By Shogig Chalian
NEW MILFORD, N.J. — Last fall, the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) published the memoir of our eldest Diasporas-Armenian poet, Jacques Hagopian, dedicated to our great national poet, Tekeyan Vahan Asdvadzakhouyz (Exploring God).
In the book he wrote, “The Last Word, that will also present itself as the truest of them all concurrently, naturally belongs to the creator of humanity,
His heart to the one who acknowledges him the best
His deeds’ one and only critique
His life’s one and only judge
The fairest inquisitor
In one word; God.”
Hagopian had written and kept his memoir close to him for about a decade, he had traveled with it from continent to continent, finally surrendered it to Vahan Tekeyan’s true heir, the Tekeyan Cultural Association, to enlighten it to the world. This volume was published with the support of the TCA Edmond “Yervant” Azadian Literary Fund.
Subsequently, the revival gala (as Hagopian would like to call it rather than a congratulatory gala) was organized by the US and Canada TCA Central Committees of Los Angeles, New York and Montreal, as the 92-year-old author was present and shared mementos from and thoughts about his close friendship with Vahan Tekeyan, and signed the books.