A photo caption in the early edition on May 10 misidentified the woman being greeted by President Clinton at the state dinner for the president of Greece. She is Maria Pappas, a Cook County, Ill., commissioner. (Published 05/24/96)

Will the real President Stephanopoulos please stand up?

Last night's state dinner for the Greek president served up not one, not two, but four Stephanopouloses. The first was the guest of honor, Constantinos Stephanopoulos, president of the Hellenic Republic. Second and third were the Rev. Robert Stephanopoulos and his wife, Nikki, the parents of George. Last but not least came presidential adviser George Stephanopoulos, otherwise known as the Greek god of the Clinton administration. Stephanopouloses 2, 3 and 4 are unrelated to Stephanopoulos 1.

"It was a very embarrassing staff meeting this morning," said a grinning Stephanopoulos. George, that is. "They said it was my day." He leaned in. "I just want to get one of his business cards that says President Stephanopoulos.' "

Even President Clinton couldn't turn down a chance at the perfect punch line.

"Greece has turned to President Stephanopoulos for leadership," he said in his toast. "And I have my own Stephanopoulos. Mr. President, I think we're both doing pretty well."

That was the kind of night it was: playful, gentle, more style than substance.

The guest list was a mouthful by any standard. The names of 190 Greek Americans caused even the unflappable White House announcers to stumble more than once.

"Just take it bite by bite," advised Massachusetts State Rep. Steven Panagiotakos. "Pana-GIo (like the car) takos (like the food). If you try to take it all at once, you don't get it."

Nikki Stephanopoulos promised one guest he'd have no problem with the name game. "I met President Stephanopoulos three days after he was elected a year ago," she said. "I told him, They'll be able to pronounce your name now when you come to the States!' "

There were a few familiar names: Sens. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Orioles owner Peter Angelos and former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, who was wearing a purple dress and a cast on her left hand.

"I'm very pleased with the guy who's here," said the 1988 Democratic presidential candidate. Private life, he said, had "pluses and minuses. If you're in politics, you're not interested in a quiet life."

Grammy Award-winning singer Sheryl Crow arrived at the White House a bit late, having lost her luggage in the black hole of National Airport. The recording artist, who is working to register new voters on-line, nevertheless looked poised in a hastily acquired black cocktail dress and pearls.

"I just got back from Bosnia with Mrs. Clinton," Crow said matter-of-factly. "And some of her people were able to help me."

Lest anyone forget this is, in fact, an election year, a quick scan of the room would remind them. No fewer than five White House correspondents -- AP's Terence Hunt, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, NBC's Brian Williams ("I've never been to one of these as an actual U.S. citizen"), ABC's Brit Hume and CBS's Rita Braver -- tucked away their notebooks and attended the dinner as guests of the president and first lady.

"Wolf took the day off to get ready," said Braver with mock indignation. "Brian took the day off. Brit went home to change. I'm the only one to change in the White House bathroom. And they say women aren't tough!"

Braver softened her look with a bright blue chiffon ensemble. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a nod to the colors of the Greek flag, wore a pale blue crepe gown, topped with white lace, by St. John, one of her favorite clothing lines. The first lady, who seems to be making a habit of inviting Seventh Avenue stars to state dinners, greeted St. John founder Marie Gray like a graduating senior thanking her favorite teacher.

Last night's dinner had, unsurprisingly, a distinctly Hellenic flair: fava bean and eggplant salad, grilled lamb tenderloin with spinach orzo, spicy olive slivers and crispy beets, marinated young greens with warm kefalotiri cheese and baked figs, and, naturally, baklava, plus pine nut macaroons and kourabiedes for dessert.

After dinner, the guests moved through the chilly night to a tented Rose Garden, where Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute, with dancers ages 9 to 15, performed for the delighted crowd. Chelsea Clinton slipped in to watch.

Even the hard-nosed White House reporters had a dreamy look as they strolled past the violins with champagne in their hands.

