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Stephen Siegel '87
November 11, 2016
What a long strange trip it's been: Auto Mechanic/Automotive Journalist/Prosecutor/USDOJ and most importantly, husband and exhausted parent to two very inquisitive kids.
Such a mensch was Aveni, Tony Debunking all that 2012 balogne. My favorite professor while at Colgate, He encouraged my consciousness to accelerate When he taught me the constructs of Astro-nomy
Professor Aveni had a wonderful sense of humor that endeared him to all his students. I remember taking his Astronomy 101 class under the old Pass/Fail option because I knew that anything that involved math would completely sink my GPA if I got a bad grade. (Things like that seemed important back in those undergrad days). I loved the class and studied harder for that one Pass/Fail class than all my others combined.
One evening at the observatory when we were discussing the constellations of the zodiac I interrupted him mid lecture and asked why Ophiuchus wasn’t part of the zodiac since it clearly was within the zodiac path that the planets passed through. After he digested my question, ruminated upon it a bit, his faced erupted into one of his famous Grinch-like smiles and he said. “Nice observation Mr. Siegel. Maybe one day the powers that be will listen to you and fix this thing.” I am happy to say that Professor Aveni’s prediction came true in early 21st century (though none of it has anything to do with my doings).
And now, as we enter the cusp of Ophiuchus, I salute you Anthony Aveni.
P.S. After the final exam I saw Professor Aveni in the hallway and he just shook his head while saying “Siegel, Siegel, what were you thinking?” I looked back in shock expecting to hear that I somehow failed the course. He responded: “What the heck were you thinking taking my course Pass/Fail? You got an A+ in the class!”
A true citizen of the universe.
If there was ever a person I would give up my ticket on the first rocket to Mars to, it would be you.