Settling the Wild West: The Untold Story of “John the Greek”

A map of El Camino Real (The Royal Road or The King's Highway) a historical trail that linked California's Spanish missions with the colonial capital, Santa Fe, no in New Mexico. (Courtesy of John Sitilides)

Earlier this year, my koumbaro and dear friend Angelo K. Tsakopoulos drove me to Duke’s Diner in Olivehurst, CA, about 35 miles north of the state capital region of Sacramento where Angelo has achieved so much in shaping over the past half century. We stopped for a 6:30 AM breakfast en route to a tour of Angelo’s growing complex of walnut orchards in one of the most beautiful farm regions in the country.

We sat down for an eye-popping breakfast of …

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