FORMER SUBWAY ALUMNI LEADER REFLECTS ON HIS "NOTRE DAME ODYSSEY"


Herb Juliano
(1922-1998)

In Herb's Archive this month, we'll learn the real story behind the famous Trojan Horse of South Bend.

The Trojan Horse of South Bend is wheeled onto the playing field amid much fanfare before the Green Jersey Game.

The Trojan Horse of South Bend is wheeled onto the playing field amid much fanfare before the Green Jersey Game.

 

In one of Herb's files entitled "Notre Dame - Southern Cal  Football Series," I found an article from the Observer (Tuesday November 1, 1977) entitled: "Horse and Homecoming dubbed successful. It's by Florenceanne Stigle.

The defeat of the Trojans on the football field capped off a successful homecoming campaign sponsored by the Student Union according to Social Commissioner Orest Deychakiwsky. Included among the festivities were the, Homecoming Dance, happy hours, contests and the construction of the Trojan Horse,

"The Trojan Horse was probably the most unique spectacle of the weekend," remarked Hugh Sullivan, coordinator of the Trojan Horse Committee. Originally, the students who brought up the idea wanted to attach a Trojan warrior to the crane near the Engineering Building. This idea proved structurally impossible so the Trojan Horse idea was chosen instead. After obtaining the approval of Dean of Students James Roemer and Athletic Director Moose Krause, the committee submitted the idea to the Student Union, which agreed to finance the project.

The Trojan Horse if pulled off the field by toga clad bearers.

The Trojan Horse if pulled off the field by toga clad bearers.

"We wanted to keep the horse a secret said Sullivan, "so our next challenge was to find a place where we could build it incognito." Brother Pasqual Cesce, rector of Carroll Hall, offered his gym and the students went to work.

Pat Moynihan and Jim Sterner, two fourth year architecture students, designed the wooden beast and a group of 20 to 30 helped build the horse out of 2 X 4's. After panelling, the horse was placed on a trailer.

"We made enough room for six, people to fit Inside the horse," stated Sullivan.  "We wanted members of the football team to jump out of it the day of the game. But Col. Stephens, Associate Athletic Director informed us that it could be dangerous," Sullivan explained. Therefore, five lnterhall football players adorned in blue and gold jerseys and the leprechaun emerged from the horse in front of a capacity crowd and the television cameras.

"The horse was certainly a hit," stated Deychakiwsky, "but not the only success story of the weekend. The happy hours drew in a larger turnout than even hoped for -- it was the biggest crowd The Library has had all year," he said.

 

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