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Phil Musick, who had a three-decade career in print, radio and television journalism locally and nationally, died this morning of congestive heart failure.

He was 71 and lived in Harmar. Phil had worked for the Pittsburgh Press and Post-Gazette.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 5 to Jan. 10, 2010.
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February 21, 2013
I did not know Phil personally, but I always felt a connection through his writing...it was a fluid, engaging and genuine style that felt more like a personal conversation than a newspaper article. 'Some Things I Think I Think' came to mind today and I went in search of some of Phil's writing on the web today...and that is what brought me here. Phil was a truly talented writer who has no doubt influenced countless aspiring writers, sports fans and people who drew comfort and pride from his unique reflections on Pittsburgh. The best part is...he would likely have been a bit uncomfortable with all of the compliments here...a genuine and talented man he was.
Kurt
October 11, 2012
As a former Pittsburgher now living in Chicago, today was a "hey, whatever happened to Phil Musick" day. So sorry this was the answer. As a young girl who grew up with a love of newspapers, I remember both the PG and the Press being thrown inside our screen door, and my father and I flipping a coin to see who would get to read Musick's column first! He was a real treasure in so many ways. My condolences.
Michele Lang
April 5, 2012
I am Phil Musick's grandaughter. I am very pleased by the kind words. When my mom showed me this I felt him right next to me. Thank you for the prayers.
Katherine Miller
January 29, 2011
I just learned of Phil's death recently. I faithfully read his articles in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.He was always interesting. I was shocked. January, 2011. Kay Klingensmith
December 21, 2010
I just learned about Phil's death today--almost a year later. Phil hired me for a part-time job at the Post Gazette while a senior at Pitt; he also gave me a recommendation for my first full-time sportswriting job. I left the biz and never went back, but Phil had shown me how to write sports with intelligence and passion. No one had even mentioned such traits to this then-young sports reporter. A few times covering the Steelers I remember standing next to him and asking Chuck Noll a tough question or two. Why? Because you could feel the battle scars Phil had endured paving the way for the rest of us and we young guys knew that we owed it to Phil to show the same passion and intelligence that he pioneered ahead of us in the Pittsburg sports world of the late seventies and early eighties. I will never forget his kindness and open-mindedness to those around him.
Ed Tack
March 8, 2010
I only knew Phil through his columns and radio. His uncle had a printing shop 2 doors from our family home in East Pittsburgh...that was also a link to this genuine crafty wordsmith. I will always remember his description of 'gray skies that are the color of his old sweatshirts'. I think I think I will always remeber him.
Patrick Lanigan
January 28, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the Musick family. The "Jordan clan" grew to know and love Phil through cousin Linda. We admired his knowledge and wit. I still miss his great columns and his radio show.
Nancy
January 19, 2010
Newspapers need to give people something to read. Phil always did. He was a good person as well. When I was an lowly intern at The Pittsburgh Press, he treated me as an equal. It stayed that way through my 20 years in newspapers.
Dan Donovan
January 18, 2010
My belated sympathy to the Musick family. I knew Phil through the public positions I held and was a frequent guest on his radio talk show. I enjoyed my verbal sparring with him. He was always fair and approached each subject we discussed with intelligence. My recollection is that he grew up in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh and he never forgot where he came from. Hs love of Pittsburgh will be greatly missed.
Frank Lucchino
January 18, 2010
My belated sympathy to the Musick family. I knew Phil through the public positions I held and was a frequent guest on his radio talk show. I enjoyed my verbal sparring with him. He was always fair and approached each subject we discussed with intelligence. My recollection is that he grew up in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh and he never forgot where he came from. His love of Pittsburgh and his lively personality will be greatly missed.
Frank Lucchino
January 12, 2010
To Kristi and Kerilee - Your Dad was such an important person in my life. He helped me find sunshine, where I saw only rain. His gift went with me when I left Pittsburgh 30 years ago. Love to you. Melissa
January 11, 2010
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Phil Musick. I only knew him through his great writings and his dog "Ben". We had found Ben and after several weeks found his owner to be the Musick family. Thank you for the great memories and the wonderful stories!! You will be sorely missed!
Diane and Jim Damian
January 10, 2010
My deepest condolences to Musick family from Mark O'Rourke.
Mark O'Rourke
January 10, 2010
To Phil's Daughters:
You are the girls I read about so often in your Dad's beautiful, touching, funny, columns in the newspaper. So many times he made tears come to my eyes from something he wrote. I never met your Dad but I knew him well through his beautiful writing. You could tell he was a gentle soul. God Bless Him.
I am so sorry for your great loss.
Jeani Pierce
Jeani Pierce
January 9, 2010
Being absent from this body is to be present with the Lord.Don't leave this world without "JESUS"
Rev.James W. Stone
Verona Pa. 15147
Rev.James Stone
January 9, 2010
My condolences to the Musick family. I had always enjoyed Phil's writing. He had a very fresh air about what he wrote. He will be missed.\

