Favorite Aveni Moment: My favorite moment? Too many to count and very hard to choose just one. I will say a "pre"Colgate adventure is my most memorable experience with Prof. Aveni. The year was 1986 and I was 15, turning 16, on an educational cruise with my parents over my spring break in 10th grade. The cruise ship, Stella Solaris, was in South America, Brazil, the Amazon, Rio....the perfect place to see Halley's Comet. Such a special and unusual vacation. This was where I first met Prof. Aveni. He was one of the guest lecturers on that trip. Fate. I spent a lot of the cruise in his classes, learning about the cosmos.
I loved that part, but one of the most fun things we did was buy a "horse" on the ship. It was a game. People bought wooden horses, decorated them over the trip and on the last night there were horse races. Prof. Aveni was our "astrologer", fashion designer Richard Blackwell was our horses' fashionista and Scott Carpenter was our "astronaut". It was a riot, with "the best dressed horse" and we ended up winning that race at the end.
That Prof. Aveni was from Colgate was much talked about during our cruise since my father is also an alum. I was too young at the time, but seeing Anthony as such an interesting and engaging person, peaked my interest in Colgate, figuring he would be a fantastic teacher to learn from.
That trip was a once in a lifetime experience, influencing who I am today. It was a complete learning experience, seeing a part of the world...how there were so many poor people living outside my insulated life at the time. Combine that with gaining knowledge about the infinite possibilities of space, the whole vacation broadened my mind like nothing else could have at that impressionable age.
Two years later I was attending Colgate and my first semester was spent sitting in Astronomy 101 and up at the observatory completely expanding my mind even more.
Prof. Aveni, from an impressionable teenager, to an adult with high school children myself, I want to wish you nothing but happiness, and interesting adventures for your retirement. Go continue to explore the world and the cosmos...there is not limit to what you can learn and do.
From the great Dr. Seuss himself: “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”
As always.....added best wishes from my parents....Susan and Richard.