Archive for March 14, 2012

Memories of Trieste

Posted in Biographical with tags , , , , on March 14, 2012 by telescoper

I was too tired last night to do anything but vegetate, and in the course of doing that I found a box of unsorted old photographs which made me all nostalgic. Here are some that reminded me of old friends. I don’t remember exactly when they were taken (probably in 1990), when I was visiting SISSA in Trieste. I don’t remember which particular trip it was or what paper resulted from it but I went there a number of times and had great fun. The first picture was taken in the office of Manolis Plionis, who is seated at the window facing the camera. In those days Manolis had a big motorbike, and I had a number of near-death experiences as his pillion passager on various high speed trips around Trieste, usually along the Strada Costiera…

To the right of Manolis is Francesco Lucchin (standing) with whom I co-authored a textbook on cosmology; Francesco sadly died in 2002. Seated in front of Francesco is Sabino Matarrese and at the computer is Lauro Moscardini.

I think these next two were taken over the nearby border in Slovenia at the end of a dinner but that is relying on my memory which, at my age, is not very reliable. Me and Lauro on the left with Sabino laughing at us. As usual.

And this was the same evening. On Francesco’s right is Paolo Catelan, with whom I also wrote a paper, but I have now completely lost touch with him…

Everyone looks very youthful in these pictures, but it was 20 years ago .. and we’ve all passed a lot of water since then.