Furfari to host book-signing in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN – In his 68th year of covering West Virginia University athletics, Mickey Furfari has been involved with numerous special events and people.

He’s eager to share those memories with the public and has written two books, “Mickey’s Mountaineer Memories,” volumes 1 and 2. Volume 2 was published last year, and volume 1 five years ago.

Furfari will hold a book-signing from 4-6 p.m. Friday at Waterfront Family Pharmacy, 215 Don Knotts Boulevard (formerly South University Avenue) in Morgantown, near Aldi grocery store.

The books, priced at $25 plus tax, will be available at that time. Both books may be purchased for $40 plus tax.

Furfari thoroughly enjoys meeting his readers. During the signings, he takes time to talk with them and shake hands, if they wish. He also includes a brief personal message, if requested, when he signs the books.

The first chapter of Volume 2 is one on his former classmate at Morgantown High School and WVU’s longtime “Voice of the Mountaineers” Jack Fleming, who passed away in 2001.

There are chapters on such former players as Jerry West. Patrick White, Major Harris. James Jett, Canute Curtis, Aaron Beasley, Brian Jozwiak, Jay Henry, Dave Oblak, Steve Newberry and Darryl Talley.

Furfari writes about coaches he has known, including Bob Huggins, Dana Holgorsen, Bill Stewart and Frank Cignetti. Don Nehlen is featured in volume 1. He has a chapter on current athletic director Oliver Luck, whom he covered when Luck was a WVU quarterback and outstanding scholar in the 1970s and ’80s,

He has a chapter titled “The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did In My Life” and writes about former WVU President Neil Bucklew, whom he labels “not my favorite,”

He also discusses the fiscal mess that led to athletic director Dick Martin’s resignation in 1981, Furfari includes thoughts on WVU’s stunning 2012 Orange Bowl victory over Clemson in the book’s final chapter,

Former WVU star quarterback and NFL official Fred Wyant, one of Furfari’s longtime friends, authored the foreword for the book and noted that “there is no one in the world who can outwrite or outstory Mickey. He’s been my friend for 59 years and has now become one of my closest personal friends. He understands athletes, coaches and sports people better than anyone I know.”

Furfari, who survived two bouts with cancer and is legally blind and has some difficulty hearing, still works virtually every day. He tapes and transcribes interviews and writes his stories longhand. He gets assistance, which he appreciates, in typing the stories and sending them via email.

“That’s really the fun of it, talking to people and doing stories,” Furfari said. “I really enjoy going back.”

And he has no plans to slow down.

“I still enjoy writing,” Furfari said, “I’m going to continue writing until I can write no more.”