‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ to Paolo, 84 years young. Alumni and family came to visit for a wonderful birthday party in the Arcosanti Cafe. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & text: sa]

What made this birthday special was a visit from Francis Ford Coppola, eminent director of films like ‘Apocolypse Now’ and The ‘Godfather’ Trilogy. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & text: sa]

A delighted Paolo unwraps birthday presents. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & text: sa]

Francis Coppola’s visit was a surprise in many ways. Imagine walking into the Arcosanti Cafe as a visitor on a tour, and here is Mr. Coppola peeling garlic for one of the absolutely ‘delicious!’ dinners that he and his two assistants put together. He brought a great variety and quantity of wonderful wine from his Winery in Napa Valley. He brought special italian eggplant for a marvelous dish, Coppola ‘Gnocchi’, a ‘low carbohydrate’ and very yummy pasta, cooked amazing chicken from a recipe of Mrs. Scorcese, all relaxed, cheerful and curious. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & text: sa]

Completely informal, kind and very vivacious, Francis Coppola entertained with wonderful stories from his remarkable life. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & text: sa]

Francis Coppola added a very insightful flavour to the weekly ‘School of Thought’. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & text: sa]

A visit to the Soleri Archives. [Photo & text: sa]

The staff at Arcosanti thank Francis Coppola for his kindness and generosity. We hope that he had a marvelous time. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & text: sa]

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