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August 11, 2004
MICHAEL VILLANI There is more spring in my step as the effects of jet lag seem to dissipate. It was an "easy" Sunday, as the city teemed with activity. A number of us took the Metro downtown to see the changing of the guard, the Evzones, at the Parliament building. This was the formal once-a-week affair that happens actually every hour, on the hour, 365 days a year. The square was packed with tourists, foreign journalists and locals, as well as these regular army specialists who put on their show in full regalia.
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June 23, 2004
Steve Virgen For the past four years, Jennifer Parilla's eyes have been seemingly fixed on Athens, Greece. Ever since Parilla, a Newport Beach resident and an Orange Coast College student, finished ninth in the trampoline at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, she vowed to get to the 2004 Games, which begin August 13, and win a medal. She took one step closer to fulfilling her goal by winning the United States' Olympic team trials for the trampoline at San Jose State Saturday.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | May 4, 2012
The foreign feature film "Apartment in Athens" won big during the 13th annual Newport Beach Film Festival juried competition, taking away four awards in multiple categories. The film, also known as "Appartamento ad Atene," won for Best Feature Length Film, Best Actor (Gerasimos Skiadaresis), Best Cinematography (Vladen Radovic) and Best Screenplay (Ruggero Dipaola, Heldrun Schleef). "It is an immense joy, both for me and the screenplay [writer], the director of photography and the actor," Dipaola, the film's director and co-writer, said via email from Italy on Thursday.
NEWS
July 30, 2004
Michael Villani Since I was a young man, I've dreamed of being in the Olympics. I'd watch the games, summer and winter. I'd focus on the "pros," the "superstars" at each venue, and say, "Someday I'm going to be right there." Well, after many long years of extremely hard work -- early mornings, late nights, weekends -- toiling at my craft, guess what? I've finally got my shot. I'm going to the summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. My sport? Volleyball.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2012
Here is the official list of award winners for this year's Newport Beach Film Festival, which wrapped up May 3 after screening some 450 films from 50 countries: * Jury Awards Best Feature Film: "Apartment In Athens" Best Actor: Gerasimos Skiadaresis ("Apartment In Athens") Best Actress: Mélanie Laurent ("The Day I Saw Your Heart") Best Director: Jennifer Devoldère ("The Day I Saw Your Heart") Best Cinematographer: Vladan Radovic ("Apartment In Athens" Best Screenplay: Ruggero Dipaola, Heldrun Schleef ("Apartment In Athens")
NEWS
July 10, 2004
Steve Virgen At the turn, Aaron Peirsol could see himself winning. Somewhere in the distance he could also see Athens, Greece. Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High phenom, won the 100-meter backstroke with the fastest time in the world this year, 53.64 seconds, earning a spot on Team USA Friday at the U.S. Olympics swim trials in front of 9,411 in Long Beach. He came within three one-hundredths of a second of the world record, which is held by Lenny Krayzelburg, the three-time Olympic gold medalist who finished behind Peirsol in 55.05, most likely qualifying for the U.S. team.
NEWS
August 17, 2004
MICHAEL VILLANI It's Sunday night here in Athens, two days into the Summer Games of the XXVIII Olympiad. Everyone, staff and volunteers alike, has fallen into an Olympic rhythmic pattern, with strict schedules being adhered to and sleep caught at all hours of the day and night as shifts fluctuate from venue to venue. My little band of announcer colleagues, who got together almost every night last week, as rehearsals were mostly held in the day, are now leaving notes to one another.
NEWS
May 18, 2003
The Rev. George R. Crisp Six members of Christ Church by the Sea United Methodist were part of an exciting tour to Greece and Turkey in March. Bill and Carol Harader, of Costa Mesa, Chuck and Phyllis Bell, and George and Sue Crisp of Newport Beach, enjoyed the 12-day trip retracing the missionary journeys of the apostle Paul. About 170 United Methodists from the California-Pacific Conference, laity and clergy, traveled with Educational Opportunities Tours, a Christian travel organization based in Lakeland, Fla. After arriving in Athens, the group visited the ruins of the ancient city of Corinth, site of the Isthmian Games and where St. Paul lived and worked for 18 months (Acts 18:20-11)
NEWS
May 6, 2004
Danielle Anderson and Kyle Anderson My mother-in-law, Sandy, loves to travel, so she wanted to celebrate the birthdays of many friends and family with a European trip. The plan was Athens for four days followed by a seven-day cruise of the Greek Islands and Turkey. I never imagined going to these countries. How am I going to communicate? I don't speak Greek or any Turkish language! There are endless landmarks to see and explore, but where do you start?
NEWS
By: Tom Moulson | September 1, 2005
We stood by a stone marking the center of the universe, the surrounding hills forming a magnificent natural amphitheater facing the Gulf of Corinth. This was Delphi, home of the oracle and center of the ancient world. I was with my wife, Tita, and our friends, Theo and Matina. Greece is steeped in history. We had just driven through Thermopylae, where, in 480 BC, King Leonidas and 300 Spartans were slaughtered while trying to hold off 10,000 invading Persians.
