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Ahepa District 20 - Chapter 505 - Ta Nea Newsletter - August 1999

American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association


P.O. BOX 2682
DEL MAR, CA 92014
VOL. 138
D. A. George, Editor
AUGUST, 1999



SEPTEMBER 14, 1999

7:00 p.m. Meeting



(See Map for Directions)

It is suggested that you car-pool

Cost for parking $3.00

Parking is limited


Nicholas M. Alexander, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor, U.C.S.D.

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TRIREMES: An Ancient

Naval Invention That

Contributed To The

Preservation And Advancement

Of Hellenic Civilization.


Socrates characterized the ancient Greeks as "frogs on a pond." These "frogs" inhabited a peninsula that projected

into a very large pond indeed, the Mediterranean Sea, at the convergence of three continents - Europe, Africa and

Asia. That the sea (thalassa - q_lassa) was readily accessible from their peninsular land mass and from its satellite islands, stimulated the early Greeks to master sailing and seamanship to the extent that they were able to dominate the eastern Mediterranean during wartime and in commercial trading during the fourth and fifth centuries, B.C.

Two of the most pivotal inventions that enabled the Greeks to achieve this important success were the vessels they used, called Triremes, and the advanced rowing technique they employed - the sliding oar stroke. The Trireme (see illustration on page 7) was a spear-shaped warship powered by three tiers of oarsmen on each side of the vessel - utilizing the sliding oar rowing technique for added advantage, thus providing their warships with superior power, speed (10 knots/hr.) and greater maneuverability for ramming and destroying enemy's ships.

In this presentation Dr. Alexander will discuss Trireme shipbuilding, crews, naval training and salaries, hydrostatics,

tactical naval warfare, the Battle of Salamis (480 B.C.), and contributions by some of the most renowned Hellenes of that era, i.e., Themistocles, Aresteides, Aristophanes, Archimedes, and others.


Nicholas M. Alexander, Ph.D. was born in Boise, Idaho, where he received his primary and secondary public school education. After starting college, he was inducted into the U.S.Army in 1943, subsequently being assigned to the 4th Armored Division of General Patton's Army fighting across Europe in World War II, where he was decorated with the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat lnfantry Badge while attaining the rank of Technical Sergeant as a leader of an armored infantry platoon. Following the war, he returned to his studies, ultimately earning his Ph.D., in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1955, before joining the faculty of Yale University where he taught for fifteen years. He arrived at the University of California, San Diego, in 1970, where he was Professor of Pathology and Director of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory in the School of Medicine until his retirement in 1993. Dr. Alexander has authored 130 original research publications

and is the recipient of the' prestigious Van Meter Prize of the American Thyroid Association for his research on the thyroid gland. He also received the G. R. Cooper Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry for service in the field of Clinical Chemistry. He was also an invited Visiting Professor at the University of Shiraz (Iran) and the University of Brussels. He remains active as a volunteer Emeritus Professor at the University of California, San Diego.


Welcome back from vacation and all the fun the season brings. Here's an update for those of you that haven't been able to attend the summer meetings.

The Supreme Convention was a remarkable success both socially and financially. Congratulations to all in the AHEPA family who worked and participated to make this a memorable event. All three AHEPA chapters and both Daughters chapters will share in the net proceeds to the local chapters.

At every meeting you'll notice several committee sign-up sheets. We are organizing a number of committees and are looking for every member to participate to some degree. We'll always have some "card carrying members" due to the many demands work and family life place on us. But I urge you to make time to try something new so our organization can benefit from fresh input.

The Ways and Means Committee will meet September 2nd at a location TBD to prepare this year's Spending Plan. It will be drafted and presented for vote at the September meeting. We are looking for suggestions from all members, as they prepare this year's plan, so please contact any officer and give them your specific suggestions in writing; if the suggestion is that important for the committee to consider then it should be worth the time to write it out. Or better yet, come to the meeting and present it in person; the meeting is open to all members. We have resolutions in place that dictate our overall spending capacity each year, but we have a certain amount of flexibility in developing the individual line items for operating and charitable spending items. It's an interesting process, and one that every member should experience. Remember, this is the time to give input; we will be voting on the plan at the September general meeting.

