From the Editors Desk
Yesterday, today, tomorrow. As I read over the copy for this spring issue, I was reminded that our three featured articles represent a wide range of material that is of such historic importance that it will undoubtedly intrigue our readersfor very different reasons.
Julie Martin Mangis has given us a rare insiders view of a piece of vital GW historythat being the important role of music in Universitys cultural development. Most particularly, the piece is a paean to the Doc Harmon era and to Robert H. Harmons contributions on many levels to the academic and social lives of decades of GW students. Moreover, Mangis brings the story right up to date with sidebars on the founding of GWs Music Department and on its new choral director.
Today is exemplified by Bob Guldins cover story on the Commonwealth of Virginias new governor, Mark Warner, whos both a GW graduate and a former member of the Universitys Board of Trustees. Warner proved himself a talented and versatile campaigner, winning the governorship with a savvy combination that showcased his delight in both bluegrass music and hi-tech entrepreneurship. Virginia offers some big challenges to the new governor, but our money is on Warner to surmount them.
And if you dont believe that the future is now, just ask the six GW alumni who are part of the engineering team that was preparing for the fourth servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope as we wrote our article. As the Hubble churns out never-before-seen images of black holes and ancient galaxies from an unobscured orbit beyond Earths cloudy atmosphere, following another successful mission, Heather Milke brings us impressive insights into the vital roles our alumni are playing.
It is also a real pleasure to call to your attention a very special supplement contained withinCommon Ground, which celebrates in words and fabulous old photos the 90th anniversary of GWs location in Foggy Bottom. This pictorial essay tells the story of the partnerships that have enhanced both the University and the neighborhood. Foggy Bottom, the essay tells us, has retained its charm over the years while many of the Districts surrounding areas have become concrete canyons. As a part of the community, GW has striven to create a beautiful area where people can comfortably enjoy living, studying, working, and playing.
And another kind of GW history will be made April 1. No foolinsee GW News
We wish our neighborsin Foggy Bottom and around the worlda Spring full of tulips and cherry blossoms and daffodils
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