God Bless!
John Cooley
January 9, 2010
To Phil Family
I so sorry of your lose. I was in high school for 4 years with Phil. We had the same home room.
Peabody January 1956
Annabelle (Cinefra) Adams
Verona, Pa.
January 8, 2010
Kristi, Kerilee and all. Phil was one of the most genuine men I have ever known, always ready to be a good friend to anyone he met. I know how much he will be missed by his family, and I know that you all have blessings in your lives because he was a part of you.
Carla Lowman
January 8, 2010
WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE,PRAYERS,&CONDOLENCES TO MR. MUSICK'S FAMILY,FRIENDS,FANS,&ALL WHO WORKED WITH HIM.
KEN & MARY O'DANIEL
January 8, 2010
Some things I think when I think about Phil: The notebook always stashed in the back pocket of his baggy jeans...The "coppery streaks that split the October sky"...The cityside columns about the saxophonist on Fifth Avenue who played Christmas songs for tips...His stories about playing football on barren city fields where they used oil to hold down the dust...The recollections of passing a flask with his dad in the end zone at Pitt Stadium and "learning all about the complex business of father and son."

But mostly I remember a decent and generous guy who treated people the right way. With his talent and stature, he could have 'big leagued' almost anybody, and he never did. He loved to tell stories, and nobody did it with more style. I hope the P-G can find the space to reprint the Press column he wrote about why he would break professional protocol to secretly root for the Steelers in a big game against the Browns. Nothing sums up what the Steelers meant to the city at that point better than that column. Thanks, Phil. We all learned from you.
John Mehno
January 7, 2010
Phil was a friend and all around good guy in high school. We double dated on Prom night.

My deepest sympathy to his family.
Sincerely, Diane Lenherr Majoras
Peabody, Jan. 1956
Diane Majoras
January 7, 2010
First Myron and now Phil.

Pittsburgh has lost two of the unique voices that made it such a special place.

The sports scene in Pittsburgh in the 1970s can never be duplicated and Phil's word pictures captured it all. I was fortunate to be there and have Phil as a colleague and a boss. Phil was an icon, but also a great guy.

Who can ever forget those Saturday night dinners on the road before Steeler games when Myron and Phil would trade barbs and laughs?

Phil was a Pittsburgh original and we will all miss him.

Vito Stellino
Vito Stellino
January 7, 2010
January 7, 2010

As a sports enthusiast and a Pittsburgh kid, I started every school day with Phil’s column in the Post Gazette. There was no better place and time in the world to be absorbed with sports than Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1970s.

Phil told me a story every day, made me laugh, and gave me my first true appreciation for sports writing.

The early influences in life are the strongest—and the ones you remember the most. Phil Musick helped steer me to the career I eventually chose and love.

