How I got to know Mexico
Where have the years gone? Fifty years ago this week, I received a “welcome back to school” letter from the Georgia Tech School of Architecture. Almost as an after thought, the letter from School Director, Paul Heffernan, mentioned that Architect Sid Barrett had established an endowment, which would award a $1000 fellowship to one upper level student each year to enable that student to study architectural history abroad. That might not seem like much today, but it is the equivalent of $7000 today. Back then one could buy a new full size car for $2500. So yes . . . it was a very big deal. I wanted so bad to see the world and of course, meet exotic foreign gals. I had never been west of Birmingham, Alabama, but fortunately, our family had lifelong friends in Findley, Ohio, who later moved to Racine, Wisconsin, so I had at least seen the Great Lakes, Niagara Falls and some of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous buildings.
There was a problem, though. I was not an upper level student. I was a rising Junior. The fellowship was limited to fifth year architectural thesis students and graduate students. Several Georgia Tech professors favored my selection, but there is no doubt that intervention of the nationally famous archaeologist, Arthur Kelly, tipped the scales on my behalf. If I ever am in an affluent position like Sid Barrett, I promise you that I will establish a fellowship for Native American college students, which honors Arthur Kelly. The documentary video below, was produced earlier this year as part of a series of programs on Teotihuacan. It explains a series of totally implausible events that came together, which made me recognize the significance of Track Rock Gap’s stone ruins 40 years later.
Indian Summer Season Schedule
I feel like I am in my early 40s, but that ain’t the case. Well . . . I felt pretty old after being electrofried by a lightning bolt on July 5th . . . it was much worse that described to you . . . but I am back to walking normally this week. In the meantime, I have to catch up on two lost month’s of work . . . fixing up my fixer upper house and property. Simultaneously, I have a whole bunch of learning today . . . with new scientific tools, a new computer and a state of the art virtual reality animation software package from France. So primarily what you will be seeing for the next few weeks on the People of One Fire website are re-runs from our YouTube Channel, plus interesting videos from other channels on Youtube. So head out to the supermarket and load up on popcorn. . . or rotten eggs, if you don’t like the programs. LOL
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