Chronicler of Lowell, Mass. Comments on Iran (1952)
Charles G. Sampas (1911-1976) was the creator of “Sampascoopies” a daily variety column which centered around the personalities of Lowell, Massachusetts (or as he liked to call it, “Lowelltown”).
The news, history and gossip column spanned 38 years at the Lowell Sun newspaper, where Sampas was also executive news editor, and his wife, writer Mary Boutselis Sampas, was a columnist. Famed poet and novelist Jack Kerouac, a fellow native son of Lowell, was best friends with his brother Sammy, and married their sister, Stella Sampas Kerouac, in 1966.
Back in 1952, some media erroneously reported that Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh of Iran, who had visited America the previous fall, would soon be returning. Sampas’ wide-ranging column included the following commentary.
‘Headline Hopping’ with Humorist Ollie Crawford (Iran Excerpts 1951-1953)
Some Favor Keeping Our Money at Home — The Elmira Star-Gazette, Sept. 1, 1953
No Lack of Nerve in Mossadegh Bid For U.S. Loan — Buffalo Courier-Express, Aug. 3, 1952
MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”