Rich Dalrymple
Dallas Cowboys
Director of Public Relations
Rich Dalrymple
January 7, 2010
One Thing I Think I Think: Heaven just got a little bit 'cooler'! Thanks, Mr. Musick, for all the good memories.
mary
January 7, 2010
Phil was a gifted and ascerbic writer with a knack of making complex issues easy to understand. His life had great value, and he will be missed. My sympathies to his entire family. Eric Weiss, San Antonio, TX
January 7, 2010
Dear Friends and Family,

Daddy would have been touched at your outpouring of love and affection. Our entire family will treasure always the stories shared here.

We would also like to express our gratitude for the outstanding medical care that Daddy received over the last 10 years here at the Pittsburgh VA. Most especially, there are no words to express the depth of profound appreciation in my heart for the dedicated staff of the Medical ICU at the VA Hospital Oakland that surrounded him (and me) with such grace and compassion in his last days here with us.

In that spirit, we have asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Fisher House Foundation- Pittsburgh (which while a nation wide initiative) will provide Ronald McDonald House-style accommodations for the families of veterans and active duty military personnel receiving care at the Pittsburgh VA.

The money donated will stay here in the ‘Burgh, the city Daddy loved best. He would have been honored to give back in small measure that which he received at the VA. God Bless you and your families.

Please make donations designated “Phil Musick”
Fisher House Foundation-Pittsburgh
111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420
Rockville, MD 20850
www.fisherhouse.org
Phil Musick family
January 7, 2010
I knew Phil from the group at Newlonsburg Church. He also wrote an article about my daughter, Laurie Swift. I also knew his family. What a great guy and he will be missed. Wishing peace to his family. Lynne Swift Norris
Lynne Norris
January 7, 2010
Phil loved to tease. He took great delight in telling people that I didn't know if the football was stuffed or blown up. He kept me smiling.
Our relationship was based,not on fame or fortune, but on an indescribable (even to a wordsmith) fusion of spirit. He taught me to fly.
He was passionate, persistent, intuitive, and incredibly sensitive-- qualities which served him well in all aspects of his life, both public and private. I will miss him more than words can say.
Fly free.
"The Lady"
January 7, 2010
Lynne Norris
January 6, 2010
I recall Phil at the Post-Gazette one time, doing a column on a writer pal of his who died. Wells Twombly, from San Francisco, I think it was. I looked in once in a while. Phil was having a tough time. I think he was just about crying. Writing about an old friend will do that to you.

This is about my eighth time, trying to say goodbye to Phil. I want to get this done before I hear him yelling, hey Slick, you got that piece done yet? Going empty on words is pretty unusual for me. I guess Phil just over-upped me. Just too many warm memories to handle. That’s the best way I can explain him, the kind of guy he was, the kind of writer, and boss and friend. You never worked for Phil. You worked alongside him. And for all the people on here who loved his writing, let me say you missed the best part. You should have known him, too. I’m going to quit here. I feel like hell. Kerilee and Kristi would understand.

Marino Parascenzo, Ellwood City, Pa.
Marino Parascenzo
January 6, 2010
Phil was a classic in his time. Great writer and had many words to remember. He'll be greatly missed.

With Sympathy,

Mark Balawejder
(Formerly from Pittsburgh)
Mark Balawejder
January 6, 2010
I am not a huge sports fan, but I still have the column that Phil Musick wrote about the firing of Bob Prince. I was about 21 at the time that it happened and I hung up a copy in the hallway of my dormitory because it was so "well said." I still have a poignant column about Roberto Clemente's death and I treasure that column as well. The obituary made me wish that I had met Phil in person, but I "knew" him through his writing. Godspeed, Phil, from an ex-Pittsburgher who always wished you well!
Deb Hendrickson
January 6, 2010
I always read Phil’s columns in the 70s about The Buccos and Steelers. What a great decade for the Black & Gold . . . and what a great sportswriter who covered them. And to Mr. Musick’s family, may your wonderful memories surpass the current grief you are facing.
Tom Casti
January 6, 2010
Always read Phil. His style was great and few can ever measure up to it. God Bless and Good bye.l
mike schultz
January 6, 2010
I read Phil while growing up in Sewickley, his column was always something to look forward to for a young sports fan, thanks for the knowledge and insight.
Chris Yanckello
January 6, 2010
I was blessed to work with Phil at Penn State New Kensington in the late 90's where I was a basketball coach. I will always remember him treating me like I mattered. I was 23 years old at the time. I have fond memories sitting in his office, for hours, listening to him talk about the history of our great city, along with many fascinating stories. At 37, I now wish I had asked more questions and told him how much he has helped me as a person, father, and mentor to others. Phil Musick was a man's man.

