The Ariston Café: Oldest Restaurant on Route 66

By Steve Frangos - March 31, 2019

The Ariston Café, now located in Litchfield, Illinois, is credited as being the longest operating restaurant along the entire stretch of historic U.S. Route 66.  […]

Mike Potson: Silent Partner of Organized Crime

By Steve Frangos - January 13, 2019

All that we really know about the Greek immigrant, whose name eventually became Mike Potson, was that he was an extremely active criminal. Published accounts […]

Hi Jolly and the Return of the Turkish Bandits 

By Steve Frangos - December 18, 2018

The latest Turkish distortion of modern history pivots on the difference between a slave and a citizen. Turkish intellectuals are intentionally confusing the idea of […]

The Byzantine Princess and the Fork

By Steve Frangos - December 3, 2018

When I was growing up, I heard many times a tale of Greeks, from Classical times to reminiscences shared with me by my grandparents and […]

John Bull Dimitry: First Among Equals

By Steve Frangos - November 18, 2018

On December 27, 1835, John Bull Smith Dimitry was born in Washington, DC, the eldest son of Alexander Dimitry and Mary Powell Mills Dimitry. Like […]

Enrique Metinides: the Man Who Saw Too Much

By Steve Frangos - November 4, 2018

Enrique Metinides holds a special place among the world’s professional photographers of Greek descent. Metinides spent his entire career taking photographs of the accidents and […]

George Kokines: a Local Artist of International Fame

By Steve Frangos - October 21, 2018

The late George Kokines, internationally recognized artist, is receiving a long overdue hometown salute. On September 20, 2018, the National Hellenic Museum opened its “George […]

Greek Acrobats in North America: 1896 to 2009

By Steve Frangos - September 4, 2018

Since the mid-1820s, Greek circus performers have thrilled American audiences. The multitalented performer known as the Greek Rhigas performed in New York City between the […]

Tetos Demetriades: The 1924 Victor Artist Tour

By Steve Frangos - August 14, 2018

A strange paradox exists in the current studies of Modern Greek music: we seem to know more about individual songs recorded or released in the […]