A Life Lived Twice

By Cheever Griffin '90

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Chuck Amato Jr. ’70, used to be a lawyer. He used to run marathons. And for no other reason than it was a blast, he used to drop everything he was doing and volunteer at the Olympics. He used to read newspapers. And speak in complete sentences. And not need a roommate to help him get through the day.…

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Careers and Kids

By Cheever Griffin '90

It’s early in the morning. Really early. The kind of early familiar only to dairy farmers, medical residents and the amazingly peppy people who open up Starbucks. And, of course, the parents of small children.

Mine, a 2-year-old boy with curly hair the color of a pumpkin, is sitting on a couch in the den waiting for me to hand him his bottle of milk. I know, he still takes a bottle. Terrible. The pediatrician and my mother-in-law tell us so every chance they get.…

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Decoder Ring

By Cheever Griffin '90

As a wicked late winter wind swirls outside her small, cluttered office on the University of Chicago campus, Nancy Cox ‘78 talks softly about the culprits she hunts down.

“Think of it as a detective story in which someone has to locate a person somewhere in the world,” she says. "They’ll try to track them down to a continent, to a country, and then a city, then finally block by block to locate them in the house."…

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Taking It to the Streets

By Cheever Griffin '90

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The Metropolitan Chicago Initiative (MCI) occupies a spacious office above a bank in the heart of a small, blue-collar and increasingly Hispanic suburb just west of Chicago called Berwyn.

The MCI is an arm of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, which was created in 1999 to study critical issues facing Latinos in the United States. If you think of the institute as an earnest academic entity, then consider the MCI

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