Al Hunter’s Story Archive

Notre Dame-USC and the Hollywood Connection, Part 2

USC football coach Howard Jones couldn’t help but like his foolish young tackle Marion “Duke” Morrison, better known to movie fans as John Wayne. In the fall of 1926, Morrison and his friends went to So-Cal’s Balboa Beach to challenge “The Wedge” and lost. The Duke broke his collarbone and … Read More

Notre Dame-USC and the Hollywood Connection, Part 1

A funny thing happened while we were all busy prepping for the 2017 Halloween Festival. A couple weekends ago #13 Notre Dame trounced #10 USC 49 to 14 in South Bend. Okay, so if you are not a sports fan, you probably missed it. And if you’re a Chicago Cubs … Read More

Tom Petty and Elvis Presley

Like most columnists, I have a large cache of article starts in the can just waiting for me to flesh them out for future columns. I thought I had plenty of time to finish an article I’d started two years ago. Tom Petty’s death a month ago sped up the … Read More

Meet Jeff Mudgett: Irvington Halloween Festival Grand Marshal

In early 2017, I had the rare opportunity to work with author Jeff Mudgett when the History Channel brought him to Irvington to film scenes for their series, “American Ripper.” I was brought into the project in late 2016 after being contacted by American Ripper series supervising producer Tiff Winton. … Read More

What REALLY Happened to the H.H. Holmes House?

Having led ghost tours in Irvington for the past 15 years, I’ve learned a lot about this community’s history, her people and it’s folklore. That learning process continues every time I walk the streets and sidewalks of this historic eastside neighborhood. Some think of folklore and history as being in … Read More