FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Last summer, shortly after receiving the cancer diagnosis news of Bishop Dwenger High School’s retired principal Fred Tone, some members of the Dwenger Family thought it might be a good idea to capture and document some of his legendary ideas and stories from his football days.
The school’s Campus Minister, Jason Garrett (’88), reached out to friends Joe Wharton (‘87) and Sean McBride (’87) for their help. Joe and Sean are part of the Redeemer Radio Sports Team and enlisted the expertise of another member of that crew, Eric Peat. Founded in 1963, Bishop Dwenger High School is known for its important traditions.
“We started with the idea of capturing the history behind some of the special traditions surrounding the BDHS Football Program,” noted McBride. “After several conversations with Fred, we realized we had another video to make,” commented Wharton.
Eric Peat followed the 2015 State Championship Team throughout their season this past fall to capture video of the team and its rituals. The trio also interviewed, on camera, a variety of students, athletes, and coaches.
The outcome of this footage and video interviews is a very special two-part DVD set: “J. Fred Tone: Stories of a Saint” and “When the Saints Go Marching In: Traditions of Bishop Dwenger Football.”
If you knew Fred Tone, if you love Dwenger football, or both, you won’t want to miss these great videos! The trailers for this special set are available for preview at http://www.bishopdwenger.com/dvdset. Pre-orders are being taken until April 15, 2016, at this same link. On Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm, Bishop Dwenger High School will host a Premiere of these two videos in their gymnasium. All are welcome to attend.