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Dimitri C. Michalakis is Editor in Chief on NEO Magazine.
  • One Easter in Ohio

    We lived in Chicago during the ‘60s and during the holidays we would often drive to visit our relatives in New York. One Easter holiday my father and I drove from Chicago to New York (my mother...

    • Posted April 25, 2022
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  • From The Editor
    The Pappades In My Life

    Priests were a big part of my life. When I was a kid, I was an altar boy at Kimisis Theotokou Church in Brooklyn, where Father Titos was the pastor. He was a nice man, who pretended...

    • Posted April 25, 2022
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  • Portrait of Bouboulina by Friedel. Photo credit: The Bouboulina Museum
    So Who Was Bouboulina?

    For one, she was a tough cookie. According to legend, she was born in a Turkish prison in Constantinople (where her father had been imprisoned), she became the Capetanissa of her own fleet, gave birth to seven...

    • Posted March 22, 2022
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  • From The Editor
    The Shining Example of Greek Liberation

    A new book has been published called, simply, THE GREEK REVOLUTION, by Mark Mazower (Penguin Press), and it’s the first dense and scholarly work about the great event that I can remember for a long time. Its...

    • Posted March 22, 2022
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  • Billy’s Christmas Gift

    The first American Christmas I experienced was in Chicago in the ‘60s, when Kennedy was president, Chubby Checker was doing the Twist, Marilyn Monroe was the resident sex symbol, and Greece still had a king and queen....

    • Posted December 25, 2021
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  • From The Editor
    Our Special Place

    I was talking to my barber the other day, an older Italian man who cut your hair with no frills (I have little hair to cut), and who told me that when he was a young man...

    • Posted December 24, 2021
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  • PAUL LOUNTZIS
    PAUL LOUNTZIS, THE DEPENDABLE NAME IN THE MONEY GAME

    When Paul Lountzis fainted during an autopsy while he tried studying medicine, he decided that business was a safer course and the career of investment titan Warren Buffett (“The Oracle of Omaha”) was more his inspiration. “I...

    • Posted October 28, 2021
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  • ELEVEN DAYS TO THE PROMISED LAND BY DINO PAVLOU

    How an immigrant kid became friends with the most famous people in the world Dino Pavlou was a seventeen-year-old kid from Valtesiniko, Arcadia who came to America in 1952, wearing Mitso the shepherd’s borrowed sheepskin coat, and...

    • Posted October 28, 2021
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  • From The Editor
    SMALL-TOWN GREEK AMERICA

    We forget sometimes how Greeks have permeated not just the big cities where they put down roots in ethnic enclaves, but also the small towns of this country. Weirton, West Virginia had a vital community which produced...

    • Posted October 28, 2021
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  • From The Editor
    KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

    When we started this magazine over a dozen years ago we wanted to connect the various generations of Greeks, and the various regions of Greek America to each other, and be a community forum: the platia where...

    • Posted July 3, 2021
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  • STEFANIE G. ROUMELIOTES AND THE ART OF FUNDING AND PROMOTING POLITICAL CANDIDATES AND THE CAUSE OF WOMEN

    A fundraising and strategic dynamo behind the campaigns of among others California Governor Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and the national campaigns of everyone from Hillary Clinton to Joe Biden to...

    • Posted April 30, 2021
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  • From The Editor
    GENDER POLITICS

    Is politics a man-only province? Maybe not when we have a vice president a heartbeat away from the presidency. Maybe not when we have mayors and governors all over the United States that are women. And members...

    • Posted April 30, 2021
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  • From The Editor
    Eternal Greece

    One of the most accessible books of modern Greek history is by D. George Kousoulas called simply Modern Greece (Charles Scribner’s, 1974), and it begins with how the Greeks, despite nearly 400 years of subjugation to the...

    • Posted March 23, 2021
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  • From The Editor
    Men of Service

    I called to do an interview with Senator Sarbanes several years ago and he called me back in the car while I was driving. “Senator, do you mind if I call you back?” I asked him. “Surely,”...

    • Posted December 24, 2020
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  • From The Editor
    Fifteen years and counting

    The death of George Bizos in South Africa, a friend and partner of Nelson Mandela in his long fight for justice, highlights both a remarkable and historic partnership, and a remarkable man, who saw injustice, and dedicated...

    • Posted October 10, 2020
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  • Hellenic Medical Society President, Dr. Panagiotis Manolas: The pandemic from a doctor’s point of view

    Dr. Panagiotis Manolas is a surgeon affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, among others, and a founding partner of Surgical Specialists of Greater New York. He is a member of the Athens Medical Association, the...

    • Posted April 29, 2020
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  • Dr. George Liakeas on His Miraculous Recovery from The Virus

    Dr. Liakeas, 48, is in family practice and the medical director of Lexington Medical Associates in Manhattan. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill and Mount Sinai Hospitals and has been in practice for sixteen years, with a...

    • Posted April 29, 2020
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  • From The Editor
    Spring is here

    For the past few weeks I have seen my two daughters (who also live in Brooklyn, minutes away) only in passing—from the car. When we drop off food to them my wife cooks, to help them, and...

    • Posted April 29, 2020
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  • The statue of Admiral and hero of Greek Independence Constantinos Kanaris in Chios
    The Revolution

    His wife and his son stood apart at the railing of the ship while he stood back and smoked along with the old man with the hairy arms and striped shirt and the one gold tooth where...

    • Posted March 24, 2020
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  • From The Editor
    Keeping the darkness at bay

    The streets are quiet, the shelves are bare, people wear blue masks and blue gloves, and even family and friends shy away from each other with apologies and make sure not to touch. It seems a different...

    • Posted March 24, 2020
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  • Nassau County DA Madeline Singas: “It’s Not About Being a Man or a Woman; It’s about the Work that You Do”

    Madeline Singas just won reelection to be the Nassau County District Attorney in Long Island, New York based on her record: crime went down 25% during her watch, the notorious MS-13 gang in the county was decimated...

    • Posted January 13, 2020
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  • From The Editor
    The Kalanda

    A cousin sent me Facebook greetings for the New Year and included a recording of the old “kalanda” from some gathering long ago in Chios. According to Myparea blog, the singing of “kalanda,” carols, goes back to...

    • Posted January 13, 2020
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  • Papou O Polemistis

    Papou Petro and Yiayia Pota were coming from Florida for Christmas and this time they were bringing Propapou Herakles—Hercules—even though Propapou Hercules looked more like a Hobbit. And Mom said he was staying with George in Petro’s...

    • Posted December 12, 2019
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  • From The Editor
    Memories Past and Present

    My mother-in-law suffered from depression, but she was fiercely-loyal to her family, and Christmas always made her come alive and exhaust herself buying gifts for her kids and grandkids. My in-laws were not rich people, but the...

    • Posted December 12, 2019
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    War and Remembrance

    One family’s war memories My grandmother in Chios, Greece had a big lacquered cabinet (with a pattern of flowers) and on top of it, incongruously, stood the housing of two gleaming-gold cannon shells: with wheat stalks in...

    • Posted October 26, 2019
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