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Anatolia at the Olympics!
       he year 2004 may have drawn to       sites and the Olympic village, reviewed audience saw her float pass by on their
T      a close, but in Greek and world
memory it will always live on in the
                                            security at the Olympic hotels, and TV screens as part of the pageant of
                                            worked to coordinate the roles of the Greek and Olympic history. “The at-
Athens 2004 Olympic Games. These            police, fire, coast guard, and Greek mosphere among the performers and
Games were not only big, successful,        armed forces. “It was a big push,” he officials was so positive, so friendly, so             From the Opening Ceremony
and safe, but they had a special spirit     observes, “and yes, I was one of those powerful,” she reports. “It was all the
that could only have been created in        who was pushing. The experience was more intense for happening only once,                    ers, volunteers, all had a wonderful at-
Greece, the land of their birth.            tremendously rewarding.”                    and I felt truly fulfilled to be part of it.”    titude toward the Games. And the 6th
     It took a huge, collective, human           The Games began with an Open-              The Olympics are first and fore-             place finish of the Greek team was par-
effort to make the Games happen, and        ing Ceremony that was inventive, orig- most about the games themselves, and                  ticularly gratifying.”
it is not surprising that many Anato-       inal, very Greek, but also universal. A in two sports, handball and badminton,                    Meanwhile, Stepan Partemian, at
lians were involved: trustees, alumni,      year before, the call had                                 members of the physical            ACT since 1992, was Secretary to the
faculty members at ACT and the high         gone out for volunteers to                                education faculty at Ana-          Supervisor for Badminton. He worked
school, ACT and Anatolia students, all      audition to be members of         “ It was all the
                                                                             more intense
                                                                                                      tolia and ACT had impor-           behind the scenes with the nuts and
                                                                                                                                         bolts of training schedules, buses, light-
working to make the Games a success.        the cast of 500 performers                                tant roles to play. George
Here are some of their stories.             for the various Olympic cer-     for happening            Bebetsos, who has taught           ing at the badminton venue, and rela-
     Early in 2004 Leonidas Evangelides     emonies, and Christina Vas-                               at the high school since           tions with the media. He also got a num-
'53, more or less retired from a long       salou '00, now completing        only once, and           1990 and has been an in-           ber of ACT students involved as vol-
diplomatic career that included service     her university studies in        I felt truly             ternational handball ref-          unteers, including his son Khatsig, who
as Greece's Ambassador to the UN,           chemical engineering in          fulfilled to be          eree for twenty years, was         worked as a line judge. His other son,
got a call from the Greek Minister of       Thessaloniki, responded.                                  Technical Director for Team        Serko, an Anatolia 5th former, also got
Public Order to oversee various as-         Her dramatic talent, de-         part of it   ”           Handball, which was a full-        into the act as a courtside “mopper.”
                                                                                                                                              Another sport that bore an Anato-
pects of security at the Games. What        veloped at Anatolia, land-                                time job for one and a half
followed was six months of intensive        ed her a role on one of the floats in years. He and his staff of 300 had full                lia imprint was baseball. When Greece
work as part of a one billion dollar se-    the Opening Ceremony. She was one technical responsibility for one of the                    won the right to stage the 2004 games,
curity operation, the largest ever mount-   of the women in a tableau vivant made three Olympic sports with a full 15-day                in 1997, one of the obligations it as-
ed for an Olympics. Evangelides was         to look like a black and white photo- competition schedule. “I've never worked               sumed was to field a team in every sport.
responsible for seeing that the work        graph from the 1896 Athens Olympics. so hard in my life,” he says, “but I'm                  But no one played baseball in Greece.
that had been planned was properly          On August 13, after many rehearsals satisfied that we did our job well. The                  Enter Anatolia trustee Bill Galatis. With
carried out. He inspected all the Olympic   over several months, a worldwide athletes, coaches, referees, site work-                                         ➧ Continued on back page

