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Hello, Leningrad

By Kevin Walsh '89

In October 1987, Russia was still The Evil Empire to most Americans, in spite of Gorbachev’s attempts to reform the country through Perestroika.

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The Power of Pope John Paul II

By Andrew Nagorski

In the summer of 1981 when I was posted in Moscow for Newsweek, Solidarity was riding the crest of a euphoric wave in neighboring Poland. The free trade union had been operating openly for a full year, and the country was flooded with Solidarity banners, pins, stickers and other mementos, including those that celebrated the pride of Poland, Pope John Paul II. The communist authorities would abruptly change course a few months later, declaring martial law and outlawing Solidarity. But those fair days were still a period when seemingly everything was possible, everything was permissible.…

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Rolling in Monster Waves

By Ami Green

My husband, Bob Green, and I closed the familiar doors from our 30 years together in Rhode Island, and stepped onto Scallywag, our 44-foot cutter-rigged sailboat.

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River Dance

By Steve Kelley '94J.D.

The ex-surfer in me relished the adventure: six days straight of dancing with the Colorado River, at times a slow waltz, at times a passionate tango and at times a violent slam dance.

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From Sea to Bike to Feet

By Angela North '95

When I first met my husband, that fateful day in June 1994, I learned that one of his favorite retorts was, “Why not?” In his mind, anything is possible, even if it involves swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles, all in 17 hours or less. There’s no prize money or fame involved when you are a middle-of-the-pack athlete, but there’s definitely plenty of glory in finishing.…

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A Song for Mom

By Patrick Madden '66

My life at Notre Dame began in the fall of 1962. My parents and I were met by an upperclassman who pointed out a few sites, described what ND was like and explained the undergraduate tradition of not ascending the front steps of the administration building until after graduation. Although it was thoroughly discouraged by the administration, the penalty for being caught on those steps was to be thrown into Saint Mary’s Lake by the rest of the student body. I embraced the tradition immediately. As far as I know, I was the last member of my class to climb those steps.…

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The Forever Santa

By Joseph Skovira '79

Thanksgiving was past, long past in my and my buddies 9-year-old time sense, and our thoughts had already turned to the coming Christmas holiday. But on a raw December Saturday, the question every child eventually asks was posed in our group.

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Trapped by Wildfire

By Rebecca Gerben '97

When I arrived at the TV station for work, the newsroom was abuzz with activity. “You need to change into hiking clothes,” my assignment editor told me. “The wildfire in the mountains is threatening nearby homes.”

Autumn is peak time for forest fires in the Southeast. For several days in October 2000, I had checked on the various fires in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area and written short updates for the newscasts. I craved the excitement of a breaking story. I quickly changed my clothes and met up with Paul, the photographer I would be working with that night.…

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Stranded on the Island

By Marianne Herb Wells '87

The crew of the Coastal Star, a crab-processing ship, was unlike the ones I’d worked with on my summer breaks during college, when I’d head for Alaska to earn money on fishing boats

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9-11: A Survivor's Tale

By Stephen F. Kern '75

While checking one of the cubicles of our officers on the 62nd floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, I found Rose under her desk. She looked up at me and fearfully whispered: “It’s an earthquake!”

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Down, Down to the Titanic

By Michael Manyak. M.D., '73

In the event of an underseas accident in our submersible, we were told, a small leak at the depth at which the Titanic lies would shoot a stream so intense it would cut a person in half. But don’t worry, we were counseled. Before that could happen the capsule would implode with such force that our bodies would instantly incinerate before being crushed. Our fireproof jumpsuits were merely to allow identification of our charred remains.…

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame and Fortune

By Kara Spak '96

After 10 months of simple living, which in my case meant eating everything cooked in mushroom soup, two of my more corruptible roommates and I indulged in the most spectacular sell-out our California home offered: The Price Is Right.

