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MLB Media Mavens,
Venizelos Visit, The Greeks


Dear Readers:

With baseball season underway, HJ correspondent Clifford T. Argue shares the behind-the-scenes voices of seasoned media pros Chris Stathos and Debbie Gallas. Stathos enjoyed a 27 year career with the Kansas City Royals and Gallas with the Oakland Athletics for the past 20 years.

"While Major League Baseball may be a man's sport," writes Argue, "two Greek-American women have played a major role with their respective teams especially in the area of media relations." For their personal stories, please see page 4.

On the invitation of the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies in Berkeley, CA, veteran politician Evangelos Venizelos was in the SF Bay Area to give a lecture on "Statehood and Sovereignty." Hellenic Federation of Northern California President Ted Laliotis sat down with Professor Venizelos to discuss Greece's economic crisis, the refugee situation, Greeks abroad, and foreign investments. Please see page 6 for his exclusive interview.

This month the highly-anticipated new miniseries The Greeks, airs nationally on PBS starting June 21, 2016. PBS and National Geographic Studios have joined forces for this unique exploration of what made the Greeks great.

"This series has been over 3,000 years in the making," says executive producer Jared Lipworth. "Seeing how the ancient Greeks evolved, how much they accomplished, and how their legacy has lasted, we start to realize what a spectacular civilization they created."

For the complete story, please see page 10 and be sure to check your local PBS listings. 

 

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THIS MONTH’S FEATURE STORY

Baseball Media Professionals – Chris Stathos
and Debbie Gallas

Media staff veterans mark over two decades with the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics By Clifford T. Argue

While Major League Baseball may be a man’s sport on the field, two Greek-American women have played a major role with their respective teams especially in the area of media relations.

Chris Stathos (Stathopoulos) worked for 27 years for the Kansas City Royals and retired in 2006 as Manager – Broadcast and Media Services. Her responsibilities included coordinating media credentials, working with the Royals Alumni, organizing and running the annual Fantasy Camp at Spring Training, handling All-Star George Brett’s media and fan requests, assisting with administrative functions for the Royals radio and TV networks, and producing the annual media guides.

Stathos, nee Asimakopoulos, whose family came from Kalavrita in the Peloponessos, was born and grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Washington University there with a degree in Education. She met her husband George at a wedding, and they have a son, Michael, and a grandson, Christopher. She is active in the Annunciation Church in Kansas City, MO, in the Philoptochos and helping with the parish bookstore.

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