When I wrote THE GIPPER’S GHOST in 1985, the Notre Dame
football team was down on its Irish luck.
In the book, I tried to do my small part to rekindle the spirit of Notre
Dame. It may have helped a little; the
Notre Dame student newspaper, The Observer, even serialized the book in its
pages for the students to read in weekly installments. Fortunately, a few months later, Notre Dame
hired a new head football coach named Lou Holtz. He did even better!
Over the years, a number of friends and Notre Dame classmates
have asked me to reprint THE GIPPER’S GHOST.
Now the time seems right. On
November 18, 2012, Notre Dame’s football team was ranked “Number One” for the
first time in 19 years. So here it is
again, finally, as an e-Book available through the Amazon Kindle Store (another
way to “KINDLE” the spirit of Notre Dame?).
Although THE GIPPER’S GHOST is a work of fiction, some Notre
Dame football fans have noticed some very interesting things happened after the
book was published.
The book introduced the Ten Commandments of Notre Dame. In the book, the most important is the Tenth
Commandment of Notre Dame: Thou shalt never lose to USC. Interestingly enough, after the book was published
and while it remained in print, Notre Dame didn’t lose to USC for more than a
decade! You can look it up!
The other is the name of the coach. In THE GIPPER’S GHOST, the name of the head
football coach who (with the help of divine intervention) leads the Fighting
Irish to the national championship is COACH KELLY.
Or an amazing prophecy?
As we all know, God works in mysterious ways…
By the way, I should probably mention one more interesting coincidence. In the epilog to THE GIPPER’S GHOST, Notre Dame defeats an SEC team to win the national championship. Yet another prophecy soon to come true? Perhaps as soon as January 7, 2013?
Here’s hoping the real Coach Kelly and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame will soon turn fiction into
Bob Quakenbush ND '76