• Michael Matousek – Living Category – Inducted 2008

      Michael T. Matousek was born in 1956 into what would become one of Baltimore’s most prominent polka families. His father Al is regarded as one of Maryland’s most celebrated polka accordionists, and his mother, Connie, is recognized as one of the noted polka dance instructors who helped bring the…

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  • Raymond “Ray Jay” Jarusinski – Living Category – Inducted 2008

      Raymond Jarusinski was born on November 3, 1945. He was the youngest of three boys. His parents were John and Blanch Jarusinski. Ray’s ethnic background consisted of his mother being Polish and his father Slovak. As a small boy, Ray enjoyed listening to the Polka radio programs with his…

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  • Teresa Zapolska – Pioneer Category – Inducted 2008

      Teresa Zapolska grew up in Jamaica, New York. During her early years in school, she was taught the piano by the nuns and played for all of the Polish shows held at the school. On the request of her mother, she also began singing and accordion lessons.   At…

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  • William “Wesoly Bolek” Borek – Deceased Category – Inducted 2008

      William (Bill) Borek was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on July 19, 1941, to Joseph and Stella (Socha) Borek. His dad owned and operated a very successful Polonia Bakery in northern Rhode Island for many years, where he and his younger brother Edward would work as kids helping to…

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