Born in 1964 in Brno , Czechoslovakia (now known as the Czech Republic).
Emmigrated to Canada in 1968 during Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
(Above right is me and my sister meeting Santa in Canada, just 2 months after arriving in my new home Canada! I just couldn't keep myself away from Santa Claus when I was little! I guess that's why I love giving presents to kids especially at Christmas!)
Above are pictures of my first Christmas in Canada! My parents couldn't afford to buy many toys for us on our first Christmas in Canada so some nice men from the Kinsman Club gave me toys such as the bright orange construction dump truck that is in the picture on the left. I think this influenced me in believing in giving presents to kids who otherwise wouldn't have much presents at Christmas time.These pictures are in our first basement apartment in an OPP officer's house in Sarnia (hence the picture on the right) The OPP officer arranged for Simpson-Sears in Sarnia to donate furniture to furnish our basement apartment. Canadians really do lend a helping hand.
Lived in Sarnia, Ontario for 13 years, then moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Alberta from 1982 to 1985. I was proud to be a "Mechie Moose"!
Studied Architectural Science at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now known as Ryerson University) in Toronto, Ontario from 1985 to 1989. As one of my favourite Project Management Professors and Architect David Tsow often said "Ryerson is a chicken wing!" My friends at Ryerson used to call me "The Renaissance Man" and also I was known as "Johnny Overkill"!
Worked in the Construction Industry in the toronto area for 8 years:
Construction Work Experience:
1982-1985 Summer Student Mechanical Engineer and Millwright Apprentice, Syncrude Canada Ltd., Fort McMurray, Alberta.
1989-1992 Project Coordinator of $64.5 Million Redevelopment of Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Air Canada Terminal 2. Here is a link to a description of the project. Here is my Performance Appraisal. This was my first job after graduating from Ryerson and I am proud to have been part of a great synergetic construction team that worked hard and did a good job with outstanding results. We finished the project seven months ahead of schedule! I will always have fond memories of my construction team co-workers.
1992-1994 Cost Estimator and Project Coordinator of Commercial and Residential projects throughout the greater Toronto Area including renovations to IBM Headquarters in Markham, Ontario.
Completed an undergraduate honours degree (diploma in honours standing) in Applied Math and Computer Science (supplemented by physics courses) and a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario.
Currently doing a doctorate degree in Applied Mathematics (Theoretical Physics option) at the University of Western Ontario in my beautiful home city of London, Ontario. My research involves granular materials computer simulations. Here is a link to my latest (November 4, 2005) Soft Condensed Matter Group Meeting research presentation (what we refer to as "Softy/Softie Talks") (as a PowerPoint file). Below are some pictures of me playing with sand when I was young. Now I do granular materials simulations. In other words, you could say that now "I play with sand using a computer."
I'm wearing the Raptors T-shirt that my first girlfriend gave me!
Citizenships: Canadian (My home) and Czech (My birthplace)"It's no wonder I love hockey!" When I was a young boy, I played road hockey with my left handed hockey stick and tennis balls and my friends' goalie nets with my friends on our dead end street (Bruce Street in Sarnia, Ontario). Two years ago I played hockey shinney with some of my graduate student friends and some professors but I have to learn how to stop on skates instead of ramming into the boards to stop (although I love falling on the ice). The puck flew into my face the first time I played ice hockey but fortunately I had a caged helmet! I feel like I have wings and I am flying when I am gliding with my hockey stick on the ice and to me this is one of the freest feelings in the world! When the Edmonton Oilers won the Stanley Cup against the New York Islanders against "Billy the Hacker Smith", with a score of 8 to 3, I won $500 on a hockey pool! Just after my Dad gave me a big lecture on gambling, two minutes later I got a phone call that I won $500!
My favourite hockey game was when the Soviets walked off the ice and complained that the Canadian hockey players were being too rough on them! Ooops, Sorry, my high energy physicist friend Dr. Volodya Miranskyy recently corrected me over a delicious "Canadian" cheeseburger with the Canadian back bacon and coffee at the university Grad Club. It was actually the Soviet "Red Army" team playing against the Philadelphia Flyers in 1973. See the Youtube videos "Flyers vs Red Army 1976 Mayhem" and "Red Army vs Philadelphia Flyers". Also see Philadelphia Flyers Brawls!" Ooops, Sorry! I just checked with Dr. Miranskyy in his office and it was the first Canada vs. U.S.S.R. hockey game in 1972. See the youtube link. I saw this game when I was 8 years old! I hated that Canada lost the game but I loved it how the Canadians checked the Soviet players! When I was living at Henday Hall university residence at the University of Alberta, us guys had Soviet C.C.C.P. hockey jerseys made for us. I had "Drozdov" on my back. We went to a sports store at West Edmonton Mall wearing our Soviet hockey shirts looking at hockey sticks. The store manager kicked us out of his store! :-)
When I lived in residence at Henday Hall at the University of Alberta, we got CCCP hockey jerseys as our residence shirts. We wore them to West Edmonton Mall and started browsing hockey sticks. It wasn't long before the sports store manager kicked us out of his store!
