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In Greece joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and also granted women the right to vote and to hold political office. During to Alexander Papagos and Konstantinos Karamanlis each held the office of prime minister. On April 27, , Colonel George Papadopoulos led a military coup, resulting in the suspension of constitutionally guaranteed rights and the imposition of harsh social controls.

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Papadopoulos declared Greece a republic in and put an end to the monarchy before his government was overthrown. In November Greece held its first free elections in more than a decade. Parliament adopted a new constitution in , and a civilian government was established. The first Socialist government in Greece gained control in , the year Andreas Papandreou—the son of George Papandreou and a member of the Panhellenic Socialist movement—succeeded conservative Georgios Rallis as prime minister. In a conservative-communist coalition formed a new government, and pledging that Greece would be an active participant in the greater European community, Papandreou was reelected.

According to official records, the Greek sailor Don Teodoro or Theodoros, who sailed to America with the Spanish explorer Panfilio de Narvaez in , was the first Greek to land in America. The names of other Greek sailors who may have come to America during this period are John Griego and Petros the Cretan. Andrew Turnball and his wife Maria Rubini, daughter of a wealthy Greek merchant, persuaded approximately colonists to journey to America and settle.

With the promise of land, Greek colonists primarily from Mani in the south of Greece, as well as Italians, Minorcans, and Corsicans, began arriving in Florida on June 26, The colony was an overwhelming failure and was officially disbanded on July 17, , but many of the colonists had already moved to neighboring Saint Augustine, where they were becoming successful as merchants and small businessmen. A small community of Greeks also built a chapel and school there.

The first wave of Greek immigrants included about 40 orphans who had survived the Greek Revolution of and who were brought to the United States by American missionaries; survivors of the massacre of Chios by the Turks; and merchant sailors who settled in the Americas. Greek population remained small until the s, when poor economic conditions in Greece prompted many Greeks to immigrate to the United States. During the s most who came were from Laconia notably, from the city of Sparta , a province of the Peloponnesus in southern Greece.

Beginning in the s, Greeks began arriving from other parts of Greece, principally from Arcadia, another province in the Peloponnesus. The largest numbers arrived during and Most were young single males who came to the United States to seek their fortunes and wished to return to Greece as soon as possible. About 30 percent of those who came before did return, some of whom went to fight in the Balkan Wars of The Immigration Acts of and reversed the open-door policy of immigration and established quotas.

The Act of limited the number of Greek admittants to 3,, while the Act of limited the number to Legal petition increased the quota, and during about 10, Greeks were admitted. Another 17, Greeks were admitted under the Refugee Relief Act of , and 1, were accepted as a result of further legislation in The Immigration Act of abandoned the quota system and gave preference to immigrants with families already established in the United States. The new Greek arrivals usually were better educated than their predecessors and included men and women in equal numbers, as well as family groups.

From to a total of , Greeks immigrated to the United States. After , the number of Greeks entering the United States is as follows: The Census reported the number of people claiming at least one ancestry as Greek at 1,, During the s Greeks began settling in major urban areas, including the industrial cities of the Northeast and Midwest. The first immigrants settled in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The city of Lowell, Massachusetts, attracted the majority of Greeks, and by it had the third largest Greek community in the United States.

The largest Greek settlement in the twentieth century was in New York. Greeks also settled in western Pennsylvania, particularly Pittsburgh, and in the Midwestern cities of Detroit, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Youngstown, and Chicago. In the first half of the twentieth century, this unique settlement of Greeks made its living by sponge diving. Attracted to mining and railroad work, large numbers of Greeks settled in Salt Lake City, with smaller numbers inhabiting Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada.

The heaviest early concentration on the Pacific Coast was in San Francisco. Today, Greeks live primarily in urban areas and are increasingly moving to the South and West. The Census reveals that New York State still has the largest population of Greeks, with the highest concentration in the Astoria section of the borough of Queens.

The next largest populations are in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Florida. Few negative Greek stereotypes persist. Greeks share the American work ethic and desire for success and are largely perceived as hardworking and family-oriented. They are also said to possess a "Zorba"-like spirit and love of life. However, many Greek Americans perceive the recent Greek immigrants as "foreign" and often as a source of embarrassment. Greeks have an assortment of traditional customs, beliefs, and superstitions to ensure success and ward off evil and misfortune. Old beliefs persist in some communities in the United States.

