As was stated in this column some weeks ago and now it appears frequently. Associated Press reports how the similarities are uncanny, between the two Bush presidencies. Both Bushes go to war with Iraq midway through their terms. Both wars end in victory and they come out with high approval ratings. And, at home, both are plagued by a troubled economy. Will history continue to repeat itself in next year’s election? Is Sen. Hillary Clinton waiting in the wings or by pushing Gen. Clarke into the race created a field which cannot beat Bush, making four years from now a sure shot for Sen. Clinton to make the run for the Oval Office?
State Assemblyman MICHAEL GIANARIS will be the Grand Marshall for the Annual Queens Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, October 11th. The parade which starts at 12 noon, begins at the Kaufman Studios proceeds on Steinway Street, down 30th Avenue, to 33rd Street and onto Columbus Triangle on 31st Street and Astoria Blvd.
VARELADIKO Columbus Day Weekend Bash, Sunday, October 12th, presented by STU CHASE, PETE GIANNOPOULOS, RUSS PANOPOULOS, NICOLAS CHASE, JOHN FLOSSOS and JOHN SOLO, at Lobby, located at 380 West 38th Street. Music by TOMMY TUNES, GEORGE SIOZIOS, FRISBEE, PETER VALIS. They will be playing the hottest dance, Greek, Euro, hip-hop, and R & B of this past summer. Free Vareladiko shirts & volume XI CD. For information, call: 718-252-2916.
The 55TH ANNUAL HELLENIC AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DINNER DANCE
honors the Hon. DORA BAKOYANNI, the Mayor of Athens, as the “2003 Person of the Year,” at the Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street, on Friday, October 17th. Cocktails begin at 7:00 p.m. with dinner to follow. Tickets are $275. per person. For reservations or more information, call STAMATI GIKAS, at the HACC office at 212-629-6380.
The ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTER will feature “From Ishtar to Aphrodite: 3200 Years of Cypriot Hellenism.” This is an exhibition presenting art and artifacts from Cyprus from the Late Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Period. The exhibit opens on Wednesday, October 22nd at 645 Fifth Avenue, between 51st and 52nd Street. For information, call 212-486-4448.
Forbes 400 of the “Richest Americans” came out and there are a few names you might recognize. At #28 GEORGE SOROS, 72, $7 billion, Bedford, NY, Hedge Funds; #32 JEFFREY BEZOS, 39, $5.1 billion, Seattle, WA, Amazon.com; #49 PETER M. NICHOLAS, 62, $3.3 billion, Boston, MA, medical devices; #126 GEORGE PHYDIAS MITCHELL, 84, $1.6 billion, Houston, TX, oil & gas; #265 GEORGE LEON ARGYROS, 66, $980 million, Newport Beach, CA, investments; #305 ALEXANDER GUS SPANOS, 79, $860 million, Stockton, CA, real estate and owner of the San Diego Chargers football organization; Meanwhile, listed as one of the “World’s Richest” is at #101 SPIRO LATSIS & Family, 56, $3.3 billion, Greece, shipping.
Till next week when we go “Around Our Town.” Email me at Archie1m@aol.com