Tom Bergen (Sharing his favorite story at the 50th Reunion)

In my freshman year at ND, I was on a flight home for Thanksgiving. It was actually the first time I was on an airplane. My trip was headed from SB to Newark, but was stopping in Cleveland for the connecting flight to Newark. The plane was, then, going directly to Washington D.C.  

Minding my own business, a priest sat down next to me. He began going through some papers and, after about ten minutes, turned to me and said, "Hi, I'm Father Hesburgh. What's your name? Well, I had never actually seen a picture of Father Hesburgh, but I certainly knew who he was. After a moment of shock, we began a pleasant conversation.

He had just returned from a trip to the South Pole and showed me several pictures of himself, in the appropriate attire, standing at the South Pole. He was flying to Washington in conjunction with an effort he was working on for the Kennedy Administration. 

Needless to say, this memory, quite early in my four years at ND, is one of the fondest I have.

Tom & Linda Bergen



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