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Keeping up with the “Mother of the Huddle”

Marisa Iati | Wednesday, February 15, 2012


If you’ve ever been to the Huddle during the weekday lunch rush, you’ve probably seen Helen Hiatt restocking napkins with a smile on her face.

The 89-year-old Hiatt is considered the “mother of the Huddle” and is arguably the best-loved employee at the LaFortune Student Center’s grocery store.

Hiatt has watched over the Huddle since 1967, working her way from the old cigarette counter to the cash register over the past 44 years, during which she became acquainted with many varsity football players, including former quarterbacks Joe Theismann and Joe Montana, as they frequented the Huddle after practice.

“They’d come in and talk to me about their problems and different things, and they started calling me their second mother,” Hiatt said. “It continued on and I got to be ‘The Mother of the Huddle’ after so many years.”

ND Minute recently caught up with Hiatt, who shared her experience working at the Huddle and explained why she still loves her job.