
much of that is made in America? This art is made in the region using
steel from around here."
A few of the artists she represents
earn a living by working with steel. They are welders by day, and
artists by whenever the inspiration strikes.
Simko started welding in his father's East Chicago shop when he was
about 10 years old. He picked up pieces of scrap metal and welded them
together to make new shapes.
The Dyer resident now earns a
living assembling huge cranes for Chinese shipyards at Mi-Jack Products
in Hazel Crest, but never stopped experimenting with scrap metal.
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