• Fred Ziwich – Living Category – Inducted 2017

    Fred Ziwich was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 10, 1954.  He began taking accordion lessons at the age of 5, and could read music before he could read English.  Fred started taking clarinet lessons in the 4th grade, began playing the tenor sax in the 8th grade, and learned…

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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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  • Eddie Zavaski – Deceased Category – Inducted 2002

      Eddie Zavaski was born in January 31, 1924 in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, (8 miles South of Hartford) to Stanley & Pauline Zavaski.  While growing up as a child he was very much influenced by music.  Since he was first generation American born, his mother Pauline was instrumental in encouraging…

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  • Chester “Chet” Zablocki – Pioneer Category – Inducted 1994

      “Still going strong after 47 years,” best describes Chet Zablocki. His “Polish Festival” radio program is still in the same time slot on WTOD – 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. In the late ’50s and early ’60s the show was heard seven days a week, and later changed to…

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  • Bruno “Junior” Zielinski – Pioneer Category – Inducted 1986

      Born in Jaslo, Poland in 1911, Bruno Z. Zielinski came to this country with his mother, Anna, as a one- year-old boy.  They joined his father Zygmunt, who had earlier settled in Chicago’s neighborhood of Bridgeport.  After elementary education at St. Barbara Parish Catholic School, he attended Harrison High…

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  • Eddie Zima – Deceased Category – Inducted 1972

      Eddie Zima was born in 1923 in Chicago and began playing the concertina when he was 6 years old.  His mother, Eleanor, upon noticing his eagerness and ability to play, signed him up for lessons.  The concertina was too big for the boy to carry, so he hauled it…

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