George Papageorgiou

George Papageorgiou

*Meet the North Carolina man who won the Internet this week for deciding that Beyonce’s concert would be a good time to catch up on some reading.

George Papageorgiou, 68, went viral this week after concert goer Michelle Gardner snapped a pic of him reading a book as Bey was performing “Drunk in Love.”


Gardner said she was walking down from Section 11 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh when she spotted Papageorgiou into his tome and could not resist recording it.

According to WTVD, Papageorgiou, originally from Greece, was working concessions at the venue for his church. He and his wife only copped a squat after they were finished. “After a while, we watch the show. It was OK, and then we just sat down. I pulled up my book and start reading,” he recalled.


Papageorgiou has nothing against Beyonce. Her music is just not his cup of tea.

“I find Beyonce a great show woman, very attractive. Her music? Eh, fine, but not my style, the Greece native said. “I listen to ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and a lot of Greek music.

As for the book that kept his attention off of Sasha Fierce, Papageorgiou said it was Danube Pilot by Jules Verne, in Greek. His parents bought him the book 53 years ago in Cairo when he was just 13 years old. He’s read it seven or eight times.

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“I love it – probably not another book that’s influenced my love for geography as much as this book,” he explained. “It’s about a trip from Georgia and the caucuses all the way to Beijing, China with a whole bunch of adventures in-between, so it’s an exciting book.”

Papageorgiou was blindsided by the attention his reading has gotten on social media.

“I get this message on my iPhone saying ‘It’s hilarious, you’re in the news for reading a book at the Beyonce concert.’ It didn’t sink in till I started getting phone calls or my wife and stuff saying the news is calling they want to interview you and I’m like ‘What about?'” said Papageorgiou.

Watch his interview with Raleigh’s WTVD below: