A May news conference about a new women's center was about to start at Norfolk State University, but a fuss was taking place in the third row of the audience.
People wanted to shake hands with the man sporting the crisp suit, the semi-high-top fade and the sharp posture, which spoke to his military upbringing. An administrator tapped Tony Atwater on the shoulder. He stood and smiled.
"Just wanted to let you know that everyone I've spoken to is in awe of you," she said, "and happy about you being here."
So is he.