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Paraskevi Polychronis – Keeping tradition alive

15.07.2017 in Arts & Culture

Keeping traditions alive abroad… Meet jewelry designer Paraskevi Polychronis Antonopoulos is an elaborate name for someone born and raised in America. Also known as Vivian to her American friends, Paraskevi is passionate about her Greek roots as well as her design work. Raised in the jewelry business, Paraskevi was taught three key values; pride for her Greek heritage, commitment to education and the importance of hard work. Paraskevi’s father, Polychronis (Paul), always encouraged his daughter to be the best at her trade and art. She grew up listening to his captivating stories that defined the American dream. Polychronis was a shepherd in…

Skorpios – The Island of Onassis

01.07.2016 in History

Skorpios  – The Island of Onassis    In 1963, Aristotle Onassis bought the Ionian island of Skorpios, located just off the western coast of Lefkada, and transformed it into his summer residence.  When first purchased, the island did not even have running water.  But Onassis, known for his business acumen, attention to the smallest detail and desire for the greatest of quality, turned Skorpios into an unbelievable private oasis.     When purchased, the island was fairly barren.  Utilities were piped in, forests planted, and Onassis even used his yacht the “Christina” to bring in sand from another Greek island for the…

Onassis Foundation Legacy

01.07.2016 in Arts & Culture

Onassis Foundation Legacy   Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre (OCSC)   The first of the big projects envisioned and brought to completion by the Onassis Foundation Board of Directors was the OCSC; completed in 1992. It is a model, ultra-modern hospital, whose cost at the time amounted to more than $75,000,000 (estimated at €150,000,000 in today’s prices).   The 127-bed capacity hospital is designed in accordance with the modern architectural principles and technical specifications applicable to all large hospitals.    By the end of 2015 the hospital had admitted more than 350,000 patients and about 1,500,000 outpatient consultations and diagnostic tests had been logged….

Paul J. Ioannidis: Legends & Legacies

01.07.2016 in History

Paul J. Ioannidis: Legends & Legacies   In February of 1984, Paul J. Ioannidis retired as a Captain of Olympic Airways (OA) having logged 22,500 hours as a Captain and Instructor. From the time Aristotle Onassis acquired OA in 1957, Ioannidis had served in various capacities – Chief Flight Instructor, Chief Pilot, Flight Operations Director and eventually Director General. For many, three decades of an illustrious career may be enough. But for Ioannidis, this is but a sliver of the adventures and accomplishments of his life.   «charismatic» exercising a compelling charm that inspires devotion in others. “a charismatic leader”…