Maria Mavroudi '85 Named                                                                  Anatolia Students Meet with Patriarch
MacArthur Fellow                                                                          and Participate in Model UN in Turkey
         hen      Maria                                                                         all it shuttle diplo-
W        Mavroudi, an
assistant professor in
                                                                                          C     macy: sixteen Ana-
                                                                                          tolia lyceum students
the Department of His-                                                                    flew to Istanbul De-
tory at the University                                                                    cember 2 for a three-
of California, Berkeley,                                                                  day Model United Na-
received a call on                                                                        tions conference at
September 28 from a                                                                       Turkey's Uskudar Acad-
representative of the                                                                     emy, accompanied by The Anatolia delegation and President and Mrs. Jackson with Ec-
MacArthur Foundation,                                                                     English teacher and umenical Patriarch Bartholomeos and Archbishop Demetrios at the
                                                                                                                      Patriarchate in Istanbul
she thought that maybe                                                                    MUN Club adviser He-
he wanted her opinion                                                                     len Koliais and Dean of the B' Lyceum               The Anatolians stayed in the homes
of someone else. "I just                                                                  Christos Plousios. Their mission: to of Turkish fellow-students from Robert
couldn't believe he Maria Mavroudi '85 with President Jackson in Berkeley, CA             make believe they were diplomats from College, of which Anatolia is a close
would be calling to an-                                                                   Germany and Bulgaria negotiating is- relative from its Asia Minor days. They
nounce I was a winner,” she says. With year, $500,000 awards, no strings at-              sues on the world stage of the real UN. also toured the Robert College cam-
that call Mavroudi learned she had be- tached. Only the Nobel Prize is bigger;            The mock-session of the UN with stu- pus, with its stunning views of the
come one of 23 prestigious MacArthur and there is no Nobel for Byzantine                  dents from Turkey and other countries Bosphorus, and took in some of the
Fellows selected this year in a variety History, the field in which she has done          provided plenty of international expe- city's well-known and less well-known
of fields for their exceptional creativi- ground-breaking work.                           rience for the Anatolians, but there was sites, including Aghia Sophia, the mo-
ty and promise. Fellows receive five-                           ➧ Continued on Page 7     a lot more to be had in Istanbul itself.                            ➧ Continued on Page 7
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A Glorious Post-Olympic Evening at the MFA
       o sooner had the 2004 Olympics come to a             ture was presented personally to Dukakis by the
N      close than Anatolia College and the Boston Mu-
seum of Fine Arts joined together to create a unique-
                                                            sculptor himself, Mico Kaufman. The Governor was
                                                            obviously moved and honored to receive the art-
ly Greek evening September 8 at the MFA for 200             work, describing his own vivid memories of wit-
guests, celebrating the exhibit “Games for the Gods:        nessing Kyriakides win the 50th Boston Marathon in
The Greek Athlete.”                                         1946.
     Following a cocktail reception overlooking the              The Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Mal-
central Garden Courtyard, Ms. Betty Georgaklis, Ana-        colm Rogers, spoke briefly about the exhibit and the
tolia trustee and Chairperson, introduced the two           excitement it had provided for the Museum and its
honorary Chairmen, The Honorable Governor Michael           staff. Christine Kondoleon, the George and Margo
S. Dukakis and Anatolia's Chairman of the Board             Behrakis Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the               Sculptor Mico Kaufman with Michael S. Dukakis
of Trustees, George S. Bissell. Both men discussed          MFA, gave a brief talk prior to giving an in-depth tour
the history, beauty and mission of Anatolia and how         of the exhibit for the guests.                              McGowan, Colleen and David Mette, Spyro and Krista
they have been personally involved with the school              The pieces, the majority of which were from the         Mitrokostas, Mindy and Nicholas Verenis, the Honor-
over the years. Chairman Bissell urged those pres-          MFA's own collection, were both beautiful and awe-          able Leonard S. and Elinor Green, and RE/Max Cos-
ent to become caught up in the excitement of Ana-           inspiring, while Kondoleon's insight brought them           mopolitan Properties.
tolia, and to be actively involved with local initiatives   vividly to life. As one gazed at the ethereal visage of         Steering Committee Members for the event in-
for the school.                                             Athena presiding over the first room of the exhibit,        cluded Stacy Aliapoulos, Ann Andreosatos, Christa
     All were witness to a touching moment when             one could imagine what it was like to be an ancient         Cocoris Ayoub, Robert H. Brandt, Evanthea and Leo
Governor Dukakis was presented with a small sculp-          Olympian oneself.                                           Condakes, Patti and Arthur Dukakis, Nikolaos K.
ture of “The Spirit of Marathon.” The sculpture, a               This wonderful evening would not have been pos-        Kanaloupitis, Karen and Theodore Koskores, Pam
miniature of the large bronze sculpture recently giv-       sible without the efforts of many individuals in a vari-    and Nicholas Lazares, Barbara P. Lazaris, Esq., Anas-
en to the town of Marathon in Greece, depicts               ety of capacities. Sponsorships were kindly provided        tasia Leotsakos, Thanasi C. Liakos, Dr. Tania Lin-
Stylianos Kyriakides being encouraged by Spiridon           by the Costas and Mary Maliotis Charitable Founda-          gos, Lauryl McGowan, Colleen and David Mette,
Louis (the winner of the first modern Olympic               tion, the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Ethics Founda-         Diane and Peter Tamis, Carol and Kostas Travayi-
Marathon in 1896), while Pheidippides, the origi-           tion, Zacharie Haseotes Vinios, Margo and George            akis, Mindy and Nicholas Verenis and Zacharie H.
nal marathoner, is shown on the base. The sculp-            Behrakis, Athanasios C. Liakos, Lauryl and Dermot           and Louis Vinios. Thank you one and all!

Anatolia Creates Planned                                                                    New Trustees
Giving Program                                                                              Join Anatolia Board
      lanned giving used to mean giving      ity; in fact it is an advantage that results
P     to non-profit organizations by
means of testamentary bequests - in
                                             in higher quarterly payouts. Addition-
                                             ally, there are tax benefits in the form
                                                                                            T     hree new trustees were elected
                                                                                                  to the Anatolia Board at its Oc-
                                                                                                                                         vertising firm that included Anatolia
                                                                                                                                         College as a client. She is also a mem-
                                                                                            tober meeting.                               ber of the corporation of Boston's Mu-
plain English, giving through one's will.    of charitable deductions for federal in-           Elias Kulukundis, a successful ship-     seum of Fine Arts and was instrumen-
Such gifts are still very important to in-   come tax purposes and reduced cap-             ping investor who is also an author and      tal in setting up the September 8 Ana-
stitutions like Anatolia, and well worth     ital gains tax as well. In these times of      an opera producer, now lives in New          tolia event at the Museum.
planning for, but U.S. tax law now pro-      lower investment returns, gift annuity         York. A product of the Harvard Grad-              Roxanne Kyrstalli '04, now a Har-
vides for ways to make gifts other than      payments become a way of generat-              uate School of Education as well as          vard freshman, is the new alumni trustee
by will or by outright transfers of cash,    ing more income while making a mean-           of a prominent Greek shipping family,        on the Board. At Anatolia, she was a
stock or other assets. These gifts can       ingful gift to Anatolia College.               writing has always been his passion. His     highly successful debater and led the
take several forms that are of benefit             Annuities may be funded for a min-       book The Feast of Memory: Stories of         Greek national team to its unprece-
both to the donor and to Anatolia.           imum of $10,000 or in a series of pay-         a Greek Family (1967) was reissued last      dented 3rd place finish in last year's
     One of the most popular of such         ments of the same amount each year             year in an augmented version, and he         World Schools Debating Championships
planned gifts takes the form of a Char-      for five years. Gift annuities combine         has another one on the way (The Amor-        in Stuttgart. A native of Thessaloniki,
itable Gift Annuity, which combines          the satisfaction of donating with the re-      gos Conspiracy, also a family narrative).    she attended the I.B. Program in her
philanthropy with the security of a life-    ceipt of regular income payments that          Anatolia has already been the benefi-        last two years at Anatolia.
time annuity income for one or two           last for one or more lives. The combi-         ciary of Mr. Kulukundis' support: he cre-         One further note: Colleen Mette,
persons. Typically a gift annuity is es-     nations of tax benefits and fewer wor-         ated the Lucy Kulukundis Center for          long-time executive secretary to Ana-
tablished through a donation of ap-          ries about money management make               Balkan Studies at ACT.                       tolia Board Chairman George Bissell,
preciated securities, whereby you and/or     charitable gift annuities one of the most          Betty Georgaklis, from Quincy, MA        and Assistant Clerk and Assistant Trea-
a designee receives fixed annuity pay-       attractive ways to give to Anatolia. To        is a prominent member of Boston's            surer to the Board of Trustees, retired
ments for life. The payments do not          learn more about them, consult your            Greek-American community and has             on Dec. 31, 2004. All Anatolians join
change and continue as long as you           financial advisor and contact Richard          been a key volunteer for Anatolia. Ms.       her co-workers and members of the
and/or your other recipient are alive.       Donovan, Executive Director of Devel-          Georgaklis was the former principal in       Board in expressing their thanks and
Age is not a penalty with a gift annu-       opment, in Boston at (617) 742-7992.           SGM Communications, a general ad-            good wishes!

