Former West Orange Resident Writes the Book on Notre Dame’s 1988 Football Season

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Book and BarcaIf you’re a fan of college football you won’t want to miss this. West Orange native Jerry Barca will be promoting his first book, Unbeatable: Notre Dame’s 1988 Championship and the Last Great College Football Season, at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair tomorrow, August 13 at 7:00 pm. Joining Barca will be Notre Dame’s championship quarterback from the 1988 season, Tony Rice.

Last week Barca spoke with Baristanet about what prompted him to write this book, his memories from the 1988 season, and some of the more intriguing things he learned while interviewing coaches and players

Barca said, “It’s very special to me that I get to do my first book signing near my native hometown in Essex County. I’m proud of being from the area. My mom now lives in Montclair and I went to Seton Hall Prep.” The book hits the shelves tomorrow.

Baristanet: How did the book idea first come to you?

Barca: While working on a George Plimpton Documentary, I ended up talking to a literary agent, and I mentioned that no one had revisited Notre Dame’s 1988 championship season and it was coming on 25 years. The agent was interested, so the next day I called Notre Dame’s athletic department and they said they would allow me to use their archives for research and they would let the former players know about the project. That was in October 2011. I did a book proposal right away, signed a contract in April 2012 and turned in the manuscript in October 2012.
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Stopped by on opening day to take out a dozen empanadas. Very welcoming space, especially with the storefront glass open on a warm spring day and sidewalk tables available; and, the staff were warm and engaged. The empanadas are soft and pastry-like, rather than the harder crisper type. They got a thumbs up from the Morales family, who loves them a good empanada!

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