Greek Letters & Spice in Scalia’s Life



NEW YORK – Among the articles providing tribute and criticism of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia– some include both for the complex, brilliant, and dedicated jurist – are a few that simply tell the tale of his rise from humble origins in Queens, NY where his family moved when he was 6.

His life experience also has some Hellenic flavor. In high school he studied ancient Greek in addition to Latin – which served him well in his future studeies – and he had Greek neighbors and classmates at Public School 13 in Elmhurst.

“There are no blacks in the class, and there really weren’t any in our neighborhood, but other than that it was, my goodness, polyglot: There were Greeks — one of the girls in the class was named Eurydice,” the Time quoted from an article he wrote in 2013.

“We didn’t even know how to say it; we called her ‘you’re-a-dice.’ There were Irish, German, Jewish, Italian…It was the face of New York City,” Scalia said.

“He spent much of his childhood in a red brick home in Elmhurst, a neighborhood of Queens that is now largely Asian and Latino. Ask him where he was from — Queens. What was his team?  The Yankees. ‘What else would I be?” he told the New York Times of a childhood that preceded the arrival of the Mets.

Noting the stronger affinity among people from Brooklyn and Queens that that between either of those boroughs and Manhattan, the Times wrote “Justice Scalia knew enough to not let politics get in the way of a good New York friendship. His closest friend on the Supreme Court was the liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Brooklyn.”

It remains to be seen if he spent much time in Astoria.





LONDON - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting with Greeks of the diaspora while in London on Wednesday, during which he highlighted the options that Greeks living abroad now have to vote in Greek elections from their place of residence, as well as his government's emphasis on reforms.

Top Stories


If you are reading this today, you can thank your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and previous ancestors for your existence.


A former senator, minister, cabinet secretary, chief of staff to Australian former PM John Howard for more than a decade, Arthur Synodinos is Australia’s ambassador to the United States since 2020.

General News

Anton "Tony" Mandros, 87, of Portsmouth, RI, passed to his eternal reward on January 19.


In Mourning Yet Again, NYC Prepares to Honor Fallen Officer

NEW YORK — A city reeling from a recent spate of violence prepared to lay to rest a rookie police officer being hailed as an inspiration to his immigrant community, as investigators sought to make sense of a domestic dispute that left another officer "fighting for his life.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.