Here's the reason for such light posting lately, to be printed in full in
Northern Virginia Magazine:
"Any idiot could have come here and it would have prospered," chuckles
former George Mason University president George W. Johnson, "and according
to some people, some idiot did." Johnson's self-deprecating cheer is
infectious, but it's tempered by the success he fostered at GMU, success
that hardly seems to have slowed down. Today, it is home to two Nobel
winners and a Pulitzer recipient, a school of law led by Robert Bork, and
has become practically synonymous with the cutting edge of Austrian
economics. At more than 29,000 enrolled students in 60 undergraduate and
87 graduate programs, GMU has become an impressive education landmark of
Northern Virginia. It's been ranked in to top schools of the East Coast by
the Princeton Review. More impressive is the fact that it's been an
independent four-year school for less than 35 years, a flash in the pan
compared to other Virginia schools like William and Mary (est. 1693),
University of Virginia (1825), and Virginia Tech (1872).
George Mason University's story is tied inextricably to the region
it calls home. As the area grew and prospered, Mason grew with it in a
symbiotic relationship. Thanks to its pioneering economic work, Mason may
now be known as the Virginia school, but a better name might be the
Northern Virginia school...
Unless something changes, you'll find it in the April issue--albeit
probably a bit shorter than its current 1671 words.