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Week of 8 October 1999

Vol. III, No. 9

BU Yesterday

Gary Famiglietti (SMG'38) was a hard-running fullback for BU, and after graduation, for the Chicago Bears from 1938 to 1945 under the legendary George Halas. Both in college and the pros, those were years of tough play and minimal padding, so the 6-foot, 210-pound Famiglietti was suited to the game. After high school Fam was offered a scholarship from Boston College, but preferred to go to BU, even asking the BU coach "to get me a summer job so I could pay tuition at BU." Terrier historians recall that in a 1936 game against the overwhelming strength of BC, he returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown. Late in the game, with BC deep in Terrier territory, he tackled a BC ballcarrier for a five-yard loss, giving BU a 13-6 win. Fam (with cigar) and a BU welcoming committee light up at South Station in January 1958 en route to his induction into the University Club Hall of Fame. He died in 1986. Boston University Photo Services