Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2018

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Summer 2018 69 You have to be a Pittsburgh Steelers fan to really understand, or maybe not. It's the story behind The Terrible Towel, the brainchild of the team's radio announcer, Myron Cope, during the playoffs in 1975 and the subsequent victory of the Steelers over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X. The iconic symbol of Steeler fans ever since, the real McCoy can be found on the wall of The Border Restaurant, a home-away-from-home for Pittsburgh's own in Wake Forest. "That's an official Terrible Towel," proprietor Jerry Ammon said of a collector's item with an official tag the staff is not allowed to toy with. According to the Steelers, fans have wrapped babies in them at hospitals, waved them at weddings, and in the case of astronaut Mike Fincke, a Pittsburgh native, taken one such towel to the International Space Station, for a wave from outer space. Sales of the Terrible Towel, in part, benefit the Allegheny Valley School in Pittsburgh, a charity that had special meaning to Cope, the Steelers said. As for rubbing shoulders with Pittsburgh fans in the Piedmont, look no further than The Border. "We're just visiting," Ron Phillips of Hermitage, Pa., said one day. "Our friends come here to eat all the time." Winging into whimsy These are not your standard, run-of-the- mill hideaways for those feathered friends. They have personality. One looks like a bird itself. Another is shaped like a dog, with a bone thrown in for good measure. They are the creations of a Wake Forest retiree named John Gallagher, who has a fondness for the "crazy ones" with faces and sells his wares at Macon Gardens on Burlington Mills Road in Wake Forest. His backyard hobby, he said, took a turn when he saw Macon Gardens proprietor Mike Adams building stands for his plants. "I saw some wood laying on the ground. I stopped to see if I could get some scraps," he said. An invitation was extended to sell his birdhouse creations at the garden center, he said, and he obliged. "We have been friends ever since," Gallagher said. "I use mostly reclaimed wood and a lot of paint my neighbors give me. I love designing and building them." The Terrible Towel – in North Carolina! PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ

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