Tom Wolfe Elected to Virginia Legends Walk

wolfWashington and Lee alumnus Tom Wolfe, Class of 1951, has been elected to the Virginia Legends Walk, a monument created to honor Virginians and located one block from the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Wolfe is one of three new members of the Walk. The others are Katie Couric, anchor of the CBS Evening News, and Pulitzer Prize winner William Styron. Couric, Styron and Wolfe were among 40 eligible Virginians qualified this year for the Virginia Legends Walk.  Hundreds of nominations from around the world were submitted.  Ballots were sent to a statewide network of almost 600 judges, including college and university presidents, heads of historical societies and museums, history professors, librarians and news media representatives. The Virginia Legends Walk honors Virginians by birth or residence, who have made significant contributions to the nation and the world. Styron received 51.8 percent, while Couric and Wolfe each received 50 percent of the total votes for candidates.

Born in Richmond in 1931, Wolfe is regarded as a founder of the New Journalism movement. As a leading novelist and commentator on key decades of recent life in America, Wolfe was the first writer to publish the phrase, “good ol’ boy,” and later coined “the right stuff,” “the Me Decade” and “radical chic.”

Virginia Beach officials estimate that millions of resort visitors and area residents have toured Virginia Legends Walk since its introduction in 1999.

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