Memory that follows the promise of seeing morrie
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Much of this story is told in flashback. Mitch says after that college graduation day, he did not keep in touch with his old professor. This fact would be a conflict in Mitch's life, loading him with guilt. The 20-something left for New York City with a dream of being a famous musician, a piano player. However, for the first time in his life, he failed at an endeavor. The wakeup call of his uncle dying from cancer was a big part of the characterization of Mitch. He realized he was going to die eventually and needed something to show for his life. As a result, he went back to school and got a masters degree in journalism. With this degree, Mitch took the first job that he was offered, that of a sports writer. He eventually took a job with the Detroit Free Press. He started to become very successful and make lots of money. He lived on a deadline. He got married after a seven-year courtship. He never had children because he was always working. He would think about his old professor, but never visit or call because he was too busy living his own life. He says it always would have been that way, had he not been clicking through the television channels one night.