                                             Trustees Rossides, Zannas Honored by Greek President
                                                    natolia trustees Gene Rossides          nas received the Gold Cross of the           lanthropy and long service to Ana-
       The Anatolian is published twice
      a year by the Office of the Board      A      and Dimitri Zannas '38, togeth-
                                             er with Chairman George Bissell, were
                                                                                            Phoenix for his contributions to Greek
                                                                                            society, notably his founding of the
                                                                                                                                         tolia (see the spring 2004 Anato-
                                                                                                                                         lian). “Can any school anywhere claim
       of Trustees of Anatolia College,
      130 Bowdoin Street, Suite 1201,        recipients of honors bestowed in 2004          Museum of the Macedonian Struggle            to have three such illustrious trustees
             Boston MA 02108                 by Greek President Costis Stephano-            in Thessaloniki and his service as its       singled out for such honors?” asks
   This issue was edited by Phil Holland     poulos. Rossides was named Com-                President.                                   Anatolia President Richard Jack-
    and designed by Panos Haramoglou.        mander of the Order of the Phoenix                 George Bissell received the Sil-         son. “We are all immensely proud
  Printed in Greece by M. Diamantidi S.A.
                                             for his services to Hellenism and Zan-         ver Cross of the Phoenix for his phi-        of you.”

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Anatolia and ACT Announce Four Capital Projects
“       ave Listings - Need Donors.”              also to cultivate their artistic talents.
    H   The Anatolia Board of Trus-
tees has approved four capital proj-
                                                  Many Anatolia students do become in-
                                                  volved in the arts, and Anatolia's ex-
                                                                                                The proposed new Student Center at ACT

ects - subject to raising the necessary           isting arts facilities no longer adequately
funds. USAID has already committed                serve the needs of the school. The
to partial funding for the three build-           proposed new Music and Performance
ing projects, and the Anatolia Alum-              Hall will provide our students with a
ni Association in Greece has made                 superb new facility in which to show-
a generous contribution to improv-                case their abilities and contribute to
ing the school's athletic facilities. It is       the cultural life of their community.
now up to others to come forward                       The new Music and Performance
and make these plans a reality. As the            Hall will host an array of musical, dra-
content of this newsletter so power-              matic, and other club activities. The
fully demonstrates, Anatolia and ACT              current Raphael Hall, which serves sim-
are an investment in the future of                ply as an assembly hall for the A' gym-       ternet environment; the Career Ser-        Improvements to Anatolia's
Greece and a living example of the                nasium, will be renovated to provide          vices and Graduate Education offices;      Athletic Facilities
friendship between Greece and Amer-               an additional performance space for           a multi-purpose room for student           Anatolia's and ACT's athletic facili-
ica. Please lend a hand and build our             the needs of the high school and ACT.         gatherings; and a store like a Greek       ties, formerly the finest in Thessaloni-
school!                                           The new 280-seat hall will serve as a         “periptero” (a small store with a lit-     ki, are in need of renovation and up-
                                                  rehearsal and performance space for           tle of everything). The building will      grading. Major renovations are planned
New High School Classroom                         Anatolia's award-winning Chorale; will        offer students a place to “connect”        for the gymnasium, which has seen hard
Complex                                           provide a technologically sophisticated       and to grow personally as well as ac-      use since its dedication in 1976; artifi-
Since re-establishing itself in Greece 80 years   stage for theatrical productions in Greek     ademically. As a non-residential cam-      cial turf is to be installed on the soccer
ago, Anatolia has sought to be at the fore-       and English; will give Anatolia's lively      pus, ACT needs to provide a space          fields on both sides of campus; the
                                                                                                to students during the day that feels      resurfacing of the school's many out-
The proposed Anatolia Classroom Annex                                                           like home. The provision of non-           door basketball, volleyball and handball
                                                                                                smoking spaces is especially impor-        courts, begun last year, is to be con-
                                                                                                tant, and will reinforce Greece's          tinued; outdoor seating for various
                                                                                                recent initiatives to regulate smok-       sports will be improved; and the ten-
                                                                                                ing in public places.                      nis courts, so long a part of Anatolia
                                                                                                    ACT has always sought to edu-          tradition, will also be reconditioned.
                                                                                                cate the “whole student.” Inside the            The aims of the school's athletic
                                                                                                classroom, ACT develops critical think-    programs are to promote student fit-
                                                                                                ing; outside of it, it must offer op-      ness, to encourage teamwork and fair
                                                                                                portunities for students to interact       play, and to develop at an early age life-
                                                                                                with their peers and advisers in an en-    long habits of physical activity. Com-
                                                                                                vironment that promotes social and         pletion of the planned projects would
                                                                                                personal growth. The new Student           re-establish Anatolia's pre-eminence in
                                                                                                Center at ACT will offer such op-          athletic facilities among schools in North-
front of Greek secondary education. In-           traditional Greek Dance Group an ide-         portunities superbly well, showcasing      ern Greece and serve the needs of its
creasingly that requires classrooms with          al place to perform; and incorporate          the best of American higher educa-         students and the greater Thessaloniki
access to the latest instructional technolo-      an outstanding exhibition area for stu-       tion in Greece.                            community for many years to come.
gies and laboratories equipped with the most      dent artwork.
                                                                                                                                                        The Music and Performance Hall
modern scientific tools. For these rea-               Additionally, the new Music and
sons, Anatolia now plans the construction         Performance Hall will enable Anatolia
and equipping of a new Classroom Com-             and ACT to host visiting performing
plex for its junior and senior high school stu-   arts groups in a sparkling new setting.
dents.                                            The Hall will also become the venue
     The new Classroom Complex, to                of choice for the frequent visitors of
be built as an annex to Ingle Hall, will          international distinction that come to
contain up to ten classrooms, designed            speak at our institution. In short, the
to accommodate 25 students, with the              Hall will become a center of artistic and
possibility of two laboratories. The              intellectual life for Anatolia and ACT
classrooms will include networked com-            and the city of Thessaloniki itself.
puter stations with full Internet access
and data display capability. The new              New Student Center at the Ame-
laboratories, for biology and chemistry,          rican College of Thessaloniki
will serve the growing number of Ana-             (ACT)
tolia students with concentrations in             The planned multi-purpose Student
the sciences. These are the students              Center will be a beehive of social
who will be shaping Greece's scien-               and extra-curricular activity near the
tific future; they deserve the most ad-           center of the ACT campus. It will
vanced facilities that Greece can offer.          house a cafeteria and snack-bar, with
                                                  room for smokers and non-smokers;
New Music and Performance Hall                    spaces for extra-curricular activities
Anatolia and ACT seek not only to de-             and associated administrative offices;
velop students' academic strengths but            the bookstore; a non-academic In-
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Commencements 2004
Alex Spanos Speaks to ACT Graduates
                                                                        The ceremony was highlighted by the awarding         los, Abbot of the Koutloumouseio Monastery of
                                                                   of an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters         Mount Athos, for his inspirational leadership in con-
                                                                   to noted Greek-American businessman, philanthro-          ceiving and organizing an international competition
                                                                   pist, and author Alex Spanos, President of A.G. Spanos    among primary and secondary Greek Orthodox
                                                                   Companies. Alex Spanos is one of the world's lead-        schools on the ideals and values of Hellenism and
                                                                   ing builders of apartment complexes, owner of the         Orthodoxy for the leaders of tomorrow.
                                                                   San Diego Chargers football team, generous donor              Valedictorian Slavica Spasojevic of the Former
                                                                   to Greek and American institutions, and author of         Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, who compiled a
                                                                   the autobiographical narrative Sharing the Wealth.        near-perfect academic record at ACT, thanked the
                                                                   Speaking from the heart as well as from a lifetime        trustees and leaders of the school, her teachers, her
                                                                   of business experience, he delivered a stirring address   classmates, and her parents in a moving tribute. It
                                                                   to the graduates, telling them that family was cen-       was a fitting prelude to the awarding of degrees on
                                                                   tral to their lives, that success would come if they      a beautiful summer evening.
                                                                   sought it, that there would be failures along the way,
ACT Commencement speaker Alex Spanos
                                                                   but that they would realize their dreams if they be-
   n a sparkling ceremony in the outdoor amphithe-                 lieved in themselves and persisted.
I  ater on the ACT campus, 141 young men and
women from countries as diverse as Greece, Cyprus,
                                                                        President Richard Jackson and Provost Stephanos
                                                                   Gialamas awarded the degrees, the culmination of
the US, Germany, Albania, Serbia-Montenegro, and                   four years' work in such fields as Business, Tech-
the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia received                 nology, International Relations, and others.
degrees from the American College of Thessaloniki                       The Philip and Marjorie Ireland award for Hu-
on the final day of June, 2004.                                    manitarian Service went to Archimandritis Christodou-

