By Edmond Y. Azadian
The year 2012 will mark the 80th anniversary of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator. However, The New York/New Jersey Chapter of Tekeyan Cultural Association, joining a group of friends of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator, fired the opening salvo of celebrations by organizing an elegant banquet on Saturday, June 4, in Teaneck, NJ, at the Marriott Hotel. In attendance were diplomats, high-ranking clergy, representatives of organizations — an elite crowd of writers, intellectuals and community leaders and benefactors.
The evening was saturated with nostalgia as former editors and major contributors were remembered and honored. Dr. Movses Hovsepian, Armine Dikijian and Jack Antreassian, who had been the pillars of the community and they had become part of Mirror history. A tastefully-designed programbooklet had highlighted all the previous and current editors who were as if in attendance that evening.
The affair afforded the opportunity to reflect on the history of the publication and its role in shaping community life and direction.
The booklet appropriately included a poem by Vahan Tekeyan, which helped define the dichotomy faced by the founders of the paper as they embarked on a new venture. It was a watershed event because they had to separate language from the mission. Until then, Armenians had not faced that kind of situation; language had always served as the vehicle of the mission.
The dilemma was either to forgo the mission or forgo the language. Abandoning the mission would automatically lead to the demise of the language anyway.