Peck's personal Web site
Faces -- and the study of faces, revealing
the deepest secrets of character and moral history and, probably,
diet -- the study of people's faces changing over time leads one
into all sorts of back alleys of the human pageant. In some cases,
the study of human faces also reveals hints of more than a few sad
barroom incidents and a couple of mountain "endos" (i.e.,
end over end) into the bargain.
Since this is Peck's
own personal website, guess whose physiognomy we're mostly going
to study today.
Taken sometime in that vague and numinous period
between the deaths of Yamamoto and Hitler and the rise to fame
of Sid Caesar and Ed Sullivan, when Joe McCarthy was laying down
the terms of future political discourse in America, all the kids
spent 10 minutes a day huddled under their desks pretending to
be learning how to survive nuclear attacks, and Adlai Stevenson
was sent packing for being an "egghead".
This is not Peck, this is a surrogate, a Pascack
Indian with his name on it.
As a young Dad (with pre-astrophysicist Alison),
Mr Peck freshly shorn in Kansas, 1966-1967. (Left)
Recovering from the USA nicely, Mr Peck puffs
a pipe and views hiking maps with Professor Charles Berman (right),
Col des Mosses, Switzerland, 1979. Nice spot -- better coffee, fewer
Republicans; let's hang out here for a while.
Fondue with Sir Charles, 1979 or thereabouts
Viewing the Castle of Chillon, 1979
The unfocused narrator (right) with Cathy, Charlie,
and Nicole in Hermance, 1979
First adventures in the Leysin mountains -- Sur
les Truex, 1979-1980. In jeans.
Academic Dean complete with tie on (left)
and the whole regalia thing at ACS graduation, 1979 or 1980.
Playing go with Pierre,
Alexandra House, 1979
(Left) Renaissance scholar Peck hard at his studies
(Picsou = Uncle Scrooge). Right: Trying to get oriented
in Switzerland, 1980.
Fun in Rhode Island, USA, 1979 or '80
The New Hotel in Houmt Souk, Isle of Djerba,
November 1981, in a new FILA mountain coat
End of a winter camping trip, Château d'Oex,
Still another lesson well learnt: Many broken
bones from a little slip near Sustenpass,
Orkney ferry, 1983.
At Lac d'Hongrin, 1983
With friend Marlowe Peck, early 1985, après
Celebrating a modest Alpine summit,
Another summit in the préalps, winter 1986.
Festooned by Marlowe Tyson Peck, Chalet Pollux,
1990 (photo by Michèle)
Watching Bugs Bunny on télé with
Marlowe, Chalet Pollux, 1991
The other end of the physiognomy, whilst headed
uphill behind Famelon, 1991.
with friend Marta, February 1991, halfway up
Here's a physiognomy much much nicer than Mr
Peck's. Michele [right],
Swiss Préalps, 1991.
Somewhere above Leysin, 1992 (photo by Marta)
Looking for a pub after the rainy Morat-Fribourg
marathon, with Carmen and Lisa, 1991 or 1992.
Who could deny this
little nerd anything he asks for? (A lot of time has passed,
and we're still waiting for an answer.)
Some of the many ravages and disfigurements
of time upon that cherubic face have been revealed above, but
now we push our luck past 1991. Into the unknown.
Kind Papa leading young Marlowe up for some snowcaving
With Michele, 1992
Trapped in a dorm room with rowdies Mercedes,
André, and Marlowe, Lugano, Switzerland, 1992
Mr Peck newly clean-shaven for job hunting purposes,
on Pic Chaussy with L. Durham, 1992
Both of them seriously out of employment in
1992, Mr Peck and his favorite neighbor/boarder Carmen hiked most
of the Vaudoise mountains in summer and autumn of 1992.
Unease in the Alps, 1992
Unease in Geneva, 1994
With Marlowe Peck on top of Mount Mansfield,
Vermont, USA, in 1994.
Drinking water hastily in Ohio, USA, after
a run with nephew Adrian Lime; young Marlowe Tyson Peck still
in pajamas. Summer 1994.
With Alison at the Trient Glacier, 1994
Marlowe, Alison, and Dad visiting Kristin
in Wisconsin, summer 1996
Visiting Alice R. Peck in Ohio, USA, August
The High Route in the Swiss Alps, 1997
Kancamagus highway, New Hampshire, USA, 1998
Dad and Marlowe, Trient Glacier, 1999
Our favorite semi-daughterish pal Mercedes
(see above, 1992), near the Cabane de Rochefort, March 2000.
Lost in Wisconsin
Eating chocolate in the Jura mountains, 2001.
Rapporteur for the Standing Committee of the
Convention on Wetlands, December 2001.
Chilly on Mont de Bière, January 2003
Smug in the Pré-Alps, April 2003
With Marlowe in Pennsylvania, USA, April 2003
At Durnstein castle
near Vienna, in a T-shirt from the rummage sale, July 2003
On the Danube with Kristin, July 2003.
Viewing the Grottes
of Naye, September 2003
Alison's visit, October
With Joe Pirri, Mont
de Bière Devant, March 2004: perpetual merriment
Dent de Vaulion, May 2004, photo by Alison Peck
Environmental conservation issues, with Denis,
Wendy, Amalia, and Sandra, 2004
Marlowe and the Old Dad, December 2004
In swaddling clothes, April 2005
Querulous near Engstligenalp, August 2005
Contemplative, late November 2006, with the Cornettes
de Bise on the horizon.
December 2006, Grotte
Pointe de Poêle
Chaud, March 2007, with fellow hiker Christine
Photo by Alison,
Photo by Alison,
Hard at work, Kobuleti, Georgia, May 2010
Grandpa, with Marlowe and Young William,
Grand Cunay, April 2012
Ramsar COP11 in Bucharest, July 2012
Lost in the forest, January 2013
Profoundly wary, August 2015
before and after 1995
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 19 April 2001, revised 11 December 2013.