2004 Class Dinner

- from Dick Deyo
Our annual Class Dinner, held jointly with 1961, took place on Tuesday, March 9 at the Racquet and Tennis Club in New York City. There were 25 persons in attendance for the Class of 1960, of which 14 were classmates: Becton, Bush, Detjens, Deyo, Higgins, Hirschy, Lee, Lord, Maloney, Marshall, Riley, Rousseau, Seabring, Silcox. The remaining guests also included Vince Vitale, our 35th Sachs Scholar, David Loevner '76, Bill Sachs '66, and Dan Sachs's wife, Joan Sachs Shaw.

Following a cocktail reception, we adjourned to the Club Library for dinner. Vince Lee '60 *66 then gave a most fascinating illustrated lecture on his explorations in the Vilcabamba region of Peru. He traced the last stronghold of the Incas against the Spanish, and he has, over many seasons, mapped several hundred Inca structures never recorded before. It proved to be a most enjoyable and informative evening.

More about Vince

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Vince writes that he “spent four years in the Marine Corps between graduation and grad school, then headed west and never looked back. He practiced architecture in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for 34 winters and guided mountain climbers during the short summers. An expedition to the Peruvian Andes in 1982 rekindled his childhood interest in the Incas and opened what has become yet another career, in archaeology. He and his wife, Nancy, have since relocated to McElmo Canyon in the Four Corners region of southwest Colorado.

“He is a member of the Institute of Andean Studies at Berkeley, a Fellow of the New York Explorers Club, a Research Associate with the Museum of Man in San Diego and a frequent lecturer at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado. His work has been featured in several NOVA television episodes on PBS and in the recent History Channel special about Machu Picchu. His book, Forgotten Vilcabamba, is the definitive work on the Incas’ final stronghold in the jungles of the Peruvian Amazon, a fascinating saga which he will share with us at our annual banquet in March.”

 Vince’s website 

Pictures from Vince’s Explorations (with his comments)

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Vilcabamba is a gorgeous area of 20,000 foot peaks and valleys filled with rain forest.

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Your fellow classmate at one of the ruins we discovered in 1984. We have since shown it to be a very rare Inca solar observatory.

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Machu Picchu, incorrectly thought by Hiram Bingham to be the lost city of Vilcabamba. But he was a Yalie, so what would you expect?

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One of nearly 400 buildings at the real lost city of Vilcabamba, buried deep in the rain forest still inhabited by Machiguenga (bow and arrow) Indians.


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