For example, belief in the "evil eye" is still strong and is supported by the Greek Orthodox church as a generalized concept of evil. Precautions against the evil eye not endorsed by the church include wearing garlic; making the sign of the cross behind the ear of a child with dirt or soot; placing an image of an eye over the lintel; wearing the mati, a blue amulet with an eye in the center; and recitation of a ritual prayer, the ksematiasma.

Greeks may also respond to a compliment with the expression ptou, ptou, to keep the evil eye from harming the person receiving the compliment. Greeks also "knock wood" to guard against misfortune, and reading one's fortunes in the patterns of coffee dregs remains popular. The Greeks "have a saying for it": In wine there is truth; You make my liver swell You make me sick ; This Greek American girl displays her pride both in her heritage and her new country. God ascends stairs and descends stairs Everything is possible for God ; An old hen makes the tastiest broth Quality improves with age ; He won't give her any chestnuts He wouldn't cut her any slack ; I tell it to my dog, and he tells it to his tail To pass the buck ; I went for wool, and I came out shorn To lose the shirt off one's back ; Faith is the power of life.

Greek food is extremely popular in the United States, where Greek American restaurants flourish. In Greek restaurants and in the home, many of the traditional recipes have been adapted and sometimes improved on to suit American tastes. In Greece meals are great social occasions where friends and family come together and the quantity of food is often impressive.

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Olive oil is a key ingredient in Greek cooking and is used in quantity. Traditional herbs include parsley, mint, dill, oregano especially the wild oregano rigani , and garlic. You will find on most Greek tables olives, sliced cheese such as feta, kaseri, and kefalotiri , tomato, and lemon wedges, along with bread. Fish, chicken, lamb, beef, and vegetables are all found on the Greek menu and are prepared in a variety of ways.

Soup, salad, and yogurt are served as side dishes. Sheets of dough called phillo are layered and filled with spinach, cheese, eggs, and nuts. Greeks create such masterpieces as moussaka, a layered dish of eggplant, meat, cheese, and bread crumbs sometimes served with a white sauce. Other popular Greek dishes in the United States include souvlakia, a shish kabob of lamb, vegetables, and onions; keftedes, During the Epiphany Ceremonies at the Greek Orthodox church in Tarpon Springs in Florida, fifty boys from the ages of 13 to 18 dive into the water and try to retrieve a tossed cross, which is said to bring the winner a year of good luck.

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Greek meatballs; saganaki, a mixture of fried cheese, milk, egg, and flour; dolmathes yalantzi, grape leaves stuffed with rice, pine nuts, onions, and spices; and gyros, slices of beef, pork, and lamb prepared on a skewer, served with tomatoes, onions, and cucumber yogurt sauces on pita bread. Salads always accompany a meal. The traditional Greek salad salata a la greque is made with lettuce or spinach, feta cheese, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, olives, oregano, and olive oil.

The national drink of Greece is ouzo "oozoh" , an anise-flavored liquor that tastes like licorice and that remains popular with Greek Americans. Traditionally, it is served with appetizers mezethes such as olives, cheese, tomato, and lemon wedges. A popular Greek wine, retsina, is produced only in Greece and is imported to the United States.

Greek traditional costumes come in a variety of styles, some dating back to ancient times. Women's clothing is heavy, with many layers and accessories, designed to cover the entire body. The undergarments include the floor-length poukamiso shirt made of linen or cotton and the mesofori under-skirt and vraka panties , usually of muslin. The outer garments consist of the forema-palto, a coat-dress of embroidered linen; the fousta skirt of wool or silk; the sigouni, a sleeveless jacket of embroidered wool worn outside the forema-palto; the kontogourni or zipouni, a short vest worn over the fousta; the podia, an apron of embroidered wool or linen; and finally the zonari, a long belt wrapped many times around the waist.

Buckles on these belts can be very ornate. Traditionally, men's costumes are less colorful than women's costumes. Men's urban and rural clothing styles vary by region. The anteria is a long dress coat with wide sleeves once worn in the city. In rural areas, men wore the panovraki or its variation, the vraka , white or dark woolen pants, narrow at the bottom and wide at the waist, with the poukamiso, a short pleated dress. The foustanela is a variation on the old style and soon became the national costume of Greece.

