The Mailbag

Remembering ODU’s mythical football title
I was interested to see the fall 2006 cover story about ODU’s football heritage, and I’m excited that ODU will soon have a football team. During the 1991-92 school year, I was the sports editor of the Mace & Crown. There had been talk about ODU starting a Division I-AAA program in the fall of ’91, but it didn’t happen. So, I wrote a series of stories for the Mace about the on-field exploits of a made-up ODU football team.

The Monarchs played a tough schedule that season, went unbeaten and drew such massive crowds at Foreman Field that head coach/English professor Fred Talbott had to devise a rotating seating plan. Rose Bowl officials dumped their conference affiliation (this was pre-BCS) so that ODU could play Michigan for the national championship. The Monarchs won the game and tailback OJ Allen won the Heisman.

But the entire season ended up stricken from the record books because of NCAA violations, which included buying ice cream for the team after a win and having too many players on academic scholarship. The championship was rescinded, the awards taken away and ODU players were banned from playing in the NFL. It was as if the season never happened. But the team lives on in our memories.
– Kevin Broom ’92
McLean, Va.

A Zaragoza connection with Mark Santana ’06
I always enjoy reading Old Dominion University magazine, but the fall 2006 issue was particularly nostalgic for me due to the article about Mark Santana’s Fulbright award. Although I don’t know this young man personally, I now feel a strong connection with him because as a teenager I lived for three years in Zaragoza, Spain, where he is now studying.
I fell in love with the language and culture of that country. Upon returning from Spain, I continued to study the language, eventually majoring in it at ODU. After raising a family I taught Spanish for many years in the Norfolk Public Schools system. I would appreciate your passing this message on to him so that I can personally wish him well in this fantastic opportunity he is experiencing.
– Marjorie B. Kidd ’73
Norfolk, Va.

Tri-K reunion photo brings back memories
The Tri-K reunion picture in the fall issue brought back so many fond memories at ODU: Bud’s, Friday keg parties, intramural sports at noon and the dances, especially the T-N-T and the BAR T. All of the women look great and it was fun to match names with faces not seen since the 1960s.

I haven’t been to Norfolk in over 30 years. We live in a wonderful beach community on the Florida Panhandle that looks like Nag’s Head did back in our high school days. I’m retired but work with my youngest daughter selling real estate. All my best to all my little sisters.
– Clint Eason ’64 (TIGA)
Port St. Joe, Fla.

Editor’s note: Trish Anthony’s e-mail address in the photo caption accompanying the picture was misprinted. The correct address is: pha14@cox.net.

Photo in magazine leads to reunion
This is a very special thank-you to you and your staff for making a long-lost connection happen. It was in this past spring’s issue of Old Dominion University magazine that I thought I recognized the lady pictured in the center of the photo at the bottom of page 20, but I could not believe that this could possibly be the Mrs. Fitzgerald for whom I had searched since the spring of 1972 when she was my supervising English teacher at Northside Junior High in Norfolk.

A friendly contact with your office confirmed that this was indeed my Mrs. [Charlotte] Fitzgerald. I was so excited because over the past 30-plus years since our days together, I had wondered how she was doing and had tried to locate her with no success until I contacted your office. I want you to know that we reunited this past summer, spending a lovely day together and reminiscing.

Again, thank you for your assistance in bringing us together. Most importantly, I would like other alumni to know that reading the ODU alumni magazine can pay off in so many wonderful ways!
–Wanda T. Smith ’79
Melfa, Va.

Seeking Dominionettes from the early 1990s
I would like to locate members of the ODU Dominionettes Dance Team from the years 1991-94. I have seen two members, Heather Peppard and Nicole Meese, mentioned in the magazine and have wondered what everyone else is doing these days.

I coached my alma mater’s (West Point High School) competition cheerleading squad from 1997 to 2003 and loved choreographing the dances for the routines. We won the state championship for single A schools in 1998 and 2003. Even though I am no longer coaching, I still love to dance and do so as much as possible. So if you are out there, please send me a message to wpdance90@yahoo.com.
– Susan Murray Harlow ’94
West Point, Va.

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