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Name: Laura Hagensick
E-mail: laurahagensick@aol.com
City/State: Evanston, IL
Date: Monday, April 02, 2001 at 21:23:01

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I'll never forget the day I met Al McGuire. I was a Senior at MU and a parking lot attendant. He parked in my lot. Al was a very friendly and personable man. He didn't act like the royalty he was, just like a regular guy.

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Name: John A. Tuteur, Bus Adm 70, Grad 71
E-mail: tuteur@aol.com
City/State: Northbrook, IL
Date: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 at 16:28:03

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I greatly admired Al from a distance as a Marquette student in the late 60's and early 70's. Later, I think it was 1989, when AL was with NBC he gave a talk at my employer's marketing seminar. It was a terrific honor when I was asked to be his host for that day. After spending much of the morning with Al I felt as if we were old friends. He was like that - the warmth of his personality made one feel close to him after only a couple of hours. If everyone could have his caring spirit, the world would be a better place. I am sure Al is up there right now chatting with everyone he meets - it must be a beautiful scene full of sea shells and balloons.

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Name: Larry J. Giantomas
E-mail: doozie9@cs.com
City/State: Milwaukee WI. 53202
Date: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 at 16:39:10

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Al and I came to MU at the same time..the summer of 1964. He as the new coach and I as the new assistant dean of Liberal Arts..Al and I became close friends over my years there and he remained my friend until the day he died. I still have gifts that he and his teams prsented to me for my help with the student athletes. He occupies a permanent space in my heart as one of the finest men I have ever met.

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Name: Michael Gillick
E-mail: mgillick@execpc.com
City/State: Mequon
Date: Sunday, April 08, 2001 at 06:49:32

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In the summer of 1969, I worked at Pabst Brewing Co., which was a perfect summer job, and hard to come by. One day I went into the lunch room and saw Pat Smith, one of Al's first ballplayers. Pat was from New York, and had finished playing at MU two years earlier. I asked Pat why he was still in town and why he was working at Pabst. Pat told me that he hadn't finished his degree, and that Coach was on him to get it done. McGuire had arranged for Pat to get the summer job and to take courses at MU that summer to finish his degree. He had promised his players that he would get them a degree, and he very quietly carried out that promise if at all possible.

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Name: Ed Drozda
E-mail: drozdasurf@aol.com
City/State: North Attleboro, MA
Date: Sunday, April 08, 2001 at 13:29:49

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To Noreen McGuire, we were neighbors on 22nd Street for some time. I just want to express my condolences on the loss of your Dad. Indeed we have all lost a great man and coach.

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Name: Ali Zaidi
E-mail: zaidi@fas.harvard.edu
City/State: Houston, TX
Date: Monday, April 09, 2001 at 17:35:01

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Al will me missed. My best to the McGuire family.

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Name: Joe Amatuzzi
E-mail: jamatuzzi@hotmail.com
City/State:
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 16:40:52

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I arrvied as a freshman with AL for the 1964-65 season and enjoyed the early evolution of THE MAN. I first saw Al at dorm meetings and fraternity smokers, as they were they were called then. More than a few of us got our nicknames from AL as he answered our questions and generally entertained us. After the Warriors defeated Providence College and Jimmy Walker to advance, the 1967 NIT was the my first memorable "road trip." Together with eleven of my fraternity brothers we drove the 17 hours in corvairs (I sat in between two bucket seats for entire ride)to my home New Jersey. With Dan Anderson's layup at the close of the first half, it looked good for the Warriors. Walt Frazier and the Illinois Salukis spoiled some of our fun. The next year we went to Lexington for the NCAA tournament. I remember meeting AL and some of his staff in the old gym where he spoke to some of us who had gotten tickets and who planning to make the drive. AL told us that Kentucky and Adolph Rupp would be tough in their home gym. He wanted us to make our presence known by cheering as loudly as we could to support the team. I still have the cowbell he handed out for us to use. I remember us making a pretty good ruckus as our team was introduced. I also remember the roar that erupted shortly thereafter from the Kentucky fans, its was downhill from there thanks to Dan Issel and his supporting cast. I made the 1970 NIT and sat in the first row in the Garden under one of the baskets. It was a great tournament. No one knew who Dr.J was and he and his upstart U.Mass team almost pulled off the upset against the Warriors in the first round. A good friend of mine today was a guard on the U Mass team and he still remembers how Dean took him to school. Pistol Pete was also in that tournament and I delighted seeing him and his LSU team shut down. Thanks for the memories AL!

