Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Seattle

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What more appropriate title could have been given to this man, Plato Dionysios Kourkoumelis (Mellis)? Throughout his life as an accountant and businessman, his love of the sea has played a major role.

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On the way to his interview Pericles “Perry” Homer Scarlatos, while clutching several manila folders full of family history and photos, said “I’m ready for my grilling.”

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When Helen was unable to obtain a nickel for an ice cream cone from her parents, she would go around the corner to Annetta Spiro’s home and was readily given the few cents necessary.

Here she holds her high school yearbook containing photos of several Greek classmates.

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The framed pieces on the wall appear to be photos. However, when one looks closely, the cross stitch and needle point pieces show how meticulously the work has been done.

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From 1972 to 1984 the Greek Radio Hour, with disco cavalaris (disc jockey) Spyridon “Spiro” Demetrios Savvides, served to entertain and inform with music and news from the homeland. This was only one of the many endeavors Spiro developed in his varied career.

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Once while preparing one of her buttery-rich meals, Andromachi Neckas (nee Petropoulou) started an oven fire. The firemen who quickly extinguished the flames were then treated to a sample of her excellent Greek cuisine.

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With over 80 years of sewing experience Clara Nicon (nee Chakos) was asked why she never considered selling her work. Her reply? “Never, never. I think of it as sharing my talents.”

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For Angelina (nee Mulenos) Larson, it was her voice and musical talent that brought a zest for life that remains to this day.

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Why does this man spell his name with two “t”s and what were the keys to his happiness as a Greek in the city of Seattle?

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In 1954 Sonny Newman was walking by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Spokane when he heard music coming from the basement. Knowing a bit about Greek dancing, of course he went in. This experience expanded his career to include performing and teaching Greek dance.