RACE CAR DRIVER-1998 INDY 500 WINNER
Eddie Cheever is an Overseas School Alumnus. He is a 1975 graduate of the Notre Dame International School of Rome.
He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but moved to Italy with his family, where at the age of 13, he began his racing career at the Pista d’Oro track in Rome. There he became interested in the speed of Formula 1 racing, and by the age of 18, he was testing for Enzo Ferrari at the world famous Ferrari Works.
Subsequently, Cheever became a driver in the Formula 1 circuit, participating in races all over Europe. Cheever has had over 130 Formula 1 starts. He has raced for teams like Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, and Renault.
In 1990, he moved with his wife and family back to the United States and began competing in the Indy Racing League.
During his first year back in the US, Eddie Cheever not only qualified for his first “500” race, but earned the honor of Indy’s 1990 “Rookie of the Year.” In May of 1996, Cheever set the record for the fastest lap ever recorded in “Indy 500” history, with a speed of 236.103 mph
In 1998 he won the Indy 500.
Elizabeth Vargas, whose father was an Army officer, graduated from Heidelberg High School in 1980.
In December 2005, she was named a co-anchor for ABC World News tonight. Following the wounding of her co-anchor, Bob Woodruff, she resigned to concentrate on her young family. She continued as an anchor for 20/20. Previously she was a substitute anchor on Good Morning American and other ABC news programs and specials. She won an Emmy in 2000 for her coverage of the Elian Gonzales case.
EmmyLou Harris is a Marine Corps Brat. Her father, Maj. Walter Rutland “Bucky” Harris, USMC was a Marine Corps Pilot shot down and captured during the Korean War. In the years that followed, he remained on active duty and served as a presidential command pilot in helicopters for every president from Eisenhower through Carter.
Her song, “Bang the Drum Slowly” was written about her father who passed away in 1993.
Info From The Retired Officers Association (TROA) website: http://www.troa.org/About/Press/Harris.asp
Eric Zeir attended Heidelberg High School in 1986-87. He played Quarterback for the University of Georgia and went on the play in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns.
Zeir is now a Vice President for the Banc Corp.