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The 'Div,' Head Honcho at Comedy Central

By Jerry Pockar '65

“The Div” we called him in ‘61 at Notre Dame when he was a gawky 18-year-old fresh from Hartsdale, New York. A notable slacker before slacking, Larry Divney ’65 was also a universal solvent, dissolving everyone’s barriers, effortlessly making friends. He had a sly, counterpunching urban wit that scored points. In retrospect, easy to imagine him putting on the right threads, flapping that Irish tongue and wending his way through the electronic labyrinth they started calling The Media

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Work Zone, Rest Area

By Eric Zorn

I, too, head south to begin my commute, just like my competitor Burt Constable. Then I head west, north, east, south again, west and south one last time to my office.

On a good day, the trip takes 20 seconds. If there are shoes in the hallway and clothes to haul up the stairs, it may take up to a minute for me to make it from the breakfast table to my desk in the spare bedroom.…

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Lane Closed Ahead

By Burt Constable

Before dawn, the precision Commuter Annoyance Squad hits the highways. In my imagination, the first row of vehicles, three-abreast to block all lanes, creeps along the empty pavement at exactly 18 miles an hour. The second row of cars, also spanning the width of the expressway, waits 30 seconds and then accelerates to 65 miles an hour before slamming on their brakes and screeching to a dead stop inches behind the rear bumpers of the sluggish leaders. They repeat this process ad nauseam, setting the pace for the morning rush hour that is neither in a rush nor completed within an hour.…

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The Way We Like to See Ourselves

By Andrew Nagorski

On the morning of September 11 when I emerged from Grand Central Station after my regular commute into the city, I saw people staring intensely at the TV screens in a bank window that normally are tuned to news about the Dow. The screens featured the headline that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center. I looked back down Madison Avenue and saw a huge cloud of smoke high across the sky of lower Manhattan. My first reaction was to think that this was a terrible accident.…

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The Communal Lifeline

By Robert Schmuhl ’70

In the dazed days following the atrocities of September 11, analysts and academics tried to come to terms with the unspeakable acts by speculating on their consequences. Such unprecedented terrorism created (in what began as a refrain and then became a cliche) a turning point, with potential for transforming America in ways large and small.…

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Thunder Across the Land

By Andrew H. Malcolm

We were sitting around the dinner table one evening years ago in Tokyo when suddenly, across the room, a large framed painting fell from the wall and crashed to the floor. The few seconds of silent, stunned familial disbelief were interrupted by my shocked 3-year-old son. Eyes fixed on the fallen artwork, he asked, “Why dat do dat?”…

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Domers who survived the World Trade Center attacks

By Notre Dame Magazine

William DeRiso ’97 worked on the 89th floor of the second tower as an institutional equities salesman for the investment banking firm Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. When the plane hit the first tower, most people went to the window to look. DeRiso, a former ND lacrosse player and assistant coach, started down the stairs. He said he was stopped by backed-up traffic at the 55th floor and thought about going back but then the second plane hit his building. There were 81 people at work on his floor that day, he said. Only 15 made it out alive, only one of those who had gone to the window. . . . Jimmy Dunne III

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Notre Dame Football: The Indisputable Importance of Saturday

By Kerry Temple ’74

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My heart was first broken on November 28, 1964. I was 12.

I was in the car with my dad listening to the closing minutes of the Notre Dame-USC game on the radio. It was the season finale for Notre Dame, because the school did not go to bowl games then. So Notre Dame, undefeated and ranked No. 1, was in Los Angeles for that wondrous season’s climactic face-off, and a 17-0 Irish lead had dissolved into a 17-13 cliffhanger. USC

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Threatened Are the Peacemakers

By Gil Loescher

Late in the afternoon of August 19, 2003, a suicide bomber drove to U.N. headquarters in central Baghdad. On the third floor of those headquarters, I was sitting with Sergio Vieira de Mello, the U.N. special representative in Iraq, and some senior members of his staff . The human rights expert Arthur Helton and I were there to investigate the human costs of the war in Iraq and its aftermath.…

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The Kiln's Burning Mystery

By Andrew Santella

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They are perched on folding chairs at the edge of an alfalfa field in lower Michigan, babysitting a fire.

Bill Kremer and his wife, Diane, and a bunch of their friends have been at it for a few days now, tending the big brick wood-fueled kiln that sits out behind the Kremer house. Inside the kiln is enough room for a few tons of combusting firewood and more clay pots, vases and sculptures than Kremer and his potter friends could fashion in half a year. A new shift shows up every six hours or so, to worry over the fire and feed it. Tending the fire, it turns out, is a job that requires near-constant vigilance. Not that anyone’s complaining.…

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Lost Souls

By Jeffrey Hammond

When my downstate Illinois grandmother talked about “keeping body and soul together,” she meant making enough money to put food on the table. In her day, most people assumed that God would take care of the soul. The body might starve, succumb to consumption or the flu, or be killed in an industrial accident—but the soul would live forever.…

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The Genetics of Belief

By Chet Raymo '58, '64Ph.D.

An itch for God seems to be universal. In the course of history, humans have invented tens of thousands of religions, many of which are assumed by their adherents to be the divinely revealed true faith. Atheism has always been something of an anomaly, and even the word “atheism” has God lurking within it.…

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Bush Country

By R. Bruce Dold

Two days after the re-election of President George W. Bush, London’s Daily Mirror published this cheeky headline: “How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?”

You might chalk that up to the usual fare of the sensational British tabloids, except in this presidential election you had the distinct impression that 59,028,550

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The Challenges John Paul II Leaves For Us

By George Weigel

[Editor's Note: _This article was written shortly before the death of John Paul II. It is still timely, as it discusses the issues the cardinals will be considering as they meet to elect a new pope_.]

It's obvious that we are much closer to the end of the extraordinary pontificate of John Paul II than to its beginning. And as the pope himself has talked about the impending completion of his mission on several occasions in recent years, there is nothing unseemly in deepening the conversation about what we might call "the work John Paul II will leave for the rest of us."…

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Breaking News: The Perils of a Quarterly

By Kerry Temple ’74

We stopped what we were doing on Tuesday, November 30, even though we were in the final harried days of getting the winter issue done. Word had come down that Tyrone Willingham, after three seasons as head football coach, was being fired. The press conference was being carried live on local TV, so we turned on the little set in our office and watched.

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