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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ave Town's Uniqueness All Goes Back To Tom Monaghan

The Naples News has an interesting article by Ave Maria Town resident Peggy Stinnet. Ms. Stinnet's article is about some of the unusual, unique, and interesting things to see in Ave Maria Town. Ms. Stinnet tells us, "When in Ave Maria, there are some sites that are hidden behind the scenes that add to the uniqueness of this community that many do not know about."

The article is pleasant and light-hearted, but I was amused to note that every unusual thing listed by Ms. Stinnet somehow goes back to Tom Monaghan (though I suspect that Ms. Stinnet did not intend this when writing her article).

Here is Ms. Stinnet's list:
-"memorabilia from the Domino's Pizza days," like the first corrugated pizza box that Tom Monaghan designed and the Dominick's sign from Monaghan's original restaurant.
-"a great collection of Detroit Tiger mementos, the team purchased by Monaghan that went on to win the World Series in 1984".
-a collection of unusual seats and chairs. (Monaghan is fascinated by and loves to collect chairs.)
-an autographed copy of Monaghan's biography, "Pizza Tiger," at the AMU bookstore.
-finally, the huge Annunciation Relief that is being carved out of Carrara marble and that is scheduled to be dedicated on March 25, 2012, the Feast of the Annunciation.

Wait, how does the marble relief go back to Tom Monaghan? Well, it's clear that Monaghan has a particular affinity for the Feast of the Annunciation: "Ave Maria" are the words of the Annunciation, "Annunciation Circle" is the central drive of Ave Maria Town, and Ave Town's street grid is positioned specifically to catch the sunrise on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation. Oh yeah, March 25 is also Monaghan's birthday.

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