Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

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Louie and Mary Malesis

Louie and Mary Malesis have made significant contributions to both the Renton and Seattle, Washington, communities. In 2015 their granddaughter Sophia Giakoumatos interviewed her grandfather and the results of that interview are presented here. Their story is supplemented with information in italics from a video interview with both Louie and Mary in 2017.

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Tasos Manouras and Kiki Karakatsani

Tasos Manouras and Kiki Karakatsani are part of a recent group of Greek immigrants who bring a high level of education to the growing economy in the Seattle, Washington, area.

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Harry and Billie Platis

It was the close community of Greeks that gave Harry and Billie Platis their happiness and feeling of security while growing up in Everett, Washington.

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K.G. Dino Apostolou

The descendants of George and Demetra Apostolou comprise one of the largest Greek families in the Seattle, Washington, area. The story begins with Konstantinos “Dino,” one of the eight Apostolou children who came to Seattle between 1962 and 1971.

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The Babunes Sisters (Vasiliki “Billie” Larimer and Ekaterini “Katie” O’Neil)

That’s how Vasiliki “Billie” Larimer (nee Babunes) referred to her mother’s group of friends who would gather at their homes for their regular sessions of sewing, cooking and sharing stories.

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Pallis Family

Chris George Pallis recalls many “Georgisms” from his father that have influenced his life.

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Barbas Family

Tom, Helen and Demetra Barbas’ family moved to Seattle, Washington, in November of 1944 from a protective Greek “bubble” in Detroit, Michigan.

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Yiannis (John) Tziotis

As his Greek dance students were poised to go on stage, John Tziotis called out “showtime” to raise their spirits for the performance. He has been affectionately known by that nickname since that time.

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Steve and Anna Athan

Steve and Anna Athan spent over 30 years combining hard work and his tailoring skills to achieve a successful career in Seattle, Washington.

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Mihail "Mike" Papadimitriou

Mihail Papadimitriou continues to operate People’s Shoe Repair in Everett, Washington, which his uncle originally began in 1934. The quality of his craft and the loyalty of his customers make his story unique in Washington State.

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