                                                   207 Graduate from Anatolia and I.B. Program
                                                         ne of the most impressive spec-        bers, and faculty watched the 207 mem-    ber of the class of 1992. He had a mes-
                                                  O      tacles at Anatolia College is the
                                                  procession of seniors through the stone
                                                                                                bers of the class of 2004 receive their
                                                                                                high school diplomas.
                                                                                                                                          sage to deliver about reaching for the
                                                                                                                                          heights, and he was introduced as
                                                  arches of Macedonia Hall to take their            They were addressed by anoth-         someone who had a certain authori-
                                                  places in the world as Anatolia grad-         er graduate, Michalis Styllas, who had    ty to speak on that subject, having
                                                  uates. On June 28, a crowd of more            marched in the same procession on-        been the month before on top of
                                                  than a thousand well-wishers, includ-         ly 12 years be-                           Mount Everest as one of eight mem-
                                                  ing Trustees, dignitaries, family mem-        fore as a mem-                            bers of the first Greek mountaineer-
                                                                                                                                          ing team to reach the summit.
                                                                                                                                               “The process of climbing the world's
                                                                                                                                          highest mountain is the same as the one
                                                                                                                                          you are going to go through in the next
                                                                                                                                          years of your lives. It's full of unpre-
                                                                                                                                          dictability, it's full of challenges,” he said.
                                                                                                                                          He recalled that on his first attempt to
                                                                                                                                          climb a peak in the Himalayas, he had-
                                                                                                                                          n't made it to the summit. “Will and ef-
                                                                                                                                          fort are what matter. Go as far as you
                                                                                                                                          can see, and then you'll see that you
                                                                                                                                          can go further.” Styllas paid tribute to
                                                                                                                                          his teachers at Anatolia, though he ad-
                                                                                                                                          mitted that he had been a rather poor
                                                                                                                                          student. He is now a Ph.D. candidate
                                                                                                                                          in Oceanography at Aristotle Universi-
                                                                                                                                          ty of Thessaloniki, as well as one of
                                                                                                                                          Greece's top mountaineers.
                                                                                                                                               Lykeion Deans Yiannis Lalatsis
                                                                                                                                          and Christos Plousios, and IB Direc-
                                                                                                                                          tor Theodoros Filaretos, awarded
                                                                                                                                          the degrees, then the graduates took
                                                                                                                                          their class pledge and filed out through
                                                                                                                                          the middle of the crowd holding
Anatolia graduates in front of Macedonia Hall, with Commencement speaker Michalis Styllas '92                                             torches high.

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Second Time's a Charm for ACT
MBA Grads
     hirty-three graduates drawn from             style business expertise in a city that
T    Greece, Southeast Europe and as
far away as Germany received MBA
                                                  plays a key role in the Greek and Balkan
degrees on October 2, 2004, in an out-                After welcoming remarks by Pres-
door ceremony at the American Col-                ident Richard Jackson and Provost Ste-
lege of Thessaloniki. This was the sec-           fanos Gialamas, the commencement
ond MBA class at ACT in a program                 address was delivered by Anatolia
that has found immediate favor with               Trustee John Psarouthakis, an eminent
students eager to acquire American-               businessman, author, academician and

                                                                                             Trustee John Psarouthakis addressing ACT MBA graduates

                                                                                             composer. Drawing on his own var-                “John Psarouthakis Prizes” for all-around
                                                                                             ied business career, Dr. Psarouthakis            achievement to Athanasios Karanat-
                                                                                             charted a course for today's graduates           sios and Julya Velevska; the prizes car-
                                                                                             emphasizing the importance of ideals             ry substantial cash awards.
                                                                                             and what he called “peripheral vision”               Following remarks by Business Chair
                                                                                             - the ability to accommodate con-                and MBA Director Dr. Nikos Kourk-
                                                                                             stantly to change in today's business            oumelis, degrees were awarded to grad-
                                                                                             environment. Following his address,              uates now headed for challenging busi-
                                                                                             Dr. Psarouthakis awarded the annual              ness careers both in Greece and abroad.

