Reflections on South Africa Watching BBC World’s excellent coverage of Nelson Mandela’s life, I remember calling my children to the TV in 1990 to witness his release from prison, truly history in the making. (The only other time I did that was for the overthrow of Ceausescu.) It’s interesting to see world leaders united in […]
The passing of Bob Miller and the opinion piece below were yet another reminder to me of how much we benefited from our Thacher English teachers, including David Lavender and Jack Huyler. I myself did not major in English, but in anthropology – as good a background as any for a diplomatic career. My good […]
Lynn recently retired from Princeton with fancy titles (‘professor emeritus,’ ‘senior research scholar’), which just means that pay ended. Actually, he is still doing research on Chinese politics and development, publishing four articles this year and planning a book about the Philippines. He and Barbara-Sue now return for winters to their native California, at Berkeley, […]
In May, I retire after 35 years on the District Court Bench. I have been blessed with good health, a loving wife, and great family, friends, and colleagues. I recognize my AFS year at Thacher as a wonderfully formative event in my life. I have watched the development of the school over the last half […]
My recent interest in genealogy and family history has proved very rewarding. I would encourage everyone at our age to document and preserve what they (oops, Mr. Huyler, “he/she”) can for future generations. Otherwise much will be lost. My sister and I made a family history pilgrimage to Germany. We donated our sculptor great-grandfather’s handwritten […]
While in Dresden last month, I was privileged to examine in the Treasure Chamber of the Saxon State Library the best preserved of the three existing Mayan Codices (Paris, Madrid, Dresden). Although the ultramodern library will celebrate December 21 with an End of Time Apocalypse Party, my reading of Codex Dresdensis is that we should […]
The Kennedy Library has accepted my offer to donate the originals of my letters home as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ivory Coast 1964-66. (May have to redact certain passages!) The edited collection is available in the Thacher library or by direct request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Couldn’t resist! Am in Bethesda MD, where our daughter, Sabrina, and her husband just presented us with our first grandchild, a boy named Luca. Gorgeous Indian summer here, which must be a good omen for a life just beginning. Here’s a photo of all of us emerging yesterday from Georgetown U. hospital. Best wishes to […]