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October 31, 2013

Step Back in Time: Oct. 31

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Danny and Georgia Lazaris will lay down the coffee pot today for the last time at the Laskaris Restaurant in downtown Oneonta. The Greek immigrant couple is retiring 25 years to the day after they took over the diner at Chestnut and Main streets.

They’ll go back to Greece for a vacation, but will come back to Oneonta to live, the couple said.

The Lazarises are selling the restaurant to Bradd Barken and Ron Cianciolli from New York City. The new owners will maintain the Greek and American menu and plan to add bagels next year, Lazaris said. They also plan to stay open later at night, he said.

Danny and Georgia Lazaris are the picture of an immigrant family that found the American dream. Both came to the United States penniless in the 1950s to live with family members who were already here. He landed in Texas, where he learned his first English word — water — with a Texas accent.

She came to Oneonta where her sister and father’s relatives lived.

They met later in Chicago where Lazaris worked in a restaurant for seven years. They ended up in Oneonta, after they visited her relatives here and decided to buy the restaurant from her uncle.

 

50 years ago

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In order to better understand the Arab, Turkish, Persian and Jewish speaking world, we must know the basic concerns of the people living there, Dr. Hassan Saab, Lebanese diplomatic officer, asserted Wednesday night in Hartwick College.

He listed the four major concerns of these peoples as “freedom, development, security and spiritual revival.”

“The people of the Middle East are mainly concerned with freedom. Since World War I they have all won independence,” he reported.

“Once the countries were independent, there was a short honeymoon of freedom. Then they became concerned with development.”

Dr. Saab pointed out that “In their struggle for development, the new countries found themselves between two ports: both the United States and the Soviet Union extend aid for development.

“The majority of the countries have a policy of accepting economic aid if there are no political strings attached,” Dr. Saab said.

The next problem is “how to preserve their independence,” Dr. Saab said.

Dr. Saab noted that since World War II, “Communist states have arisen in every place in the world except North America and the Middle East.

“The people are basically religious. Their supreme values and ideals are spiritual. The area is the birthplace of three great religions,” he stressed.