"Please tell everybody I didn't die -- again," said Pat Heenan over the phone. And to prove it, he'll be at the Notre Dame Club of Washington's Friday night party featuring Coach Digger Phelps at the RFK Stadium club on the eve of Irish-at-Maryland basketball, then with the Redskin alumni at Saturday night's Touchdown Club dinner at the Sheraton Park.
A year ago, Heenan -- all but killed when his car ran into a stray horse near his Upper Marlboro area home in October 1977 -- had his coming-out at the TD Club shindig. His concern this time was aroused when, during a televised Cal State-Fullerton basketball game, the announcer remarked that Fullerton star Kevin Heenan's father had passed away. The word got around -- "even to my tax accountant -- that it was me," said the still lame former N.D. and Redskin player and college basketball official, who returned to work just a week ago as a Bausch & Lomb salesman. "I have a son named Kevin."
Also, Heenan added, a daughter, Tracey, a junior at Reading (Pa.) High, where she was a cog on an 18-0 varsity basketball team as a soph. Too bad she won't be able to play for Phelps, who is to make a presentation at the TD bash to De Matha Coach Morgan Wootten.