Our readers and the community were saaddened by the passing of noted professor George Anastaplo on February 14. He was the son of Greek immigrants Theodore Anastaplo and Margarita Syriopoulou and is survived by his wife, Sara Prince Anastaplo, four children and eight grandchildren.
His proudest achievements were his service as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corp in WW II, his long and unsuccessful contest with the Illinois Bar Association which enabled him to argue his own case before the Supreme Court at the age of 35, and his publications.
He taught at Rosary College, (now Dominican University) the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the University of Chicago’s Basic Program of Liberal Education.
In the 1970’s the Chicago Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union named him “Man of the Year.”
He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his courageous stand before the legal power structure during the McCarthy era of national intimidation, and as a political philosopher, professor, and writer on freedom, virtue, and the common good.
His publications include “The Artist as Thinker” – “Human Being and Citizen,”—“The Constitutionalist” and many other books, reports and newspaper articles including a number in our Greek Star.
May his memory be eternal.
This week I caught up with Michael Markellos of Gyro-Mena. Raved as “the best gyro place in Chicago” he explains the perfect gyro!
Where are your parents from in Greece?
My parents are from Ioannina, Greece.
Two years ago you brought Gyro-Mena to Chicago and diners have raved it “the best gyro place in Chicago.” Explain your journey to the Windy City.
Long story short my parents immigrated to Philadelphia from Greece. My mother’s side all went into the philly steak/ pizza business in philly.
My mother’s sister married a man from Chicago and yiayia would not let the family split up, so we ALL moved to Chicago in the 1970s. My dad and grandfather opened up Eastern Style Pizza in Rogers Park, Skokie, and Niles. So I grew up as did many in the restaurant business.
I could never find a real Philly steak in Chicago so in 1990 I opened Phillys Best 907 W Belmont.
We ship every ingredient in from Philly for our steak sandwich with the exception of onions. We have grown to four locations since.
For years when I’ve been to Greece, I noticed the gyros were always different and much better than the American version, much like Philly Steaks are in Philly. I often thought to bring real gyros to Chicago, so two years ago the space next to Phillys Best on Belmont (905 W. Belmont) became vacant and I decided it was time. So I gambled and built Gyro-Mena.
One side of the building sells real Philly steaks the other side real gyros with the dining rooms connected.
How did you come to Greek Town?
Last year the space next door to Phillys Best in Greek Town became available (769 W. Jackson). Based on the success of Gyro-Mena Belmont, the decision to open Gyro-Mena Greek Town was much easier.
What is the key ingredient to making the perfect Athenian gyro?
The meat is the main key, but you can’t forget the smaller supporting keys. It’s like a race car, powerful engine, but useless without right tires.
The key supporting ingredients are the yogurt/tzatziki sauce. Must be thick and zesty. Another extremely important ingredient, grill the pita with pure olive oil! Most places grill the pita with the fat that drips off the gyro to save money.
There’s a tremendous difference in the product when olive oil is used.
Explain how Gyro-Mena works?
The original concept was to be pork or chicken gyro, with the fries inside, exactly as served in Greece. I also decided to incorporate a Chipotle or Subway style ordering system where the customer can choose from 15 different toppings, and various yogurt based sauces we created such as a zesty chipotle yogurt, and a spicy cranberry yogurt in addition to traditional tzatziki. People love to design there gyro and the Athenian versions quickly took off.
What is your favorite Greek island?
Mykonos! The dining room at our Greek Town location was inspired 100 percent from my last trip to Mykonos!
CHICAGO—Greeks in the Windy City will descend upon the National Hellenic Museum on March 22 for one simple reason—to party like its 1821. The Greek Star is proud to be one of the sponsors of the upcoming event: 1821—A Celebration. This social event, is a chance to mix, mingle and celebrate Greek Independence Day. 1821—A Celebration begins at 8pm with a DJ performance by Global Sound. There is a $20 charge at the door with appetizers and a cash bar. So mark your calendars to attend one of Chicago's most anticipated Greek social events. more info at www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org Zito Hellas
I recently received a letter regarding the article: "In Utah, fight breaks out at Greek Orthodox church" that appeared in our newspaper both in print and online. Mr. Burikas' letter, which is featured below writes that the author was not identified via by line. To clarify this statement, the article was written by AP—the Associated Press. The Greek Star is a member of the Associated Press Service. In fact, the article appeared in countless news outlets around the country. The Greek Star stands by the AP reporting.
The National Hellenic Society, in cooperation with the American College of Greece, are now accepting applications for Heritage Greece 2014, a dynamic, cultural summer abroad program geared to undergraduate students of Greek descent. This program enables 50 selected students to learn about their Greek roots by immersing them in the culture and language, and is shared with Greek students from the NHS's partner and host, American College of Greece (ACG), in Athens.
The Heritage Greece program is open to undergraduate students of Greek descent, who are between the ages 18-26, who have seldom or never have been to Greece, and have a 3.0 GPA or above. Deadline to apply for Heritage Greece 2014 is March 7, 2014.
BALTIMORE—As hundreds of weak and exhausted Syrian residents of the Old City of Homs continue to evacuate the besieged city, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) with church partner, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA), is providing the latest group of evacuated Christian and Muslim families with refuge, medical attention, and emergency aid. IOCC/GOPA responded to the immediate needs of more than 400 evacuees at a temporary shelter in the Al Ghouta neighborhood of Homs, to evacuated families being sheltered in Waer, as well as dozens of evacuees who sought refuge at the Patriarchate, with the distribution of relief items such as food, bedding, cooking sets, hygiene kits, dignity kits, and children's clothing. Working in cooperation with the World Health Organization, IOCC/GOPA is also addressing the medical needs of evacuees who arrived with injuries or were too frail to walk.
NICOSIA (AP) —Cyprus' president moved to ease fears that his handling of renewed peace talks with breakaway Turkish Cypriots would scuttle chances for a fair reunification accord.
A new book has recently hit the book shelves and it is chilling and thought-provoking at the same time. In his new book, retired U.S. Navy physicist Dr. Theodore G. Pavlopoulos asserts that the U.S. federal government's personnel system is flawed and oppressive, and because of this, opened the U.S. up to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, and continues to threaten American security today.