Domers in the news

Author: John Monczunski

But for the fact that Andy McKenna ’79 and Dan Hynes ’90 apparently lost their respective primaries in February by paper-thin margins, it might have been an All-Domer gubernatorial election in Illinois come November. McKenna, the former Illinois Republican Party state chairman, came in third among Republicans, just 1 percent behind the leader. Hynes, meanwhile, lost on the Democratic side by .8 percent. . . . In Minnesota, meanwhile, St. Paul businessman Rob Hahn ’91 is the Independence Party’s candidate for governor. Hahn publishes two niche newspapers, Midwest Wine Connection and Minnesota Prep Sports. Previously he was a producer at WCCO-AM and is the author of a mystery novel. . . . Although none of the contestants knew the answer, author Tom Coyne ’97, ’99MFA had the honor of being featured in the $400 question on a recent episode of the iconic quiz show Jeopardy!. The hint was: The title of Tom Coyne’s golf memoir “Paper” this pays homage to George Plimpton’s “Paper Lion.” The answer: What is Paper Tiger? . . . The Hanging Tree, the second mystery novel by Wall Street Journal Chicago bureau chief Bryan Gruley ’79 will be published in August. His first novel, Starvation Lake, published last year, was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for best first novel by an American author. . . . Tom Bettag ’66 has joined CNN Worldwide as senior executive producer of the shows State of the Union with Candy Crowley and Reliable Sources. In that capacity, Bettag oversees the cable network’s Sunday public affairs programming. During his long career in TV journalism Bettag has served as executive producer of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel. . . . Michael Cotter ’71, ’77 J.D. was recently sworn in as Montana’s U.S. Attorney. He is married to Montana Supreme Court Justice Patricia Cotter ’77J.D. . . . The architectural firm of Nolanda Bearden ’90, NHB Group LLC, was chosen as part of the design team for a $530 million domed stadium to be built in Birmingham, Alabama. . . . Chris Rohrs ’71, president of the Television Bureau of Advertising, recently was honored at the Library of American Broadcasting Seventh Annual Giants of Broadcasting Awards ceremony. . . . Brian T. Moynihan ’84J.D. has been named CEO of Bank of America. . . . Andrew Gurtis ’88 is the Daytona International Speedway’s new vice president of operations. As such, Gurtis oversees the operations department of the 480-acre speedway, which includes maintenance, security and emergency services. . . . Matt Knott ’92 is now senior vice president for strategic planning and performance management with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. Previously Knott was vice president of marketing for Gatorade at PepsiCo . . . . Joseph Cosgrove ’79, a well-known Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney, was appointed a judge by Governor Ed Rendell in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. As a student Cosgrove served as the ND Leprechaun mascot. . . . Avant garde artist Aldo Tambelini ’58MFA, who studied at Notre Dame under the legendary sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, recently received a lifetime achievement award from Syracuse University, which he attended as an undergraduate. Tambelini also has been awarded the key to the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has lived after leaving MIT as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies. . . . At age 71, Ed Ricciuti ’59 passed his test for a second degree black belt and second-level instructor in the martial art of combat hapkido. Ricciuti is at work on a book about the martial arts and self-defense for senior citizens.