Ko Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ) attended St. Paul’s High School (SPHS).
He graduated after SPHS was nationalized and renamed as No. (6) Botahtaung SHS State High School.
Due to disturbances, the convocation for KMZ’s class took place in March of 1977. For simplicity (and consistency) we call his class as “Class of 76”.
KMZ played as the last defender in the RIT Hockey Team. Many from the team played for the University and All-Institutes Team. He coached Ko Thura Thant Zin, who was goalkeeper for the team.
At RUBC, Ko Thura Thant Zin (RUBC) coached KMZ.
KMZ helped Ko Maung Maung Hnyut and his brothers (who were major players for the Graduation Photos).
KMZ volunteered for some time at UCC. He usually did not need to bring his lunch (only an empty lunch box and a spoon). Several friends and some “ah ma gyis” would provide lunch for KMZ.
KMZ would take some courses at UCC, but flatly refused to do some assignments (e.g. COBOL).
KMZ worked in Singapore and then migrated to US. He has been in the Seattle region since his arrival in the US.
When my company subsidized my vacation trip (for the successful completion of the project), we visited KMZ at his old house. KMZ showed us around (including a day trip to Vancouver, Canada). He showed me his wine cellar. Since I do not drink, I ended up with his concoction (“ginger beer (or similar) with ice cream”).
We were lucky when we were planning for SPZP-2000. KMZ was working four 10-hour week with the Technology and Architecture Group of Nordstrom (where he had the time and luxury to play around with several computer systems).
Too bad for KMZ, he accepted the call of Saya Paing (U Soe Paing, our mentor at UCC) and me to set up a web site for RIT sayas and alumni. He would spend countless nights and weekends to code the web site.
At SPZP-2000, he promised to have Version 2.0 of the web site.
Good for KMZ, he had a wonderful job at Microsoft and also started a wonderful family.
Initially, bad for us, KMZ no longer had the time for RIT Updates.
Finally, good for us, KMZ has retired and is providing tags and comments for my postings.
KMZ visited the San Francisco Bay Area in March 2018 to attend the retirement soon kyway of Ko Maurce Chee (M75). There was a pre-soon kwyay gathering at a Sea Food Restaurant in San Mateo.
KMZ mailed me two books that he bought in Myanmar.
One is about “U Thant Ah Ye Ah Khin” compiled by Htein Win (Photo).
The other is a “tran-composition” of Saya Zaw Gyi’s poems about Pagan by Ah May Thar.
Categories: Memories of UCC