September 2017

Dear Friends:

Every now and then the company does a "Lunch and Learn" where we invite speakers to lunch and then talk to all 65 of us. We've been doing it maybe 4-5 years with a wide variety of disciplines ranging from professional baseball players to race car drivers (of course!) to industrial designers to artists. But August 21 was truly special as we were enthralled by Dr. Zahi Hawass, former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs of the Country of Egypt and recently appointed UN Cultural Heritage Ambassador. He is universally known as the inspiration for the character of Indiana Jones! You may have seen him on National Geographic Channel, Discovery, or History Channels. In 2006, Time named him one 100 most influential people in the world. Go to to be amazed yourself!

Wow... what a lecture. Zahi had slides showing him holding a rope and sliding down the angled insides of a pyramid to 500 feet below ground and then moving aside a large rock slab to discover a tomb. He opened the lid of a 4000 year old sarcophagus with mummified remains of someone inside. Quite amazing to say the least. His next task is to identify whose remains they are. He is doing that this October with an advanced CT scanner to see if they can figure out some of the mysteries surrounding the lives and deaths of these royal figures, including members of King Tutankhamun's family.

Dr. Hawass is a close personal friend of our long time co-workers May and Shane Beck and we thank them for making his visit come true.

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend!


Douglas A.J. Mockett