The Things He Carried

Jack Hefferon '14 | July 9, 2014 | Notre Dame Magazine

Statue of Knute Rockne on Notre Dame's campus

On March 31, 1931, a little over an hour into a bumpy Transcontinental and Western Airways Flight 599 trip from Kansas City, Missouri, to Los Angeles, the plane’s right wing snapped off. All eight on board were killed in the ensuing crash.

On a sunny Monday morning, 83 years to the day of Knute Rockne’s death in that crash, Michael Lopez sits in a room on the Notre Dame campus and opens an old briefcase to reveal the item Rockne held closest as that disabled plane plunged into a Kansas cornfield.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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