Apr 21, 1967

This is how it all started...

Dear Friends, Supporters, Satisfied and Potential Customers and, of course, Competitors (whom we know read everything with a magnifying glass): 

Usually, you begin by reading current events and make assumptions about the past which are totally incorrect. 

We would like to make an exception and guide you into the beginning of the Events Section so that you may be able to understand the path made this a reality. 

It will take some time to really understand How and Why. In some areas you will be able to see the life of the man who started all this and the Company itself. 

It has actually been a long progression of time and events. 

Some of you may have already read Mr. Goudas' biography or heard comments about it.
Or, for any one of you stumbling upon this website for the first time, you may have begun by viewing the Products Section.

With over 1,000 of the finest products in the world, and I'm sure you are saying "WOW, how did this happen! Do miracles really still happen in this present time!"
And further curiosity led you to continue clicking, here and there until finally discovering the immense volume of not only products, but events, articles, stories, dancing beans, etc, etc. 

This is a wonderful area to start. 

We are not going to plunge into Mr. Goudas' life from birth (29 MAR 1942). We will take you to just a few years before immigrating to Canada, which you may read in his biography.
And therefore, we dedicate this Events Section to: 

All people moving to another country facing a new culture, language and surroundings without any friends or any money. 

Young people who learn from our experiences. 

Those who are depressed and are feeling as though the world is crashing around them due to bad luck or serious injury.

Suppliers around the world who share with us the satisfaction of delivering the best the world has to offer.

Millions of consumers, so they may experience the joy and satisfaction we feel, knowing that we have done and we are still doing the very best. 

The competition, which we know will examine this website very carefully.
We trust they will finally understand that our motive is, and always has been, to provide the consumer with the very best, and maybe they can try to do the same. 

This is a solid testament of our desire to share feelings, experiences, accomplishments, the highs and the lows with our customers, general public, supporters, friends and even the competition, whose respect we feel that we have earned. 

This is how the story began to unfold: 

On the morning of April 21, 1967, a decree, purportedly signed by the king and his government, was issued proclaiming martial law. Various articles in the 1952 Constitution guaranteeing human rights were suspended, special martial courts were set up, political parties were dissolved, and the right to strike was abolished.

Many thousands of people with a record of left wing political views or activity were rounded up and sent into exile in bleak camps on the islands. 
In the course of the day the creation of a nondescript civilian government headed by a Supreme Court prosecutor, Constantine Kollias, was announced.

In a statement broadcast in the evening, Kollias roundly attacked the politicians for failing the nation, promised social justice and declared that from now on there were no rightists, centrists or leftists, but "only Greeks who believe in Greece". 

It soon became apparent, however, that the new civilian prime minister was a mere facade and that real power lay in the hands of a triumvirate of relatively junior officers, Colonels George Papadopoulos and Nicholas Makarezos, both of whom had backgrounds in intelligence, and Brigadier Stylianos Pattakos, who were backed up by a shadowy Revolutionary Council. Papadopoulos took charge of the key ministry to the prime minister, which controlled the media. 

Pattakos became minister of the interior and Makarezos took over the important economic ministry of co-ordination.
The 'Colonels', as the military junta came to be known, established their control over the Greek government. 

Although King Constantine had not signed the decree establishing martial law which had been issued in his name, he rejected the urgings of his last constitutional prime minister to resist the conspirators. 
Kanellopoulos himself, with a number of other prominent political figures, was placed under house arrest.

Civil servants, school, and university teachers, whose allegiance was in doubt, were dismissed, while others were required to demonstrate their loyalty to the regime or risk forfeiting their jobs.
Lawyers and judges who showed too much independence were harassed and dismissed. 

'The Revolution of April 21st, 1967', as the coup was now officially known was getting increasingly powerful everyday.
To justify their continued grip on power the Colonels sought to give their regime an ideological basis.
Political strikes, for instance, were forbidden, and a number of the most important articles were in any case held in abeyance. 

The fact that the plebiscite was held under martial law indicated that the regime, despite its protestations to the contrary, was uncertain of its popularity. 
The Colonels had met with little opposition at the time of the coup and the initial reaction of the bulk of the Greek people was only surprise, limited to a patient observation of events. 

Greece is a country which had more than four thousand years of history; the legendary home of the gods, a country which, up to that point, was a leader in democracy, a country where freedom of speech originated, a land of open mindedness, the birthplace of the great minds, such as, Plato, Aristotle and Socrates.

The original birthplace of the Olympics is now under a big cloud with respect to its future.
Is this a temporary thing, is this something that will go away, or will this situation continue for a long time?
Questions and more questions arose in the minds of the people without specific answers to be possibly given. 

The new regime was planning to recall anyone who was recently released from the army to be enlisted again. 
Who knows for how long!! Young Spyros Peter Goudas had to make a quick decision, either permanent or temporary, due to the fact that he had just finished five years mandatory service as an aircraft engineer at Tatoi & Elefsina Airbases. 

Having high qualifications as an aircraft engineer, he had to determine whether he was ready to put the safety of warplane pilots in his hands. There were instances where the pilots would look at him right in the eye expecting the signal of 'yes' or 'no', as to whether they should fly or not. 
(It is important to know, is that the war planes, F76 and F84, were all used American war planes and were in need of constant maintenance from capable engineers.) 

Such qualifications did not go unnoticed from the Australian, South African and Canadian governments, which had each sent Spyros an invitation letter to emigrate to any of these three countries. 

Since the invitation was open, all he needed was a small sum of money
(and here is a reminder that the mandatory army service was an unpaid service). 
He did not have any money even for the ticket.
He had to borrow a little bit from each of his friends to purchase a third class departure ticket for the Christopher Columbo Italian liner departing for Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the 27th of April, l967. 

The journey to Canada took more than one week and throughout this period of time Spyros had endured a high fever of above 40 degrees because, prior to his departure, he had to be inoculated.

Inoculation is a normal procedure, however at the moment he was being inoculated, the prick of the needle caused him to jerk his arm and the needle became bent (due to his extraordinary muscle power, which he had developed in his arms when he worked at a porcelain and clay factory for a few years, beginning at the age of nine); as a consequence, he tore the nerve in his left arm.

You may recall mention being made earlier of Mr. Goudas' biography.
It is not advisable at this point to link into the biography as the section you are now viewing (which is the events section) will give you on a year by year basis a truly, better, understanding of the Goudas Story.

Hence there will be no need to make inaccurate assumptions or jump to hasty conclusions.

You are on the right path as the sequentional events in this section clearly paints the picture of Mr. Goudas' life as things happened through the years.

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