The foustanela is a short white skirt of cotton or muslin with many folds that is worn above the knee. It is worn with the fermizi, a jacket of velvet or serge with long sleeves that is thrown over the back; waist-high white stockings; and a shirt with wide sleeves made of cotton, muslin, or silk. The foustanela is a common sight on Greek Independence Day. In Chicago and New York, cities with a sizable Greek population, people dress in traditional costumes and sing the national anthem.

The program of events also includes a parade, public address, folk dance, song, and poetry recitation. Greek music and dance are an expression of the national character and are appreciated by people of all ethnic backgrounds. For the Greeks, the sounds and rhythms express their very essence: Add dancing and nothing more need be said. Varieties of Greek popular music include dimotika thimotika , laika, and evropaika. Dimotika are traditional rural folk songs often accompanied by a clarinet, lute, violin dulcimer, and drum. Laika is an urban style of song, developed at the beginning of the twentieth century, which may feature the bouzouki, a long-necked stringed instrument.

Evropaika is Eurostyle music set to Greek words that is popular with the older generation.

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Traditional Greek dances may be danced in a circle, in a straight line, or between couples. The kalamatianos is an ancient dance with many variations in which both men and women participate. All variations are performed by the leader who stands facing the semicircle. First danced in the mountainous region of Epirus in northwestern Greece, the tsamiko, traditionally danced by men, is today performed by both men and women. It was danced by the fighters and rebels in the Greek Revolution of The hasapiko is a popular folk dance for both men and women that is danced in a straight line, with one dancer holding the shoulder of the other.

The sirtaki, a variation of the hasapiko, culminates with the "Zorba" dance popularized in the movie Zorba the Greek. Although the Zorba has no roots in Greek dance history, it does capture the mood and temperament of the Greek spirit. Originating in the Middle East, the tsifteteli is a seductive dance performed by one or two people. The zeibekiko is a personal dance traditionally danced only by men, either singly or as a couple.

It is a serious, completely self-absorbed dance in which the dancer freely improvises the steps. Greek is a conservative language that has retained much of its original integrity. Modern Greek is derived from the Attic Koine of the first century A. During Byzantine times, the language underwent modifications and has incorporated many French, Turkish, and Italian words.

Modern Greek retained the ancient alphabet and orthography of the more ancient language, but many changes have taken place in the phonetic value of letters and in the spelling. Although about 75 percent of the old words remain from the ancient language, words often have taken on new meanings. Modern Greek also retains from the ancient language a system of three pitch accents acute, circumflex, grave.

In , a monotonic accent one-stress accent was officially adopted by the Greek government. Greeks are fiercely proud of the continuity and relative stability of their language and much confusion and debate persists about "correct Greek. In demotic Greek was recognized as the official spoken and written language of Greece and is the language adopted for liturgical services by the Greek Orthodox church in the United States.

Modern Greek contains 24 characters with seven vowels and five vowel sounds. It is traditionally written in Attic characters; the letters, their names, transliterations, and pronounciations are: Today Greek language schools continue to encourage the study of Greek, and new generations are discovering its rich rewards.

Some of the more common expressions in the Greek language include: If there is one self-defining concept among Greeks, it is the concept of philotimo, which may be translated as "love of honor. It shapes and regulates an individual's relationships as a member of both a family and the community. Because the acts of each individual affect the entire family and community, each person must work to maintain both personal and family honor. It is philotimo that "laid the foundation for Greek success in America," wrote G.

Kunkelman in The Religion of Ethnicity. The idea of family and attachment to the Greek Orthodox church remains strong among Greek Americans.

In many communities, the ideal family is still a patriarchy where the man, as husband and father, is a central authority figure and the woman a wife and mother. Children are highly valued, and frequently parents will sacrifice a great deal to see that their children accomplish their goals. Elderly parents may still move in with their children, but "Americanization," with accompanying affluence, assimilation, and mobilization, has rendered this arrangement less practicable. Another change from traditional Greek custom is the rising number of marriages between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Greeks.

The Yearbook of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America reports that between and , the number of marriages between Orthodox Greeks was 35,, while the number between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Greeks was 53,; the divorce rate is 6, and 5,, respectively. The wedding service conducted by a Greek Orthodox priest may be said in both Greek and in English, but the traditional elements of the Greek wedding remain unchanged. The hour-long ceremony is conducted around a small table on which two wedding crowns, the book of the Gospels, the wedding rings, a cup of wine, and two white candles are placed.