I also got an award as "the most apologetic person" from Dwayne, our residence floor captain. We loved to play floor hockey and wrestle in the TV lounge.
I loved the Esso hockey player sticker books when I was a little boy! It happily reminds of my boyhood when I was licking the hockey player stickers to carefully place in my Esso hockey sticker book.
And I loved my 1970's hockey board game that I sent to my cousin Ladik in the Czech Republic as a Christmas present!
I am also lucky at gambling. I was at Sarnia's waterfront casino and I only had 5 bucks. I put 3 bucks in a big bertha slot machine as I was encouraged by an attendant. Then I put in my last 2 bucks and ding, ding ding! I won $400.00!
Religious Faith: (Click on my family's pictures of The Last Supper (Notice the apostles' names written on the bottom of the skirt of the table cloth!) and My Guardian Angel Gabriel for a closeup view. Enjoy!)
Roman Catholic (baptized and confirmed last Easter Vigil 2000 at St. Pius X Catholic Church (now known as Holy Family Parish) 777 Valetta Street, London - one of the most beautiful days of my life that I will cherish!) The reason that my parents didn't have me baptized when I was a baby in Czechoslovakia, was so they would not get in trouble with the Communist government. The Communist government did not like it. I've always believed in God. When I was young I silently prayed before my tests in school. Today I am a proud usher at my church! My family originated from farmers and we passed on our 300 year old Czech Bible from farm to farm which we still have today! The Czech in this Bible is very old Czech vernacular. My favourite song about Sunday is "My Beautiful Sunday!" by Daniel Boone which goes something like this: "Hello sunshine, beautiful day! I think I'll take a walk in the park. This is my, my, my beautiful Sunday. This is my, my, my beautiful day!" (I have it on an old K-tel record.)
My views on Reconciling Science and Religion
Third Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus. It is my church fraternity stressing charity. I am a modern, liberal Roman Catholic so I am a Knight of Columbus and an usher at my church. Although, after reading "Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Psychological Issues" by Joseph Rubinstein and Brent D. Slife, I have developed my own individual liberal beliefs about love relationships, gay people whom I respect, and other controversial psychological issues, I joined the Knights of Columbus because they help others such as the poor and especially children. For instance, on abortion, I believe that the guy should want and encourage his girlfriend to have the baby, but that it is up to the woman to decide because it is her own body. I strongly believe that persuasion is better than coercion. This was shown in the Tom Cruise Movie, "All the Right Moves" when the highschool football player got his girlfriend pregnant. They ended up having the baby and happily started a family! When I was in highschool in Sarnia, my friend Alan had a baby with his girlfriend Mary. Mary had the baby and Mary's parents raised her baby. I really admire that family for taking that life saving step! It is amazing that with ultrasound we can peer into the womb and see life. I guess you can tell that I love life. Afterall, Love creates Life and these two are the most beautiful gifts that God has given us. I just want everyone to realize that. Let me just give you one final afterthought. Another relatively recent movie comes to my mind called "Juno" that won an Academy Award, and rightly so as you will see in my description below. In this movie two highschool teenagers have a baby. The pregnant teenage girl at first goes to an abortion clinic but meets a lone protestor outside the clinic (her school female colleague) who causes her to reconsider her decision. The pregnant teenager reads an advertisement in the newspaper from a couple who want to adopt a child. She meets the couple, makes friends with them and has her baby and gives her baby to them for adoption. This is another happy scenario. By educating the public, we can get a pregnant woman to make the right decision not to have an abortion, as depicted by Hollywood. Click here for my personal viewpoint. Sorry to get so deep, I hope I haven't scared you. I don't pressure my beliefs on others. I keep them to myself. Don't worry I won't discuss religion or these things when I speak to my friends. Religion is my personal choice and source of strength and I keep it to myself.
My values: Be true to your own values but respect everyone! I became a Sir Knight 4th Degree Knight of Columbus on Saturday, June 2, 2012. I respect all people and my heart goes to help people in need. Afterall, wisdom is knowledge illuminated by values. Values of spreading good will to others and being non-judgemental and open-minded and being kind and generous are values that I hold close to my heart.
