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  • John Brademas: A lifetime of public and private service

    John Brademas (1927-2016) In Memoriam A reprint of NEO’s cover story, May 2007 John Brademas is still in a hurry, even more so now. He just celebrated his 80th birthday, but as he leads the way through...

    • Posted September 13, 2016
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  • Stanley Neamonitis: A Great American success story (May 31, 1939 – July 16, 2016)

    Stanley Neamonitis passed away on July 16, 2016 surrounded by his family at his home in Manhasset, New York. Born in the village of Avgonima, Chios on May 31, 1939, he was the fourth of five children...

    • Posted September 13, 2016
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  • From The Editor
    Greek-American success stories

    I was speaking to mega-industrialist John Rangos for this issue and I told him I wish I had more time to dig even deeper into the epic and historic circumstances of his life: this is a man...

    • Posted September 13, 2016
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  • From The Editor
    Here and There

    When I was a kid living on Chios I remember going to the harbor and the “prokimaia” to see people off on the ship that would take them to Athens and the world beyond. The ship was...

    • Posted June 26, 2016
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  • From The Editor
    Doing business in Greece and getting the business

    It’s startling to hear from an oil expert in this issue that Greece has sizable reserves of oil that might help to bail the country out of its economic morass. It’s not anything new to hear about...

    • Posted April 30, 2016
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  • From The Editor
    The Orange Chimera

    Of course we have to talk about what’s happening to America in this current presidential election cycle. And it’s not unfathomable. (That doesn’t mean I support him—orange is not my new black.) When you don’t give people...

    • Posted March 24, 2016
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  • LEADERSHIP 100 CHAIRMAN GEORGE TSANDIKOS: THE SON OF A PRIEST SERVING THE CHURCH IN HIS OWN WAY

    by Dimitri C. Michalakis George Tsandikos is the son of a priest who never felt the calling himself but as chairman of Leadership 100 he helps young men join the priesthood and after working with Leadership for years...

    • Posted January 10, 2016
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  • From The Editor
    Moving On

    I’ve lived in Brooklyn, New York the majority of my life. I was born in Greece, on the island of Chios, then joined my family in Montreal, Canada when I was seven. Then moved with them to...

    • Posted January 10, 2016
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  • HIDDEN MOSAICS: AN AEGEAN TALE by Alexander Billinis
    A Greek and a Turk discover they look alike in HIDDEN MOSAICS: AN AEGEAN TALE by Alexander Billinis

    Like the protagonists of his debut novel, life has been an Aegean odyssey and migration for author Alexander Billinis himself. With a lifelong interest in the region, he’s lived and worked in Bulgaria, Greece, and Serbia, traveled...

    • Posted December 5, 2015
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  • From The Editor
    Don’t send us your huddled masses yearning to be free?

    In the paranoia since the Paris attacks the knee-jerk reaction of the many unfortunate Republican candidates running for president who it seems have hijacked the party (do you people really want a job this intractable—and do we...

    • Posted December 5, 2015
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  • From The Editor
    So It’s Been Ten Years

    Ten years ago Dimitri Rhompotis, Kyprianos Bazenikas and I met in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at a printing shop to see if we could get a magazine started. The history of the magazine business is fraught with peril and...

    • Posted October 26, 2015
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  • From The Editor
    BACK IN THE DAY

    A friend of mine came to the United States from Greece back in the ‘50s, around the same time my parents came. And they saw the United States in its fat heyday as truly the promised land....

    • Posted September 25, 2015
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  • Paulette Poulos
    Church Lady Extraordinaire, Leadership 100 Executive Director Paulette Poulos

    Paulette Poulos has an apartment in White Plains but she’s rarely there. “My brother teases me,” she says. “He tells the pharmacy, whatever vitamins you give my sister give me five bottles. I keep a crazy schedule,...

    • Posted June 28, 2015
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  • Eleni with Ted and Jim Pedas
    Madam Ambassador: Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis recounts her groundbreaking role as the first Greek American woman to serve as U.S. Ambassador

    At age 43, Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis became not only one of the youngest women ever to serve as a U.S. ambassador, but also the very first Greek American woman. A powerhouse businesswoman and mother of two, her...

    • Posted June 28, 2015
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  • Paul Ioannidis with Alexander Onassis
    Onassis executive, Greek Aviation and Shipping Pioneer Paul J. Ioannidis tells the epic story of his life in DESTINY PREVAILS

    Paul J. Ioannidis, now 91, says the greater purpose of writing the book of his life was “to record some events involving the Onassis family that were heretofore unknown or which were not know to the wider...

    • Posted June 28, 2015
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  • From The Editor
    Public service

    In one of his books the great Harry Mark Petrakis described the guile of his mother, the wife of a parish priest with little means, in stretching their own meagre food budget to accommodate all sorts of...

    • Posted June 28, 2015
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  • From The Editor
    Of fascinating lives

    I’ve been reading two fascinating books lately: one a stirring account of an epic life in both public and private service; and another a frank and surprisingly-intimate account of an accomplished woman’s service to her country abroad....

    • Posted May 18, 2015
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  • From The Editor
    Altar boys forever

    I visited my old church in Brooklyn recently, where I once served as an altar boy, and it pretty much looks the same: only with central air conditioning now (instead of the sauna we had to endure...

    • Posted April 11, 2015
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  • From The Editor
    The Winter of Our Discontent

    Is this truly the winter of our discontent? Formal history seems to function in cycles—in America, the Democrats had the House and Senate and the White House and the public thinks they made a mess (or are...

    • Posted February 18, 2015
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  • Doing business with Filotimo on Wall Street: Michael Psaros of KPS Capital Partners

    It took a young Greek of the old school to make filotimo a business model and a kid brought up in the steel mills of West Virginia to co-found a Wall Street private equity firm that has...

    • Posted December 24, 2014
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  • From The Editor
    Christmas past, present, and future

    Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ and new hope in the world and it’s also a time to spend time with family and see kids rejoice not only in their presents but in...

    • Posted December 24, 2014
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  • Gallo winemaster remembers odyssey from Cyprus

    George Thoukis came to study wines in America and decided to stay His father Kyprianos was a distiller of ouzo and brandy in Cyprus and his mother’s family owned vineyards. And when George Thoukis graduated high school...

    • Posted November 14, 2014
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  • From The Editor
    Going home to Kourounia

    As I get older and the world seems increasingly to implode (climate change, ISIS, US governmental gridlock, the resurgent Russian bear, Greece tied up in another Gordian knot of debt and political stasis, and, personally, the aging...

    • Posted November 14, 2014
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  • One Man’s Journey in Greek Education

    Queen Elizabeth visited Canada in 1960, and so did a young man and recent graduate of Columbia University’s Teacher’s College in New York, who was being interviewed for the post of principal of Socrates Canadian School of...

    • Posted October 19, 2014
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  • From The Editor
    Great Expectations

    What makes, very often, the best and the brightest go into politics? A desire to change the world, a quest for power, but once faced with the moral dilemmas of the office (Horse trading the very destinies...

    • Posted October 19, 2014
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