Professor Aveni challenged me to move beyond my intellectual comfort zone -- especially in his astronomy class. And, I fondly recall how he opened his home to us students. I remember one time he hosted us after an on-campus conference he helped organize, and it was there that I met what was to be one of my future mentors in graduate school.
Although I was not Professor Aveni's advisee, the classes I took with him fanned the flames of my love of anthropology and archaeology. Thank you Professor!
Enjoy your retirement! I hope that you continue to travel the world and inspire others to tap into their curiosity about the past (and the future!)