April 13, 2022
Jenny Feterovich showed up on American shores with $100 and a suitcase. She faced a ton of abuse and bullying and had to navigate a country she knew little about, and even less about the language and customs. Not only was she successful in navigating all of those elements, she was able to ascend to the rarefied air of being a successful entrepreneur.
Her business had been primarily in the entertainment industry where she has most notably found success with the show Start Up (which featured several Flint based small business entrepreneur’s), Creem: America’s Only Rock and Roll Magazine, and perhaps the greatest hockey documentary of all time, The Russian Five.
We have been looking forward to having Jenny on Fish and The Flint Chronicles for some time now to talk about her business and creative experiences. While she is our guest for this episode, focusing on her creative endeavors will have to wait.
That’s because of the war in Ukraine and her connection to it. As a result we are talking to her about what is happening there, and getting a full briefing of what she has been experiencing as it has unfolded. Jenny says that she has been spending much of her time fielding phone calls from a variety of friends and family members in Moscow, Kyiv, Crimea, Odessa and other parts of both countries. The calls come as bombs go off all around the people on the other end of the line.
Feterovich’s spouse is from Kyiv, and lived there for most of her life so the family connection is particularly heart wrenching. Her calls have come from underground, and in hiding, and amidst rubble. Calls to Russia have involved tales of people being dragged away for protesting the warty, including people having arms and legs broken, and being dragged right out of their homes and automobiles for failing to support the war, and being open about it.
As the economy is crumbling businesses, retirements, and lives are being summarily destroyed. Feterovich says that she was “ in the middle of a major business deal with Russinan and Ukrainian counterparts and all of it basically destroyed.”
Jenny joins Fish for a serious examination of a world event shaping our own lives both now and well in to the future in a special episode of Fish and The Flint Chronicles.