Tuesdays with Morrie only came about after Albom, by chance, saw his old professor on television being interviewed by Ted Koppel on ABC’s Nightline on how it is like to be dying of ALS, or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Immediately, he recalled the last time he met his old professor, sixteen years ago. As a young man graduating from Brandeis University, he made promises easily. Keeping them was another story. "You'll stay in touch?” Morrie asked him on graduation day in 1979. Mitch answered his favorite professor, his mentor, his friend, without hesitation, "Of course." (4). Little did he know how different his life will be at present.
“The years after graduation hardened me into someone quite different from the strutting graduate who left campus…” (14)
Mitch has settled in Detroit and become a successful newspaper sports columnist and broadcast journalist for the Detroit Free Press, adept at juggling phone calls, faxes, interviews, problems, often it seems while driving too fast to another appointment on an overloaded docket, Mitch has a wonderful wife but no time to spend with her, a beautiful house on a hill, a stock portfolio, and a brother he hasn't talked to in years. Albom was surprised and saddened to learn that Morrie was dying and quickly got in touch with his old professor.
A few weeks later, Albom's newspaper goes on strike, and he is out of a job. Left with too much time on his hands and too many unsettling...