By Aram Arkun
TEANECK, N.J. — The Tekeyan Cultural Association and the Friends of the Mirror- Spectator are hosting a banquet in anticipation of the 80th anniversary of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator on June 4.
The idea for the first solely English-language Armenian paper in the United States was proposed in 1931, and realized in 1932. The Tekeyan Cultural Association has undertaken the effort to support the newspaper with a gala fundraising event because of its very close ties with the Mirror-Spectator. Vartan Ilanjian, one of the advisors in the Greater New York chapter of Tekeyan, noted that the efforts of three pillars of ongoing support of the newspaper in the area in its early period — Dr. Moses Housepian, Jack Antreassian and Armine Dikijian — would be commemorated at the event, and more information will be presented about them.
Ilanjian declared: “The role of the Mirror-Spectator has been great in the United States, though its reach has been global. It has played a vital role in maintaining and perpetuating cultural values and ideology. Though some ask why we need newspapers while there is the Internet, as an information technology professional I would tell you this: Over the years there have been numerous changes in media. The value of technology can be tremendous if and only if you can retrieve information from it. The only media that so far has withstood the test of time has been printed media. So we need to keep the printed newspapers.”
The banquet will commence at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception, and dinner will be at 8 o’clock. Dr. Raffy Hovanessian will serve as the master of ceremonies. There will be classical music performed by cellist Elizabeth Kalfayan during cocktails, while singer Datevik Hovanesian will provide jazz entertainment for guests later in the program.