George Phydias Mitchell was born in 1919 in Galveston, Texas. His parents were first-generation immigrants from Greece. His father could neither read nor write. He first worked as a laborer on a railroad gang. One day the foreman told him that his Greek name, Savvas Paraskevopoulos, was too difficult. He named him Mike Mitchell.
-Jurgen Schmandt, George Mitchell and the Idea of Sustainability