[MGSA-L] Diaspora Greeks Honored by Hellenic Post With Stamps

June Samaras june.samaras at gmail.com
Sat Aug 27 13:53:44 PDT 2016

5 Greeks Abroad Honored by Hellenic Post With Stamps
By Mary Harris - Aug 27, 2016



 5 Greeks Abroad Honored by Hellenic PostFive distinguished Greek
personalities living abroad will be honored with a commemorative series of
stamps. An event will be held on September 1 at the Acropolis Museum to
inaugurate the collection following the choice of personalities by the
International Foundation of Greeks (IFG) that based the choice on the
efforts that the candidates had made to promote Greece.

The five personalities are:

Costa-Gavras: Greek-French director (featured photo) born in Loutra Iraias,
Arcadia, but lives and works in France creating internationally acclaimed
films such as “Z,” “Mad City,” “Betrayed” and many more. He has bought
attention to numerous international issues. Indeed, “Z” was an account of
the undermining of democratic government in Greece in the Sixties.

Rita Wilson: The Greek-American actress, wife of Tom Hanks, is very proud
of her Greek roots. Rita was born Margarita Ibrahimoff, daughter of a Greek
mother and Bulgarian father, but she was raised Greek Orthodox. She was
responsible for ensuring the creation of Nia Vardalos’ “My Big Fat Greek
Wedding” and insisted on it being Greek all the way, said Vardalos. The
couple also produced “Mamma Mia,” another success story promoting Greece.

John Catsimatidis: A Greek-American businessman who is on Forbes List is
proud to receive the award for his entrepreneurial skills. About the
Hellenic Post’s decision to award him a stamp, he says: “Having been born
in Greece and having left at 6 months old, it makes me proud to have been
asked and somehow makes the spirit of my past family, those of my mother,
father and grandparents, look down from above and be proud,” he told the
Huffington Post of the award and event that he will personally attend. He
says that he will continue trying to invest in Greece in the future and is
proud of his Greek heritage.

George Stephanopoulos: A Greek-American journalist who is a member of the
U.S. Council of Foreign Relations and who rose to prominence when he became
the White House Communications Director under Bill Clinton in 1992 and
Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy before departing in December 1996.
His mother was the Director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
National News Service and he long considered entering priesthood and even
has a masters in theology.

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis: A Greek-American engineer, physician and
entrepreneur born in the Bronx. His achievements are far too numerous to
mention. He was the key subject of the documentary, “Orphans of Apollo” and
is on the New York Times Bestsellers list as the author of “Abundance – the
Future is Better than you Think.”

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