My favourite value: Respect everyone as you would like to be respected. We should also respect our environment as we would like to be respected. The way we are treating our environment now is we create diseases and then we fix them. We need to be more proactive before it's too late. Everyone should read Gaia: An Atlas of Planet Management by Norman Myers. This book was recommended to my by David H. Scott, P. Eng. who taught me project management, organizational management and societal issues.
Marital Status: Single Bachelor and Still Looking for a Beautiful Woman to fulfill my dreams and fantasies. I did have one true love in my life but that relationship was ruined by me which I will regret always. Unfortunately, you can't turn back time. I believe in looking towards the future with high hopes and never giving up on life no matter how hard it gets. Life is a precious gift and we shouldn't waste it.
Here is a picture of my sister Zora and me in Prague, Czech Republic.
Here's a picture of my sister Sandra, me and my Czech cousin Simona in Prague, Czech Republic.
Here's a picture of me pretending to be a Scottish cowboy!
Here's a picture of my sister Zora, me, my favourite girl Catriona, and my cousin Simona in front of Glamis Castle in Scotland. Catriona hosted me in Scotland and I hosted her in the Czech Republic -- great friends having fun together! :-)
Family Aspirations: One day I hope to have a family with a beautiful woman and have a boy and girl. I am the sixth John ("Jan" in Czech, also "Honza") in my family (born on November 23, 1964 which makes me a Sagittarius zodiac sign and a Dragon in the Chinese Calendar). My son would carry on the family tradition becoming John the Seventh! But Yippee, I did tighten my belt and manage to sponsor a young 5 year old boy in Rwanda, Africa through World Vision which I will treat and love as my son. I hope to visit Thierry in Rwanda one day. I don't know if I'll ever find a wife and have a son of my own so, secretly, this is a way of me having a son. :-) My late grandfather documented my family's history back to 1716 when our family's last name was Drust See King of Picts Drust King Drust I King Drust II King Drust III King Drust IV King Drust V(I don't know if I'm a royal descendent, but wouldn't it be cool if I was!)
Little old me doing a condom commercial!
Here me and my sister and friend are playing at London's StoryBook Gardens in 1969.
When my mom was little, during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, Nazi soldiers were once pounding on my Mom's parent's front door. My mom's Dad wanted to scream in German "I can't find my keys!", but he got his German mixed up and instead he was screaming "I can't find my knife! I can't find my knife!". The Nazi soldiers barged the door down and eventually the confusion was sorted out. Whew! When I was a little boy, I carried a little wooden rifle to protect my mother and sister from the Soviet soldiers.
Family Roots: My grandfather (my Dad's father) grew up on a farm. We still visit my uncle and cousins who live on a farm. Everytime we visit them we climb this nearby 1,100 metre mountain called "Lysa Hora" (which translates to "Forest Hill") and at the top of the mountain we have a soup and ofcourse a beer. (My favourite song about beer is "Roll out the barrel, We'll have a barrel of fun! Roll out the barrel, We'll have a barrel of beer! Ooom Pa Pa!") It is a nice 1 day hike. Here is a picture of Lysa Hora
Here is the restaurant at the peak of the mountain where we enjoy our soup and beer and sometimes with slices of polish sausage and fresh bread.
When I got Maple Leaf Gardens tickets from a subcontractor I jumped at the opportunity to see the Leafs play! I got a Toronto Maple Leafs MasterCard there and I bought my sister a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey jersey along with Bryan Adams concert tickets for Christmas. Bryan Adams Rocked like the Summer of 69 with his 6 string at the Maple Leaf Gardens! I once bumped into Harold Ballard with my Portugese friend Aristedes Indio outside the Maple Leaf Gardens when I had an apartment 1602 at the Maples on Wood Street when I was in my first year at Ryerson.
I also have a secret soft spot in my heart for the Edmonton Oilers who won me $500 in a hockey pool when I was living in Alberta, on the 1983 Stanley Cup Game when they won 8-3 against Billy the hacker Smith and his New York Islanders. But I also love Football (Toronto Argonauts) I LLLLLLove Cheerleaders!
I LLLLLLove Cheerleaders!
