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Dimitri C. Michalakis is Editor in Chief on NEO Magazine.
  • Christmas At Kyria Sakellariou’s

    When we lived in Chicago back in the ‘60s, we spent most Christmas Days at Kyria Sakellariou’s house in the suburbs. She was the formidable lady who ran the Greek program at my dad’s school where he...

    • Posted December 28, 2023
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  • New Year’s Eve at Thio Stelios’

    We were living in Brooklyn then, in the late 60s, and I remember for one New Year’s Eve my Thio Stelio invited us to his house to “play some cards and have some trella.” Thio Stelio was...

    • Posted December 28, 2023
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  • KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

    I remember going to a dinner several years ago with a group of very young and very bright Greek Americans who were going to the best schools and already had the connections to get the best jobs....

    • Posted October 27, 2023
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  • FRIENDS AND MEMORIES

    A friend from my old days in Chicago got in touch with me a couple of years ago (we had gone to school together—Lane Tech), and we caught up on old times. He was now in California,...

    • Posted July 30, 2023
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  • A SURVIVOR’S EASTER MESSAGE

    We feature a story in this issue about Jon Heymann, who was born in Greece, but was left at a “children’s asylum” in Athens, which turned out to be a child trafficking mill. The doctors signed him...

    • Posted April 14, 2023
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  • THE SACRIFICE OF GREECE

    When I was growing up, I lived on Chios in Greece with my grandparents, and I remember the history all around me of the “Turkokratia.” There was the famous castle of Chios, built by the Byzantines in...

    • Posted March 21, 2023
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  • A Happy New Year

    It was heartening to hear from Endy Zemenides in our cover story that Greece and Cyprus not only survived their crises but are doing better than ever and there has been a “sea change” in how Greece...

    • Posted December 27, 2022
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  • Greece’s True Heroes

    When I lived in Greece I remember my grandfather had an old Army trunk from his days fighting in the Balkan wars. And inside were all his treasures: all the books he had used to teach himself...

    • Posted October 30, 2022
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  • From The Editor
    Summer Rituals

    When I was a kid living in Greece, I remember how the summers used to be just a little different. I lived with my grandparents on a farm and I remember most summers my yiayia and I...

    • Posted July 12, 2022
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  • 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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