We Hellenes have the tendency to carry out the American proverb: “shoot ourselves in the foot.” How else can we interpret mistakes that injure our identity in our American society.
On pages 8 and 9, the August issue of the Hellenic News of America has an array of very nice photographs depicting the very successful Holy Trinity of Delaware Annual Festival. Yet, the entire sequence of photographs is marred by the very indignant omission of a Very Important Person (VIP).
The first photograph is introduced as “The famous Atlantic Band playing Greek music at the festival,” with the gentleman in the light blue shirt playing the famous bouzouki.
The eighth photograph shows the President and Vice President of our Community with their“friend,” the same gentleman in the light blue shirt.
The ninth photograph has the gentleman in the light blue shirt dancing Greek, or being graciously assisted by members of the Community to dance Greek.
The sad fact is that the gentleman in the light blue shirt is not identified, and as a VIPpersonality that he is, it is an embarrassment to our Community when this man, the Governor of the State of Delaware, the Honorable Jack Markell, is not identified. Governor Markell honored our Community with his presence, his wife helped in the serving line, and whoever submitted the photographs to the Hellenic News of America, naming all others in photographs, did not bother checking out who was that stranger who was coveted by our parishioners. Certainly our Community member who was accompanying the Governor around the premises — if someone was as should have been — should have made certain that the person taking and submitting the photographs was identifying the Governor’s presence.
Dean C. Lomis, Ph.D.
715 Chrysler Avenue
Newark, Delaware 19711-4957