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May 7, 2012
Here is the official list of award winners for this year's Newport Beach Film Festival, which wrapped up May 3 after screening some 450 films from 50 countries: * Jury Awards Best Feature Film: "Apartment In Athens" Best Actor: Gerasimos Skiadaresis ("Apartment In Athens") Best Actress: Mélanie Laurent ("The Day I Saw Your Heart") Best Director: Jennifer Devoldère ("The Day I Saw Your Heart") Best Cinematographer: Vladan Radovic ("Apartment In Athens" Best Screenplay: Ruggero Dipaola, Heldrun Schleef ("Apartment In Athens")
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NEWS
By Sarah Peters | May 4, 2012
The foreign feature film "Apartment in Athens" won big during the 13th annual Newport Beach Film Festival juried competition, taking away four awards in multiple categories. The film, also known as "Appartamento ad Atene," won for Best Feature Length Film, Best Actor (Gerasimos Skiadaresis), Best Cinematography (Vladen Radovic) and Best Screenplay (Ruggero Dipaola, Heldrun Schleef). "It is an immense joy, both for me and the screenplay [writer], the director of photography and the actor," Dipaola, the film's director and co-writer, said via email from Italy on Thursday.
SPORTS
By Dave Thorpe | August 2, 2006
John Mann's immediate goal is to play for the United States men's water polo team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Then, he'd like to play for the U.S. in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. Then, he'll have his sights set on the 2016 Summer Olympics, wherever that might be. You get the point. The former Corona del Mar High star, who was recently invited to play for the U.S. in Athens Greece, in the FINA World League Super Final, today through Sunday, hopes to be a fixture at the Olympics for the next decade or more.
NEWS
By: Tom Moulson | September 1, 2005
We stood by a stone marking the center of the universe, the surrounding hills forming a magnificent natural amphitheater facing the Gulf of Corinth. This was Delphi, home of the oracle and center of the ancient world. I was with my wife, Tita, and our friends, Theo and Matina. Greece is steeped in history. We had just driven through Thermopylae, where, in 480 BC, King Leonidas and 300 Spartans were slaughtered while trying to hold off 10,000 invading Persians.
NEWS
April 29, 2005
Tom Titus Of all the plays in the Shakespearean canon, perhaps the most obscure is "Timon of Athens," a tragedy that went unproduced for many years after the Bard's death. It has long been regarded as an inferior, unfinished work. Robert Cohen, who has directed plays at UC Irvine for as long as the university has existed, disagrees. In his adaptation -- now on stage at UCI with the title shortened to "Timon" and played in modern dress -- there is shattering power, most of it emanating from the actor in the title role.
NEWS
August 22, 2004
What more can we say about a guy, who doesn't like to be hyped up, who once had a day and a parade in Newport Beach in his honor? The story continues, and we can say more. Aaron Peirsol, a standout backstroker who honed his swimming skills at Newport Harbor High School and has gone on to become a top swimmer in his sport, will bring home gold. In the Olympic Games in Athens, Peirsol has won the gold medal in the 200- and 100-meter backstrokes, only the fifth swimmer in Olympic history to win gold in those two events in the same Games.
NEWS
August 22, 2004
MICHAEL VILLANI EDITOR'S NOTE: Michael Villani is a Costa Mesa resident and an announcer at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. He will be writing occasional pieces for the Pilot while he is there. Has this ever happened to you? You have a big lunch just before you have to do something extremely important, and in the middle of that meeting, conference call or interview you become so lethargic you hardly carry on an intelligent, or for that matter a coherent conversation at all. Well, it happened to me yesterday in my venue, at my broadcast desk, in front of, oh, probably 15,000 people.
NEWS
August 17, 2004
Newport Harbor High alum Aaron Peirsol grabbed his first gold medal of the Athens Olympics in the 100-meter backstroke Monday, one of three swimming events he will compete in. Peirsol finished in 54.06 seconds for the victory while Markus Rogan of Austria (54.35) and Japan's Tomomi Morita (54.36) battled for the silver and bronze medals. Lenny Krayzelburg, who holds the Olympic and world records in the event, finished fourth in 54.38. Krayzelburg won the gold in the 100 and 200 back in the 2000 Olympics in Syndey, Australia.
NEWS
August 17, 2004
MICHAEL VILLANI It's Sunday night here in Athens, two days into the Summer Games of the XXVIII Olympiad. Everyone, staff and volunteers alike, has fallen into an Olympic rhythmic pattern, with strict schedules being adhered to and sleep caught at all hours of the day and night as shifts fluctuate from venue to venue. My little band of announcer colleagues, who got together almost every night last week, as rehearsals were mostly held in the day, are now leaving notes to one another.
NEWS
August 15, 2004
PETER BUFFA Every two years, the world throws a party, and everybody comes. A few thousand athletes from a few hundred countries pack their bags and travel a really long way to wherever, compete like all get out for two weeks, then go home. It's called the Olympic Games. A few athletes are famous before they get there, or will be when they leave, but most will never be heard of, or from, before, during or after. Why do they do it? No one knows.
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