The two-part Greek Orthodox wedding includes the betrothal and the wedding proper. During the betrothal the rings are blessed to signify that the couple is betrothed by the church. The priest first blesses the rings and then, with the rings, blesses the couple, touching their foreheads with the sign of the cross. The rings are placed on the bride's and groom's right hands, and the official wedding sponsors koumbari exchange the rings three times. During the wedding ceremony the bride and groom each hold a lighted white candle and join right hands while the priest prays over them.

Crowns stephana joined with a ribbon are placed on their heads, and the koumbaros male or koumbara female is responsible for exchanging the wedding crowns three times above the heads of the couple during the service. Traditionally read are the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Ephesians and the second chapter of the Gospel of Saint John, which stress the mutual respect and love the couple now owe each other and the sanctity of the married state.

After the couple shares a common cup of wine, they are led around the table by the priest in the Dance of Isaiah, which symbolizes the joy of the church in the new marriage. The koumbaros follows, holding the ribbon that joins the crowns. With the blessing of the priest, the couple is proclaimed married, and the crowns are removed. The wedding reception reflects the influence of both Greek and American tradition and is notable for its abundance of food, dancing, and singing. The wedding cake is served along with an assortment of Greek sweets that may include baklava and koufeta —traditional wedding candy—is often distributed in candy dishes or in bombonieries small favors given to guests after the wedding.

The koumbari who act as wedding sponsors usually act as godparents for a couple's first child. The baptism begins at the narthex of the church, where the godparents speak for the child, renouncing Satan, blowing three times in the air, and spitting three times on the floor. They then recite the Nicene Creed. The priest uses the child's baptismal name for the first time and asks God to cleanse away sin. The priest, the godparents, and the child go to the baptismal font at the front of the church, where the priest consecrates the water, adding olive oil to it as a symbol of reconciliation.

The child is undressed, and the priest makes the sign of the cross on various parts of the child's body. The godparents rub olive oil over the child's body, and the priest thrice immerses the child in the water of the baptismal font to symbolize the three days Christ spent in the tomb.

The godparents then receive the child and wrap it in a new white sheet. During chrismation, immediately following baptism, the child is anointed with a special oil miron , which has been blessed by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The child is dressed in new clothing, and a cross is placed around its neck. After the baptismal candle is lighted, the priest and godparents hold the child, and a few children walk around the font in a dance of joy. Finally, scriptures are read, and communion is given to the child.

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The funeral service in the Greek Orthodox church is called kithia. Traditionally, the trisayion the three holies is recited at the time of death or at any time during a day mourning period. In the United States the trisayion is repeated at the funeral service. At the beginning of the service, the priest greets the mourners at the entrance of the church.

An open casket is arranged so that the deceased faces the altar. During the service mourners recite scriptures, prayers, and hymns, and they are invited by the priest to pay their last respects to the deceased by filing past the casket and kissing the icon that has been placed within. The family gathers around the casket for a last farewell, and the priest sprinkles oil on the body in the form of the cross and says a concluding prayer. After the priest, friends, or family members deliver a brief eulogy, the body is taken immediately for burial endaphiasmos.

At the cemetery the priest recites the trisayion for the last time and sprinkles dirt on the casket while reciting a prayer. After the funeral guests and family share a funeral meal makaria , which traditionally consists of brandy, coffee, and paximathia hard, dry toast. A full meal may also be served, with fish as the main course.

As stated in the introduction to American Aphrodite, "Greek-American women have been without a voice since the first Greek immigrants arrived here as wives, mothers, sisters and daughters, usually, but not always, some months behind the menfolk, making no sound, proclaiming no existence. Since the earliest period of settlement in the United States, the burden of preserving Greek culture and tradition has been the responsibility of women.

Women among the first and second generations of immigrants became the traditional keepers of songs, dances, and other folk customs and often cut themselves off from the xeni, the foreigners, who were essentially anyone outside the Greek community. Today many Greek women are seriously challenged in their efforts to accommodate the values of two different worlds.

