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One year ago....

February 27, 2009 - John Mehno

It was a year ago today that Myron Cope left us.

Cope had been ill for some time and had mostly been retired from his broadcast duties, but he was still a big part of the local sports scene. He still is. All through the Steelers' Super Bowl run, Terrible Towels were waving all over the country. It was the symbol of Steelers fandom that he created in 1975 at the behest of the bosses at WTAE radio. It's still strong today, and it's doing good work. Myron gave the copyright on the Towel to his favorite charity, the Allegheny Valley School, which collects money on every towel that is sold.

Beyond the Towel, Myron was a rock-solid reporter who had a great nose for news. His talk show became must listening because he had more scoops than anybody on radio and television. Myron hustled, and it paid off.

After carving out a career as one of the premier magazine writers in the country, he found that broadcast work agreed with him. He was a showman. The audience ate it up.

Rather than be sad about Myron's passing, take a look at the video I've linked above. I guarantee it will put a smile on your face. Thanks for the fun, Myron.

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