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This question is often asked by Notre Dame fans on when this tradition began. Everyone's favorite author, Rick Reilly, recently did a piece on this. Bud Wilkinson actually began this sign for his powerhouse Oklahoma teams in the 1950s, but it's taken on a life of its own at Notre Dame.
Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, Laurie worked with my mother at Notre Dame's Oak Room cafeteria. Very shy but nice person. She would sometimes show some drawings she did and people would react the same way as in Billy Joel's Piano Man — "Man, what are you doing here?!?"
It's been fun to see here gain this type of stature.
This post was edited by Lou Somogyi on 12/22/2012 at 7:02 PM
The story behind Notre Dame's famous PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY sign and how it still helps the woman who painted it.
I did not know that. I thought it was there in the 1940s.
Lou...so the story about Holtz restoring a sign that was up in the 1930s/40s is not true?
According to the story, Holtz saw something resembling it in a Notre Dame scrapbook, so we would have to deduce there was something there. It likely just wasn't really publicized. No TV back then.
Great information, Lou.
This post was edited by irishm on 12/22/2012 at 10:38 PM
Great story, i didnt know that.
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