"It was great -- if you like this sort of thing," said a mildly sheepish Brian Williams. "And a lot of people do."

The guest list for last night's dinner:

Vice President and Tipper Gore

Constantinos Stephanopoulos, president of Greece

Theodore Pangalos, minister of foreign affairs, and Mrs. Pangalos

Georgios Papandreou, minister of education, and Mrs. Papandreou

Loucas Tsilas, ambassador of Greece, and Mrs. Tsilas

Emmanuel Ghikas, secretary general, presidency of Greece

Alexandre Philon, director general for political affairs, ministry of foreign affairs

Nicolaos Ladopoulos, director for North and South American affairs, ministry of foreign affairs

Maria Zografou, director of diplomatic cabinet, ministry of foreign affairs

Nicolaos Couniniotis, chief of protocol

Constantine Kokossis, deputy chief of mission, Embassy of Greece

Georges Kaklikis, director, diplomatic cabinet of the presidency

Art Agnos, former mayor of San Francisco, and Sherry Agnos

Mike Anagnopoulos and Alexandra Anagnopoulos, Phoenix

Philip N. Angelides, president, River West Developments, and Julanne Angelides

Peter G. Angelos, owner, Baltimore Orioles, and Georgia Angelos

Ted Athanassiades, president and chief operating officer, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., and Elaine Athanassiades

Andrew A. Athens, president, United Hellenic-American Congress and World Council of Overseas Hellenism, and Louise Athens

Robert B. Barnett, Williams & Connolly, and Rita Braver, White House correspondent, CBS News

Rep. Michael Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and Evelyn Bilirakis

Wolf Blitzer, White House correspondent, Cable News Network, and Lynn Blitzer

John Brademas, president emeritus, New York University, and Mary Ellen Brademas

John A. Catsimatidis, chairman and CEO, Red Apple Group, and Margo Catsimatidis

Paul L. Cejas, chairman, PLC Investments, and Gertrude Cejas

Arthur Cheliotes, president, Local 1180, Communications Workers of America, and daughter Theana Cheliotes

Philip Christopher, president, Pancyprian Association of America, and Christine Christopher

Warren Christopher, secretary of state, and Marie Christopher

Clay Constantinou, U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg

Sheryl Crow, singer, and guest

Barbara Curtis, American Nurses Association, and Harry M. Petrakis

Jacques D'Amboise, dancer-choreographer, and Carolyn D'Amboise

Peter Danton, former Maine state senator, and Domna Giatas

Beth Boosalis Davis, executive director, Lekotek, and Maxwell S. Davis

Paul C. Demakis, Massachusetts state representative, and sister Joan C. Demakis

The Rev. Constantine Dombalis and Mary Dombalis, Richmond

Michael S. Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts, and Kitty Dukakis

Stephen Economy, Wayne County, Mich., Airport Authority, and Sevasti Economy

Robert A. Farmer, consul general to Bermuda, and Sally Montgomery

Rep. Vic H. Fazio (D-Calif.) and Judy Fazio

Nicholas Gage, author and national president, Pan-Epirotic Federation of America, and Joan Gage

Ted Gatzaros and Maria Gatzaros, Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.

Marie Gray, St. John Knits, and daughter Kelly Gray-Blue

Brit Hume, White House correspondent, ABC News, and Kim Hume

Terence Philip Hunt, chief White House correspondent, Associated Press, and Jeanie-Marie Johnson

Paul Tudor Jones, chairman and CEO, Tudor Investment Corp., and Sonia Jones

Nick Kafoglis, Kentucky state senator, and Patricia Kafoglis

Pano Karatassos and Georgia Karatassos, Atlanta

Peter Karmanos, chairman and CEO, Compuware Corp., and Debra Karmanos

Dimitrios Kastanas, owner, Greek cable television, New York, and Nomiki Kastanas

Nikos Kefalidis, chairman of the board, Beta Steel Co., and Laurie Kefalidis

Rep. Ron Klink (D-Pa.) and Linda Klink

Sotiris K. Kolokotronis, SKK Development, and Matina Kolokotronis

John Kornblum, acting assistant secretary for European and Canadian affairs, and Helen Kornblum

