PHOENIX (AP) - Thirty-six years later, Jack Lengyel vividly recalls the overwhelming sadness that surrounded him when he arrived at Marshall.
He had come to help revive a football program torn to pieces by the worst sports disaster in U-S history - the loss of 75 people in a plane crash on November 14th, 1970.
Among the dead were 36 members of the Thundering Herd football team, as well as some of the university's leading boosters, top administrators and city officials. Lengyel says he thought he was coming to Marshall to rebuild a football program. But it turned out to be the entire Huntington community.
Now 71, Lengyel lives in a Phoenix suburb. He was among several principals from the real-life story who helped in the making of the movie "We Are Marshall."
Lengyel says the movie is about core values -- hope and faith and perseverance and love.
"We Are Marshall" opens Friday in theaters nationwide.