Make-a-List Monday: Armenians

Armenia is a small nation in the south Caucasus region, basically right in the doorway between Europe and Asia, with a population of three million and change. I don’t know much about it, other than that they are more or less perpetually in a state of war with their neighbor Azerbaijan. I read once that, in proportion to the population, Armenia has more PhDs than any other country in the world. Anyway, there’s enough Armenian-Americans on Charley to make a (short) list of them.

  1. Atinui Kevorkian
  2. Gregory James Kuljian
  3. Irma Mkrtchyan
  4. Martin Pogosian
  5. Alexander Haig Tafralian

[ADDENDUM: When I said I didn’t know much about Armenia, I meant modern Armenia, not the Armenia of a century ago, whose people underwent a dreadful ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Turks. That I do know something about, having read a few memoirs by survivors.]

5 thoughts on “Make-a-List Monday: Armenians

  1. Pogo-a-Gogo April 6, 2015 / 5:13 am

    Hi Meaghan-

    Thank you for writing an article about missing Armenians. There are a large number of Armenians in California, primarily in the Fresno and Los Angeles areas.

    Martin Pogosian (on your list above) is from the Los Angeles-area suburb of Glendale which I believe has the highest concentration of Armenians in the United States.

    A former Governor of California (George Deukmejian) is also Armenian, so they are pretty common and well known on the West Coast.

    Armenia itself is very small, and most if their population is a diaspora around the world.

    It’d be great if you were to a future Make-A-List Monday list on people from the former Soviet Union. There are a couple from Central Asia on Charley.

    • Diane April 6, 2015 / 6:49 pm

      I think Meghan has already done a Soviet Union list.

  2. Peter Henderson Jr. April 6, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    I just wrote up the case of Aleca Renee Manning, 22, missing since 2/17/75 from Phoenix, Arizona.

    A interesting list would be one for people who, like her, were last seen at music concerts, theatrical plays or sporting events

    People like Morgan Dana Harrington, a 20-year-old college student who vanished from a University of Virginia Metallica rock concert on October 17, 2009. Morgan’s case received major publicity at the time. Her remains were found on a rural farm three months later. In the fall of 2014 police announced that they had “forensic evidence” (touch DNA found on her discarded t-shirt) linking Jesse Matthew Jr. to the crime.

    However he has not been charged yet.

    Or just the opposite, the little known case of Bambi Lynn Dick, 17, who vanished from a Davenport, Iowa Quiet Riot heavy metal rock concert on September 29, 1983

    For many years Bambi was known by a different name; Amarillo, Texas Jane Doe, a unidentified murder victim found ten days later. She remained a Jane Doe for decades in large part because the Davenport police labeled Bambi a underage runaway and closed her case a couple of months later, the second she turned 18. Her crime remains – unsolved

  3. Diane April 6, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Armenia is also located in the Balkan territory in Central Europe that were directly or indirectly impacted by the fracturing of Yugoslavia. Their biggest foes are the Greeks and Armenia and Greece have been at war or battle with each other for a very, very long time. Even today Armenia is pissed off that “their” Hagia (sp?) Sofia is now located within Greece’s borders. The most famous Armenian-American by far is Cher, and we shall not talk about that infamous reality show family where the children are of partial Armenian descent.

    • Meaghan April 7, 2015 / 5:38 am

      I thought the Hagia Sofia was in Turkey.

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