Hi James; passed your track twice over the last few days... hope to see you at the upcoming meet. The late Pope John Paul II was mentioned, admiringly, on LL as well. Thread got zapped, unfortunately.
OT a bit, but see if you (or anyone) can read this amazing piece by Roger Cohen without shedding a tear or two:http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/06/international/worldspecial2/06krakow.html?pagewanted=print&position=
He was truly one of the giants of the 20th century.
As for the endings of Polish names, they are many and varied. if you want to see a fun argument, sit down with a few Polish guys and ask whether the -ski ending denotes royalty. Then of course there was Henryk DeKwiatkowski (Woody Stephens' big owner for decades, and the purchaser of Calumet Farm), who somehow got a "De" in front of his surname. But the name most associated with Polish royalty is "Radziwill" (I bet even you could not pronounce it correctly
), which conspicuously lacks the -ski suffix. I know Polish folks whose names end in -zec, -aic, -osc, -eta, -icki, -iecki, and -ysz, among umpteen others. Martha Stewart was an -yra.
Thank You for the link.