Friday, May 11, 2007

Bidding farewell to a scholar

We have just returned from a wonderful evening of toasts and remembrances for our dear friend Louis Grivetti who is retiring from the University of California after a stellar and celebrated career as a teacher, researcher and scholar. Google him and you get ten pages of references. This evening's dinner was hosted by Mars candy with whom he has a million dollar plus grant to study the history of chocolate. He is the one who urged us to go to the chocolate museum in Barcelona when we wered there in 2004-5. We did, and what a delightful revelation that was.

Louis is retiring after 30+ years of teaching. I don't know what he is going to do; probably travel. His wife is one of the greatest Greek cooks alive; she can whip up the most delicious dishes. They have been our neighbors and friends for 25 years. Good luck, Louis!


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