2004 Marks 40 Years for ASMA
     ven if you don't yet recognize the          lawyer, press attaché for the mayor of
E    initials - they stand for Anatolia
School of Management Assistants - you
                                                 Panorama, and member of the Ad-
                                                 ministrative Council of ERT3, Thessa-
may remember that Anatolia opened                loniki's highly respected public TV sta-
its Secretarial School in 1964. The name         tion. She led graduates on a survey of
was recently changed to one that more            the importance of the role of the sec-
accurately reflects the role that exec-          retary from Roman times to the pres-
utive secretaries have come to play              ent. Also speaking was Zoe Miariti
in today's business environment. They            (Anatolia '78, ASMA '79), a lawyer
need the kind of advanced skills that            and an adviser on Higher Education
Anatolia's intensive one-year English-           Programs for the European Union. She
language program now teaches, and                testified to the positive impact of her
the ceremony on June 29, 2004, cel-              year at the then Secretarial School
ebrated 18 new graduates having at-              in preparing her for a legal career spent
tained them.                                     in Thessaloniki and Brussels. President
     Principal commencement speaker              Richard Jackson congratulated the grad-
was Thalia Ioannidou (ASMA '69),                 uates and awarded the degrees.
                                                                                             The Anatolia School of Management Assistants Class of 2004

                                                                                             Anatolia Elementary
                                                                                             Graduates 33
                                                                                                 t was a rite of passage in two ways:         Elytis by the graduates. Their self-con-
                                                                                             I   the June 9 graduation ceremony in
                                                                                             Pappas Hall marked the successful com-
                                                                                                                                              fidence and togetherness augured well
                                                                                                                                              for their future studies, which for many
                                                                                             pletion of elementary school for 33 6th          will come at Anatolia.
                                                                                             graders, and it also celebrated the suc-
                                                                                             cessful transition of the former Rigas
                                                                                             Ferraios Elementary School to Anato-
                                                                                             lia Elementary. In addition to remarks
                                                                                             by Dr. Fanis Varvoglis, Anatolia trustee
                                                                                             and President of the Anatolia Elementary
                                                                                             Board of Governors, Nikoloas Arnaoutis,
                                                                                             School Director, and President Richard
                                                                                             Jackson, the program featured music
Anatolia Elementary School graduates in Pappas Hall                                          and recitations of the poetry of Odysseas        Trustee Dr. Fanis Varvoglis

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ACT news                                                                                                                                                                  ACT students
More Americans Choosing                                                                                                                                                   from the
                                                                                                                                                                          States: Pella
ACT for Study Abroad                                                                                                                                                      (West
                                                                                                                                                                          Roxbury, MA)
                                                                                                                                                                          left, Eleana
      hey've come from Massachusetts           cided to extend their stay for another
T     and New York, but also Texas and
Pennsylvania, California and Kansas, Mary-
                                               term, swelling the figure to 44 Ameri-
                                               can study-abroad students for the spring.
                                                                                                                                                                          MA) center,
land, Virginia, New Jersey and North               What has brought them here from                                                                                        classmates
Dakota! Some are participating in study        the States? “For the whole adventure
abroad programs and some are here at           of being abroad,” was how Pella Kioroglou
ACT independently. For the first time          from Roxbury, MA summed it up. “To
in its history, a significant percentage       find out where I come from,” adds Jani-
of ACT's entering four-year freshman           ra Marantides from New York, voicing
class is American. In addition, there          a sentiment typical of the many students      heritage at ACT. “I've visited Greece            Is it all roses? “It's a lot smaller than
are 21 Americans spending one term             of Greek-American background who              before but never lived here. I can al-       my US college, and you see the same
at ACT, and a third of them have de-           are strengthening ties to their Hellenic      ready see it's going to be hard to leave.”   faces every day, but I have to admit I'm
                                                                                                  “Being able to live in Greece, study    learning more on a daily basis,” said one
                                                                                             at a fully accredited American college,      student when comparing ACT to her
Dukakis Visitors Fall 2004                                                                   and pay far less tuition than one would      home institution. All the ACT Ameri-
                                                                                             have to pay in the US makes it pretty        cans remark on the personal interest in-
                                                                                             attractive,” says Amy Lauber from Los        structors take in their students' lives and
 Conference in progress:
 the Honorable Michael                                                                       Angeles. As to why students chose ACT        academic careers, and on the support
 S. Dukakis with                                                                             in particular once they had decided on       they get from the ACT staff. But some
 President Richard                                                                           Greece, they cite the appeal of Thes-        students find that adjusting to life in
 Jackson in Boston, as
 seen from the Stavros S.                                                                    saloniki over Athens for its liveable size   Greece doesn't always go smoothly,
 Niarchos                                                                                    and reputation as one of the safest cities   even when you speak the language.
 Videoconferencing                                                                           in Europe, along with its richer student     “They don't like to stand in line, do they?”
 Center in the Bissell
 Library at ACT (inset                                                                       life (the city has 100,000 university        one observes. “And they go to bed late.”
 image, just as it                                                                           students). They also mention ACT's               The bottom line? Asked if they would
 appears on the screen)
                                                                                             smaller size compared with other schools,    recommend ACT to a friend, the an-
                                                                                             its campus services, and the Bissell Li-     swer - in a variety of American ac-
                                                                                             brary as draws.                              cents - is a resounding “YES!”

