Saturday, July 22, 2006

Remembering The Steamer

You are invited to leave a recollection of our late legend and friend, Bud Furillo.


Anonymous Jeff Newton said...

I just can't believe that Bud Furillo is gone. As a kid growing up in L.A. in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, I couldn’t wait to get home from school to pick up the Herald-Examiner and read “The Steam Room” and the other great writers in what was then the finest sports page in America.

Bud epitomized all that was good about sports. He helped me become a USC fan in the early '70s, and I ended up getting two degrees at 'SC and marching in the Trojan Marching Band. In my opinion, he was the greatest sports talk show host that ever lived. He personally knew, and really cared about, all of the local sports stars, from the major leagues, colleges, and high school ranks. This man loved young people and was such a wonderful, positive force. In my opinion, this humble, skillful, intelligent, folksy, articulate man was the finest overall sports journalist Southern California will ever know. The world is a much lesser place with his passing.

7/22/2006 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the honor to work with Bud at the old Herald-Examiner from 1967 thru 1974. He was one the last true 'newspaper men.' I cried when I heard of his passing, and I will always remember him as one of the few people who shaped my life. Thanks, Bud. See you later, my friend.
Bill Hilser

7/25/2006 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Mike VanDerWeerd said...

I'm a close friend of Michael's (his son) and lived next door. When The Steamer would come over we'd talk sports and I'd sit back and listen to all the amazing stories he had. My favorite is when Chick Hearns was ill and took time off from Lakers broadcasting, I asked Bud, "Hey, do you think Chick is going to come back?" He calmly sat back on the couch and looked at me and said "I don't know..." He reached over and picked up the phone and dialed..."Chick! This is Bud. We're sitting here talking about you and wondering how you're feeling?" Well, my mouth hit the ground and I looked over at Mike and gasp, "Did he just call CHICK HEARNS?!" Mike nodded and shugged. I'm 35, so Bud was a little a head of my time, but I got to know the man. One other funny story was from last season when USC played Fresno St. my friend I grew up with (and is a sports stat freak) was with me and was giddy that he was going to meet The Steamer. Steamer met up with us in front of the paristyle. My friend shook his hand and started peppering Bud with "who was the best..." and "what was the best game..." Bud goes "Who is this guy?!" But then obliged him with a couple of stories on the way to the press box. What an amazing life and a great man.


7/26/2006 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not know Bud personally but loved to read his stories about the good old days.
Misty's story "Bud and Me", was so sweet and beautiful gave real insight to their loving friendship. Bud was her teacher yet best friend in the true sense of the word.
Misty you pulled at my heart and made me cry to read such a loving article! The best of the year!

12/27/2006 11:08 AM  
Blogger Dom said...

I'm his grandson Dom Marino, and we were extremely close. The side of Steamer that you all got to see was complimented by the grandfather that I had the pleasure of knowing for 28 years.

Steamer took me on my first trip to Italy to show me more about my background. He taught me so much about love for the family. When I moved from NY to CA, he would have me over his house every weekend to watch football and do other fun stuff.

I can't be more proud of who he was, and I miss him a lot. I'm sure God is being very entertained with hearing some of his stories!

1/07/2007 4:26 PM  
Anonymous anne said...

Thanks, Thanks, Thanks

1/20/2007 8:55 AM  
Blogger John said...

I was mad after the Raiders came to LA and offered tickets on a first come first served basis. This policy was announced by Bud. When they weren't really offered on this basis, I wrote Bud a letter of complaint. He offered to intercede for me. He called me to make the offer.
I looked forward to listening to him on Sports Talk every afternoon in the 70's and 80's. I think he was so good because he was a writer, and knew how to use language.
Bud was a good man, I'm very sorry to learn tonight of his passing. I have thought of him fondly for many years.
John Forsman

9/30/2007 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Taylyn Farrel(Furillo) said...

Bud Furillo was a great man! he was my grandfathers cousin and best friend! Bud Ferillo was so much fun! my name is Taylyn Farrel! my grandfather changed his last name to Farrel from Furillo because of Bud! my grandpa wanted to be in radio just like bud but he couldn't do that since everyone knew Bud! Bud was a great guy to be around! May he Rest In Peace!

10/13/2007 12:58 PM  
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11/27/2007 7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was in the mid-80s and Bud Furillo was at Daniel Freeman Hospital - I think it was something with his heart. He had be-friended my Mom who was a nurse at that time. My mom told him about my love for sports and Mr. Furillo, and he told her to have me come by to his room at the hospital. He talked to me about sports for well over an hour. We were joined by a young man names Steve Hartman who I could tell was a protege of Mr. Furillo. Needless to say, it was wonderful for Bud to take the time in his sick bed and talk sports to one of his fans. In fact, I remember that there was a sports scandal breaking at the time, and Bud actually called his radio show and spoke his mind on it. He took the humanistic approach which is why I loved listening to him so much. He thought the scandal was much ado about nothing, other than just wanting to drag someone's names in the mud.

It's my mom's birthday today, and I had remembered how she had created this wonderful memory for me and thought I would surf the web from my Virginia home to see what was new with Bud Furillo. I am so sorry to hear that he passed on, but reading the wonderful stories and viewing the pictures, I can see that Bud continued to touch so many people. I will always remember that special time that he gave me. I know he is enjoying the big sports page in the sky. - Erick Smith

11/13/2009 11:08 AM  
Blogger Dale Erwin said...

I have fond memories of Bud Furillo from his time on "Sports Talk" on KABC after the Dodger games. Each time I think of Bud, I can't help but remember his "campaign" to have the San Fernando Valley renamed to San Fernando Valenzuela. RIP

1/24/2016 7:16 PM  

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