..because today would have been my dad's 85th.
He passed away of old age and natural causes on 9/29/09.
This will be the first time I will have spent his birthday without him being
here. Seems a little sureal, if you ask me.
He had a great sense of humor, and loved to make people laugh with his
corny, but funny jokes. You either loved him or hated him. He had two
different personalities, being a Gemini fit him well. If you, as he said,
"were with him", he did anything for you. If you were, as he said, "were
one of them", you were the enemy. I tried to be "with him" for the most
He was no Steelers fan, but he did take me to my first football game.
I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was 11 yrs old, and we went
to see the Steelers whoop the 49ers 24-7 on 11/27/78. After that game,
I was a Steeler Fanatic FOR LIFE!! That was also the season that the Steelers
eventually won SB XIII.
He didn't have a favorite team, but you could say that he liked the
49ers since he did grow up in San Francisco, and was familiar with many
of the players from the 50's-60's.
Oh, how he loved to tease me about the Steelers and the players. He would say,
"How's Abercrombie, and Fitch ? I had no idea what that meant, but it sure pissed
me off when he said it. Or he'd say, "They found O'Donnell inside Lake"...
The first time I showed him my Steelers Tat, he started to laugh like, Norman Fell
aka Mr. Roper, from 3's Company. You know, Big ole smile, and pretend to
be histerical, without really laughing or making a sound. Yeh, that pissed
me off also....LOL!
However, he did get a good laugh about the "Fork of Greatness", and was
very proud that his son was on the radio. (I don't know this to be true,
but I think so.) LOL!
I miss the crap he used to give me, whether it was football or just life
I'd give anything to show him a replay of Walter Abercrombie taking
a pitch, and stumbling, bumbling for 3-yards. Or to show him my Steelers
Tat just one more time....
Happy Birthday DAD!!!