Ches. City auc­tion­eer fea­tured in 9/11 TV pro­gram

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JA­COB OWENS

jowens@ce­cil­whig.com

— Bill Panagop­u­los doesn’t shy from the lime­light, but even he un­der­stood the im­por­tance of be­ing con­nected to a TV pro­gram on the 15th an­niver­sary of the 9/11 at­tacks.

The Ch­e­sa­peake City auc­tion­eer is well-known in the in­dus­try for his wealth of his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge, es­pe­cially mil­i­tary his­tory, as well as his propen­sity to not shy away from the con­tro­ver­sial, fre­quently auc­tion­ing off Nazi mem­o­ra­bilia.

Panagop­u­los is no stranger

CH­E­SA­PEAKE CITY

to TV too, hav­ing been fea­tured in Bri­tish and French doc­u­men­taries on the health of Adolf Hitler and sev­eral episodes of “Brad Meltzer’s Lost His­tory” on the His­tory Chan­nel sub­sidiary H2.

“One of the Lost His­tory episodes was try­ing to track down a photo al­bum given to Hitler by (Ital­ian dic­ta­tor Ben­ito) Mus­solini that one of the Band of Broth­ers had got­ten out of Hitler’s home,” he said. “They’ve also in­ter­viewed me about (John F. Kennedy as­sas­sin) Lee Har­vey Oswald and other top­ics about whether items were au­then­tic and what they would be worth, etc.”

In 2015, the His­tory Chan­nel came call­ing for his his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge as a part of a pro­gram on the dis­cov­ery of the “9/11 flag,” or the Amer­i­can flag raised by fire­fight­ers over the rub­ble of the World Trade Cen­ters in New York City that mys­te­ri­ously went miss­ing soon af­ter. An un­known man de­liv­ered the flag and its rig­ging to a fire­house in Washington state in Oc­to­ber 2014, which kicked off two in­ves­ti­ga­tions into its au­then­tic­ity — one

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF HIS­TORY CHAN­NEL

Bill Panagop­u­los, owner of Alexan­der His­tor­i­cal Auc­tions in Ch­e­sa­peake City, was fea­tured in the His­tory Chan­nel’s pro­gram on the miss­ing 9/11 flag.

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