Sports & Media Correspondent Terry Poulos provides a quick glance at general bits of Chicago Greek news – from here to the greater Midwest and beyond…
Here’s the latest Greek Chicago news…
DAVLANTES AT CHICAGO AUTO SHOW FEB 16
This week is the annual Chicago auto show. WGN radio’s Anna Davlantes and her radio partner Roe Conn head to McCormick place Tuesday, February 16 for a live morning show airing on 720-AM.
ACTOR/MUSICIAN BRINGING BACK ROCK FEB 19
He rose to fame in the 80’s and 90’s playing the broadcast booth “straight-man,” sidekick/colorman to Bob Uecker’s zany character in the hit film “Major League I & II” and was also the touring guitarist for Olivia Newton-John. Today, Chicago native Skip Griparis has morphed into a multi-talented, multi-genre recording artist, singer and stand-up comedian. On February 19 at the Wicker Park Social Center in Highland, IN, Griparis reprises his most recent creation with a wild, entertaining “History of Rock & Roll.” He’ll play 60 acts from Nat King Cole to The Who, making the audience swoon with a “revolution through the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.” And he does it with an impressionism that leaves the observer wondering if he’s actually the original incarnate.
CRYPTO CURRENCIES & DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION PANEL FEB 24
Chicago digital payment innovator John Karantonis, CEO of Geopay.me Inc., on Wednesday, February 24 will appear as a panelist at an event hosted by The Mankoff Company. The title of the presentation is Disruptive Innovation: Blockchain. Karantonis will address Geopay.me’s digital all-in-one mobile wallet and alternative payment logistics and panelists will discuss the topic of rapidly-changing industry dynamics.
WHO’S WHO OF CHICAGO LAW TACKLES EPIC ANCIENT TRIAL AT FIELD MUSEUM; MARCH 10
In the third of a series of ground-breaking mock trials, the National Hellenic Museum puts ancient Greece and her peculiar mores on trial once more. This time, the courtroom will be the world-famous Field Museum on Chicago’s lakefront campus, and you the audience get to cast your verdict. Some of the biggest names in Chicago law, civics, culture and business will participate in the epic “Antigone vs. Creone,” a legal, ethical and moral conundrum which addresses what the Museum terms “natural and inalienable rights.” The philosophical twists emanating from this event, with the all-star cast of great legal minds and the thought-capital of the two previous mock trials, could perhaps even better frame modern policy and perspective.
ART INSTITUTE GREEK SERIES MARCH 10, APRIL 7
The Classical Art Society of the Art Institute of Chicago will be conducting a series of lectures this year and Hellenistic themes are right at the top of the agenda. On March 10 at the Art Institute’s Fullerton Hall, DePaul University associate professor Elena Boeck presents “From Piety to Depravity: Legacies of Three Byzantine Empresses.” On April 7 at the Art Institute’s Morton Auditorium, Jennifer Neils, the Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts at Case Western University, presents “Seeing the Parthenon Frieze Through Greek Eyes.” Must be an Art Institute and Classical Art Society member to attend.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos is up for re-election in the March primary. Voting is in all of Cook County. She was recently elected by her peers to serve as president of the district as well. Previously, she was district finance chair. Mariyana has been endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Party and a long list of organizations and civic groups. She’s also long been involved in the Greek community on a number of levels and has been a great supporter of Hellenic causes.
PHOSPHOR GAMES & CTO NIKOLAIDES GETTING RAVE REVIEWS
Phosphor Gamesstudios, located a stone’s throw from Greektown in Chicago’s downtown West Loop, is a growing digital game lab whose technical director is Dan Nikolaides, a graduate of the University of Illinois engineering school. Nikolaides recently collaborated on the creation of a new game called “Gemini: Heroes Reborn,” made for Xbox among other platforms, and it’s getting rave reviews. Phosphor previously produced the IOS version of “Superman” for Warner Brothers Studios. Dan and wife Jenna Karagiannis Nikolaides. last week announced they’re expecting their first child.
BIZIOS TO FOX MIAMI
Illinois-native Elitsa Bizios recently moved up to a major market in Miami where she’s now a general assignment reporter for the FOX network affiliate. The first of four daughters born to immigrants from Greece, Elitsa has a little puppy she named Leonidas who keeps her company in South Beach.
CHRONIS HIRED AT NBC SOUTH BEND
Lane Technical Prep and Indiana University grad Kasey Chronis is now a general assignment reporter at the NBC affiliate in South Bend, IN, her first full-time reporting job out of college.
NICHOLAS MOVES TO NBC MILWAUKEE
General assignment reporter Pete Nicholas, a Hinsdale South High School and University of Illinois grad, recently moved from a reporting job in LaCrosse, WI to the mid-level market of Milwaukee, WI where he’s now reporting for TMJ4, an NBC affiliate. Nicholas is the son of Greek community writer Harriett Condes-Zervakis.
CHICAGO MEDIA MAKING A SPLASH
WGN 720-AM radio morning co-host Anna Davlantesand “Living Healthy Chicago” (on WGN9 TV) host Jane Monzuresboth appeared in a late January issue of the Chicago Sun-Times Sunday magazine “Splash” in coverage of former Chicago Cub Kerry Wood’s event “Woody’s Winter Warmup,” an annual party which raises money for charity. Davlantes emceed the event. The editor of Splash is Susanna Stergianis Homan. All three are Chicago area natives. Davlantes graduated Lane Tech and Northwestern University, and Homan is another NU grad.
ESPN ENGINEER NOW ON-AIR
Chicago area native George Cotsirilos handles audio board duties at ESPN1000 sports radio and B96-FM music radio but he recently added on-air talent to his resume with a weekend late-night hosting gig at Star 105.5 FM. He’s a graduate of Columbia College’s school of broadcasting.
Chicagoan Suzanne Kopulos, publisher of the fashion blog Garmental.com, was recently a guest on WGN TV9 talking couture for all shapes and sizes.
STUDENT TEACHING E-BOOK
Chicagoan Gregory Chiakulas wrote a student-teaching e-book now available at Amazon.com. It was the #2 ranked book in its category.
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For more than 20 years, Terry has been covering issues in the Greek community both in Chicago and nationally for various publications. He’s a writer whose focus includes sports, media, science and politics. By day, he’s a business owner (TheSportsIndex.com), and separate from that, he’s been working as a pro football Replay Assistant for the past 17 years.