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July 20, 2018

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February 23, 2018
To "Teacher": You, as teacher of poetry, inspired me. Write! Write! And Write! And of even greater importance? Re-Write! Re-Write! Re-Write! Put the first write on the diet of Re-Write! I was so glad to see you come to the Finn Hall in Berkeley to see us deliver poetry in the spoken fashion. Teacher! I do poetry today because? Of George Price and you, Thanasis Maskaleris. I was not able to get to the honorary service on Saturday. I am so much sadder than had I been able to be there. Kale nichta, Poet! Kale nichta.
December 30, 2017
He and my husband, Philip Luks were great friends. He would often joint the table of dancers after Philip's Greek classes at the Minerva. In later years we ran into him at parties, benefits and festivals
December 15, 2017
Still numb knowing that I won't hear your voice, enjoy a call from you this week. As you were in my hospital room daily I visited you, laughing and talking with you for as long as possible.

Now we'll read Ithaca as you did at so many Memorial services.

The way for you was long and full of reversals, knowing. Arriving there was ordained for you. You did not hurry; you dock as an old man rich with all you've gained. And we were all richer for having known you.
December 9, 2017
How we Remember Thanasis Maskaleris. December 9, 2017

Thanasi was a colleague, a fellow-Greek, a humanist who devoted his professional life to making life better and more interesting through his teaching and writing.
Alex first met Thanasi at an educational conference on the Aegean Island, Lesbos many years ago. Since then we have been friends. Alex was a professor in Fresno and attended academic programs that Thanasi sponsored at San Francisco State University. One of his most triumphant programs was the establishment of the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair at the University; we both held this Greek writer in high esteem.
Thanasi was always intellectually engaged, for example, we attended his program that featured the author, Harry Mark Petrakis, during the time that Petrakis occupied the Kazantzakis Chair. In addition, he never stopped writing poetry or translating Greek poets into English. In his book, My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan, he writes: . . .the dreams of self-righteousness that manufacture bombs and break up the demonstrations of life.
In 1998, he gave a lecture in the Netherlands with the title: Whither Prometheus?: Science and Humanistic Values. During this lecture he sends a message to all the people: In this age of uncertainty and peril, lurking underneath the miracle of technology, Science has the responsibility to carry out the mission of the first humanist, Prometheus. Only science whose fire of intelligence created the material, social and technological environment we live in, with all its constructive wonders and perils, can save the earth and humankind from self-destruction. Its discoveries and its brilliant intelligence can guide today's human beings, as Prometheus did at their beginnings, toward a future in harmony with nature and human nature a future worthy of the humans that Prometheus loved.
We shall miss the love and wisdom of Thanasi.

Thanasi Have a good trip Alex and Vasiliky Vavoulis