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John Lam '80
November 13, 2016
After Colgate, I went onto three years of grad school for Architecture and have been a practicing Architect ever since. I currently live in Long Island and have been a native of the NYC Metro area forever, except for that one month in January 1980 while living as a Maya Scribe.
I took Astronomy 101 with Dr. Aveni in the Fall of 1976, Astro 253 in the summer of 1977 in preparation for the January Trip to the Yucatan with him in 1980. I loved every minute. I always tried to find time to stop by Hamilton to say hello over the years, trips up while in New Haven attending graduate school, class reunions every five years and also while my son Michael attended Colgate. Over the years there have been many stories and moments to share. The Mythos of The Glyph was one such story. During our January trip to the Yucatan in 1980, every night the group came together at dinner and reveled each other about the day's misadventures. It was one of the traditions of these trips that the best story was awarded the sacred glyph only to be passed onto the next storyteller the night after to the one with a even richer story to tell. One day, during our travels, in the darkness of the Caves of Balankanche, Dr. Aveni revealed the secret origins of the source of the glyph to me. I made my mark on paper to record this historical moment and have transcribed it in ink and parchment for him upon returning to School. Forward almost thirty years later when Tony takes me aside when I was at graduation weekend for my son and he shows me the glyph, now preserved in a small wood box presentation style, slightly stained and worn after all the travels from several decades. To see it again and hear him speak about passing it down over the years was to hear him share all the memories of each trip and all the students and friends and colleagues at that one instance. Shared stories always told fondly bring joy to the teller and listener. This was one such.
I would like to share my most heartfelt congratulations on this remarkable milestone and wish Dr. Aveni many more grand adventures to come. Tony, may you have the wind at your back and a glorious star to steer by!