Speaking of September... Mark your calendars with this change in meeting times and locations, due to overlap with the Greek festival. The general meeting will be at the UCSD Faculty Club on Tuesday the 14th, and the business meeting will be at the church on Thursday the 23rd. In addition to the Spending Plan we have two more noteworthy meeting items taking place this month. Our program series will begin at the general meeting with a presentation on ancient Greek naval vessels by our brother, Dr. Nick Alexander. And the draft charter for our charitable Foundation will be presented at the September business meeting.

September, as you can see, will be an important and informative time for us to meet; it is also considered the real start of the new year. Please make every effort to attend.

Art Pathe


Best Wishes and CRONIA POLLA to the following Brothers who are celebrating birthdays:

Peter Shenas 9/10

Paul Anas 9/15

Tom Manos 9/15

Craig Barkacs 9/16

Ted Georgis 9/17

John Ronis 9/25

Mike Merica 9/27

Happy Anniversary!!! to the following Brothers and their lovely brides who are celebrating wedding anniversaries:

Paul & Alexia Anas 9/5

George & Diane Stratigopoulos 9/5

Nick & Vickie Anastasopoulos 9/20

John & Laura Pipinos 9/21

Harry & Anne Anthony 9/23

George & Myrtali Anagnostopoulos 9/26

Minas & Angie Savvas 9/27

Meeting Agenda - The following is the meeting agenda for the next Social/General Chapter Meeting, being held at UCSD Faculty Club at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 14, 1999:

m Program Presentation

m Convention Net Proceeds Report

m Ways and Means Committee Report

m Spending Plan Presentation and Vote

m AHEPA Day at the Races Report

m Old Business

m New Business

m Good of the Order

General Business Meetings - General Business Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month. However, the next meeting will be Thursday, September 23, 1999, at SS. Constantine and Helen Senior Citizen Center at 7:00 p.m. All Officers and appointed officers are expected to attend. Any interested members may attend. Come and see your administrative board at work planning and coordinating for better functions and best events for the membership.

Speedy Recovery - Please join me in rendering a SPEEDY RECOVERY to Brother Nicholas Zambus who is in convalescence after surgery. He had minor complications with infection but has overcome them and is doing better. We look forward to having him returning home sometime soon. We miss you Brother Nick, Perastika Sou!

Costas Lyrintzis Memorial Scholarship Fund -

Brothers, we of the Hellenic Community of San Diego must keep Costas' memory alive, and we can do this by instituting a memorial scholarship in Costas' name. Please send your tax deductible contributions, in any amount to: Order of AHEPA, c/o George Polos Chapter 505, P.O. Box 2682, Del Mar, CA 92014.

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Please Notify Us - Should you know of any Brother recovering from illness or surgery, or known to be hospitalized, please notify Brother Alex L. Rigopoulos at 233-7158 or 469-9239.

Newsletter Entries - Please direct all newsletter announcements for "TA NEA" to the editor: Brother D. A. George, (619) 273-2868, FAX (619) 273-0416 or e-mail: dageo@worldnet.att.net. All entries must be received by the 20th of each month.

Honoring A Brother

K. C. Nicolaou

K.C. Nicolaou, chairman, Department of Chemistry and professor of The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, and professor of the Department of Chemistry and biochemistry at UCSD, has been awarded the first International Aspirin Prize for Solidarity Through Chemistry by Quimica Farmaceutica Bayer, in Barcelona, Spain.

The worldwide, biennial prize has been established to mark the 100th anniversary of the synthesis of a pure and stable form of the active ingredient in aspirin.

Nicolaou was presented the award in early August, 1999.

(This notice was taken from the LA JOLLA LIGHT, People on the Move column, August 12, 1999 issue and submitted by Dr. Harry A. Anthony for publication).

Greece and Turkey Agree to

Seek Areas of Cooperation

The Foreign Ministers of Greece and Turkey, George Papandreou and Ismail Cem, met in New York on June 30 and agreed to arrange meetings, at senior foreign ministry officials level, to examine possible areas of cooperation between the two countries. Economic and trade issues, the environment, tourism, cultural exchanges, combating organized crime, immigration and public safety are among the issues which these talks, scheduled for July 26 and July 27 in Ankara and Athens, could cover.

The climate for this new effort to reduce frictions between

Greece and Turkey was helped by their recent cooperation in the delivery of humanitarian aid to those affected by the Kosovo war. The agreement to seek further improvement in bilateral relations followed an exchange of letters between the two foreign ministers.

