The National Herald provides coverage across the country and this report stretches from Detroit and Washington, D.C to Little Rock, Arkansas.
DETROIT, MI – A memoir about the life of GEORGE M. GORITZ, titled SHAKESPEARE, WALL STREET, AND MY ARABIAN NIGHTS ADVENTURES, has just been published by AUTHOR HOUSE. Born in Detroit just after WWI to
Greek parents, he grew up in Chicago and became friends with noted novelist and fellow Greek-American HARRY MARK PETRAKIS. Goritz won a scholarship to the ROYAL ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS, and famously replied, when asked if at 5’8 he was too short to be an actor: “no, there are plenty of short parts.” After serving in WWII as a gunner, Goritz became a Shakespearian actor and performed along with noted actors PETER O’TOOLE and CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER. But acting did not pay very well, and Goritz returned to the restaurant business,
and later found a lucrative niche as a Wall Street stockbroker. His financial success, coupled with his sense of philotimo, caused him to participate in numerous philanthropic gestures, particularly helping the AMERICAN FARM SCHOOL in Thessaloniki
WASHINGTON, DC – The WASHINGTON OXI DAY FOUNDATION is offering scholarships to five Greek-American students (Grades 6-12) who can describe the word “philotimo” in 500 words or less.
A $2000 scholarship will be awarded to the first place winner, including an invitation to the Foundation’s October 28 black tie gala in DC, where the winner will be recognized. There will be two scholarships each for second place ($1,000) and third place ($500).
Interested applicants may log on to a link on the Foundation’s website, watch the video THE GREEK SECRET, and answer in 500 words one of the following questions:
1. What does philotimo mean to you?
2. What are some extraordinary examples of philotimo
that you have seen?
3. What are the things you can do in your daily life to
4. How can philotimo improve your life?
Answers must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 9 via email to
The link to the website and video is: www.oxidayfoundat
LITTLE ROCK, AR – JARROD RUSSELL, raised as a Southern Baptist Christian, went to hear a guest speaker one day, a few years ago: a Protestant who had converted to Greek Orthodoxy, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
reported. Years earlier, he had visited a Greek Orthodox Church, and more recently, attended the ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Little Rock, the Gazette wrote. “I was really blown away,” Russell said. “I didn’t