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


Herb Juliano
(1922-1998)

In Herb's Archive this month, the story of the mystery of Knute Rockne's briefcase.

Noted sports artist Ted Watts captures the warmth and friendliness of Rockne in this painting commissioned for a Notre Dame game program.

Noted sports artist Ted Watts captures the warmth and friendliness of Rockne in this painting commissioned for a Notre Dame game program.

 

From Notre Dame Odyssey:

Big happening tonight. I was invited to join Father Joyce, "Moose" Krause, Dan Devine and members of the Class of '29 at a reunion banquet in the Center for Continuing Education. I sat at the head table next to Father Joyce who, when he addressed the gathering, surprised everyone by producing a briefcase which once belonged to Knute Rockne and was full of private papers, some in Rockne's own handwriting. He read from one of the papers in Rockne's own hand, "33 Points on How to Be a Successful Student-Athlete." When he finished describing the briefcase and its contents, he made the remark: "Herb Juliano would like to get his hands on this, but he'll have to wait awhile."

(Author's Note: I waited, but never did get my hands on that briefcase. About one year later, November 1980, Mr. Gabriel Brady of Memphis, TN, requested use of the briefcase to research its contents for a planned Rockne manuscript. I relayed the request to Father Joyce and received this reply: "I am not sure how to reply to your inquiry about Mr. Gabriel M. Brady's request. I assume he has in mind doing a vignette similar to the one he did on Lou Gehrig, based on a single Rockne letter, but one which would illustrate the character of the man. I do not now have the old Rockne briefcase in my possession, but neither do I remember any significant letter from Rockne being part of the assorted papers. I should add that I hope to reclaim the briefcase and its contents within the next few months at which time I will turn it over to you for the library collection."

I left my post as curator of the library Sports and Games collection in 1982 to transfer to the Sports Information Department and still had not seen the Rockne briefcase.)

 

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