You’ve reached your limit of free articles for this month.
Get unlimited access to The National Herald,
starting as low as $7.99/month for digital subscription & $5.99/month for a delivery by mail subscription


We Say Farewell to Dan Georgakas with Gratitude

The death of Dan Georgakas, at the age of 83, deeply saddens us. And this, not only because for a number of years he was a regular columnist with The National Herald – although this certainly contributes to our sense of loss  – but also because he was a renowned man of letters and one of the leading researchers and writers on the history of our community.

His last column for TNH was published just a few days ago. Although he is a leftist, he expressed his disappointment with Biden. Its title was “The Failing Biden Presidency.” He concluded: “At present, the United States appears moribund.”

Interesting choice for the last word…

What worries me a lot is that this generation of intellectuals, children of immigrants with a special interest in Hellenism such as Charles Moskos, Harry Psomiadis, Harry Mark Petrakis, and Georgakas, is disappearing. It’s the same with that generation’s prominent leaders, such as Eugene Rossides, Ted Spyropoulos, Andy Athens, Nikos Mouyiaris – who when they ‘left’, left behind big gaps.

I know that none of us is irreplaceable. Out of nowhere, someone else sprouts from the fertile ground of and life goes on. However, some of them are not easy to replace.

Unfortunately those who study and write about our Community are not supported. The books sales are minimal.

Academic positions at universities are few. The result is that they can devote only a small part of their time to the study of our Community. But without them – and I must say without this newspaper – the history and study of the Greek-American community would be substandard.

And, of course, without this knowledge, our survival in this country would be much more difficult.

We say goodbye with gratitude to Dan Georgakas, a child of the Greek-American community, who was born in Detroit, fought with himself to find and define his identity, and in the end found the golden section: How to be a good American, but also a good Greek.

We also thank him for his articles in The National Herald – through which he revealed the integrity of his character, with the result that they were widely read, both by leftists and rightists.

We will miss him.


It may seem – comparatively – like a small decision, but it isn't.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


By Defining Sex, Some States Are Denying Transgender People Legal Recognition

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Mack Allen, an 18-year-old high school senior from Kansas, braces for sideways glances, questioning looks and snide comments whenever he has to hand over his driver's license, which still identifies him as female.

ATHENS - Greece’s Special Envoy to Ukraine Spyridon Lambridis said he believes the European Union will agree to use profits from frozen Russian assets to help Ukraine continue its battle against an invasion in its third year.

ATHENS - In the wake of a record heat wave in July 2023 that saw temperatures hit as high as 111 degrees in some parts of the country, Greece will face a hotter feature because of the impact of climate change, a report has warned.

It may seem – comparatively – like a small decision, but it isn't.

Stefanos Kasselakis, the ‘Omogeni’, the ‘foreigner’, the ‘Americanaki’, is now definitively ‘plugged into’  SYRIZA, without even needing to hold elections.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

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