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Steve Morandi '93
October 21, 2016
When one wants to describe the impact of Tony Aveni, there is the inevitability of sounding cliché. “He changed my life”, “He is my greatest mentor”, “I am exceedingly fortunate to have known him”, “He is a dear friend”, and “We shared some amazing adventures”. That so many of us have the same feelings for this wonderful man is truly something to celebrate. Tony always lets you know he enjoys life to the fullest and wants to share that joy with those around him.
A moment that sticks in my mind was during the 1991/92 class trip to Yucatan. For three weeks, Tony drove a VW van full of sweaty students, and after a particularly long, hot afternoon behind the wheel he stopped for refreshments at a roadside tienda. After a cold drink and some air, we began the laborious process of repacking ourselves as best we could. But just before Tony slid the side door of the van closed, he threw in a large rubber snake and watched us try to scatter in utter chaos within our diminutive space. He kept me laughing continually on that trip, introduced me to a larger world around me, and sparked my lifelong exploration of Mesoamerican cultures.
Researching and publishing papers with Tony in 2005 and 2006 was the highlight of my academic career. To work with such an innovative thinker who shared so much of his valuable time and thoughts was a great gift that I cherish.
Tony, congratulations on an unparalleled career that has made all the difference to so many. Much love and deepest gratitude to you and Lorraine.
P.S. I STILL sit down when I can and try to wring some new information out the codices. Now my kids, who can’t read yet, look over my shoulder to see what I might be divining from the pages.