He was born and lived in the same place as Casimir III the Great: Jan Nowicki

Death hates comments – said Jan Nowicki, an actor who died on December 7 this year. He was also a publicist, writer, pedagogue, scholar, philosopher, sports fan… Minor, even.

We are at the beginning of the spring of 1990, in the lobby of the MDM hotel in Warsaw. During his visits to the capital, he always chose this address – he estimated that he had spent several months there in total. This time he came to Warsaw to star in the film “Superwizja” (“Supervision”) by Robert Gliński. And to the undersigned, the editorial staff of “Ekspress Wieczorny” (the Polish newspaper “Evening Express”) – where I did my professional training while still studying journalism at the University of Warsaw – commissioned an interview with actor who then celebrated his fiftieth birthday.

Intimidated, I waited at the reception desk. The caller was late. Instead of a hat – his statement garment – ​​he wore a headband holding his hairstyle. He granted me an interview despite – euphemistically speaking – very formulaic questions. And he didn’t even want permission, which is certainly not the norm for many artists. This was the beginning of my acquaintance with Jan Nowicki.

Absenteeism he spent in libraries. He was kicked out of school

The following episodes of my meeting with Jan Nowicki took place in Krakow. At the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, I was there for the matches of the Vistula, the strongest football club in Poland at the time. The other day I accompanied my classmate Olaf Lubaszenko (the Legia Club fan) and his father Edward (the Vistula Club fan). At the stand we met Nowicki, who also sympathized with the “White Star”, (which is another name for Vistula Kraków Football Club). Nowicki’s passion dated back to his graduate days, as he revealed…

… since studying at the Krakow Theater School (AST National Academy of Theater Arts in Krakow), because before that he also studied at the Leon Schiller National Film School in Łódź, of which he was … forced out. And even before that, he had to go through no fewer than six different schools to earn the coveted high school diploma. Among them were such original institutions as Radziejów Industrial-Pedagogical Technical School, Bydgoszcz Cultural-Educational Lyceum, Włocławek Economic Study and Aleksandrów Kujawski Agricultural School. He did not stay there long because he was still looking for his way of life.

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By Tomasz Zbigniew Zapert

Translated by Dominik Szczęsny-Kostanecki

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