By Alin K. Gregorian
BOSTON — The Taj Hotel was the scene of a celebration and fundraiser for the Armenian Mirror- Spectator, bringing together about 250 of the newspaper’s longtime supporters, current and former staff and their friends and family for an evening of fun and camaraderie.
The evening, hosted by Kevork and Jacqueline Atinizian and family, raised more than $72,000 for the newspaper. The benefit committee was chaired by Barbara Chrakian Tellalian, who dedicated her efforts to the memory of her late father, the founding editor of the Mirror-Spectator, Elisha Chrakian.
Central to the celebrations were two people who received the Award of Excellence from the newspaper, award-winning ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian and Improper Bostonian publisher Wendy Semonian-Eppich.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Kurkjian, a cousin of Tim Kurkjian, introduced the TV analyst to the audience.
The ever-humble and self-effacing Tim Kurkjian needed only about 30 seconds to reduce the audience to uncontrollable laughter as he recited anecdotes about his time as a reporter and as an Armenian- American. He recalled that he was at an event, when a man approached him and said, “I know you, you’re Armenian and you’re on TV.” Flattered, Kurkjian responded in the affirmative. The man turned to his friend and said, “Look, it’s Armen Keteyan.”