James M. Mezilson (Meziltzolgou) was born in Chicago on April 23, 1919. His parents came from Saranta Ekklisies in Eastern Thrace (present-day Turkey). He attended Koraes grammar school at Saints Constantine and Helen Church and graduated from Inglewood High School.
While in high school he began working for his uncle's ice cream
cone business and became an active member of the Sons of
Pericles (Greek youth organization). He started writing
a column in the Greek Press newspaper about events in the Greek
community. He chronicled Greek events in his column for sixty