Shenanigans will feature a couple of humorous
stories about the “Rock.”
From Chet Grant: When Rock signed a
speaking contract with agent Christy Walsh, it was generally understood
downtown that he was to speak publicly only with Christy’s OK. One evening
Gardner’s News Depot (Main
and Jefferson) Rockne met up with some of the local lads, including Warren
Hickey, a carpenter. In keeping with his old practices, Rock stopped to swap
wise cracks, and presently told a story. At its conclusion, Hickey, who as
usual was out of work on account of lethargy, dug a dime out of his pocket
and handed it to the mighty mentor. “What’s this for?” Rock demanded,
sensing he was about to be ribbed. He was not disappointed.
“Well,” drawled Hickey, “I read in the paper you wasn’t supposed to talk in
public anymore without pay, I don’t want you to break your contract on our
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Rockne often dwelt on the desirability of a coaching post
at Sing Sing, where the “alumni never come back if they can help it.”
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And here’s one to honor St. Patrick’s Day. It’s from
an old Scholastic from the 1940s:
Trumpet Solo From Dome
Balcony Was Feature of One Saint Patrick's Day.
On this St. Patrick's Day it
appears unlikely that students will be awakened by the notes of a bugler
sounding "Reveille" from the top of the Golden Dome -but it can happen here,
as has been attested by past history.
Rev. Arthur J. Hope, C.S.C., in his story of Notre Dame's first one hundred
years, recalls the time that Tim O'Sullivan, a true son of the old sod,
slipped out on the balcony of the Golden Dome and awakened the campus with a
stirring trumpet rendition of "St. Patrick's Day in the Morning."
O'Sullivan later joined the
priesthood. At another time, Father Hope relates, when Father Edward Sorin
had forbade any special celebration of St. Patrick's day (in the interests
of Americanism), two novices, Dave O'Leary and John Quinn, became "so
aroused by this 'unjust' order" that there should be no wearing of the
green, that they went to the chapel, extracted the green ribbon from the
missal, cut it in two, pinned the ribbons to their surplices, and marched
into the sanctuary.
Quinn and O'Leary were
expelled, but later Father Sorin relented and told them that they might
stay. O'Leary remained, but Quinn stating that "I've been fired!" took leave
from the University-to return at a later date as a distinguished monsignor
and to deliver a baccalaureate sermon.
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