Noah Cha Frank Franco cuts a customer’s hair in the LaFortune barbershop.“I grew up in a barbershop, my dad was a barber,” Franco said. “He made me go to barber school and then he wouldn’t hire me. He actually wanted me to use barbering to go through college, to pay my own way through college.” After attending barber school in Akron, Ohio, Franco enrolled in Kent State University. Shortly after graduating college, he was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War. He was actually drafted twice, once while he was still in school and once barely a month after his college graduation. “The first time they drafted me, I was in Cleveland at the center and I kept telling them, you can’t draft me because for 12 more hours, I’m a bonafide student, no matter what I’m taking,” Franco said. “So they sent me home. As soon as I graduated, wasn’t a month when I saw the mailman deliver something, and I saw him give it a second look, so I knew what it was. I went back up and they knew who I was.”Franco served from 1967-1969 at the Overseas Replacement Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. He got married when he realized that he was not going to be deployed overseas, and after he got out of the army in 1969, began to work in business. He moved to South Bend from his home in Ohio to work for a fluid controls manufacturing company. “I came to town to work for South Bend Controls,” Franco said. “I worked for a couple of companies, did some budgets for them but I got tired of working for companies and doing things for them.”Franco’s coming to Notre Dame is a story he says most people would not believe. “I was a little bit worried, out of work and some people won’t believe this but they say ND calls you,” Franco said. “In the middle of the night, I heard a voice telling me to get [myself] up here. So I was up here by 9:00 the next morning with that idea, only to learn that they already had a barbershop.”That barbershop was run by Joe D’Angelo, known among students as “ROTC Joe.” “The gentleman told me to come down and meet Joe D’Angelo, or ROTC Joe,” Franco said. “Joe and I got on pretty well, and he told me a secret nobody knew yet: he was retiring. And no one around the school knew that. That was 26 years ago and I’ve been here ever since.”After more than two and a half decades of cutting hair in LaFortune, and even more before that, Franco has his practice down to a science.“My routine is just to come, get ready and cut hair,” Franco said.Franco said he sees anywhere from 20 to 25 customers each day — mostly students, but a mix of faculty, clergy and other administration as well. “The haircut styles haven’t changed,” he said. “Not much has changed in the last 26 years. My pricing has changed, it’s gone up, but not a lot has changed.”Though not much about his haircuts has changed, the Notre Dame campus has changed a great deal in the past few decades. “The footprint has gotten much bigger,” Franco said. “If you think of a size 8 shoe [back then], I think it’s about a size fifteen now.” When asked what his favorite thing about cutting hair in LaFortune is, Franco said over everything else, he likes the variety of his job.“The atmosphere keeps me young, because I think I’m older than I look,” he said. “My wife will tell you I’m older than I act.”Tags: barber, barbershop, frank franco, LaFortune Student Center Nestled in the corner of the basement of LaFortune Student Center, amidst the wafting scents of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, sits the LaFortune barbershop. The small room is plastered in pictures of everything from the Golden Dome to motorcycles. On a table sits a red tin full of Hershey’s kisses for the women who pass through the shop. The iconic shop is home to barber Frank Franco, 76, who has been cutting hair at the University for 26 years.The art of cutting hair is a family business for Franco — his father was a barber as well in Franco’s hometown of Alliance, Ohio.
It was Hamilton’s seventh pole at the circuit, equalling Michael Schumacher’s Hungarian record, and puts him in the perfect position to equal the seven-time champion German’s record of eight wins at a single circuit. Schumacher won the french Grand Prix eight times. “Valtteri doesn’t make it easy for me at all,” Hamilton said. “It requires absolute perfection when it comes to doing laps and qualifying like that it’s one of the things I enjoy most.” Hamilton warned that he expected a tough race and nothing could be taken for granted especially with unsettled and possibly wet weather forecast for Sunday. “It’s a long run down to turn one so nothing’s a given here,” he said. “We’ve just got to do the work this evening and ultimately I’ve got to deliver on myself tomorrow. “It is quite a long race and we don’t know what this weather’s going to do for us tomorrow. “For sure, I’m going to have my head down and be focusing as hard as I can to try to bring a one-two home for the team.” Bottas said he expected to be involved in a close scrap for pole, but could not match Hamilton’s pace. “I did quite a good lap,” he said. “But I could not go any faster.” Max Verstappen and the Red Bulls could were off the pace in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton said he had to find “absolute perfection” on his final flying lap on Saturday to grab the 90th pole position of his career ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. The six-time world champion appeared to be surprised to learn that he had reached the statistical landmark. “I have to pinch myself, it just doesn’t register,” Hamilton said after he and ‘black arrows’ team-mate Valtteri Bottas had delivered Mercedes a 65th front row lockout. Both broke the Hungaroring lap record, Hamilton raising the bar to a new time in one minute and 13.447 at one of his favourite circuits. “It’s quite humbling, to be honest, because I get to work with an incredible group of people, without whom I wouldn’t get the opportunity to do so. “So, I’m massively thankful to everyone back home and the guys here who do such an amazing job.” Hamilton was quickest by one-tenth of a second ahead of Bottas who admitted he could not have gone any quicker.Advertisement Hamilton added later that he was surprised not to be more closely challenged by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and said he was surprised at his advantage over the Dutchman who qualified seventh.“That is a big gap,” he said. “I definitely wasn’t expecting them to be as off it as they have been this weekend. You saw the pace from them last year.“This is not a power circuit. This is more about the car, the mechanical grip, and the aero package. I thought they had a better package than today’s result showed.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To Leave9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?These Guys Are Turning 50 This Year. Feeling Old Yet?6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney PrincessesTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More