The pressure to remain part of the community, obey parents' rules, and be "good Greek girls" who marry "well" and bear children is still strong. The conflict arises between family loyalty and self-realization, between duty to parents and community and the pursuit of the "American way of life. The pursuit of education and a career is secondary and may even be perceived as "un-Greek" or unwomanly. Although Greeks tend to be a highly educated ethnic group, the pursuit of higher education remains the province of men. The Census reports that twice as many Greek men as women received university degrees, with a significantly higher proportion of men going on to receive advanced degrees.

I felt she would understand a woman's heart. The early churches grew out of the kinotitos community where a symvoulion board of directors raised the money to build the church. As Greek communities grew, other churches were established in New York ; Chicago ; Lowell, Massachusetts ; and Boston By , there were Greek churches in the United States. Today, the liturgy and spirit of the Greek Orthodox church help to keep alive Greek ethnic cultural traditions in the United States. According to Kunkelman, to a Greek American, "ethnicity is synonymous with the church. One is a Greek not because he is a Hellene by birth; indeed many of Greek parentage have abandoned their identities and disappeared into the American mainstream.

Rather one is Greek because he elects to remain part of the Greek community and an individual is a member of the Greek community by virtue of his Altar boys light candles in preparation for a church service at St. Irene, located in Queens, New York. For many, the Greek Orthodox church is the center of community life.

In the United States all dioceses, parishes, and churches are under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of North and South America, an autonomous self-governing church within the sphere of influence of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and New Rome. The Ecumenical Patriarch has the power to elect the archbishop and the bishops, directs all church matters outside the American church, and remains the guiding force in all matters of faith. Founded in , the Archdiocese is located in New York City.

It supports 62 parishes in the Archdiocesan District of New York, as well as the parishes in ten dioceses across the Americas. The Greek Orthodox share a common liturgy, worship, and tradition. In its fundamental beliefs, the church is conservative, resistant to change, and allows little flexibility. The Orthodox tradition is an Eastern tradition with the official center of Orthodoxy at Constantinople. After the tenth century Eastern and Western traditions grew apart on matters of faith, dogma, customs, and politics. East and West finally divided on the issue of papal authority. The basic beliefs of the Orthodox are summarized in the Nicene Creed dating back to the fourth century.

The Orthodox believe that one can achieve complete identification with God theosis. All activities and services in the church are to assist the individual in achieving that end. The most important service is the Divine Liturgy in which there are four distinct liturgies: John Chrysostom the one most frequently followed , St. Basil followed ten times a year , St.

The Greek Orthodox calendar has many feast days, fast days, and name days. The most important feast day "the feast of feasts" is Holy Pascha Easter Sunday. The Greek Orthodox church also follows the Byzantine tradition in its architecture.

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The church is divided into the vestibule the front of the church representing the world , the nave the main area where people assemble , and the sanctuary. The sanctuary is separated from the nave by an iconostasis, a screenlike partition. Only the priests enter the sanctuary. Icons images of saints decorate the iconostasis in prescribed tiers. The service takes place in the sanctuary, which contains an altar table and an oblation preparation table.

The Greek Orthodox church is filled with symbols, including crosses and icons, which create an aura of heaven on earth. The church continues to face the process of Americanization. The American Orthodox church has many American elements: The limited role of women in the church is being questioned. Until the second century, women fully participated in the church as teachers, preachers, and deacons. After that period, however, their roles were limited by official decree. Today women are taking more active leadership roles; however, the question of ordaining women to the priesthood has not been seriously considered.

Internal dissent has plagued the Greek Orthodox community in the United States in recent years. Dissenters have petitioned Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos of Constantinople for the removal of Archbishop Spyridon, appointed leader of the Greek Orthodox archdiocese in the United States in They claim that Spyridon ignored input from the lay community in church affairs, including the firing of three priests from the faculty of Hellenic College in Brookline, Massachusetts. A spokesperson for the archdiocese commented that this group does not speak for the entire Greek Orthodox community in America, but a New York Times article suggested that the movement against Spyridon reveals that the church is in "serious turmoil.

The first immigrants were for the most part young single men who had no intention of remaining permanently in the United States. They came to work in the large industrial cities of the Northeast and Midwest as factory laborers, peddlers, busboys, and bootblacks. Those who went to the mill towns of New England worked in textile and shoe factories, while the Greeks who went West worked in mines and on the railroads.

