John Catsimatidis, one of our Golden Global Greeks, and # 616 on the Forbes Billionaires List for 2010, is the personification of what we all call the American Dream.
Born in Nissyros, Greece in 1948, John’s parents emigrated to America when he was six months old. With little money, they settled in a rented apartment on 135th Street in Harlem. While his father Andreas worked long hours as a busboy, his mother Despina brought up their only son.
Gia tin Agapi ton Allon by Ioustini Frangoulis is the story of this dynamic lady's life! An incredible tale of love, betrayal, and dignity set in the context of the conservative and tradition-bound island community of Nissyros.
Growing up, Catsimatidis attended both public and parochial grade schools. His youthful fascination with mechanics and how things worked led him to Brooklyn Tech and then on to NYU as an Engineering major. While in college, a part-time job in a family friend’s grocery store at 137th & Broadway gave him the impetus to open a small grocery at Broadway and 99th Street in Manhattan which would become the flagship for a conglomerate that would eventually generate over $3 billion dollars in annual sales and employ more than 8000 people ... Catsimatidis himself was to become a business tycoon who might one day be the Mayor of New York... Read More
Justine Frangouli-Argyris is one of our Global Greeks! Justine, or Ioustini as she is known in Greek, was born in Lefkada. A best-selling Greek author and journalist, Ioustini has been a contributor to daily newspapers, radio, television and magazines in Greece since 1983. Since 1989 she has been living and working in Montreal, Canada as a correspondent for the Athens News Agency (ANA), Eleftherotypia and Ethnos newspapers. During the same period, she also collaborated with local Greek-Canadian and American radio stations and publications, but more importantly has written a number of very successful books which have been published both in Greek and English.
Gia tin Agapi ton Allon is the latest and by all accounts will be her most successful!!!
After the highly symbolic and moving official launch of this book in November 2009 at Athens' Grande Bretagne Hotel, in the presence of John Catsimatidis himself, the author Ioustini, many friends and dignitaries, it is time to take the story back to the adopted home of it's leading lady ... the city of New York!
On Sunday, 11 April, 2010, in the most appropriate of places...Nissyros House, Gia tin Agapi ton Allon will be launched in New York, in the presence of John Catsimatidis, his family, the author and MPs Yiorgos Nikitiadis and Gregoris Niotis. Mr Niotis is currently Deputy Speaker of the Greek Parliament and is an MP with vast experience in matters of Greeks Abroad, in fact it was during his term that SAE, the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, was established.
Ioustini, Global Greek World once again wishes you every success for this tremendous book! It is well deserved!
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