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Name: Terri Lukaszewski
E-mail: jschmitt@milwcnty.com
City/State: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 14:33:20

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When I was working at Allen-Bradley in the '80's, I hired Coach McGuire to speak to our new college recruits...Not only were they touched by his words, but the times I was with Coach, he always made me feel so special. I have not only great memories of those times but would like to thank Mrs. McGuire and the entire McGuire family for sharing this man with all of us. It was a very unshelfish thing to do on your part. I will remember his wit and his love for all people, regardless of color or creed. I am better off for having had known him. When I went to the funeral at Gesu, I really was a nobody, but somebody who had been touched by Coach. He will be a hard act to follow. P.S. He sure has a good looking family!

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Name: Arnold Angeloni
E-mail: aaangeloni@prodigy.net
City/State: St. Paul MN
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 12:58:20

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My favorite memory of Al McGuire is from the mid 70's when the team was leaving Milwaukee to go to play in the final four tournament. Everyone on Milwaukee, on campus, etc. was very excited as you would imagine. I remember Al standing outside the bus that would take the team to the airport and saying to a reporter that he was excited for the players, the school and the city that the team was going to the final four. However, everyone should keep this game in perspective because there were Americans dying in Vietnam and other much more important things going on in the world. He said, "win or lose," next week our game will be coffee break talk." I don't think I have ever heard a coach express such perspective at a time like that. What a class act!

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Name: MU 1982
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City/State: Long Island NY
Date: Monday, April 16, 2001 at 11:49:14

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I went to Rockaway Beach this weekend to see where Al grew up. At the corner of 108th Street and Rockaway Blvd is a steakhouse which used to be McGuire's bar. At a bar across the street from the steakhouse an old time Rockaway resident remembered the McGuire bar. McGuire's playground is still there as well.

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Name: rich terry
E-mail: richterry@mindspring.com
City/State: austin, texas
Date: Monday, April 23, 2001 at 17:55:48

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I know this is coming a little late, but I wanted to express my own sense of loss that came with Coach McGuire's passing. I grew up in north Texas, a far cry from Milwaukee or Marquette, in a football town called Wichita Falls. I was a pudgy kid with not a lot of friends and a dad that was never around much. When I was 12 or 13, I ran across a story about the Warriors and their crazy coach in Sports Illustrated. Something about the man's honesty, integrity and passion for the game and his family struck a chord with me. I started playing basketball because of Al McGuire that year and found I was actually pretty good. I sent away for an old Marquette game jersey (which I still have) and wore it on the playground constantly. I had a Marquette sticker on my first car, a '72 Skylark, when I turned 16. I even made my folks stop off in Milwaukee to see the university during a summer trip to Illinois. I even walked on at TCU and played there for two years in the early 80's and those years are still some of the best memories of my life. All of thisI know sounds eccentic, but what Al gave me was basketball. And the game gave me self-esteem, confidence and friends. It gave me a place in this world to call my own. When Al won the national championship I cried. When Al retired, I cried. When Al passed away this year...at 41 years old...I cried. I never met the man, and he never knew I existed. But even from thousands of miles away what Coach McGuire instilled in me is still a part of me. It always will be. And hopefully I can pass on what I learned from him to my kids. Great men may die. But who they were never does. I'll never forget him.

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Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 09:58:05

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Name: Paul Wilkie
E-mail: paulwilkie@attbi.com
City/State: Oak Park, Illinois
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 16:19:48