Replying to Mr. Cem's letter, Mr. Papandreou welcomed the expressed desire of his colleague to improve bilateral relations which, he wrote, should be sought within the framework of International Law and Treaties. In elaborating on the issues which would lend themselves to a useful cooperative dialogue, Mr. Papandreou made specific reference to tourism, on which there is already a substantial degree of cooperation between local governments and entrepreneurs of both countries; protection of the still unspoiled environment; cultural cooperation in the context of building a multi-cultural Europe; dealing with organized crime, drug trafficking, illegal immigration and terrorism within the terms of international agreements to which both countries subscribe; the further development of bilateral trade and other areas of economic cooperation; continued an enlarged cooperation in multilateral regional organizations such as those of South-East Europe and the Black Sea. The proposed Stability Pact for the Balkans, Mr. Papandreou said, will provide another potential for useful cooperation.

At a press conference, Mr. Cem said: "Without raising expectations, I consider this a positive step in the right direction."

Mr. Papandreou replied: "There are certainly big and complicated issues whim have divided our two countries over many years, if not decades ... I therefore suggested that it would be most productive to deal with issues...where we might be able to make some progress. And as the climate between our two countries becomes better, that will hopefully allow us to deal with bigger issues (Cyprus and Turkish claim n Aegean islands) in a different spirit ... We didn't get into or negotiate these issues." Along with Mr. Cem, the Greek Foreign Minister described the agreement as a "first positive step" but warned against high expectations. "It is a difficult process, not a process which will yield immediate results. The goal is to create a better climate between our two countries and, therefore, after that, we can probably deal with more difficult issues."

(From the July issue of the News Review from the Embassy of Greece, Press & Information Office).

Of All Things Greek

By Prof. Minas Savvas

Of all the obituaries written after the death of dictator George Papadopoulos none was more revealing and interesting than that of The Economist. Here are few representative segments: "It is unclear whether America's intelligence service, the C.I.A., had a hand in the coup that installed Mr. Papadopoulos and his military friends: historians are divided on the matter. He had been attached to a Greek army intelligence unit that had links with the C.I.A. So there is ample material for a conspiracy theory...

"Among the grandiose, but unfulfilled plans was to rebuild the Colossus of Rhodes a statue that was among the seven wonders of the world...

"[Papadopoulos] 'leisure interests', he said, were hunting and reading ancient Greek authors (sic). But he drew the line at Aristophanes, whose plays satirizing government were banned...

"Richard Nixon, he once said, was a communist, and most members of the United States Congress were communists too...[Such] absurdities made him seem less dangerous than he really was... "

James Brown, the 71-year old "Grandfather of Soul," gave two concerts in early July, one in Thessaloniki and another in Athens. Travelling with his group of musicians and dancers, Brown would only sign a contract with the organizers if certain special demands were met. He demanded that three suites in his hotels be reserved; one for himself, another for his lady-companion, and a third for his more intimate and private pleasures. For his transportation he asked for a Rolls Royce for himself, two limousines for his accompanists, and two buses for his equipment which comprised some 80 trunks and suitcases. He also ordered a large dressing room, which should include a ping-pong table, some oxygen tanks, two hair-dressers, five housekeepers, and eight body guards. For his crew he ordered fruit juices and soft drinks, but for himself seven bottles of "Dom Perignon," the only beverage that he imbibes during his concerts.

The Turko-Hellenic Prize of Peace and Friendship Abdi Ipektsi was given to several Greeks and Turks for promoting the friendship of the two neighbors. Former Greek Minister Stephanos Manes and the Euro-Deputy Yannis Sakellariou were among this year's recipients. From the Turkish side, prizes were bestowed to the German parliamentarian Tzem Oztennir (of Turkish extraction) and to author Kemal Yaltsin, who kept his late father's deathbed-request to return to the descendants of a Greek family the dowries that were entrusted to him for safe-keeping after the expulsion of the Greeks from Turkey. Yaltsin found the Minoglou family's descendants in Greece, after a difficult search, and returned the two trunks that the elderly Minoglou had left with Yaltsin's father in 1922.

Nicholas Petris, former California State Senator, has been a pillar of Greek-America for nearly 40 years. Not only has he been a respected member of the political scene in California, but a staunch promoter and energizer of Greek values and achievements. He was active in his opposition to the Greek Junta and the invasion of Cyprus and, in general, he has been active in his support of all sorts of pro-Hellenic and humane causes. Now, it is our turn to help in the establishment of the Nicholas C. Petris Research Center at Berkeley. The recently-inaugurated Research Center will focus on consumer protection and on health care for the poor (two of Sen. Petris's preoccupations during his tenure). Correspondence or contributions to be mailed to the University of California for the Nicholas Petris Research Center, Berkeley, California.

