Tag Archives: GMU

Booyah or Nah?

Because of everything else that happened in December, I almost forgot that my car window came off its track on Christmas Day while I was in the DC area. The same thing had happened to the driver’s side window last … Continue reading

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Green Hot Peppers

As a GMU alumni, I was happy to hear the latest good news about my alma mater. The Green Machine, George Mason University’s pep band has been named the best in the nation by the NCAA. The band, under the … Continue reading

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Mason Jars

George Mason University’s basketball team was in the ECAC South and Carlos Yates was their star player during my time as a GMU student. The conference became the Colonial Athletic Association in 1985 but it wasn’t until 2006 that GMU put the CAA … Continue reading

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Rockin’ Fig

During the Depression, the Barter Theatre accepted fruits and vegetables as payment for admission to their shows. I worked in the box office when the Barter players had a season in residence at George Mason University. We only took cash, … Continue reading

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Thirty Years More

If it was possible to send a message back through time to the younger me, I would tell myself to drive from Northern Virginia to East Tennessee during the 1982 World’s Fair. I was focused on school, while also working … Continue reading

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Merten Call

The resemblance between Dr. Alan Merten and David Letterman never struck me until I saw Merten’s reaction to being surprised by a group of singing employees. The outgoing president of George Mason University got a musical send-off from the staff … Continue reading

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Little Pole Peeps®

If a Marshmallow Peeps® Rainbow Pop was a diorama, it would be a horrific scene of impalement. I got one of the Pops in the Easter basket my wife and I shared. The yellow, green, pink and blue chicks are … Continue reading

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States of Mind – Part 2

For the past ten years I have been making an effort to visit all 50 states. As my personal quest nears its completion, I decided to write down recollections of the 46 I’ve seen so far, listed roughly in chronological … Continue reading

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Merten Call

“Talk of the Nation” is not heard in the Knoxville area. My wife and I were driving through Virginia on Monday when I heard a promo for an upcoming show featuring George Mason University president Dr. Alan Merten. This past … Continue reading

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Hurricane Jim

George Mason University’s commitment to basketball began when they built the Patriot Center. My class was the first to graduate in the almost-finished building. Things got more interesting when GMU hired Jim Larranaga as head coach. Obviously the highlight of … Continue reading

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Mortal Men

In the 49 hours between George Mason’s thrilling victory over Villanova and their tip-off against Ohio State, I started thinking about all the kryptonite references from 2006. The Patriots would be wearing their green jerseys on Sunday. I was even … Continue reading

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Masonic Ritual

As the “home team” with the higher seed, the George Mason Patriots wore white jerseys when they beat Villanova in an unbelievable come-from-behind finish on Friday. I expect that they will be wearing their kryptonite green jerseys when they play … Continue reading

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Ramshackled

Can an ugly loss be a good loss? The George Mason Patriots had the country’s longest active winning streak going in to today’s CAA semifinal in Richmond. They got drubbed by the hometown VCU Rams, 79-63. The winning streak had … Continue reading

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Going Green

The George Mason Patriots extended their winning streak to 14 on Thursday night. They close out the regular season in Atlanta on Saturday evening with a game against the Georgia State Panthers. In the past couple of days, Tom C. … Continue reading

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