Category Archives: NC State

Fact #4

– Caroline Madigan



– pics taken by Tony Brock, Alex’s Graphic Designer professor at NC State, in a London study abroad trip, 2006


Sometimes people come up to you looking like Jesus, and when someone comes up to you and embraces you, and you don’t think you know them, and they know your name, sometimes you really think its Jesus.

Why Alex is Jesus

1. He had the beard and the long hair.
2. Twelve guys follow him around all the time.
3. He can turn water into wine.
4. He’s always there to listen even if its hours of babble.
5. He brought that one guy back from the dead that one time.
6. He hangs out with drunks and prostitutes.
7. Sometimes he rides into town on a donkey.
8. He tells stories that sometimes don’t make sense to most people until you think about it for a while.
9. He can make a lot of food out of not that much.
10. He draws a pretty big crowd.

Okay I first met Alex at a thanksgiving dinner and then a few weeks later at midnight basketball (through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship). But my fondest memory and the beginning of our friendship began months later. I was in downtown Raleigh at First Friday with some friends when this guy yelled my name, came up to me and gave me a huge hug. It took me a minute to realize it was Alex because he looked so much like Jesus. Alex became a great friend since that day—always willing to listen to me vent, always encouraging and always kept me laughing. Thanks for being there. Have a great Birthday!

P.S. Are you Jesus?

– posted by September Pinckney

The Classic T

They say that clothes don’t make the man.

But if you don’t know these shirts, then you don’t know Liollio.

– a compiled by Alex Ford

Studio Quote Board

The quote board hung on the door in our studio, awaiting thoughtful prose from the young designers.

Here are a few of the best from Mr. Liollio:


Liollio: “Elementary school was like the 9th circle of HELL for me.”

Britt: “How was middle school?”

Liollio: “Ho-hum…”


Graham: “Go get help from the girls in there; they’re compassionate…”

Liollio: “Does anyone in here know ho—”

Colleen: “NOPE.”

Liollio: “I just can’t sit down or sit still — it’s involuntary.”
Liollio: “Violence never hurt anyone.”

Kat: “Dammit! The Greeks are so boring! They . . . oh, sorry Liollio . . .”


-posted by Emily Busey

Indiana Jones, the Love Doctor

I shared several classrooms with Alex Liollio during our years at NC State, but we never hung out really so my memories are limited to such occasions as The Halloween Bash 2003 (Indiana Jones OMG) and The Terror of the 10-Point Type (co-starring Maura).

However I CAN say that Alex is one of the funniest, most interesting, and most unique people I’ve met. Not to mention I’ve never met anyone who is more passionate about everything he does. This is an awesome way to be…I wish I could be a little more like that!

Happy 24th Birthday, Liollio. Here’s to you and all the ways you’ve touched the lives of others!

– posted by Kristen Collosso


A memory that comes to mind when I think about Liollio is the night we were all leaving an NC State basketball game. Liollio was in our friend Jennifer Rocha’s car, and I was in my son’s (Alex Ford) Jeep. Traffic was bumper to bumper, and we weren’t moving. I looked over and noticed that there was a big, white, dead cat on the side of the road. I thought it would be a great idea to put it on the hood of Jennifer’s car. It was so dead stiff I could pick it up by the tail and it would lay flat. I’ll never forget his face when he saw me do this! He had to get out and remove it before she would drive off, holding up traffic even more. But instead of just tossing it to the side, he thought it best to sail it like a frisbee into the woods.

For his his next birthday I made him a road kill scooper.

Happy Birthday Leo,
– posted by Old Man Ford (Bruce, Alex Ford’s Dad)