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By Ralph McInerny

When Ned Doremus cut the Gordian knot and decided to keep his engagement to speak and sign copies of his new book at Notre Dame, reactions were mixed. For two weeks campus bulletin boards had announced the triumphant return of an alumnus who had achieved literary acclaim before turning 30. His biography of Ambrose Bierce was a nominee for the National Book Award, a featured selection of the History Book Club and first alternate of the Book of the Month. Quarter page ads, underwritten by the publisher, had appeared every other day in The Observer announcing a talk on “Disappearance of an Author.” A scheduling conflict and adverse local reaction gave added interest to the prospective event. Professor Petit of the English department who had notoriously been working on Ambrose Bierce for decades accused the former student of stealing his material.…

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A Figure of Speech

By Ed Cohen


Ask Hubert J. “Hub” Schlafly ‘41 how the first TelePrompTer worked and he’ll say, “Barely.”

He should know. He built it. Out of a suitcase. Schlafly was working as director of television research for Twentieth Century Fox in the early 1950s when an actor named Fred Barton walked into the New York office of one of Schlafly’s colleagues at Fox, Irving Berlin Kahn, nephew of the famous songwriter. Barton, who was appearing on Broadway with Henry Fonda at the time in Mister Roberts

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Web extra letters

By Readers

Morrissey mascot


Sparky, the mascot of the “Dirty Thirty,” resided in the basement of Morrissey Hall from fall 1965 to summer 1967. Here Sparky sits in the lobby of Morrissey with the juniors of the Dirty Thirty in fall 1965.

James T. Barry ’67 sent the picture after reading about the recent change in University policy that allows rectors to keep pets in the residence halls. (See links for story.)…

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From Print Issue

By Notre Dame Magazine

Distant replay

Thanks to Ed Cohen (“Midfielders passing in the night,” Winter 2000-01) for his nostalgic depiction of RecSports soccer. I was the goalkeeper on a law student team that won the faculty-staff-grad tournament at the expense of a previous incarnation of the Illegitimate Sons of Pele. I felt like the author was narrating my own game from several years ago. I can still see the incredulous looks on the faces of those Illegit Sons after they lost to us. It was quite an upset and we were just as stunned at the result. A series of fortuitous forfeits had helped put us through to the championship game that year.…

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When God Lets Us Down

By Terence Byrne '57, '58M.A.

“Don’t turn away from him! He’s your son.”

Sarah had spoken sharply, in an anguished tone. We were in a hospital, and I was cradling our 2-week old son Patrick in my arms. He had begun to have another grand mal seizure. Nothing could mitigate it. Feeling squeamish, I had looked away. Now I turned back toward Patrick and kept my eyes on him as the seizure ran its course.…

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The Practical Guide to Total Living

By Dave Reidy '99

We spend our lives searching for a guide, a handbook to help us navigate the urban landscape in which we live. We search for bound pages to fill the spiritual and cultural void we feel in the very pit of our souls. The Bhagavad-Gita, Catcher In The Rye, Martha Stewart Living: I tried them all. And while all of them contained pearls of wisdom, they lacked the totality of guidance I sought. So I decided I would live one day of my life entirely informed by a work that boasts the accrued knowledge of centuries of rural existence, and apply its wisdom to my 20-something, uber-hip Chicagoan lifestyle. On September 23, 2000, I would test the validity of The Old Farmer’s Almanac: 2000

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Men of the Cloth

By by Ronald Weber

With the death of J.F. Powers in the summer of 1999, at age 81, an especially rich period in the Catholic presence in American literature came to a close. Together with Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy, Powers was one of the country’s critically-acclaimed fiction writers in the latter half of the 20th century.…

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God? Country? Notre Dame?

By John Monczunski

As much as the leprechaun and football, military training has been a part of Notre Dame tradition. Ever since 1858 when the student-organized Continental Cadets began marching across campus in their blue and buff American Revolutionary-style uniforms, Notre Dame has been teaching students how to be good soldiers.…

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Secrets of the Lakes

By By Cheever Griffin


I’m standing in a clear and gently moving stream. In hip waders. Olive green hip waders. Because I consider mowing the lawn an extreme form of outdoor activity, I never before have been in a pair of these things, and I’m pretty sure I look ridiculous.

It doesn’t help any that the Notre Dame students with me required no such get-ups – they marched right in wearing nothing more than sandals, shorts and T-shirts. They’re in the middle of the stream now, three of them, hunched together with their hands deep in the drink. They’re recovering the specimens of a project, something to do with the decomposition of various tree species. It was all thoroughly explained to me a short time before, but, well, let’s just say my ability to comprehend the particulars of biology has never been that strong.…

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The Fight Watchman: Jason Schroeder

By Richard Mertens


The village of Cernica lies in a little valley in southern Kosovo, surrounded by brown scrub-covered hills and barely noticeable from the potholed main road that passes about a mile away. With its crooked, dusty lanes, its red-tiled roofs and its adjoining patchwork of fields, it looks like just another quiet if somewhat battered Balkan village.…

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Fighting Right

By Malham M. Wakin '52

About a decade ago a pacifist Catholic group mounted a campaign to have all Catholic universities, beginning with Notre Dame, remove all ROTC programs from their campuses. That unsuccessful campaign came at a time when Notre Dame’s administration had authorized a study of its ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) programs. Having spent a lifetime on active duty with the Air Force, I was one of those invited to campus to contribute to that interdisciplinary commission evaluating the moral appropriateness of offering military training at a Catholic university. At that time about 10 percent of Notre Dame’s students were on ROTC

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