Morrie Schwartz is the main character in Tuesdays with Morrie. He begins as a professor at Brandeis University, a position he had held for many years. When he develops the deadly disease ALS, he is given about a year to live. He gets much attention and goes on the show Nightline, with Ted Koppel. He is then reunited with Mitch Albom, a former student of his and lives out his days meeting with Mitch once a week always on Tuesday.