This is real life: what with the popularity of the book, movie, and stage play, most people already know this fun fact, but it deserves a mention. Yes, indeed, this is based on an entirely true story, experienced by a real-life Mitch and an equally real Morrie.
In it for the money: the book was originally written because Mitch Albom was looking for a way to help Morrie Schwartz's estate pay off the medical bills from his ongoing struggle with ALS.
Some call it fate: Mitch had gone a solid 20 years without reaching out to reconnect with his former professor. What motivated the sudden rekindling of their relationship? Well, Mitch just happened to be surfing channels at the same time that Morrie was being featured on Nightline. What are the chances?
The big ones: Morrie tells Mitch to make up a list of all the things he wants to discuss in their newly re-formed Tuesday philosophy classes. The list he comes up with includes death, fear, aging, greed, marriage, family, society, forgiveness, and a meaningful life. Is there anything missing from that list you would have asked about?