N       ow in its 5th year, the Michael S.
        Dukakis Chair in Public Policy
                                               ment Program, New York University,
                                               “2004 US Presidential Campaign Notes”
                                                                                             ACT and ™∞∂ Join Forces
and Service continues to provide a suc-
cession of stimulating visitors to the
                                               ñ Stephen Plotkin, Supreme Court
                                               Judge, State of Louisiana, "The Inside
                                                                                             for Unique Summer Program
ACT campus. A listing cannot do jus-           Story of the US Supreme Court"                       he American College of Thessa-        seums and historical sites, and exploitation
tice to the intellectual liveliness of their
public presentations or the calibre of
                                               ñ Serge Hadjimihialoglou, Esq. (ACT
                                               Trustee), "Inventors, Authors and Mar-
                                                                                             T      loniki and the World Council of
                                                                                             Hellenes Abroad (™∞∂) are co-spon-
                                                                                                                                          of the rich cultural and recreational op-
                                                                                                                                          portunities provided by Thessaloniki and
the discussion among students, facul-          keters: The Development and Man-              soring a summer experience on the ACT        its environs in the summertime.
ty, and the visitors that inevitably en-       agement of IPR in the Information Age"        campus in Thessaloniki combining direct           “There are no instructional fees,
sues. But the Dukakis activities - which       ñ Heath Lowry, Ataturk Professor of           contact with Hellenic culture and im-        book fees, or housing costs to pay,”
this fall included a pre-election video-       Turkish Studies, Princeton University, “Is-   mersion in technology. The “Culture and      comments Chris Tomaras. “We are
conference with Governor Dukakis               lam in Turkey: Past, Present, and Future”     Tech Camp” is open to 16-18 year olds        pleased to be able to cover those ex-
himself - are undoubtedly one of the           ñ Dan Georgakas, Director, Greek              and will run from June 28-July 23, 2005.     penses on behalf of ™AE-Americas.
forces that defines the international,         American Studies Project, Center for          ™∞∂ Vice-President Chris P. Tomaras,         Students need only cover their airfare
engaged character of ACT. Fall term            Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies,             who is also an Anatolia trustee, notes       and meals.” While enrollment for ™∞∂
visitors have included:                        Queens College, City University of            that “This program is designed to give       scholarships is limited to 20, others
ñ Former US Ambassador to Greece               New York, "Global Culture and Bi-Na-          high-school age Greek youth in the Amer-     may apply directly to ACT at www.
Monteagle Stearns in residence, lec-           tional Greek Identity"                        icas an opportunity to increase their ex- The deadline for
turing on US foreign policy, presenting        ñ Marten Van Heuven, Senior Con-              posure to Greek culture while at the         scholarship applications is March 31,
material from his book-in-progress on          sultant, Rand Corporation, "What Fac-         same time advancing their skills in the      2005. “ACT has great experience in
Andreas Papandreou, and holding sem-           tors Will Shape the Foreign Policy of         rapidly developing areas of digital me-      offering summer technology programs
inars on the upcoming US elections for         the Next US Administration?"                  dia, web development, and networking.”       for youth, including students from
students at Anatolia and ACT                   ñ Dimitrios Ioannidis, Esq., Roach,                Hands-on instruction in technology,     abroad,” comments ACT Provost Dr.
ñ Arthur Dahl, former Deputy Direc-            Wise, and Partners, "US Terrorism Law:        in English, by ACT's computing and dig-      Stephanos Gialamas. “We're very ex-
tor, United Nations Environment Pro-           9/11, the Athens Olympic Games, and           ital media faculty and the resources of      cited about having young people from
gramme, “Sustainable Lifestyles and the        the War on Terrorism"                         the Stavros S. Niarchos Technology Cen-      all over the Americas here with us this
Future of the Environment”                     ñ Plus weekly visits by local and re-         ter at the school's Thessaloniki campus      coming summer.” For more informa-
ñ Costas Panagopoulos, Executive               gional journalists, a series that will con-   are one axis of the program. The oth-        tion about the program, visit the ™∞∂
Director, Political Campaign Manage-           tinue all year long.                          er is a series of excursions to Greek mu-    website at

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Grinnell College Ties Renewed                                                                                                                          George
                                                                                                         who spent a year in Athens with her           Kassapides
                                                                                                         family when she was younger, com-
                                                                                                         ments, “I like the variety of roles I play    Retires
                                                                                                         here at Anatolia. In a single day, I can
                                                                                                         be an English teacher, a Greek student,       after 39 years
                                                                                                         a newspaper editor, an art instruc-
                                                                                                         tor, and a tutor, sister, counselor, and
                                                                                                                                                       at Anatolia
                                                                                                         friend to the students in the dormi-
                                                                                                         tory.” Will, who had studied Ancient
                                                                                                         Greek but had never been to Greece
                                                                                                         before, adds, “Every day at Anatolia,
                                                                                                         I find myself moving back and forth
                                                                                                         between languages and cultures. I take
                                                                                                         a Modern Greek class in the morning,
                                                                                                         coach the baseball team at noon, and
ACT faculty member Emmanuel Maou '82 (left) with Grinnell Corps interns Laura Frantz and Will Stroebel   help students with their English in the
   f there had not been a Grinnell                       2004 saw two new Grinnell grad-                      In the 1980s, through the initia-
I  College, one of the nation's best
small liberal arts colleges, located
                                                    uates, Laura Frantz, from Eugene, Ore-
                                                    gon, and Will Stroebel, from Minneapolis,
                                                                                                         tive of former President McGrew,
                                                                                                         Grinnell established an annual schol-
                                                                                                                                                       President Jackson, George Kassapides

                                                                                                                                                              e came to Anatolia in 1965 to
in central Iowa, there might not have
been an Anatolia College in Greece.
                                                    come to Anatolia as dormitory interns
                                                    through the Grinnell Corps program,
                                                                                                         arship for an Anatolia graduate. One
                                                                                                         of the former holders of the scholar-
                                                                                                                                                       H      teach physical education. He left
                                                                                                                                                       in June of 2004 after many years as
Two of the school's early leaders,                  which identifies opportunities for Grin-             ship, Emmanuel Maou (Anatolia '82,            head of the Physical Education Depart-
former Anatolia Presidents George                   nell graduates that will allow them to               Grinnell '86) is now a teacher of Math-       ment and Head of the Boarding Depart-
White and Carl Compton, who both                    extend and apply their education in an               ematics and Multimedia at ACT. Pres-          ment as well. Thousands of Anatolia
helped move Anatolia from Turkey                    international setting. Besides serving as            ident Richard Jackson visited Grinnell        students knew him as a friend and coach
to Greece in the 1920s, were Grin-                  dorm counselors for Anatolia's resi-                 on a recent trip to the Midwest. He           and teacher, and for many who lived
nell graduates. So were other mem-                  dent scholarship holders from outside                comments, “It was moving to visit a           in the dormitory he was a second fa-
bers of the school's faculty and staff              of Thessaloniki, the two do some sub-                place that produced some of Anato-            ther. Cheerful, compassionate, visibly
in Merzifon and Thessaloniki, including             stitute teaching for the English Depart-             lia's greatest leaders in its early years,    fit and seemingly ageless, he won't be
President White's wife Esther Rob-                  ment, and work as club advisers in Ana-              knowing that the tie is still strong -        far from our school or from the hearts
bins White.                                         tolia's extracurricular program. Laura,              and getting stronger.”                        of countless graduates.