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I know that this posting comes over a year after Coach's passing but I just finished books by authors Mike Towle ("I Remember Al McGuire")and Marquette Alum Joe Moran, ("You Can Call Me Al") and it brought back many fond memories of coach McGuire and my days at Marquette University, culminating in my graduation in '76. The coach listed one of his reasons for his retirement in 1977 from Marquette was that he did not want to get bigger than the school. The fact is Marquette University and the class and values it extolls, then and now will forever and inexerably linked to those ideals exemplified by Al Mc Guire. Al Mc Guire molded an "us against the world" philosophy with his teams and that cohesion was one felt by all who had the priveledge to attend Marquette during Al's tenure. A memory of I had in a personal encounter with Coach I will always cherish took place three years ago at the Allstate Arena. (formerly the Rosemont Horizon). I was invited by my older brother (a DePaul fan) to attend a DePaul vs Marquette game as his guest. Knowing I was an ardent Marquette Alumn supporter, and certain that DePaul would would beat Marquette that evening, he made sure he purchased excellent seats right on the floor near center court to see the game. Coach Mc Guire was dong the commentary on the game with another announcer and our seats were in very close proximity to theirs. At the end of the 1st half the teams returned to their locker rooms and there was a bit of a break and I noticed Coach McGuire stand up to stretch his legs a bit. The Coach didn't know me from Adam, but as he walked a bit closer (about 20 feet away), I caught his eye and I said "Hi Coach". Coach smiled back, walked over, shook my hand, asked my name, what year I graduated and what I was doing now !! Needless to say my brother was blown away for 2 reasons that night. First to witness the class of a guy with the stature and the notoriety of an Al McGuire, who, possessing no airs, took the time to make an admirer feel a conection to him and second, Marquette prevailed against the Blue Demans that night. Coach, thanks for letting us come for the ride. It was everything we thought it would be. God Bless the McGuire Family. Rest in Peace Coach.

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Name: Duane Henson
E-mail: henson55@home.com
City/State: Kent, WA
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 14:15:50

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I remember watching the 1977 NCAA Championship game in my hometown of San Diego, CA. I was 14 years old at that time now I am 39 years old. I can still remember 4 of the five starter on that team: Butch Lee, Jerome Whitehead, Bernard Toones and Bo Ellis. I was watching this coach on the sidelines coaching a wonderful game and when his team won the game ,the emotions he showed told me he loved every man on his team, and cared very deeply for them. I could see why a person would go to Marquette University and play for a man like Al McGuire. He made a impression on a kid from San Diego, CA that night in 1977. I have loved Marquette University since that night, I have never visit the school but one day I will get the chance to walk around Marquette University. I go the web site often just to see what is going on there. Today I am the Head JV/First Assistant basketball coach at Bellarmine Prep High School in Tacoma, Washington. Bellarmine Prep is a Jesuit High School, so I feel that I am walking some of Al McGuire foot steps. I am a coach today because of Al McGuire passion for the game of basketball. I watched him everytime he announced a college baskball game on TV. My goal one day is to be a College assistant coach at Marquette University. When Al died part of the college basketball game died with him, he was college basketball. I loved Al McGuire. I know that he is in heaven coaching basketball to who every whats to know how to play the game. Read in Peace Al. Duane R. Henson Bellarmine Prep Basketball

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Name: Duane Henson
E-mail: henson55@attbi.com
City/State: Kent, WA
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 14:18:51

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I remember watching the 1977 NCAA Championship game in my hometown of San Diego, CA. I was 14 years old at that time now I am 39 years old. I can still remember 4 of the five starter on that team: Butch Lee, Jerome Whitehead, Bernard Toones and Bo Ellis. I was watching this coach on the sidelines coaching a wonderful game and when his team won the game ,the emotions he showed told me he loved every man on his team, and cared very deeply for them. I could see why a person would go to Marquette University and play for a man like Al McGuire. He made a impression on a kid from San Diego, CA that night in 1977. I have loved Marquette University since that night, I have never visit the school but one day I will get the chance to walk around Marquette University. I go the web site often just to see what is going on there. Today I am the Head JV/First Assistant basketball coach at Bellarmine Prep High School in Tacoma, Washington. Bellarmine Prep is a Jesuit High School, so I feel that I am walking some of Al McGuire foot steps. I am a coach today because of Al McGuire passion for the game of basketball. I watched him everytime he announced a college baskball game on TV. My goal one day is to be a College assistant coach at Marquette University. When Al died part of the college basketball game died with him, he was college basketball. I loved Al McGuire. I know that he is in heaven coaching basketball to who every whats to know how to play the game. Read in Peace Al. Duane R. Henson Bellarmine Prep Basketball

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Name: Duane Henson
E-mail: Henson55@attbi.com
City/State: Kent, WA
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 14:19:32

