son David wrote for local
Notre Dame publications before his
graduation in May 1999. He then graduated from Columbia's
Pulitzer School of Journalism, worked a year for a Brooklyn
paper, three years as a
Capitol Hill reporter for Human
Events, and then three years as the senior political reporter
(Growing up with me as a father helped prepare him for the grumpy
demeanor of the Prince of Darkness.) He is now working for National
Review Online and
so you will be able to keep up with him there.
(He is a frequent contributor to The Corner, too.)
also the ghostwriter of a political
book that came out in 2007, but of course I cannot
tell you which one. (No, not Novak's.) :-)
David's claims to fame -- the sort that he takes merciless kidding
from his friends about -- is that in 2002 one of his
articles was used by Tim Russert to trap then Sen. Tom Daschle on Meet the Press.
It was a
thing of beauty, even though Russert didn't mention David by name.
Also -- don't tell my academic colleagues! --
during the 2004 presidential election campaign, a piece by David about
John Kerry's 2002 plan for Iraq was read word-for-word by Rush
Limbaugh (including many accurate pronunications of the name "David
Freddoso") on his nationally syndicated radio show.
During this hot political season, David has made an appearance on
C-Span's American Journal
along with several appearances on CNN
and a bevy of radio appearances on various talk shows,
including those of William Bennett (Morning in America), Michael Graham
(Boston), Drew Mariani (Relevant Radio, Chicago), Kirby Wilbur
You can check out David's work for NRO here.
There is also a book
in the offing.
(Katie) Freddoso, Utterly
Dependable Organizer and Audio Specialist
(Notre Dame, 2002)
Oh, have I told you about my
daughter Katie? A 2002 Notre Dame graduate, she had a couple
publishing jobs in Boston and then served for two years as
to the director (David Solomon) of the Notre
Dame Center for Ethics and Culture
before doing a six-month course in radio/audio documentary journalism
at the Salt
in Portland, Me.
Check out one of her pieces of audio journalism here.
In her youth Katie also did some
good investigative reporting for the Scholastic,
a Notre Dame
student publication, including a couple of
After a brief stint working for Audiofile
the leading source of reviews of audio books
in the nation, she completed (as a private
contractor) Phase 1 of an oral history project for the Notre Dame
Phase 1 consisted of a five-month drive around the contintental USA
doing over 100 interviews with interesting Notre Dame alumni and
alumnae. She was back in Portland at the beginning of
producing 3-5 minute audio snippets of the interviews, etc.).
There is now a webpage devoted
to her project, with audio links and interview transcriptions, and
article on her trip in the Summer 2008 issue of Notre Dame Magazine.
Katie has just moved (perhaps permanently) to Washington, DC, where she
will continue to work on the project.
Recently, Katie was delighted to hear that an award-winning
radio producer was
looking for "a philosophy major who knows Pro Tools." I now use
that line when parents ask me what their sons and daughters "can do
with a philosophy degree."
Freddoso, Middle School Math Teacher (Notre Dame, 2006)
then there's Michael, the sort of kid who reads analytic philosophy on
Geographic Magazine at
airports. (We found out about the latter when his credit card
company called, wondering whether he was the one spending the
money at Nashville airport.) After a brief stint in Washington
with his older brother, he currently lives in Austin, not too far from
Jacqueline, and this past
summer participated in the Texas Teaching Fellows program. He is
now teaching middle
school (more specifically, sixth grade) math in Austin. This
be interesting. Mike is a
lot like my brother Tony, who is now himself a middle school English
teacher after many years as a salesman. Both were a bit -- how
shall I put it? -- untamed in their youth. :-)
In addition, Mike teaches the Kaplan GRE-preparation
course and is, as
you can see (and to the great delight of his parents), on the verge of
Freddoso (Notre Dame, expected 2009)
is currently a senior philosophy major at Notre Dame and has managed to
as interesting a curriculum as any of the kids ever. He had a fabled
Notre Dame teacher, Fr. Bill
Miscamble, for the mandatory university seminar in his very first
semester as a freshman, and it's been clear sailing ever since.
he got up early a
mornings -- no mean feat for this kid -- he is one
only a handful of non-seniors who got to take Alasdair MacIntyre's
course. Last semester it was a heavy dose of Dante, Kant,
and Hegel. Sounds like the prelude to intellectual indigestion.
The fall semester, however, is filled with Aristotle and St.
Thomas and Reformation history and good stuff like that.
Stephen had been dreaming about
spending a summer in St. Petersburg, sipping vodka and engaging in deep
conversations, a dream he had hoped to fulfill in 2008.
However, the "Doestevsky phase" seems now to be a thing
of the past. But what does the future hold? Stay tuned.