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I just got this, I am so thrilled that Thor got to see my book before he kicked the bucket, and that we have friends in the academic world:

Hi Sven!

To introduce myself...I'm a professional archaeologist who was Thor
Heyerdahl's right-hand man over the last six years until his death in
April. (I'll be continuing some of his work.) I'm also a big Tiki fan I
liked your Tiki book...I showed Thor the bits you had about him in there.
I read Kon-Tiki and Aku-Aku as a kid growing up in Southern California and
then my parents took me to Hawaii many times. I couldn't imagine then
that years later I would be working with Mighty Thor himself.

I saw the picture on your web-site with your "tiki-shrine" complete with
Kon-Tiki poster and model. Good stuff! It would be fun to meet you
sometime and talk tiki and urban archaeology. I'll be down in So. Cal.
Dec. 18th-1 Jan. and also maybe later in the spring.

aloha!

  • Don

You see, Sven? !!!
Tiki magic goes everywhere. Maybe that guy would mind to frequent Tiki Central once in a while. He sure would have some worthwhile contributions to make.

KK

Let's lift a glass of rum to Thor's birthday today!

Skol!

W

Cheers!

Sven, just reading that decade-old email for the first time now. Wow! We're curious -- did you ever take him up on his offer to get together or correspond further?

HT

Funny, in 2002, this simple message saw almost no response.

Well, single, picture-less posts are easy to miss...

Donald Ryan came by my house after that, and we have remained in touch since. He in fact reminded me about Thor's B-day. Besides his own archeology, he is working with the Kon-Tiki Museum, and he will be contributing to a future project of mine.

cool post/thread, thanks for the bump

Jeff(btd)

HT

On 2012-10-07 22:46, bigbrotiki wrote:
Well, single, picture-less posts are easy to miss...

Donald Ryan came by my house after that, and we have remained in touch since. He in fact reminded me about Thor's B-day. Besides his own archeology, he is working with the Kon-Tiki Museum, and he will be contributing to a future project of mine.

Thanks for the update, Sven. It's really quite interesting to hear updates like this, knowing that you, and others like Donald, have irons in the fire the general public hasn't seen yet.

I actually started construction on a 1:160 diorama of part of Rapa Nui, complete with a 1:160 model of the Kon Tiki on his birthday. To Thor!

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