By Aram Arkun
NEW YORK — The banquet to honor the forthcoming 80th anniversary of the Armenian Mirror- Spectator on June 4 in New Jersey will have a little something for everyone. There will be classical music performed by Elizabeth Kalfayan, jazz with an Armenian flavor from Datevik Hovanessian and an opportunity to see old friends and support a worthy cause.
Banquet organizing committee Co-chair Shoghig Chalian announced that Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Kurkjian will be the keynote speaker, while Peter Sourian, Florence Avakian and Nerses Babayan will salute the efforts of three great figures involved with the Mirror and the New York-area Armenian community — Jack Antreassian, Dr. Movses Housepian and Armine Dikijian.
Chalian exclaimed, “It is turning out to be a very interesting program. It promises to be a great literary and artistic evening.”
Jack (Ardavast) Antreassian (1920-2009) edited the Mirror-Spectator during the early 1940s and parts of the 1950s and 1960s. He had a long and distinguished career in various sectors of the Armenian- American community. He served, not simultaneously, as executive director of the Diocese of the Armenian Church and of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) of America. He was an innovator who established a number of important programs during the golden age of the Armenian- American community.