ESPN Classic Marked Anniversary of Rockne’s Death With Special
Show included interviews with people at the crash site.

April 15, 2001

The 70th anniversary of the death of legendary Notre Dame football coachKnute Rockne was commemorated in a one-hour program on March 28 by ESPNClassic. Titled “SportsCenter Flashback: The Death of Knute Rockne,” theshow focused on events the day of and immediately after March 31, 1931,when Rockne and seven others were killed in an airplane crash near Bazaar,Kan. Among the show’s highlights are interviews with four people who wereon the scene after the crash, including Easter Heathman, now 83, theunofficial caretaker of the Rockne Memorial Monument. A detailedretrospective of the Rockne crash can be found via the following