Iran, Greece and Armenia signed an agreement on defense cooperation, but they pointed out (though, I am sure, with some skepticism in certain circles) that the triumvirate was not aimed at any particular country. In signing the agreement, Defense Minister Akis Tzohatzopoulos pointed out that he was not representing NATO and that the ties with the other two nations was "a gesture of understanding" and was, "not aimed against any country." Echos of what Israel and Turkey have been saying about their own alliance.

Urla, a lovely little beach town in the Izmir region of Turkey, is where George Seferis early in this century spent his formative years. Thereby, over a year ago, it was decided to name a small street of the town after the poet and Nobel laureate. It was gesture that placed poetry and sensitivity above politics and combativeness. Now, as if to prove that all municipal councils are not created equal, Urla's newly-installed council decided to rename the street. The decision was met with protests by intellectuals and artists and even some of the Turkish newspapers. "It's an embarrassment for Turkey, not for Seferis," wrote the highly-respected Hurriyet.

Hugh Barnes, writing in The Financial Times ("Greece: A Dictator's Secret," 10 July), reports that he was the last

newsman to interview the former dictator George Papadopoulos in his deathbed at the hospital wing of Korydallos prison. Ushered into the interview by a co-dictator Stylianos Pattakos, Barnes writes that "Papadopoulos beckoned me into the room with a schoolboy grin." Barnes adds that the ex-dictator was worn out from cancer and a tracheotomy, so they didn't spend a long time talking. Papadopoulos is quoted as saying: "We were not Francos or Salazars, we had no personal ambitions, but we had to step in to save Greece from the chaos which threatened to remove us from our friends and allies, such as the Americans, and to drag us behind the Iron Curtain. It was simple patriotism... As a Christian, I don't hate anybody but some people hate me because of what I have done. They say I'm not a democrat. To Which I reply that democracy is a very nice thing, but, you know, the world would be a much better place without it." Unrepentant to the very end, Papadopoulos ended by repeating what he had told the court that found him guilty, "Let history judge my actions." As for "the Dictator's Secret," alluded in the title, it is the old one as to whether the C.I.A. had engineered the coup of April 21, 1967. Papadopoulos had been evasive and relatively silent on the subject. Barnes, however, does quote George Papandreou,now Greece's Foreign Minister, who reveals.(for the first time to my eyes) that, a week before the coup, the Papandreou family were visited by two women who worked for the U.S. government and who told his father Andreas to be careful because within a week there would be a military overthrow of the Greek government. Indeed, just a week later, the tanks were thundering at Constitution Square.

"Christians Apologize for Crusades," said the headlines, referring to a dozen prominent European Christians, along with Prince Albrecht zu Castell-Castell, a descendent of one of the Christian knights who nearly a millennium ago conquered Jerusalem and massacred Muslims and Jews in the name of God, apologizing for the atrocities of their ancestors. The report added that "500 Christians from Europe, Australia and the United States joined a so-called Reconciliation Walk, setting out three years ago from Cologne, Germany, where the first Crusade was launched in 1096 and tracing the path of the Crusaders. In Jerusalem, the Christians held hands and prayed outside the walls of the Old City, and handed out pamphlets with apologies in Hebrew and Arabic. " Rabbis and Muftis came out to greet these penitent Christians and to accept their apologies. O.K. now it is the turn of some such Christians to give formal apologies to the descendants of the Greek Orthodox Church - for - among other reasons - the unspeakable barbarism of the Fourth Crusade.

So, after capturing Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, the second in command of the PKK is now in a Turkish prison as well. He was captured in Germany. What does this illustrate? Simple: that Israel has an efficient intelligence organization.

Intrigue and excitement is to be found in a novel that takes place in Greece and is written in a taut, carefully-wrought style that should Impress any connoisseur of prose. The author is Frank Frost and the novel is Dead Philadelphians (Capra Press, 340pp., $14.95). Not only does Frost capture the essence of the Greek landscape and the Greek sensibility it takes place mostly in Kali Vrisi, Crete) but he can tell a good story as well. The hero is a Greek American on the run from the FBI, as well as some Korean thugs, and the Mafia. The reason, Danny (Thanasis) and a couple of pals hijacked over a half million dollars intended as a mob payoff. Vivid portrayals of individual characters (a muscular child-molester, a wily Greek banker, a Greek American FBI agent named George Kiasoglou, and many others) fill out Frost's colorful tapestry in Dead Philadelphians. The novel smacks of moviedom, so read it before celluloid compromises it.