Baseball (Toronto Blue Jays)
And Basketball (Toronto Raptors)
Favourite TV Shows: Sports, Sports and Sports
When I performed simple addition I wanted my numbers to be perfect. So much so that I kept erasing and I always handed in my math homework with a bunch of holes. My teacher used to shake me. Our Blackwell school was beside a cemetery so I was convinced my teacher was a witch. My teacher took away all my erasers but to no avail. My friends always supplied me with more erasers so I made more holes. In grade 7 at Lakeroad public school, I got my first C on my report card because instead of studying social studies I used to stare outside my bedroom window watching my friends play road hockey. But I fixed it. I scribbled out the C and put in a B. I told my parents that my teacher couldn't find her contact lenses so she put my mark in the wrong column by mistake. My parents bought it! :)
My favourite and my first AC/DC Album: I listened to my 8-track of "Highway to Hell" when I was a teenager everyday after school in Fort McMurray, Alberta (I played it so loud that my neighbours knew the songs by heart too.) Now a sad tale: My little sister kept her hamster in a cage on top of the stereo speaker; when I blared "Highway to Hell" it kept running in its wheel and eventually died so I by accident killed my sisters hamster with AC/DC's Highway to Hell. I hope it went to heaven. Now a scary true story where Highway 401 was my Highway to Hell: Click Here for True Story
I love AC/DC especially Angus Young's antic of taking his pants off to flash his underwear on stage. See "Caught With Your Pants Down" by AC/DC. I love jokers and I try to model them.(Picture of pants off scene to come soon (of AC/DC, not me)). Here it is!
To me AC/DC music is awesome dynamite rock that gets in my soul.
I own the following vinyl records:"High Voltage" (I love the letters of complaint on the Album cover. I hope the letters are true and here they are! Just click on the picture of the letters on the album cover to get a blowup view. Enjoy!) , "Who Made Who", and "For Those About to Rock, We Salute You!"
I own the following 8-track tapes: "Highway to Hell", "Back in Black" (The Back in Black compilation is Rock Genius, It is Perfect with awesome electric guitar playing, perfectly crafted lyrics, and great raucous, raunchy sounding vocals!), and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap". I love the song "We've got big balls!...My balls were made for bouncing!"
(By the way, as an offside, I also like Krokus's song "Tonight Long Stick Goes Boom!" which I have on vinyl.)
I own the following compact discs: "High Voltage" "Highway to Hell", "Back in Black", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and "AC/DC Live"
I own the "Family Jewels" DVD
As you can tell I am a Die-Hard AC/DC fan! AC/DC Rocks News, AC/DC Electric Shock
Alltime favourite song:
This old man and me ("people are crazy") But I would want only one dollar (loonie) as a symbol of my friendship with my role model.
Favourite Movies: "Risky Business" which teaches you not to be afraid to take risks in life and "All The Right Moves" which teaches you to never quit in life, "Rain Man", "Beautiful Mind", "American Pie" (Satisfying sexual urges via masturbation is fine as long as it is done in the privacy of your own home; you know the old saying "When you're married your wife is your right hand but when you're single your right hand is your wife!" :-) ), "Spring Break", "Weekend at Bernie's", "Harry Potter series" (I would make a comedy sketch sequel to "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and I would call it "Harry Potter and the Stoned Philosopher!"), "Lord of the Rings series" and especially "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" which brings tears to my eyes reminding me of my family's ordeal in 1968 Czechoslovakia, and any Medieval Story. I dream of being a knight. I also loved "Good Will Hunting" (I loved Matt Daemon as a smart Math kid genius and Robin Williams in it as a psychiatrist "nannoo nannoo shazbutt!"), "Bourne Identity" (I loved Matt Daemon's apartment!), and "Bourne Supremacy" with all the European shots. "The Shining" is also one of my favourites. My favourite line is when Jack Nicholson says "Here's Johnny!", "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!" and of course "RedRum RedRum!" I saw the Shining underage at the Capitol Theatre in Sarnia. (I told the ticket attendant that it was my birthday :-) and she bought it!) I also read Peter Benchley's "Jaws" and saw "Jaws" at the theatre with my Dad. I laughed throughout the entire movie, especially when the music "Dah Dah Dah Dah" was playing and Richard Dreyfuss was in the cage below water while Roy Scheider was having the battle of his life! Did you know that the shark on Jaws was mechanical and had wheels rolling on the bottom of the ocean floor? I also love Arnold Shwarzenneger movies. I loved "Predator" ("Arnold turns around and throws a knife into a guy and sticks him to a crate or somthin and says *Stick their for a while!"--Click here for source.) and the "Terminator" movies! Asta La Vista Baby! I also love Buffy Body Building so I loved Arnold Shwarzenneger psyching out Lou Ferrigno in "Pumping Iron", and I especially loved Arnold's party at his bachelor pad! And I'll never forget the movie "Porky's!"