ZTN, becoming a major cyber-event in former Eastern
Europe, atracted attention of that glossy publication aimed to upper middle class
American nerds financially capable to upgrade their systems monthly. So, one
day I received a call from John Perry Barlow who wanted to write the story, but
didn't know where to go. However, he didn't go due to a personal tragedy. And
for a year nobody at Wired picked up the idea. Then I decided to write the article
myself. I asked Wired submissions if they'd like me to write that article. They
said OK, so I wrote it. Then they said that they have no interest in publishing it.
Yet, five months later they published the story about ZTN by another writer.
Two times I tried to get funding from Open Society Institute,
George Soros's humanitarian foundation that helps independent
Eastern Europe. First I wanted them to help finance my non-nationalist radio
talk-show at WNYE and WNWK in Croatian language. I was rejected on grounds
that Soros may sponsor only projects that are not based in the U.S. Second time
I applied for a scholarship they offered. I was rejected because they said that I
came to the U.S. too early. Grants were designed for those who came here in or
after the academic year 1990/91. I arrived in January 1990, which was too early.
A small detail that I could not come at all (due to sudden death, for example), if
I waited longer, was elegantly brushed aside.