(Re-printed by permission of THE GREEKAMERICAN)

(The Voice Of Philia)

Dear Sisters,

Our next meeting will be held at the UCSD Faculty Club, Tuesday, September 14, 1999, due to the church facility being occupied for the Hellenic Festival. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and will feature an exciting presentation by our own Dr. Nicholas M. Alexander. His presentation topic is TRIREMES: An ancient naval invention that contributed to the preservation and advancement of Hellenic civilization. It is hoped that all sisters will attend this exciting program presentation.

All sisters are encouraged to supply their current and up-to-date information to Sister Catherine Caldes for inclusion to the new Telephone & Address Directory that is being compiled for distribution to all members.

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Yours in Theta Pi,

Joanna Pathe

Fried Cheese Hors d'Oeuvres


3 tablespoons butter

1 egg, well-beaten

1 teaspoon flour

1/2 pound Kasseri cheese, sliced 1/2 inch thick

3 tablespoons Brandy

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Heat the butter in a large frying pan until melted and the foam has subsided. Beat the egg and flour together.

Dip the cheese slices in the egg mixture and fry until well browned on both sides.

Gently warm the brandy. Ignite it and pour it over the cheese in the skillet.

Squeeze the lemon juice over the cheese and serve with crusty bread and the sauce from the pan.

Makes 4 servings.

TRIREMES A Spear-Shaped

Warship Powered By Oarsmen

See Story On Page 3

Are you ready for the Year 2000?


You've no doubt heard by now. When 1999 gives way to the year 2000, most computer applications developed over the past decades may be thrown into a state of confusion, which could cause serious problems for all of us.

With microprocessors used to track everything from elevator maintenance to bank accounts and securities trading, nothing is immune. Anything that uses microprocessors with a date program is vulnerable.

The financial services industry, led by the Securities Industry Association, is addressing the potential "millennium bug" with extensive testing. This past summer, 28 securities firms, along with the major securities markets, clearing firms and depository institutions, participated in a "dress rehearsal" for the Year 2000 preparedness. The trade processing cycle was simulated for 26 000 mock equity, mutual fund, option and bond trades from order entry on December 29, 1999, through trade settlement on January 3, 2()00. Industry-wide tests including over 400 firms are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 1999.

Y2K computer problems can begin at any time from now through the first half of 2000. Are you ready? Here is a brief checklist of steps you can take to prepare now to help you avoid hassles later.

m Take extra care with all your financial record keeping. Reconcile all accounts before the century date change. Keep your receipts to double-check direct deposits and ATM trans actions. Be sure the transaction date and amount are legible. If you don't get a receipt, make a note. In fact, it's always a good idea to keep copies of all your important documents in one place.

m Do a quick "technology" walk-through in your home. Microchips are everywhere -- from VCR's to electronic locks. The good news is that microchips susceptible to malfunctioning will probably do so as their clock rolls over, so these problems will pass very quickly. If you live in an apartment building with elevators, locate the stairs. Find out from your building management about any security or maintenance systems that could be affected.

m If you have a PC at home, be prepared. Desk top computers and laptop models built after 1997, and used primarily for simple tasks such as word processing will probably have no problem when the new century arrives. But you may not be so lucky with older PCS or those running very complex programs.

Check your spreadsheet, financial management and checkwriting programs and calendars by contacting the software manufacturers or their websites. Ask if their software is year 2000 compliant or if a newer version will be available in the near future.

m Mail/parcel deliveries could be affected, so be patient. Package delivery services, including overnight services and the U.S. mail, could experience delays. If there are items you must have, be prepared to wait for them a little longer.

m Make phone calls now and ask questions. Query all of your service providers, including government agencies and even your own town hall. They should be able to answer your questions about how they are handling Year 2000 issues. From tax collection to property titles - ask questions. You have a right to know.

(Anthony C. Maistrellis is second vice president-investments at Salomon Smith Barney, Inc.)


A man tells of his mother who emigrated from Greece. At last when she was 57 she took the time to become an American citizen. The judge asked why she had waited so long. She replied, looking at her children, "I was too busy raising seven Americans."

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