If I could pick just one song that would sum up my experience at the Foghorn it would be George Gershwin’s “American in Paris.”
Comprised of tempos that range from presto to andante, the Foghorn has never left me thinking twice about my decision to join.
Though my tenure may have been short in comparison to others (I am looking to you, Hunter), I can openly omit my unrelenting obsession with the organization that never sleeps, quite literally.
In recounting my memories over the course of the past year, I can clearly remember the day of our first training when I approached the group, alongside online editor Heather Spellacy, to propose our development map for the Foghorn Online.
Yes, it seemed pretty unrealistic (even by my standards), but you invested your faith and optimism in it, and as a direct result we now have a fully functioning, dynamic site that will continue to flourish in the years to come.
My gratitude also goes out to the staff and faculty that were there from the early days of development up until the end, Professors David Silver, Michael Robertson, Teresa Moore and colleagues Shawn Calhoun, Beth Forest, Darren Pierre and Philip Chen.
We built this site together; your constant encouragement was the fuel that kept us moving forward.
As for the newly created web team, I am eager to see everything you create next year. There is no doubt the pressure is on and expectations are high, but I have full confidence that you will surpass even the most daunting hurdle with ease.
There comes a time when we must all leave, and sadly enough, my card has been drawn and I must begin packing only to face the new challenges that await me.
And so I leave you with a quote about gratitude by the French novelist Marcel Proust, “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Michael Anthony Villaseñor