Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #5 - 11/30/06

Thirteen Things about Michael

Unique Things About Members of My Familiy

1. My father served in the Army and achieved the rank of Major before retiring.

2. My mother who was PTA President and supermom in the 1970's went on to be a Founder with USA Today, opening the Atlanta market as the original Circulation Director in 1982.

3. My Aunt Elaine (Mom's older sister) is a nationally recognized corporate attorney. Both she and mom started out as teachers.

4. My Great-Uncle George still owns and runs a horse farm in SE Pennsylvania where he breeds and trains harness-racing horses.

5. My Great-Grandfather Costantino Giannaris was recognized by the King of Greece for his work in supporting other immigrants in the USA.

6. My younger brother Tim was a high school rowing team member and continued rowing for the Men's Crew Club at the University of Central Florida.

7. My older brother Peter graduated high school when he was 16 years old. He began his college that summer at Georgia Tech and did not turn 17 until late that July.

8. My brother-in-law Wes (Amy's little brother) is an internationally known DJ touring as Diplo. His girlfriend (M.I.A.) is a club singer from Sri Lanka.

9. My Cousin Hope Allen was Miss Teen Georgia in the late 1980's. She has worked as a model and actress in NY and LA and has appeared on NBC's Friends and got to slap Jim Carrey in the playground scene in Liar Liar.

10. My Uncle Philip produces and performs music in the Indianapolis area. He also writes and is a Shotakan karate Sensei.

11. My wife Amy is a pediatric nurse and has worked for one of the nation's most prestigious non-profit children's hospitals for the past five years.

12. My Paternal grandmother, my mother, and I all attended the same elementary school in Coatesville, PA. It was demolished the summer after my third grade year, which was the last year we lived in Coatesville.

13. I worked as a freelance photographer while in college and shot many bands in Orlando in the early 2000's including work published by or for Deborah "Debbie" Gibson, Vonray, Deroot, and The David Rankin Band.

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Mags said...

Thanks for stopping by!! Good/interesting list, though it seems like it's more about the people in your life than about you...but I can see how that makes you, you!!

Happy Thursday!!

Haley-O said...

Wow! That's quite an interesting family you got there. You make my family seem so boring! ;)

stacitee said...

Wow! You have an interesting family!

Janene said...

Okay...I'm jealous, your family is far more famous (or infamous) than mine. I have absolutly nothing fun to say about members of...OH WAIT!!! My Great-Grandfather was in the Mafia! Seriously! He even did some time for running numbers or something...never killed anyone that I know of (that would suck!)

Okay, I added something interesting. BTW - that sucks you're gonna be out of town before Christmas. I bet Amy is none too happy.

Le laquet said...

Gosh! What an active family ... I might need a lie down now!

Caylynn said...

Wow, you have quite an interesting and impressive family! They must all have amazing stories to tell. :)

Have a good day. :)

Caylynn & Dragonheart

Knitting Maniac said...

What a cool list!

Thanks for stopping by!

Chaotic Mom said...

Wow! I totally need to hang out here more. ;)

We're army, always looking for good pediatric nurses.

My pop built a darkroom when I was 12, I pretty much grew up there. He passed away when I was 17, I still have his almost untouched Hassie (and a couple of very well used Nikons). He would be thrilled to see where photography and computers have gone over the years. I am still a photography addict, thinking of selling off his Hassie equipment to maybe get something nicer for myself. ;)

I've posted my Thursday Thirteen, too. Enjoy!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

You have a very accomplished family! They sound like wonderful people. Happy Thursday and thanks for visiting:)

Jane said...

What interesting facts. I was most impressed. I think what Amy does is the best though! Taking care of sick children is tough and she deserves applause.
Thanks for visiting my T13.

Karri said...

Wow, my family consists of 4 people total, with nothing noteworthy to mention. *cry*

lrlwreath said...

Wow you have a great high achiever family (mean that as a compliment). You are blessed. Interesting list to read. Thanks for visiting my blog

Katia said...

Wow, what an intriging family! I don't think I could manage the same sort of list...

i am jen [with1n] said...

What an interesting list. Great to know a little about your family.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy TT!!

amy said...

I did not know a few of those things and I am his wife...heehee
I hate to be the first poster

Janet said...

oooh a photographer! What kind of camera(s) do you use?

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Chickadee said...

Glad you're doing the 13, what a great list! I"ll bet the freelance photography was fun and I imagine that you moved around a lot as a military kid. My friend is a military wife and her husband is serving in Iraq right now.

Hope to see another list next week!

My 13 are up.

Darla said...

What an interesting and impressive family! They're all very accomplished, but in such different areas. Thanks for introducing them to us. :)

Just Expressing Myself said...

What an accomplished family!
And so nice to have had visits from two gentlemen today - thanks for stopping by - it's nice to see some guys on this list.
Being recognized by the King of Greece - now that must have a been quite a moment.
Thanks for sharing,

Stephanie said...

WOW! Happy TT!

Jenny Ryan said...

Wow-what a cool family!

Missy said...

What a great gene pool! Cool list!

AnnaMary said...

jeez, awesome family! Happy TT, mine is up!

Go knights!

East of Oregon said...

yes - awesome family - happy Thursday!

Wendy Ann Edwina D'Cunha e Pereira said...

a lovely tribute to an illustious and loving family.... Guess you love them all a whole lot.... and have every reason to be proud of them.... Great list

YellowRose said...

I bet family reunions are a blast with your family, aren't they? ;)

Great list, you have quite a family!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mitch said...

Very eclectic family. It would seem the Holiday conversation would never get boring. :)

Thanks for the read Mitch

Justin said...

You have an interesting family. I won't dare post a Thursday Thirteen about my family now. I was sent here via Amy.

Becky said...

Some great people in your family. This is a very interesting list. I, too, was sent here via Amy. You both sound like wonderful people. Happy Holidays.