Go world

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

For three years and 11 months out of every World Cup cycle, I could care less about soccer. But when the quadrennial tournament begins, it's goodbye, productivity; hello, fútbol. 

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For What It's Worth

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Dan Farrell's Antiques Roadshow has been helping treasure hunters sort the gems from their junk for 22 years — and entertaining the rest of us along the way.

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A sign at the Grotto

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

For Bobby Kloska '90, a simple cell-phone snap of a snowy Grotto became a yearlong flurry of comments, thanks and connections made through the power of grace.

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Out of the Office: A doctor is born

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

A plate of cookies sat on a table by the door, half-empty by the time I arrived. Coffee in cardboard boxes and a stack of clean paper cups. I didn’t dare pour one for myself because I was late, having walked halfway around McCourtney Hall, angsty and out of breath and unable to find the “auditorium.” Plus which, I’d never been to a doctoral defense before.

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Angelic jazz, holy and cool

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Experience a touch of the rare tingling elation that composer and pianist J.J. Wright ’14MSM, ’17DMA felt this spring when his Easter Vigil-themed sequence of five jazz oratorios, Drama and Devotion, premiered inside a landmark 16th century church in Rome.

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The 47-year final semester

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

John Kohne dropped out of Notre Dame late in the autumn of 1969, twelve credits shy of his chemical engineering degree. He traveled home to La Porte, Indiana, realizing as he walked in the door that he'd made a life-changing mistake.

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Out of the Office: Is 'Bazillion' a Number?

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Maybe boredom explains why we’re not paying attention to what’s happening right now with Social Security and Medicare, the subject of a lunch-hour presentation that accountancy professor Jeff Burks ’97 made on campus a few weeks ago. If so, it appears our indifference will cost us.

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The Organ Builders: Ben Wooley, pipe maker

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Before moving into his rental house in Seattle last year, Ben Wooley felt he needed to give his future housemates a warning. “Just so you know,” he told them, “I have a lot of instruments, and not all of them are going to fit in my room.”

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The Organ Builders: Joe Green, carpenter

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Joe Green is a boat builder by trade. It’s inherently nomadic work that has taken him far away from home, building everything from historic fishing-boat replicas to rowing shells to the 42-foot motorsailers of the rich and famous — but there was always something missing. So now he builds organs for a living.

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The Organ Builders: Erik McLeod, pipe maker

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

When he was ready to start high school in 1993, his family moved across Puget Sound from Tacoma to a tiny logging town called Shelton. It sure didn’t feel like it at the time, but for McLeod, now 37, teenage exile would turn out to be one of the best career moves of his life.

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