I attended an advanced screening in Maumee, OH where 250 Marshall alumni and fans turned out to see the movie. It was comforting to be surrounded by a sea of green and white living several hours away from home.
I'm a law student and was unable to obtain tickets to the Huntington premiere, so I was excited to find out about the local screening. I laughed and I cried. The movie was well written, directed and the acting was very moving.
Although it occurred before I was born, the story still has an impact on me. I graduated from Marshall in 2005. The football coach at my high school in Hamlin (John Shimp) was a member of the 1971 Young Thundering Herd. Even here in Toledo, I interned for a judge who was friends and classmates with a player of the 1971 team.
This story has reached people across the nation and I hope that this story gives people a look at just how resilient the Huntington and Marshall community is and provides any closure that some of the victim's families may still be seeking.