Why Notre Dame?

By Brad S. Gregory

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Growing up in northern Illinois during the 1970s, I didn’t like Notre Dame. As a Midwestern Catholic I suppose I should have felt some affinity for the place, but alumni and supporters revered it with a pride that seemed to border on idolatry, with their blue-and-gold “ND” this and their green “Irish” that. Notre Dame was thought better than other schools; it was special. Moreover, when it came time for college I wanted out of the Midwest, so I left behind the small towns and cornfields and Chicago’s suburban sprawl.…

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