By Clint McElroy
HQ 115 | AUTUMN 2021
I attempt mightily to occur up with subject areas for this column that tie in with the articles of the magazine or existing gatherings. It’s not generally effortless. Regardless of my broad and assorted experience with this amazing community, it is in some cases difficult to uncover a relationship. But I consider it is significant to the quality of the publication and its wonderful audience.
Besides, the publisher tells me I have to.
This time all over I am very pleased to announce that I have 3, count ’em, three connections!
We’ll commence with a current event. When the aforementioned publisher of this journal was just lately inducted into the Marshall College Faculty of Journalism Corridor of Fame, it introduced back again some fond recollections. I actually matriculated my own way by way of the W. Web site Pitt University of Journalism in the 1970s wherever I proudly served as a reporter for The Parthenon — the school’s scholar newspaper. My initial conquer was intramural flag football, but it was not prolonged before esteemed professors like George Arnold and Ralph Turner noticed the likely in my producing and gave me the prestigious assignment of masking college student federal government. Having said that, it wasn’t prolonged just before the powers-that-be at The Parthenon arrived to their senses and realized, “We have bought to get this person as far absent from severe journalism as we can!”
I completed my illustrious career at The Parthenon composing a humor column. My column basically increased the readership of the paper mainly because whatsoever I wrote about inevitably offended anyone or bought tongues wagging on campus. Angry letters to the editor poured in and added more lively discussion to the if not boring Opinion website page.
I really do not imagine any one at any time correctly thanked me for that.
This edition’s protect story about alumnus Brad Smith returning to Marshall to provide as the school’s 38th president reminded me of my own enjoy affair with MU. There were the rowdy basketball video games at the Memorial Area Residence, soccer video games at Fairfield Stadium and my personal athletic career exactly where I was an intramural gridiron terrific. And Marshall is wherever I initial achieved a person of the excellent enjoys of my everyday living. It happened my initially evening on campus when me, Lee “Doc Rock” Bryant, Mark “Harv” Harvey and the twins, aka Tim and Tom Neal, went to the University student Union. We shot a tiny pool, seemed at ladies, bowled, appeared at girls and went to the small cafe in the basement to, you guessed it, seem at ladies. Which is in which it occurred. Appreciate at very first sight.
I experienced my first bagel with cream cheese.
It was a delectable mix of crunchy and smooth, buttery and gratifying, that I experienced under no circumstances knowledgeable before in my callow youth. So, thank you Marshall for bagels and, of training course, my diploma.
Finally, the short article in this version about the renovations to the Mountain Overall health Arena plaza stirred up a plethora of tales. There were being a lot of pre-concert radio remotes where Judy Eaton and I would push on to that plaza and broadcast ideal up until showtime. One particular time, I was available $500 for a pair of Jason Aldean tickets we had been supplying away, but I was an honorable person and refused. In addition, there were as well numerous witnesses! There was the time I allegedly backed the WTCR van into a substantial concrete planter, hence destroying it. And then there was the time I camped out in a pup tent on the roof of the Civic as a radio stunt to persuade people today to volunteer for Significant Brothers Significant Sisters of the Tri-Condition (it is tricky for me to describe the logic behind that). About four hrs in, I became deathly sick with food items poisoning and had to be evacuated by EMTs from the roof.
Speaking of the plaza, it will generally be recognised as the Soupy Revenue Plaza to me. Back again in 1995, Jack Houvouras and I co-authored a go over story about the comedy legend. Following it was printed, we approached the mayor’s place of work about naming a street immediately after Huntington’s most famed son. They couldn’t pull that off at the time but made available to title the Civic Middle plaza in his honor. I loved Soupy Revenue. And I feel he experienced a modest affection for me, much too. He would always inquire for me to co-host with him anytime he came back to city to do a guest radio clearly show. Ideal of all, he bestowed on me the great honor of smacking me in the facial area with a pie. In undertaking so, I joined a legion of movie star legends who have been “pie’d” by Soupy Profits like Frank Sinatra, Mickey Rooney and Burt Lancaster. How numerous people today can say that?