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From the Editor
Two themes emerge from the pages of this issue. One has to do with sturdy, compact structures that creative alums have turned into two of the most fascinating dwellings you'll ever see. The other theme comes from the storybook history of Old Dominion University.
Our cover story is about the Middle Ground Lighthouse retreat that Joan and Bob Gonsoulin, both ODU alums, and their family have created in the middle of the Hampton Roads harbor. You can see the five-story structure off to the east as you're crossing the Monitor Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel. The Gonsoulins bought the lighthouse at a federal surplus auction in 2005 and then set about reclaiming it from years of bird droppings and rust. Young alum Diane Dougherty had a blast visiting the lighthouse, and it shows in her report.
M.B.A. alum Mark Turner, a residential developer, has built a 1,000-square-foot model home in Northern Virginia that is getting national attention for its style, sturdiness and sustainability. You'll be amazed by how many features he has incorporated in this house, which he calls OneNest, and is, coincidentally, of a tower design somewhat similar to a lighthouse.
Steve Daniel, who writes the very popular Then & Now column, is one of the keepers of ODU history and his article in this issue about campus dining facilities through the years is a must read. From Bud's Place to Café 1201, that's quite a journey.
Frequent Sports contributor Rich Radford looked into the history of the man for whom Foreman Field is named, A. H. Foreman, and ended up discovering the interesting story of the political and civic maneuverings that led to the creation of the Norfolk Division of William & Mary, which eventually became ODU.
I hope you enjoy these and other articles in this issue of Monarch. If one or more of them strikes your fancy, or you have suggestions about future magazine content, send me an email at email@example.com.