Friends gather to honor former Gazette staffer Bouchette
It was truly a “Wow, look who’s here … it’s been a while … how you been?” evening, as 28 of Ed Bouchette’s close friends and journalism associates reunited at DeNunzio’s Italian Restaurant in Latrobe last week to honor the former Indiana Gazette sports editor and veteran of 30 seasons of covering the Steelers for the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.
Bouchette was chosen as the 2014 Dick McCann Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America. He was honored earlier this month during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio.
“Our official purpose was to honor Ed for his winning the Dick McCann Award for 2014 and his NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this month,” Gerry Dulac, a former Post-Gazette colleague and friend who organized the gathering, said.
“Given Ed’s modesty it was an informal, no-speeches evening that quickly became old friends sharing old memories and stories. It was truly enjoyable and fun seeing all of us old guys together again,” said Steve Halvonik, who drove in from Harrisburg for the evening.
There was also a brief tribute to the late Myron Cope by his old friends.
Bouchette worked for the Indiana Gazette during his IUP years, and following graduation in 1973 he became a reporter and then sports editor for the Gazette.
He also worked for newspapers in McKeesport, Greensburg, Doylestown and York before joining the Post-Gazette sports staff in 1983.
Invited guests included old friends from Ed’s career, including the Steelers, the Greensburg Tribune-Review, the Post-Gazette and IUP.