George J. Kourpias, president, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and June Kourpias

Anthony Lake, assistant to the president for national security affairs

Ralph Larsen, chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson, and Dorothy Larsen

Pamela Liapakis, president, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and Michael Block

Spiro Macris, supreme president, American Hellenic Progressive Association, and Barbara Alafoginis

Andrew E. Manatos, Manatos & Manatos, and Katrina Manatos

George M. Marcus, chairman, Marcus & Millichap, and Judith Ann Marcus

Sylvia Matthews, chief of staff to the secretary of the treasury, and father William Matthews

George K. Mermelas, American Hellenic Friends of Clinton Organization, and Yannis K. Kostopoulos

Peter Mitchell, president, California Association of Realtors, and Sarena Seymour

Nicholas Mitropoulos, Kennedy School of Government, and Nayla Mitropoulos Thomas M.T. Niles, U.S. ambassador to Greece, and Carol Niles

John C. Orestis and Sandra Shaw, Lewiston, Maine

Harold C. Pachios, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and Luanne Pachios

Steven C. Panagiotakos, Massachusetts state representative, and Christine Panagiotakos

Leon E. Panetta, chief of staff to the president, and Sylvia Panetta

Michael A. Pannos, Pannos & Mindel, and Margaret Pannos

Constantine Papadakis, president, Drexel University, and Eliana Papadakis

Irena Pappas and Yannis Papadakis, Athens

Maria Pappas, Cook County, Ill., Board of Commissioners, and Peter Kamberos

Nicholas Patsaouras, Patsaouras & Associates, and Sylvia Patsaouras

Nicholas C. Petris, California state senator, and Anna Petris

James L. Pouravelis, President's Commission on Travel and Tourism, and Maxine Pouravelis

Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert, Chicago

Victoria L. Radd, deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of communications, and guest

Franklin D. Raines, vice chairman and general counsel, Fannie Mae, and Wendy Raines

Molly Raiser, chief of protocol, and Joan Spero, undersecretary of state for economics, business and agriculture

James Regas and Georgia Regas, Chicago

Nicholas S. Revezoulis, chairman, American Hellenic Friends of Clinton Organization, and Orestes Varvidsiodes

William D. Rollnick and Nancy Ellison, New York

Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Christine Sarbanes

Frank Wright Sesno, Cable News Network, and Kathleen Sanderson

Claire Shulman, borough president, Queens County, N.Y., and Alexandra Rosa

Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and John R. McKernan, former governor of Maine

Jeffrey B. Soref, president, Soref Associates, and John Silberman

William S. Stavropoulos, president and CEO, Dow Chemical Co., and Linda Stavropoulos

George R. Stephanopoulos, senior adviser to the president, and Wendy Smith

The Rev. Robert G. Stephanopoulos, Holy Trinity Cathedral, New York, and Nikki Stephanopoulos

George Tenet, deputy director, Central Intelligence Agency

Laurence H. Tribe, Harvard Law School, and Carolyn Tribe

Angelo K. Tsakopoulos, president, AKT Development Corp., and Sofia Tsakopoulos

Vardis Vardinoyannis and Marianna Vardinoyannis, Athens

Mary Verges, grand president, Daughters of Penelope, and daughter Margaret V. Michalopulos

Alexander R. Vershbow, special assistant to the president and senior director, European Affairs, National Security Council, and Lisa Vershbow

David Weinberg and Effie Weinberg, Bloomfield, Mich.

Brian D. Williams, White House correspondent, NBC, and Jane Williams CAPTION: President Clinton greets Michael Dukakis and wife Kitty at last night's dinner for the president of Greece. CAPTION: President Stephanopoulos, meet George Stephanopoulos.