Not even the poor weather conditions could keep West Virginia University sports fans of all ages from greeting Mickey Furfari Saturday in Elkins.
Furfari, a veteran sportswriter in his 67th year of covering Mountaineer athletics, signed copies of his new book, "Mickey's Mountaineer Memories, Volume II, at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA.
"I really enjoy coming to Elkins and meeting with the fans," said Furfari, whose column runs regulary in The Inter-Mountain. "I've made a lot of friends over the years in the area, and look forward to getting a chance to talk sports with them."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Elkins resident Don Rice shakes hands with Mickey Furfari after getting his book signed Saturday at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA. Also shown is Elkins native Butch Antolini, who accompanied Furfari to Elkins.
Furfari's latest compilation features a profile of his former classmate and longtime "Voice of the Mountaineers" Jack Fleming, pieces on famous WVU quarterbacks Pat White and Major Harris, and current Mountaineer basketball coach Bob Huggins.
Volume II also details some of Furfari's lighter moments in a piece he titled "The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did In My Life," along with some more serious takes that include his not so cordial relationship with former WVU President Neil Bucklew.
"Some people have told me the new book is even better than the first one," Furfari said. "That makes me feel good because I wasn't sure how the first book was going to do. It's all about the fans, and I hope they enjoy (the book)."
Furfari was peppered with questions about WVU sports teams on Saturday, including the outlook for both the football and men's basketball teams and their recent struggles.
"It should be interesting to see how (WVU?football coach) Dana Holgorsen can rebound from this season," Furfari said. "And (basketball coach) Bob Huggins hates to lose. I remember covering him when he played at West Virginia and he was quite a competitor back then."
Fans can still purchase copies of "Mickey's Mountaineer Memories, Volume II" by going to the Beckley Newspaper's website at www.register-herald.com and clicking on the link for Mickey's books or by calling toll free at 1-800-950-0250 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The price for the publication is $25 plus tax. A limited number of Volume I, first released in 2008, also is available at the same price. However, if you purchase both volumes in a combination buy, the price is $40 plus tax and shipping.