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I remember watching the 1977 NCAA Championship game in my hometown of San Diego, CA. I was 14 years old at that time now I am 39 years old. I can still remember 4 of the five starter on that team: Butch Lee, Jerome Whitehead, Bernard Toones and Bo Ellis. I was watching this coach on the sidelines coaching a wonderful game and when his team won the game ,the emotions he showed told me he loved every man on his team, and cared very deeply for them. I could see why a person would go to Marquette University and play for a man like Al McGuire. He made a impression on a kid from San Diego, CA that night in 1977. I have loved Marquette University since that night, I have never visit the school but one day I will get the chance to walk around Marquette University. I go the web site often just to see what is going on there. Today I am the Head JV/First Assistant basketball coach at Bellarmine Prep High School in Tacoma, Washington. Bellarmine Prep is a Jesuit High School, so I feel that I am walking some of Al McGuire foot steps. I am a coach today because of Al McGuire passion for the game of basketball. I watched him everytime he announced a college baskball game on TV. My goal one day is to be a College assistant coach at Marquette University. When Al died part of the college basketball game died with him, he was college basketball. I loved Al McGuire. I know that he is in heaven coaching basketball to who every whats to know how to play the game. Read in Peace Al. Duane R. Henson Bellarmine Prep Basketball

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Name: Peggy Spence
E-mail: survivingreno@yahoo.com
City/State: Reno, Nevada
Date: Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 00:06:01

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As a good Irish Catholic, I was raised in a household who always rooted for the local Catholic university first (I was raised in Oakland so Univ. of San Francisco and St. Mary's college were first), then you supported those led by Irish coaches second, and finally all remaning Catholic institutions. So my household will thrilled in 1977 when Al McGuire did it all at the NCAA championship with his fantastic Marquette team. I've never forgotten how good that win felt and how much pride it gave all of us as fellow Irish Americans. So now Marquette is making magic again. Living in Nevada, I placed my bet that Marquette would take it all again in 2003. Everyone at work thought I was crazy but, with each passing game, they're asking me why thought Marquette would be so successful. I just felt Al's presence there, with this team. I'm so happy for the University and for the chance to relive the happy memories of Al McQuire through this team and their fine coach. Best of luck to you all in the final four!!!

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Name: EMANUEL FERREIRA
E-mail: BRINCO@SHAW.CA
City/State: KELOWNA,CANADA
Date: Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 00:52:40

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I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO SEE COACH McGUIRE COACH,BUT I DID HEAR HIM DO COLOR COMMENTATING FOR NBC WITH DICK ENBERG. HIS ENTHUSIASM WAS CONTATIOUS.

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Name: I Hate Cubs
E-mail:
City/State: Chicago
Date: Saturday, April 05, 2003 at 21:14:33

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Al, you rocked.

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Name: Ted Pratt
E-mail: tedpratt2001@yahoo.com
City/State: Hoboken, NJ
Date: Friday, November 14, 2003 at 10:35:49

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My friend read "You Can Call Me Al" and loved it and he insisted that I read it, too. I only picked it up to appease him and I discovered the story of a phenomenal man. I liked so much I started telling everyone to read it and when I told my aunt and uncle about the book they had an Al McGuire story of their own. In 1977, after Marquette just won the NCAA's, my Aunt Eileen and Uncle Jake went down to a resort in North Carolina. While there, my aunt shared a shuttle bus with Al McGuire for a five minute ride. He introduced himself immediately by saying, "Hi, I'm Al McGuire." Aunt Eileen, no shy type herself, replied by asking him if he was from the McGuires who ran McGuires Bar in Rockaway. This floored him and they shared laughs and memories of the "Irish Riviera", the Rockaways, Breezy Point, etc. She had no idea he was such a prominent coach and he felt it unimportant at the time. At the hotel later they met up again and my Uncle Jake, a sports fan, could not believe it when his wife called out, "Hi Al!" and he came up to join them for lunch by the pool. McGuire, after taking a dip, suddenly said he had a plane to catch and he put his pants on over his damp bathing suit and bolted. My aunt thought that was hilarious and said you can take the boy out of Rockaway Beach, but you can't take the Rockaways out of the boy.

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Name: RAYGORDONREID
E-mail: RGR 6245 MSN,COM
City/State: JACKSONVILLE FLA
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 16:41:19

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REMEMBER COACH MCGUIRE

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Name: joe tursi
E-mail: isms of qv at aol
City/State: ny ny
Date: Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 15:22:00

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Al was the kind of coach i would have loved to play for. He was a NY guy and so was I. Al could get more out of a player than the player thought he could give.Atrue champion God bless you Al Joe T.

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Name: John Burkhardt
E-mail: johnpeterburk@yahoo.com
City/State: Hackettstown NJ
Date: Friday, March 09, 2007 at 11:39:01

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It seems even in 2007, six years after his passing, the tournament seems empty without him being around it in some way shape or fashion, he was one of a kind, and college hoops seems to miss his presence especially this time of the year............

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