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Conquering the Chilkoot

By Patrick Tyrrell '73

The infinite wilderness of Alaska and the colorful gold rush tales of James Michener, Jack London and Robert Service had long captivated my wife, Maiya, and me. We finally decided the best way to experience Alaska up close would be to accept the daunting challenge of hiking the historic Chilkoot trail, the mountain pass that links Alaska with Canada’s Yukon interior.…

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Playing Rudy

By J. Michael Brooks, M.D., '79

Like many other Notre Dame students, I had been a reasonably good high school football player with dreams of participating at a higher level. While on campus for placement testing the summer before my freshman year, however, I met Jeff Weston, whom I later found out was the starting defensive tackle. He was 6-foot-5 and weighed 245 pounds, a chiseled inverted pyramid of muscle. Every thought of playing football at ND immediately left my mind. It was a good thing, too, because pre-med studies ended up taking up most of my time in the next four years.…

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My Northern Exposure

By David Devine '94

We are getting the once over. The twice over. Our interrogator leans coolly against the wall of his small office, nudging the brim of his faded ball cap toward the ceiling.

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Fire Escape

By H. Patrick Weber '71, '74 J.D.

On that typical late August Saturday in suburban Cincinnati — hot and humid with a forecast of evening thunderstorms — I convinced myself that the grass was too damp to cut early in the morning. That meant I could take a five-mile walk with Courtney, who would be leaving for her junior year at Notre Dame the following weekend.…

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Irish Grudges

By Tom Walsh '62

My company had a sponsorship deal with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers in the 1990s. Clippers owner and Beverly Hills real estate mogul Donald Sterling would every season host a late summer sponsor party at his beach house in Malibu, which had been owned at one time by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It was a class operation, right on the beach.…

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Domers in the news

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

*Condoleezza Rice '75M.A.* was nominated by President Bush to succeed Colin Powell as secretary of state. She served as national security adviser in the president's first term. If confirmed she will be fourth in the presidential line of succession. . . . Defense industry executive Francis J. Harvey '65…

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Alumni Briefs

By the Notre Dame Alumni Association

2005 Alumni Board Election

Candidates vying for eight seats on the Alumni Board are: Region 2—Mark Brooke '92, Helena, Montana, and Ceyl Prinster '76, Denver; Region 5—Keith Kriegshauser '83, Saint Louis, and Tony Scott '83, Moline, Illinois; Region 11—Phil Connors '59, Princeton, Massachusetts, and Kevin Lethbridge '81, '83MBA, Rumford, Rhode Island; Region 12—Ernie Buckley '53, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and Jim Kane '84, Norristown, Pennsylvania; Region 15—Phil Carter '67, '71Ph.D., Raleigh, North Carolina, and Eileen O'Connor Doran '91, Norcross, Georgia; Region 17—Rich Bollini '70, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and Jerry Kruczek '71, Orlando; Young Alumni—Mike Brown '01, West Allis, Wisconsin, and Dan Brosmer '01, Northville, Michigan; and Senior Alumni—George Harvey '03Honorary, Decatur, Alabama, and Jim Keegan '59, Wilmington, Delaware.…

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The Power of Perambulation

By John Monczunski

For some time now I’ve had a nagging suspicion that I didn’t receive the complete instruction manual to life. Apparently, someone ripped a few key pages from my dog-eared, smudged copy when I wasn’t looking. How else to explain those days when it seems as if everyone else has inside information that gives them a competitive edge?…

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The Transportation Wiz

By Ed Cohen


As commissioner of public transportation for London, Bob Kiley ‘57 sometimes sounds like a man playing Monopoly.

“If we can get control over the commuter [rail] services, that will be a big step forward,” he says to a visitor to his office, as if already holding the deeds cards for the Reading, Pennsylvania and B&O railroads with only the Short Line eluding his grasp.…

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Musicians mix it up from New York to California

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.


For Joanie Mendenhall ‘00, a career in New York City’s publishing world landed her solidly in the ranks of what she calls “a glorified secretary.” She pursued her passion for music on the side, writing and performing whenever possible. For Matt Curreri ‘99, a career in New York’s education system landed him a job as a high school algebra teacher. During his spare time, he wrote, recorded and performed music.

“I knew Matt at Notre Dame, but we weren’t good friends and weren’t playing music together,” says Mendenhall.…

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