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First American to Score 500 Goals and 1000 Points in Hockey

Joe Mullen.  Hockey legend.

Hockey Hall of Fame 2000.

The first American to score 500 goals and also to score 1000 points in hockey (which happened at the Civic Arena as a Pittsburgh Penguin)

When I was with Steve at his conference in Philadelphia, there was a very excited young man on the elevator who had just gotten an autographed puck from Joe Mullen, former  Pittsburgh Penguin (now assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers. 

After I got to the hotel room I thought I’m going down to the bar and ask Mr. Mullen for an autographed puck for Bobbijo’s friend Julie Ann who is running marathons and raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis research.  Team Kaelyn’s Kure has an invitation for the Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser April 18th and there will be an auction.

Mr. Mullen was gracious and signed the puck you see in the photograph below.  I’m getting it to Kaelyn’s mom, Julie Ann  so they can add it to the Hockey items at the fundraiser.

Thank you for your generosity, Mr. Mullen.

By the way. Steve and his Dr. friend,  shook your hand at the old Pittsburgh airport, before security measures.  You got off the bus and the fans met the team, cheering your Stanley Cup 1991 win!!!

Joe Mullen Autographed Puck


Update on Demolition, Sign Painter at Work and Cooking Outside Wholey’s

Similar colors.  A friend emailed to let me know that the once silver Civic Arena/Mellon Arena roof looked completely red so I drove downtown to capture the progress of the demolition.

I drove to the Strip on a most crowded holiday shopping day.  It was Saturday afternoon in the Strip District and I saw a sign painter was painting above the crowded sidewalks.  I realized I walked under a ladder.  Didn’t think I was superstitious but when I saw this photo for the people at work series, I remembered a tinge of concern.  It makes sense to not walk under a ladder as a bucket of paint could spill on you or you could hit the ladder and knock someone off.  Need to do some research but not tonight.

I can tell you that the scent of grilled veggies and shrimp was inviting but I’d just eaten lunch. ; – (

Zucchini strips on the left. Grilled shrimp on the right.


They’re Taking Down Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA

A poetry friend emailed and told me they were dismantling the roof.  I drove by after school Tuesday, rain and gray.  A huge chain link fence has been erected around the perimeter.  I could see what she noticed and why she thought it might be an interesting photograph.  It felt sad.  My friend V says she remembers when the Civic Arena was built(1961) and that the roof never really did work right, although it was supposed to open up to the sky in less than two minutes according to what I read about it.

Mellon Arena… hosted such music legends as Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, six sold-out nights of Garth Brooks and The Grateful Dead

The Mellon Arena hosted its first show, the Ice Capades, on September 19, 1961. Other notable performance highlights include: The Beatles on September 14, 1964, Elvis Presley on June 25, 1973 and the Page/Plant concert on March 25, 1995, which registered the highest attendance ever in the Arena (17,764) until January 30, 1999 when 18,150 fans packed the arena for a WWF house show.”  from History of Mellon Arena

And the Penguins play at the new Consol Energy Center built down the hill from the old Arena.  Here is phase one, the beginning of the tearing down of the Mellon Arena. Lots of memories for many people.

I have shot an engaged and a wedding couple with the Mellon Arena as the backdrop.

Dedicated hockey fans.


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