Ara Parseghian, whose Fighting Irish teams won two national championships during his tenure as head football coach from 1963 to 1974, died early this morning (August 2) at his home in Granger, Indiana. We republish this interview piece written in 2014 by then-alumni editor Kevin Brennan ’07, along with stories about the Parseghian family’s battle against a rare disease and their ongoing contributions to scientific research at Notre Dame, in his honor.
At a house on St. Peter, back in ‘98, two Notre Dame students promised to play music together for the rest of their lives. This past July almost 18,000 raucous, cheering, dancing fans celebrated the pact as ND-infused Umphrey’s McGee jammed two Rocky Mountain nights.
Reading Jon Meacham’s engaging new biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, my mind keeps returning to an earlier newspaper article that portrayed a frustrated Bush seeing his son Jeb out-polled by a candidate whom the elder Bush regarded as unworthy of the presidency.
Frank Franco hasn’t changed much, and neither has his one-chair shop in LaFortune. The walls are still lined with pictures of campus and past football glories, and the calendar book and No. 2 pencil remain out on the table for customers to sign up for an appointment.
I’m writing this piece under the threat of public humiliation. A few months ago, I told a fellow editor I had purchased a book that would make a great subject for a “What I’m Reading” post. A week or so later, my wife and I moved into a new house. When I unpacked the boxes marked “Books,” my new book was nowhere to be found. I assured myself it would turn up. It didn’t, and my editor jokingly said she’d take to this website to publicly expose my welching if I didn’t submit the story soon.
More than most events on campus, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat’s talk last week on religious liberty seemed to draw a thorough cross-section of the Notre Dame community. And Douthat knew how to play to this crowd.
On the first day of class, a professor often will ask pupils to share their names along with accompanying “fun facts.” Nervous fidgeting and sweaty palms often follow, but Mark O’Dea ’15 never had any trouble.
Redeployment grabs you from the first line of the first story: “We shot dogs.”