Rooting for Michalis

The family house no longer stands, and there are not even any relatives around to reminisce. But in the little Greek village of Pelopi (pop. 800), everyone knows "Michalis" Dukakis, son of a local boy who made good in America. "For the son of an emigrant from our little village to be President of the United States would be a great honor," beams Villager Maria Stephanou.

With slight smiles of bemusement, the locals in Pelopi show off the property where the Dukakis house once stood, the village register where the Dukakis births are listed, and . . . Well, that about...

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