Maria Mavroudi '85                                  interests. “I remember my six years at                   ”It goes without saying that an           Anatolia Students Meet
                                                    Anatolia very fondly, and the older I get            equally unique aspect of the Anato-
Named MacArthur                                     the more I realize how unusual a place               lia experience was the opportunity            with Patriarch and
Fellow                                              Anatolia was and how remarkable sev-                 to learn English well. Beyond the ob-         Participate in Model UN
➧ Continued from Page 1                             eral of its faculty members were. I be-              vious practical benefit of such fluen-        in Turkey
                                                    lieve that Toula Georgiadou [now Ana-                cy and the fact that it opened a door
     Mavroudi, who is married to Pana-              tolia Vice-President for Secondary                   to becoming a citizen of the world,           ➧ Continued from Page 1
giotis Papadopoulos ‘81 and has a six               Education] gave me the first real schol-             the most intriguing aspect of English         saics of the former Chora Monastery
year old son, has not yet decided ex-               arly book I ever handled (though I ad-               classes was the fact that they were           (now the Kariye Mosque), the under-
actly how she will use the money,                   mit that school work did not allow me                taught by native speakers from vari-          ground cistern, the Blue Mosque, and
though she is certain it will be used to            to read it cover to cover). It was by the            ous parts of the English-speaking world,      the covered bazaar.
aid her research. "I hope to purchase               archeologist Stylianos Alexiou and dis-              born and raised not simply in a dif-               The highlight of the trip was un-
some of the rare books I will need                  cussed the adoration of trees in Minoan              ferent language, but in a different cul-      doubtedly the audience given the stu-
to continue my work in bilingualism in              religion. Christos Plousios [now Dean                ture. In meeting and befriending our          dents, their escorts, and President and
Greek and Arabic in the Middle Ages                 of the B' Lyceum] handed me the first                American and British teachers we en-          Mrs. Jackson by Ecumenical Patriarch
and in Byzantine science,” she says.                ancient Greek text I ever read in its en-            countered the foreigner, the "other,"         Bartholomeos, in company with visit-
“Compared with other periods of                     tirety in a critical edition and taught me           and at the same time saw ourselves            ing Archbishop Demetrios of North
Greek history, Byzantium (the medieval              how to read and think about its critical             mirrored in their eyes as "others." Lit-      and South America. The Patriarch,
Greek empire) is generally understood               apparatus.”                                          tle did I realize back then that I was        who had visited Anatolia in May 2003,
as representing an era of decline and                     She recalls a remark made by philo-            gaining lived experience in the con-          spoke to the students on the impor-
therefore of secondary significance;                logue Yiannis Lalatis [now Dean of                   cept of the "other", which the hu-            tance of education and Anatolia Col-
yet, it has to be important for world               the A' Lyceum] while working with him                manities and social sciences interna-         lege in the formation of their char-
history, if not for any other reason,               on Anatolia's Greek literary magazine:               tionally consider key. I am now work-         acter, leadership qualities, and lifelong
at least because for a while it was a               “I heard him exclaim that, contrary to               ing on a book on bilingualism in Greek        values. At the conclusion of the audi-
world empire and a political and mil-               what the emphasis of our high-school                 and Arabic in the Middle Ages, and            ence, the students presented the Pa-
itary superpower. The prestige of its               education would have us believe, the                 I confess that the experience of be-          triarch with a framed drawing of Mace-
culture radiated throughout the Mediter-            most important period in the history of              ing formed as a bilingual in Greek and        donia Hall by Anatolia art teacher
ranean and beyond.”                                 Hellenism was not the Classical, but the             English at Anatolia occasionally in-          Christine Douris, signed by each par-
     A native of Thessaloniki, Mavrou-              Hellenistic era. In my mind at the time              forms my research.”                           ticipant, and the President present-
di says that her research interests date            the statement was beyond revolution-                     A parting thought from “our”              ed framed photos showing the evo-
back to youth in Greece. Besides the                ary, it was explosive. In terms of intel-            MacArthur Fellow: “I wish my Alma             lution of Anatolia from its first days in
influence of her archaeologically-mind-             lectual approach to the teaching mate-               Mater a productive life as long as the        Merzifon to the dedication of the Bis-
ed parents, and the motorbike that                  rial, I honestly estimate that the lasting           lives of biblical patriarchs, and to her      sell Library.
allowed her to explore the Byzantine                impression some of my Anatolia teach-                current and future students times as               It was a memorable trip for all con-
remains in Thessaloniki, she credits Ana-           ers made informs my own teaching now.                happy as mine at Anatolia.” Maria, con-       cerned, and the international friend-
tolia with helping form her mind and                Nothing was deemed too advanced.”                    gratulations! The feeling is mutual!          ships made will last for years to come.

