Yoi!!!

Well, the leaves are starting to change and the nights are becoming cool.Football season has returned to Western Pennsylvania and the beloved Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-0 so far and things are looking good. This brings back some memories for me which include an icon of American broadcasting. Please review the following link before you move on here. https://youtu.be/IdjYFleXNro Myron Cope was a real character whose background as a sports journalist was extensive. He became the voice of the Steelers on radio broadcasts with Bill Hillgrove for many years and entertained us with his antics and his quirky voice which you hear in the video. I always liked Myron and his commentary and in fact had an interesting interlude with him back in the day. download-1
As many of you know, the Terrible Towel, waved frantically by Steeler fans, was created by Myron and all the proceeds have been donated to his foundation for many years. The Towel has been copied by other sports teams but the original Terrible Towel is first and foremost a Pittsburgh thing and we are most proud to wave it to encourage the performance of our Steelers in crucial game situations. original_towel

A while back, I was booked on a CMH Heli-Ski trip to the Bobbie Burns Range in British Columbia with some friends from our local ski area. As it turned out, our Steelers were in the Super Bowl at this time and we wanted to somehow honor them and show our pride to the other groups who would be staying with us up in BC. I brought a Terrible Towel with me and we had our guide take a picture of all of us with the Towel on the summit of one of the peaks where we would be skiing. img_1059

I had some copies made when we returned and I sent one of them to Myron Cope with a note saying that we did our part to cheer on the Steelers in a remote location of North America. I felt good about doing that and had some internal chuckles along the way thinking about what Myron would think of the picture. One day, while sitting at my desk, I got a phone call and picked up the receiver and much to my surprise the voice on the other end said,” Is this Pat McClozzzzzzzzzgey?” I said yes it is and the voice continued with ” This is Myron Cope.” ” I found your number and wanted to give you a call to tell you that your picture is hanging on my office wall between the guys with the Towel at the South Pole and the guys with the Towel at the Great Wall of China” I was thrilled and said that I was so happy to send it to him and really thanked him for the phone call. He said it was his pleasure and that he really appreciated the gesture and went on to relate to me all the places where the Towel had been and how many pictures he had with the Towel in locations all over the world. He gave me a few ” Ummm Haaaaas.” and some gutteral “Ls” in his language. Like ” LLLLLLLLLLLambert is the best LLLLLLLLLLLinebacker in the LLLLLLLLLeague.” But his sincerity in calling me was most appreciated. I have heard a lot of good things about Myron over the years and how benevolent he was with local charities. We miss him in Pittsburgh and his cheery enthusiasm will long be remembered by Steeler fans for many years. We are proud of the Black and Gold here and Myron generated a lot of that enthusiasm. Wave that Towel, Steeler Nation, – wherever you are in the country. Thanks for reading.

7 thoughts on “Yoi!!!

  1. Pat – WOW! Thanks for sharing these tales of your journey.

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    *From:* chroniclesofmccloskey [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:24 AM *To:* rbohnenstengel@orchardhillchurch.com *Subject:* [New post] Yoi!!!

    patmccloskey posted: “Well, the leaves are starting to change and the nights are becoming cool.Football season has returned to Western Pennsylvania and the beloved Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-0 so far and things are looking good. This brings back some memories for me which incl”

  2. Dan Ros says:

    Geez, just a handful of your life experiences would be more than enough for most Pittsburghers.

    So to sum up your post, you took a great picture and sent it to Myron, and then Myron liked it, posted it to his “Facebook” wall before posting, liking, and Facebook were even invented? Pretty cool stuff. And then he called you to comment on your picture, lol.

    Obviously trying to draw a cheesy comparison of your experience to today’s digital exchanges. Now a days, your exchange with Myron would have been a blip in a few thousand people’s lives (including you and Myron) with little relevance and remembrance. But taking the time to physically take a picture, develop it, and send it snail mail to Myron, and him physically framing it and hanging it on a real wall really means something. Then to physically pick up a phone and call you to comment and thank, made it a lifelong memory that was worthy of a full blog post (that I am sure could have been extended) many years later is special. It is something that technically could happen today, but probably wouldn’t. I don’t foresee future Pat McCloskey’s (haha that just sounds weird by the way) writing blog posts about a Facebook or Twitter exchange they had with a local celebrity and it being nearly as entertaining of a post as yours.

    End of rant.

    Side note- Would be pretty funny to have seen Myron’s interactions on social media.

    On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 10:23 AM, chroniclesofmccloskey wrote:

    > patmccloskey posted: “Well, the leaves are starting to change and the > nights are becoming cool.Football season has returned to Western > Pennsylvania and the beloved Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-0 so far and things > are looking good. This brings back some memories for me which incl” >

  3. Nina says:

    Love this! We wave it here in Tahoe during every Steeler Game! My son, Aksel, is a true Steeler Fan! Here we go STEELERS, here we GO!!

  4. Sean Cornelius says:

    Amazing. I was just explaining to someone the other day who Myron Cope was. MYRRON Cope with the Pitsburghhhh Stilllersss Network. There is a great commercial out right now where a dad is driving his two kids and the 4 year old tells him that the baby threw up and he considers using his terrible towel to clean it up and the next shot is the dad driving down the road shirtless. Classic.

  5. Janet McCloskey says:

    Great story !!😊

    Sent from my iPhone

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  6. Bill belch says:

    you never know just what will happen in your life and to just do the right thing always comes back to a million fold ! way cool Pat

  7. Dean says:

    Great read Pat! I need a nap after reading your adventures. Always on the move you are!

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