The Esperanto Society of New York’s celebration of Zamenhof’s birthday was featured in The New York Times on December 21st. Despite a small typo in the title (Feliĉa Ferioj! Toasting the Holidays in Esperanto), author Corey Kilgannon did an admirable job of profiling the club and its members, including mentions for Neil Blonstein, Miko Brandini, Max Howald, Robin Hill, Barbara Brown, Sofiya Soskina and Humphrey Tonkin. An excerpt:
[…] Renata Kaczmarska, 50, a Polish immigrant, said she learned Esperanto as a teen in Warsaw, and the first thing she did when she moved to New York in the 1990s was seek out the Esperanto Society to bond with speakers.
Through her Esperanto connections, she applied for a job at the United Nations, where she still works.
“She represents the Esperanto dream,” said James Woodstock, 48, an immigrant from Moscow, who can read more than 20 languages and who collects Esperanto currency.
Ms. Kaczmarska said that Zamenhof Day was a bonus in her holiday season, and a chance to honor Esperanto and her countryman who created it.
“It’s something to be proud of,” she said.