Mar
11
2017

Sam Buliga lay in the edge of the forest on the Romanian side of the Danube River in the late-night hours of the summer of 1988. He was desperately looking across to Yugoslavia and freedom. Sam was waiting for the moment that he and five friends would make their daring escape from the oppression of […]

Feb
25
2017

Sam Buliga had two years left at the University of Timisoara when a man arrived and told the school officials that he should not be allowed to graduate. If he graduated, someone was to be fired. “It was really bad for me,” Sam remembers. “But I worked really hard and graduated.” He had been told […]

Feb
16
2017

In my last post, I explained how Sam Buliga graduated high school in Communist Romania despite the constant ridicule of teachers and students and the incessant harassment toward he and his family by the Securitate, the Romanian Secret Police. These thugs had assured Sam’s father that because he did not become an informant for them, […]

Feb
2
2017

Sam Buliga was raised in a village in northern Romania, two miles from Soviet Russia, in the territory that is now Ukraine. As a seven year old boy in 1965, he would walk two kilometers to and from school in the deep snow. His father was the lay preacher of the church in their village […]

Jan
24
2017

Al Lurie began life in Chicago and had a wonderful childhood, as an excellent student in school. He was privileged, as a boy, to have attended the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Then at age fifteen his parents moved to California, where he would attend Pasadena Junior College. Jackie Robinson was a senior when Al was […]