Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Every now and then a nice little book comes along that warms the heart and enhances the joy of reading. Recently I came across just such a book when I read “May I Have Your Attention Please…Wit & Wisdom from the Notre Dame Press Box” by Mike Collins, and Sergeant Tim McCarthy.

Since moving to Northern Indiana working in the broadcast business I met and now consider Mike Collins a friend. He recently retired, but was one of the best news anchors in the business. Mike is one of those valuable voices, and influences, in the community that makes living here most rewarding.

Sergeant Tim McCarthy is a veteran Indiana State Police Officer and has been the unseen voice of both wit and wisdom safety announcements at every home Notre Dame Football game for many years. A “Domer” (graduate of Notre Dame) relative of mine gave Tim a wonderful compliment when he said, “Only Tim McCarthy could bring 80,000 roaring fans to silence every Saturday afternoon.” Over the years Tim’s humorous traffic alerts no doubt have saved many lives traveling home from the games.

I suggest you read this wonderfully humorous book that provides a behind the scenes peek into the Press Box high about the crowd at Notre Dame home football games. Locally copies are available in local bookstores or, if you are out of town, through Corby Books, Box 93, Notre Dame, IN 46556 at a cost of $14.95 (plus shipping). A little book at the price, but a fun read!


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