Nation: Spiro, Won't You Please Come Home?

Whatever detractors the Vice President may have in the U.S., there is a tiny corner of the earth where Spiro Agnew can do no wrong—the Greek town of Gargaliani. Agnew's father emigrated from there to America 72 years ago, changing his name from Anagnostopoulos and becoming a U.S. citizen. As a first-generation native American, Spiro never spoke his father's native tongue (his mother was American) and is more attuned to Lawrence Welk than to the bouzouki. But in Gargaliani, blood, not tongue, is what matters: the Vice President is revered as a local boy who made good. TIME Correspondent Bonnie Angela...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!