As you see in the post below this one, I visited the Make-A-Wish offices in the Gulf Tower for the falcon-banding, way up there on the 37th floor where the view will make your love of Pittsburgh sock you in the heart.
Also socking you in the heart would be the wall of engraved plaques on which every wish ever granted by our local chapter of Make-A-Wish is listed in chronological order. You’ll find the child’s name, age, town, and the wish that was granted.
The great thing about the wall is that it’s like looking into a time capsule to see what kinds of things the kids wished for in the early 80s:
In here I see a Stereo/TV/VCR as well as Atari Games and a waterbed:
A seven-year-old who wanted an Apple II:
Lots of celebrity wishes, too!
The Karate Kid Ralph Macchio right below an RCA Digital Stereo System:
Scott Baio of Happy Days and Charles in Charge fame! My sister Pens Fan used to have a HUGE crush on Chachi.
This one is particularly touching in light of recent events:
Phone calls from Rocky Bleier and Mean Joe Greene.
Guns n’ Roses!
SHAUN CASSIDY, BABY.
A three-year-old who just wanted to spend Christmas at home.
I honestly could have spent the entire morning there just reading this wall of names, starting with the 80s and moving up to present day.
The office walls are filled with pictures of some of the wishes granted:
This little boy wanted a shopping spree:
Golf with Mario:
I almost can’t handle that picture.
Troysus and Sid being good humans:
And this one, their first wish back in 1983, 7-year-old cancer patient Bryan who wanted to travel to Texas to get a piggyback ride from his uncle.
I met the staff of lovely girls* in charge of fulfilling wishes and told them they have the best jobs in Pittsburgh because they get to put smiles like these on sick kids’ faces:
Best job ever.
*I never know what to call women in their twenties and thirties. Ladies or women sounds too old. Girls sounds too young. Broads? Chicks? Dames? Anyway, the girls that fulfill the wishes are gorgeous and lovely and Awesome Burghers to boot.