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Hellenic Profiles By Thomas Spelios
Hellenic Profiles
By Thomas Spelios
sional District. He is a native of Peabody, Mass., and served as the town's
mayor for II years. Mavroules, is the
senior member of the Armed Services
Committee and is also the chairman of
its Investigations Committee. He has
led the fight for a nuclear weapons
freeze and justice for Cyprus. Recently
he was the keynote speaker at the
AH EP A gathering in Boston. Last year,
the Consumer Federation of America
named him a Congressional Consumer
Hero. He is one of six Hellenes serving
in the U.S. Congress.
Dr. MICHAEL BAKALIS was appointed president of Triton College in River
Grove, Ill., the largest community
college in the state. An innovative educator he has a long professional career
in government service and the educational system in the greater Chicago
area. The son of Greek immigrants, his
academic credentials include a B.S . in
education, M.A. in history and a Ph.D.
in history from Northwestern U niversity. Before going to Triton College he
served as dean of Loyala University in
Chicago; as Illinois State Superintendent of Education and as U.S. Deputy
Undersecretary of Education (1979-80);
and Illinois State Comptroller. He was
the director of the Lilly Educational
Project at Northwestern.
During the Carter administration, he
served in Washington as the chief
administrator of 10 educational offices
across the nation. Before his government service, he was a teacher at high
school and university levels, including
lecturer at Harvard University.
He is the author of many books,
including "A Strategy for Excellence"
and "We Can Save Our Children"; his
many honors include the "Push Award"
for excellence in education. Bakalis is
an outstanding scholar and intellectual
leader in the great tradition of the classical Greek thinkers of antiquity.
REP. NICHOLAS MAVROULES, 61 ,
(D-Mass.) is serving his 6th term as U.S.
representative from the 6th CongresAPRIL, 1991
STATE SENATOR NICHOLAS
PETRIS of California has written to
President Bush praising his stand
against "naked aggression" and the liberation of Kuwait. He states that now
that we have liberated the feudal kingdom in the sand when are we going to
liberate Cyprus Attila's invading Turks.
We have been waiting for 17 years to
aleviate this "naked aggression" it is
high time to resolve the issue and eliminate the "Green Line" of Attila the Hun.
TATIANA DIMITRIADES was the
featured solo violinist at the II th anniversary concert series, offering chamber
music at the Peabody Museum in
Salem, Mass. A highly gifted musician
she earned her bachelor's and master's
degrees and an artist diploma at the
Indiana University School of Music.
She is a recent recipient of the Boulanger Memorial A ward and was the
winner of the Guido Saradini Prize in
Siena, Italy, during the Paganini Cente-
nary Festival. Her solo performances
have taken her from Carnegie Hall to
Los Angeles and London. Her celebrated violin was made by lanuarius
Gagliano in 1752. She makes a 240year-old instrument sound alive and
terrific!
NICHOLAS VELIOTES, a highly
esteemed State Department career
officer appeared on a panel discussion
recently on TV Channel 7 reviewing the
Gulf War. A well-known Middle East
expert, he served as the US ambassador
to Egypt several years ago before he
retired to private life. Veliotes was interviewed by the moderator Mr. McNiel.
YANNI (Chryssomallis), the Hollywood
composer, presented his passionate
music at "A Musical Celebration of
Life" a concert benefit for the Special
Olympics at Constitution Hall in
Washington, DC. The highly gifted and
versatile composer/ performer has written the musical scores for a number of
recent television movies and plays. He
was born and raised in Kalamata.
TIDBITS
DEAN T A VOPULARIS is the production designer for the new mafioso film,
"The Godfather, Part m .....ANAGNOSTOS AGELARAKAS, an
archaeologist at St. lohn's University in
New York, cautioned that the 5,000
year old Ur of the Chaldees was in
danger of being destroyed during the
Gulf War. He also hopes that the
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ancient monuments survived the air
blitzkrieg and are still intact as the craddIe of mankind's civilization... VANGEL ATHANAS has been appointed
manager of human resources at General
Dynamics Corp. in Quonset Pont, R.I...
ARTEMIS LEONTIS was the panel
moderator .of the Modern Greek Culture series at Harvard University
recently. The subject was Semiotic
Boundaries and the Politics of
Meaning ...
ALEX YANNIS is a giftet sports writer
covering the NHL games this season for
the N.Y. Times ... NICHOLAS CLAINOS is the executive producer of the
new movie thriller, "The Doors" which
stars Kevin Dillon ... MONTE KOFOS
was the supreme athletic director of the
Candlepin Championship held recently
in Biddeford, Maine... Dean ALEXANDER AVTGITS of the Wentworth
Institute of Technology in Boston,
Mass. has co-authored a new book
entitled, "Electronic Techniques: Shop
Practices and Construction" with Prof.
William Megow ...
SA VAS KALOGERAS is the director
of photography for the new film "Prince
in Exile" which opened recently in Man-
hattan .. . TATIANA TROYANOSgave
a splendid performance with her aweinspiring voice in the Strauss' opera
"Der Rosenkavalier" at the Metropolitan Opera in NY ... PETER LEMONIAS, president of the Whitman
Company in Whitman, Mass., was
elected to the National Association of
Metal Finishers in Washington, D.C ...
