Monday, September 27, 2010

Coach Weis Had Emergency Surgery Today

Former Notre Dame Head Football Coach, Charlie Weis '78 - was taken to a Kansas City Hospital after the Chief's third straight win yesterday.  Chief's Head Coach Todd Haley released a statement that the issue is "not life threatening."  ESPN is reporting he had emergency Gall Bladder surgery -- and Weis's agent just confirmed that Coach Weis was diagnosed with the infection on Friday and chose to wait until after the game -- and did have surgery this morning.  Say some prayers for Coach Weis.  Here's a link to the story:


Legendary Hollywood Columnist (ND Student)

Legendary Hollywood reporter and former Notre Dame student, Jim Bacon passed away September 19th at the age of 96.  Bacon's colorful career was the subject of a 1999 E! True Hollywood Story -- as he was quite a Hollywood character.  During his 75-year career as a newspaperman, columnist and author, Bacon was a confidant of Marilyn Monroe, hung out with John Wayne, knocked back drinks with Frank Sinatra (photo of Bacon and Sinatra) and the Rat Pack, traded cigars with Winston Churchill and met eight U.S. presidents.  He spent 23 years with AP, followed by 18 years at the Herald Examiner. Most recently, he wrote a weekly column, recalling memories from Hollywood’s glory days, for Beverly Hills 213, where his last column appeared June 6.  He also authored three best-selling books: “Hollywood Is a Four Letter Town,” “Made in Hollywood” and Jackie Gleason’s autobiography “How Sweet It Is,” which he co-authored.  Bacon belonged to an era when hard-drinking columnists mixed freely with Hollywood royalty.  In “Four Letter Town,” he claimed an affair with Marilyn Monroe.  Pretending to be the coroner, he made his way through a police barricade to get Lana Turner’s first-hand account of the fatal stabbing of her lover Johnny Stompanato by her daughter Cheryl Crane.  He accompanied Elizabeth Taylor’s physician to her home to break the news of the death of her third husband, Mike Todd, in a plane crash.  Bacon also broke the story of John Wayne’s cancer, and he was the first to debunk Clifford Irving’s hoax, “The Autobiography of Howard Hughes.”


ND Alum Brings Stanley Cup to Notre Dame!

Stan Bowman '95, is VP -- General Manager of the Stanley Cup Champion, Chicago Blackhawks.  This past Saturday, Stan brought the Stanley Cup home to his alma mater -- Notre Dame.  Here's a link to a WNDU-TV's interview with Stan on the Notre Dame Stadium sidelines.  Hockey fans will know the Bowman name -- Stan's Dad is legendary NHL Coach; Scotty Bowman -- who was a Special Advisor to the Blackhawks this past season.  This was Stan's first Stanley Cup -- he's now only 11 behind his Dad!


The Ups & Downs of Notre Dame Fans

Being a Notre Dame football fan has had a few more "downs" than "ups" these last few seasons -- so, the folks at WNDU-TV decided to look into the psychology of being a Notre Dame fan.  Here's a link to the story:

ND Alum -- In The Amazing Race on CBS!

Thomas Wolfard '02, and his girlfriend Jill Haney (click on Link: Meet Tom & Jill) are contestants on CBS's globe-trotting reality show The Amazing Race.  The show kicked off its 17th season last night and Wolfard and Haney won the first race!  The couple from Marina Del Rey, CA (click on Link: Season Premiere replay) beat the other ten teams in the race through England.  The highlight of the first show is certain to become YOUTUBE LEGEND -- Brooke Roberts and Claire Champlin (co-hosts of Home Shopping Network) had a little problem with a watermelon catapult device.  YOU MUST SEE:




PHOTO OF THE DAY: Notre Dame Cheerleader

While visiting the Grotto before Saturday's game I took this photo of a Notre Dame Cheerleader - her name is Erin and she's from the Class of 2030.