An Unbelievable Coincidence
In September of 1957, all the freshmen Class of 1961 gathered inside the auditorium, where the then President of Stevens, was to address us.
Halfway through the convocation, the President said, “We are now going to have a short break, and I would suggest that you start making friends with the freshmen around you, after all, you are going to be together for the next four years, and you should start to get to know each other.”
As soon as the lights went on, I turned around to the student sitting next to me, and I said, “you heard what the President said, where are you from?” He said, “I am from Greece.” I replied, “Oh, I am from Greece as well.” I then asked, “Where from in Greece?” He said, “Andros.” I said, “I am from Andros also.” Then we immediately recognized each other. I said, “You are Peter" He replied, “You are Spyros Polemis."
The point of the story is that Peter and I also sat next to each other at a desk in the High School of Andros in 1949 to take the exams required to go from elementary school to high school, when we were both about 12 years old. After we split up, he followed a different route to Stevens from the route that I followed, but then we found ourselves sitting again side-by-side during the first day of our university education. An unbelievable coincidence.
- Spyros Polemis '61