THEODORE ANTONIOU was the
musical director for the Ares III Operas
at Boston University. One of the fine
performers was baritone ARGIRIS
KOUNADIS... NICHOLAS GAGE,
author of much acclaimed "Eleni," a
true story about the Greek Civil War,
gave a fine lecture on "A Writer's Odyssey" at Brown University, Providence,
R.I... The new movie, "Nothing But
Trouble" about auto speeders in New
Jersey, features two Hellenes, JOHN
DA VEIKIS plays the role of L'il Debbull and BERTILA DAMAS plays
Renalda. It is a comedy about the
world's most elaborate speed trap,
somewhere in New Jersey .. . JIM CHIAKULUAS has announced his candidacy for alderman in the 49th Ward of
East Chicago. He worked as the coordinator in Richard Daley's election
campaign ...
SPIROS TSIMBINOS is a New York
lawyer acting in behalf of Queens District Attorney John Saantucci in a sexual assault trial. He challenged Justice
Joan O'Dwyer for her harsh crossexamination of the victim... justice triumphs?... BYRON MASSIALAS, a
professor of the classics, is offering several doctoral fellowships in Greek bilingual education at the Florida State
University in Tallahasee ... DIMITRI
KA VRAKOS gave an excellent performance in the Verdi opera "Luise Miller"
at the Met Opera in Manhattan ... Dr.
BEVERLY KONUGRES-BAIN, a
professor of occupational therapy, was
named as a "Great Teacher" by New
York University's Alumni Federation,
an honor bestowed annually on faculty
members of great distinction .. .
CONSTANTINE KANGLES, a prominent Chicago attorney, was appointed
vice chairman of the American Bar
Association Committee at its annual
meeting.. . He is the publisher of the
Greek Press ... Dr. ALICE SCOURBY
a professor of sociology at Long Island
University, N.Y., published a very
informative article regarding Hellenism
in the USA entitled, "Ethnicity at the
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GREEK AMERICAN REVIEW
Crossroads" ... JOHN GIANNARIS, a
retired US Army captain, from Des
Plaines, Ill., is the author of a splendid
book, "Yannis" which chronicles his
military adventures during the Second
World War... JOANNE AKALAITIS
is the talented director of the Shakespeare classic "Henry IV." She has won
much acclaim for her theatrical skills ...
Dr. DIMITRIS ALEXANDRAKIS, a
philosophy professor, was the keynote
speaker at Hellenic College during
Greek Letters Week recently ... Illinois
State Senator ADELINE GEO-KARIS
was honored as the "Woman of Distinction" by the Women's University Club
of Chicago ... Navy Chaplain THEOFANIS DEGAITAS served with the
U.S. Marines in Saudi Arabia recently
during Operation Dessert Storm ... ELIZABETH PERKINS who stars in the
new movie 'He Said, She Said" is a Hellene despite her Anglo name ... Detective STEPHEN LONDIS ofthe NYPD
in Manhattan can identify fingerprints
by using a new $40 million computer
system, an expensive way to catch a
thief...
KIT MERCATORIS, former coordinator for Seventeen magazine, has been
appointed vice president at Douglas
Properties Assoc. in Manhattan ...
TOM NELIS is appearing in the play
"Henry IV" in the role off the Shadow at
the Newman Theater on Lafayette
Street ... SOPHIA MITRELIS operates
her own disc jockey business, M ultiMedia Productions, in Cranston,
Mass ... NEPHELIE ANTONY ADIS is
the talented costume designer for the
new play "The Almond Seller" now
playing in downtown Brooklyn ...
ANDREW NATSIOS, former Mass.
chairman of the Republican Party, went
off to the Gulf War with his Army
reserve unit. He should be coming home
very soon ... MARISA CERVERIS,
dancing with the New York City Ballet,
gave a fluent and brilliant performance
in the Alexander Proia work, "Salome
Dances for Peace" a benefit given for
the Dancers' Emergency Fund recently.
The beautiful Marisa is long overdue
for recognition ... JASON PALUMBIS,
a Stanford Cardinal quarterback
recently received the All-Pac 10 Conference Honorable Mention leading the
Cardinals to victory over California in
the Big Game. We look forward to his
return next season ... Dr. JOHN PSAROUTHAKIS of Ann Arbor, Mich.,
was honored with the 1990 Academy of
Achievement A ward in the field of busi-
APRIL, 1991
ness and commerce at the Ahepa Convention in Hollywood... MILTON
GUST was the chairman for this
affair...
SOTIRIS MANOLOPOULOS is a
basketball star with Boston University.
At 6'6" he is a forward starter... DEMMIE STATHOPOULOS is an editor
and writer for "Sports Illustrated" magazine. He has covered scores of events
over the last 19 years, from high diving
in Hawaii to the Kentucky Derby ... The
lovely & graceful CYNTHIA GREGORY
was the featured ballerina in the ballet,
"Red/Ellington" when it premiered
with Dances Patrelle at Gould Hall
recently... EV AN P APP AS plays the
leading man in the Broadway revival of
the play, "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" written by Harold Rome ...
Historical Trivia
THE ALEXANDRIA LIBRARY
The first great library of antiquity
was established in Alexandria, Egypt,
by the Greek Pharaoh Ptolemy Lagos I
in 300 Be. Ptolemy was a Macedonian
Greek general who served with Alexander the Great during his military campaigns in Africa and Asia. The
systematic library science as we know it
today was first implemented by Callimachus of Cyrene, a Greek scholar and
philosopher.
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