What are Kat’s links with the very special city of Lancaster, Ohio?
Kat’s grandfather, Peter Vincent Polinksi, came from Biala Podlaska in eastern Poland. He was granted refugee status to settle in the United States on April 17th 1945 and got a job as a driver at the Lockbourne Air Force Base, near Columbus. He married Kat’s grandmother, Kathleen Mary Evans, on May 16th 1949 and they settled in Lancaster. They had one son, John Polinski, Kat’s idealistic father. As John Polinski’s law career developed, he became a patron for the underprivileged. He created an orphanage next door to Lancaster’s fairground and regularly piloted his own plane between Fairfield County Airport and Washington D.C. to keep check on the orphanage and to visit his mother. His father died in a car crash on October 29th 1962 when a truck pulled out in front of him at the junction of 22 and Diley Road.
Much of this is not in The History Book.
I have reported from Lancaster several times in recent years and made some very good friends, including a family that makes the best cookies I’ve ever tasted. Check out the reports from Lancaster Broadcasts, Click here: Hell Escape and Click here: Empires and Pro-Life