US Ambassador to TT Joseph Mondello has congratulated 84-year-old Curtis Thomas for recently attaining his BA in mass communications from COSTAATT’s Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Mondello said in a letter, “Reading the story in the newspaper of your achievement at 84 years, I fully endorse and agree that age is indeed just a number.”
The embassy’s public affairs section sent the letter to Newsday yesterday for publication.
“Persons at our age prove we are young men at heart starting out on another life path, never standing still, never giving up, but taking on challenges and shining brightly.”
Reading the story in the newspaper of Thomas’ achievement at 84, Mondello said he fully endorsed it. “Your accomplishment is a stellar example of your perseverance and prayers, and a demonstration of the spirit of the people of TT. I hope your success is a motivator for others.”
When Newsday contacted Thomas about the letter, he was elated.
“Wow! I feel very good. He said that? That should be framed. I quite accept that, it is straight from the heart,” Thomas said.
He lives at Dow Village in South Oropouche.
Thomas thanked Mondello and all the people who called and sent congratulatory messages on his academic achievement.
“I got a call from Toronto yesterday from someone. Hundreds of people, some from the US and England, called and sent messages. I want to reply to all of them, because I want to express my gratitude and thank all who wish me well in the future,” Thomas said.
His immediate plans are to take care of his wife Gloria, 83.
On November 4, he attended the graduation ceremony at the National Academy of the Performing Arts in Port of Spain. At the ceremony, he advised senior citizens to be persistent, constructive and confident and know what they want in life.