IN MEMORIAM | Ivan Andreevski Mache: The sky will be narrow for him

There, where his place is reserved for eternity, Radomir Hari Minovski, Kibi, Zoran Mufljuz, Travka, Ace Stikov and others are waiting for him. In that company, even the sky will be narrow for him.

These days, one of the old guard journalists, Ivan Andreevski Mace, passed away. About his professional successes as a journalist, and later as a director of MRT, the inventiveness that to this day has not been surpassed by anyone in that company, the visionary in YUTEL, are fragmentary statements from the multitude of details that reflect his professional achievements. Extremely respected by the JRT (Yugoslav Radio and Television Association) community, recognized and highly valued by colleagues from the TV centers of Yugoslavia at the time.
He had to sweeten and soften the journalistic bread with seven crusts that he earned with difficulty - but diligently, uncompromisingly and dedicatedly - with his rare spirit. He had a heart bigger than the globe. Private, always willing to take a joke at his own expense, followed by an infectious smile, no "no" in the vocabulary, fond of a good tip and even better company, ready for friends to jump into fire and be bold when the going gets tough. , are only part of its peculiarities. The curses he uttered were always in function of what he was saying and communicating and never sounded vulgar, as much as it sounded paradoxical. For him, swearing was a stylistic figure – not an insult. His joviality was his trademark; there is no person who in his company remained without a smile and a good thought.
He was a regular reader from the first issue of our "Free Press", our critic and supporter. And when we disagreed on some topics, words, expressions, gestures were chosen to avoid offending the other party. As an old journalist wolf, he knew that the truth has many shades depending on the light of day. While I was writing these lines, an old colleague of his came to my office; upon my mention of this sincere memory of Mache, his colleague from Radio Skopje only uttered: "He was a good man." That is the sublimate and essence of Ivan Andreevski Mache. Being a good person at a time when the Balkans and Macedonia were going through great historical upheavals is a feat in itself, achievable only by the special ones.
Well, Mache's death rounded off the most interesting coffee table from the Club of Journalists of Macedonia, there somewhere from the mid-eighties of the last century, where the most interesting, at times the most lascivious, but undoubtedly the wittiest conversations ever held in this country were held. There, where his place is reserved for eternity, Radomir Hari Minovski, Kibi, Zoran Mufljuz, Travka, Ace Stikov and others are waiting for him. In that company, even the sky will be narrow for him.
Eternal glory Ivan Andreevski, for friends Mache.

(The author is the director and media director of "Sloboden Pechat")

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