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                                       n May 16, Michalis                                                                  help of my fellow climbers, I continued and made
 Michalis Styllas '92
 on the summit of Mt.
                               O       Styllas '92 reached
                               the summit of Mt. Ever-
                                                               “∂Ș ·ÓÒÙÂÚ·”                                               it to the summit, where I sat down for a while
                                                                                                                           and cried.
                               est as a member of the         First of all, the final triumph comes when you return             May I turn your thoughts to Anatolia? What was it
                               first Greek team to make       to base camp. The summit is just the half-way point.              like to speak at Commencement?
                               a successful ascent. After     But naturally it's the journey that counts. The sum-         Really, it was an unexpected but wonderful occasion.
                               graduating from Anatolia,      mit is never an end in itself. We go to the moun-            What made it special for me was seeing my old teach-
                               he received his BA in Ge-      tains because each ascent is full of a succession of         ers and other members of the Anatolia family who
                               ology from Aristotle           powerful feelings. The summits, especially those of          had given me so much help during my school days
                               University of Thessaloni-      the highest mountains, are no place to party. You            and after. I wasn't a good student, I was trouble in
                               ki, interrupting his studies   climb, and if you're able and lucky enough to reach          and out of class, caring mostly for athletics, though
                               to do his military service.    the top, you stay there a little while, admire the view,     I did like Physics and Chemistry, and to a lesser de-
                               While in America to do         and begin to worry about making a swift and safe             gree Math. And Geology in my sophomore year, be-
distance running and mountain climbing, he discov-            descent. But those moments when you see the hori-            cause I had liked to be around mountains since the
ered the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences          zon curving all around you, and the earth spread out         age of 11. But Ancient Greek! It was especially [Phys-
at the University of Oregon, where he stayed to do            at your feet, remain deeply etched inside of you.            ical Education teacher] Mr. Kassapides who did his
a Masters. The recipient of a Marie Curie Ph.D. Fel-          We had 40 minutes at the summit, due to excep-               best to keep me on track and enabled me to grad-
lowship from the European Union, he is now doing              tionally good weather.                                       uate. I changed my academic profile only when I was
his doctoral work in Oceanography back in Thessa-                   And what was the ascent itself like?
loniki - when not mountaineering, that is.                                                                                  The view from the top
                                                              When you first see the mountain, you feel awe, and
     The following are excerpts from an interview             you think, “What are we doing, how are we go-
with Yiannis Simandiras that appeared in the Ana-             ing to get up there?” In the first stages of the climb,
tolia Alumnus magazine in October 2004.                       you reconcile yourself to the idea, you think about
     Michalis, when did you first decide you wanted to        the dangers (avalanches, rockfalls, crevasses), and
     climb Mt. Everest?                                       get the feel of the mountain. At the same time, your
It's the dream of most mountain climbers to set foot          body begins to suffer from the high altitude, and
one day on the highest point in the world. For me,            you struggle to keep it going strong. From a moun-
the idea took hold in 2002, when I first went to              tain-climbing point of view, the greatest parts of
the Himalayas with an American mission to Dhaula-             our ascent came when we passed the Khumba ice-
giri. I didn't make it to the top of that mountain, by        fall, a block of ice the size of a house which at times      able to occupy myself with subjects of my own choos-
the way, and because of the great expense involved,           hung above us, and going up the frozen Lhotse face,          ing, such as geological research. It goes without say-
I didn't see how I'd have a chance at Everest. But            a 45-degree slope of almost 4000 feet of blue ice            ing that Anatolia offers a great deal to its students
somewhere inside I believed an opportunity would              - beautiful, but difficult sometimes to the point of         and alumni, but I've noticed that each of us takes ad-
arise, and in June a year ago I came down from Mt.            desperation. And the famous “Hillary step” a little          vantage of what Anatolia has given us at different
Olympus to find myself summoned by a fellow climber           before the summit, which reminds you that it is no           times in our lives and in different ways, some directly,
to an urgent meeting in Athens with the Greek-Cana-           small thing to be scaling 30 feet of vertical rockface       others indirectly.
dian businessman Paul Angelatos. He had decided               at 25,000 feet above sea level. In the middle of our              What shall we wish for you, Michalis, now that “ÂȘ
to make our dreams come true.                                 final ascent, I learned of the death of my good friend            ·ÓÒÙÂÚ·” (“still higher”) no longer applies?
     Which was more satisfying, the journey or the fi-        Yiannis Kinatidis on another mountain. I felt as if the      It always applies. The measuring stick lies within us.
     nal triumph?                                             earth were giving way underneath me. With the                So simply wish me good luck on a trip in progress.

Anatolia at the Olympics!                                     and two of their best pitchers weren't able to com-          Computing Center, the Media Center, and in oth-
                                                              pete. So they went 1-6 in Olympic contests, though           er areas. And then there were those simply at-
➧ Continued from Page 1                                       they played well. As for establishing baseball in Greece,    tending the Games themselves. One of them was
help from Senator Sarbanes and members of the                 a league is now operating in Athens and Thessaloniki,        President Jackson, who took in five Olympic events
Greek-American Business Forum, including Baltimore            and if the turnout for the Baseball Club at Anatolia         in Athens and Thessaloniki: “An exhilarating experi-
Orioles owner Peter Angelos, Galatis and a friend             this year is any indication, the game has already start-     ence and a milestone for Greece. We're very proud
formed the Hellenic-American Baseball Federation.             ed to catch on.                                              that so many Anatolians helped make the Games
Its objectives: to field a competitive Olympic team for            Most of the world experienced the Olympics on           such a resounding success.”
Greece and to establish the game of baseball in Greece.       their TV screens, and one of those bringing the picture
     Six years was not enough to grow Olympic base-           to them was veteran Olympic broadcaster and trustee
ball players on Greek soil, but because Olympic rules         George Veras. As the member of the NBC team in
allow for athletes to play for their country of eth-          charge of HDTV broadcasting, Veras shared in the tri-
nic origin, the door was open to recruit a team of            umph of the most-watched Olympics in history. He
Greek-Americans. So Galatis became a baseball scout           reports: “I've been involved in six Olympics, but there
- as well as a genealogist. Working with the Orioles,         was really nothing like Athens, especially for me as a
he scouted the minors, he looked for former college           Greek-American. The success of the Games was made
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and high school standouts, and put together a team.           even sweeter by the fact that I had had to endure pre-
“It was a labor of love,” says Galatis, who still plays       dictions from my broadcast colleagues of the impending
baseball himself. The team was good, too. They won            failure of the Games due to behind-schedule con-
the European Baseball Federation “B” pool in 2002             struction. I know Greece, and I always believed that
and took 2nd place in the “A” pool in 2003. But their         everything would be done in time and that the Greek
manager died suddenly the month before the Olympics,          spirit of "philoxenia" would humble even the most vo-
                                                              cal critics once they arrived. And it did.
The Athens 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremony                           “I commanded a small band of 50 out of the 3000
                                                              broadcasters, and they will tell you to a man and a
                                                              woman that not only did they feel the hospitality, they
                                                              were captivated by the spirit that surrounded them,
                                                              the climate, the smell, the smiles, and zest for life, the
                                                              things that are hard to describe, but that are unmis-
                                                              takably there in Greece and its people. For me, to
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                                                              any of the Super Bowls or World Series that I have
                                                              also had the privilege of producing for television.”
                                                                   There were also Anatolians at work in the Olympic
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