These Greeks often were subject to the padrone system, a form of exploitative indentured servitude employed in many of the larger industrial cities of the North and in the large mining corporations of the West. Greeks in America have stressed individual efforts and talent and have had a long tradition of entrepreneurship in the United States, and many who were peddlers and street merchants in the United States became owners of small businesses. First-generation Greeks who were fruit and vegetable peddlers became owners of grocery stores; flower vendors opened florist shops.

Greeks in Lowell, Massachusetts, became successful in numerous businesses. By , according to a publication of the National Park Service, Lowell: The Story of an Industrial City, they owned "seven restaurants, twenty coffee houses, twelve barber shops, two drug stores, six fruit stores, eight shoeshine parlors, one dry-goods store, four ticket agencies, seven bakeries, four candy stores [and] twenty-two grocery stores. In the s Greeks owned thousands of confectionery stores across the country and usually owned the candy-manufacturing businesses that supplied the stores.

When the candy businesses collapsed, Greeks became restaurant owners. By the late s several thousand Greek restaurants were scattered across the country. Many immigrants of the s and s went into the fast-food restaurant business. The Greek professional class remained small until the s. During the first quarter of the twentieth century, most Greek professionals were doctors. The next largest group comprised lawyers, dentists, pharmacists, and chemists. A few became professors of literature, philosophy, and the classics. Although the Greeks were slow to develop an academic tradition in this country in part because of low economic incentive, a new professional class began to emerge after World War I.

Today Greek Americans engage in many professional academic endeavors. Instead of remaining in family-held businesses, third- and fourth-generation Greek Americans increasingly are pursuing professional careers. Currently, Greeks are found in almost every occupation and enterprise and constitute one of the wealthier economic groups in the United States.

The two-sided development of the Greek presence in America - assimilation coupled with a retention of Greek identity - found its perfect form of expression in the demonstrations over the Cyprus question after All the Diaspora organizations participated, including the Church led by Archbishop Iakovos, who had made the Archdiocese even more powerful after assuming the throne in , never hesitating to express progressive views, such as his public support for the Civil Rights Movement in the Southern States.

A key element in the success of these demonstrations and the imposition of sanctions on Turkey by the USA in the period — was the role of the Greek-American members of Congress such as Representative John Brademas and Senator Paul Sarbanes. The s can be characterized as the start of a return to historical memory, a review of the path taken by Greeks in America. It was during that decade that many publications were released and the archive of photographer Leon Pantoti was rediscovered.

This was yet another opportunity for Greek-Americans to honor their unique heritage. Gabrielle Carteris - Actress, best known for her role as Andrea Zuckerman on the television series Beverly Hills, Paternal grandparents both born in Greece. Army Ordnance Hall of Fame. George Partridge Colvocoresses - led a distinguished military career rising to the rank of Admiral. Charles Moskos - leading military sociologist in the US Military. Author of Greek Americans: William Pagonis, retired three-star U. Greg Dulli - musician The Fiery Furnaces - indie rock band Alexander Frey - conductor, pianist, organist and composer.

Vangelis Papathanassiou aka "Vangelis" born - composer, performer Basil Poledouris - film composer J. Chris Spheeris - new age multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording artist, collaborated on several albums with Paul Voudouris. Jim Verraros born - singer, entertainer, one of the top 10 finalists in the first season of American Idol. Phil Angelides - state treasurer of California, democratic candidate for Governor of California.

Symeonides, current dean of Willamette University College of Law George Tchobanoglous - civil and environmental engineer, professor at University of California,. Nick Galis - basketball player, played in Europe where he is known as Nikos Galis and is regarded as one of Europe's all-time basketball greats. National Pairs bronze medalist. Petros Papadakis - Host of various sports shows on radio, former college football tailback and team captain at USC — Lakers birth name Kyriakos Rambidis.

George Zaharias - sports promoter and professional wrestler in the s birth name Theodore Vetoyanis. A New Translation W. Arianna Huffington born Arianna Stassinopoulos - columnist, pundit and founder of the popular liberal website The Huffington Post. Markos Moulitsas, blogger and political columnist, founder of the influential liberal blog Daily Kos. Yiorgos Caralambo - one of the eight men hired by US Army in to lead the camel driver experiment in the Southwest. Dino Stamatopoulos - television comedy writer, actor and producer who has worked on Mr.

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