HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
....TO MY DAD!
by Kanellio (aka Bingo)
The photos you see above are old family photos. My dad, who passed away in 1983, is the dashingly handsome man on the right. It is the only time I ever saw him with hair as he was bald by 19. The photo on the left is my grandfather, Papou, with me as in infant in 1947. Papou died soon after this but he lived with my parents after my grandmother, Yiayia, died. That is very common in many families, but especially in Greek families to care for their parents with respect and dignity in their later years. The photo in the center is my mom and my aunt and two uncles in a traditional portrait that I am sure they dreaded getting dressed up for to have taken. As Pete Peterson said, he wanted to be 100% American but the Greek heritage always came first, as I know it did in my family especially when they were young in these pictures.
My father came to
Today, I present my review of Peter Peterson's book and a tribute to all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Husbands, Uncles, Godfathers, Brothers, Nephews, and Brother-in-laws.... ALL the dads in my family, here today, and some sorely missed and sadly not with us anymore, but especially to MY DAD on Father's Day...were it not for him, and my mom, there would be no BOOKIN' WITH BINGO and I hope they both are proud of the passionate work I do today with my writing, reading and my books. I hope you enjoy this, the review, and your family's Father's Day! Thank you for letting me share!
THE EDUCATION OF AN
By Peter G. Peterson
A Review by “Bingo”
George Petropoulos came from Vahlia, Greece, to America as many immigrants did, to make a better life for himself and his family. Speaking no English and with a third grade education, he carved out a place in this country with sheer hard work and determination. George’s older brother had come to America first, then George, and later others in the family came. Most made the trip through
The tough times that Peter’s family lived through, as he grew up, is one that so many children of Greek immigrants, like me, can relate to. George had worked several jobs before finally settling in Kearney,
The beginning of THE EDUCATION OF AN AMERICAN DREAMER was especially interesting to me as I could relate so much with my family background. Peter Peterson went on to build a “better life” attending MIT and later Northwestern’s business school. As a young man, he held a place in advertising with a large
Living the American dream didn’t come without struggles and personal problems. He had to deal with brain surgery as well as went through two divorces. He had his share of enemies and supporters along the way, but is now married to Joan Ganz Cooney, who helped create