• Lietuvos išminčiaus istorija: susipažinkim – Algimantas Čekuolis!

    History of the Lithuanian Wise Man: Meet Algimantas Čekuolis!

    There is probably no Lithuanian who does not know who Algimantas Čekuolis is. Some know him from Sunday's program "Afternoon with Algimantas Chekuolis", others from a wealth of publicity. In one way or another, Algimantas Čekuolis is a well-known figure.

    Algimantas Čekuolis was born on November 10, 1931. This distinguished personality comes from Kieliai village (Širvinta), a family of teachers. Perhaps it could be argued that thanks to the profession of parents, the knowledge of Algimantas Čekuolis, their pursuit and sharing with those around him had already been infused into the bloodstream. After graduating from the Vilnius Adult Gymnasium in 1948, he acquired a literary education in Moscow five years later.

    The education I have had enabled me to capture impressions in writing, but where does the love for travel, the solid numbers of countries visited, and Algimantas Čekuolis become a polyglot? The answer is simple, due to circumstances, willingness and great effort. Beginning in 1953, Algimantas Čekuolis began his odyssey around the world. Becoming a mid-trawler bomber, having been in constant contact with people of different nations, he naturally learned their languages as well. In 1964, he began to work as a translator at the USSR Ministry of Fish Industry in Havana, where he worked until 1967.

    Even after taking office, he did not rest on his laurels, enriching his vocabulary while studying at the John Reed Western School of Languages, which he graduated in 1966. The labor involved has not evaporated anywhere (after all, it is said in vain that what you will learn will not be carried on your shoulders), so today Algimantas Čekuolis can be proud of his proficiency in one or two or seven foreign languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Italian and French).

    After many years of idyllic experience as a sailor (which I found more closely in "Six Ways to Die"), published in 2000, there was a media job that was simply not to be missed: a Novosti press correspondent in Canada , and in Madrid, the editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper "Gimtasis Edge", correspondent of the Spanish state press agency "EFE" to the Baltic States, and crowned by the silent, time-tested "Afternoon with Algimantas Čekuolis" in 1995.

    This prominent personality is known not only at the level of journalism, but also in the political space, when the space was not yet infiltrated by political battles, conspiracies, litigation and rivalries, but was a fierce struggle for Lithuania's independence. Algimantas Čekuolis, although from 1959 onwards. He was a member of the CPSU but was never a supporter of socialist ideology. In the days of rebirth, even during the Soviet Republic, the aspirations of vigor, liberation and independence became the priority of every patriot who loves his homeland. Algimantas Čekuolis was no exception. As soon as the Lithuanian Reform Movement was formed, he not only became a member of it but also was elected a member of the USSR People's Deputies' Congress in 1989, and remained there until the restoration of Lithuania's independence. Perhaps a skeptic might criticize that there is nothing to mention in such a political career because it lasted too short, but it would be wrong. Why? At that time, the foundation of what we have today was laid - a free, independent democratic, law-governed state that every Lithuanian citizen can be proud of, and Algimantas Čekuolis also contributed to it.

    As mentioned earlier, Algimantas Čekuolis didactic in the blood, and naturally there is one more literary, publicistic, political and other achievement - teaching at the prestigious Vilnius University. He left his footprint at the Faculty of Communication in 1992. started teaching the art of negotiation and communication. It is likely that many students came up with new ideas after his lectures to facilitate his future work.

    Obviously, all the work and achievements of Algimantas Čekuolis should be rewarded, so it is not surprising that this is the case. His collection currently holds such awards as: Lithuanian Independence Medal (acquired in 2000), Officer's Cross of the Grand Duke Gediminas Order (2002), Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of Portugal (2003), Medal of the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania and others of no less importance or importance.

    Algimantas Čekuolis has a resemblance to the legendary star of the "Volker Texas Ranger" series, Chuck Norris, both of whom have become ironic comparisons or jokes at different levels. In Lithuanian folk folklore, it is said that the police came to Algimantas Čekuolis and searched the apartment to find the meaning of life. A. Čekuolis does not tell the story, it changes after each release. Not only was this man born with glasses, he not only corrects all gaps in the encyclopedias, not only wrote the Bible, but is also the brightest man on earth, the only one to be seen from outer space.