Eric Butterman | October 12, 2015
Youngstown. Akron. West Bloomfield. New Canaan. Birmingham. Tarzana. St. Louis.
Sounds like destinations on a train line. But for TV writer/producer Linda Gase ’86, they were all the places she had lived from the age of 5 until entering Notre Dame. Because her dad was transferred approximately every two years, so many towns she had called home, like TV shows, were suddenly canceled.
For this reason, it was actual TV shows, along with movies, that provided companionship while she’d wait to form new friendships. Her particular small-screen favorites were The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laverne & Shirley and Charlie’s Angels. “Working women finding their own paths,” she assesses.
Despite offering Gase solace growing up, entertainment wasn’t on her mind when she became an English major at Notre Dame. All those early moves made her long for a career path of order — and it doesn’t get much more orderly than the law. “I liked the idea that you go to law school, pass the bar, and then you join a firm and possibly work your way up to partner,” she says. “I could see that, and it was comforting.”