Rest In Peace
Heath Bailey
January 6, 2010
We loved getting the paper and reading Phil back in the days of our new marriage. He gave us food for thought, plenty of ideas to discuss and share a new love and respect for newspapers together. Those were some good times back then and Phil was special. You've left us with warm memories. God's Speed. Andy & Darlene
January 6, 2010
We were saddened to hear the news of Phil's passing. He was a great man and will be missed by all. He and the Musick Family will be in our prayers.

The Lohr Family
Brian Lohr
January 6, 2010
When I arrived at the Post-Gazette in 1978, Phil was the coolest guy in the room, with an understated charisma and a wide embrace, which I greatly appreciated since non-Pittsburghers were a little suspect at the PG back then. He could also write like hell. I had a chance to watch the master at work during Super Bowl XIV in 1980 in Pasadena. I was there all week as a cityside reporter but had to be pressed into sports service post-game to cover the Rams locker room. I was flustered on a tough deadline, but Phil got me through it while doing five other things -- cool in every sense of the word.

Peter Leo, Squirrel Hill
January 6, 2010
My condolences to Phil's family. I thank him for his wit and wisdom; his knowledge and occasional brilliance. He brought humanity to Pittsburgh sports like few others.

Con Cannon (Hopewell)
Con Cannon
January 6, 2010
Very sorry to hear about Phil.
We were classmates at Peabody High.Homeroom.Nice guy.
Hershey dugan
January 6, 2010
I was an acquaintence of Phil's years ago at Duquesne. He always had his eye on the prize, focused on what he needed to do. He was a quiet gentle man and a wonderful writer. He was a good man: He was a Pittsburgher!

Goodbye, Phil...say hello to Myron.
Tony Gentilcore
January 6, 2010
My condolences to Phil's family. He was a great writer and I never missed the chance to read his column. I even quoted him on the day of my son's wedding which was also my father's birthday. I recalled to the group that I remebered reading one of Phil's stories about his father, I believe it was a Father's Day tribute. He said that when he got married he asked his father to be the best man at his wedding....because he was was the "best man" that he ever knew. With that same sentiment I wished my Dad a Happy 77th Birthday "to the best man I ever knew". My Dad is now 86.

Be happy with the fact that Phil no longer suffers and is in a better place. And, also be happy in knowing that he touched so many lives with his written words.
Regis Walsh, Jr.
January 6, 2010
I had the incredible good fortune of working with Phil for seven years at WTAE Radio, along with a remarkable group of true legendary characters...Myron Cope, Paul Long, Joe DeNardo, Bill Hillgrove, Lynn Cullen and Doug Hoerth.

Phil was a true newspaper star, but working with him everyday you'd never know it. He was unassuming, everyone's friend, always the center of conversations (you never had a quick chat with Phil!) and a remarkably nice guy.

He also had an amazing ability to turn on the mike and just be himself...which was usually very engaging radio.

He was truly a special person.
Tom Clendening
January 6, 2010
Our heartfelt condolence to the family. We will miss his delightful words and thoughts about the "Burgh". May God be with you all.
Gary and Deborah Kiesel-Ryan
January 6, 2010
Our heartfelt condolence to the family. We will miss his delightful words and thoughts about the "Burgh". May God be with you all.
Gary and Deborah Kiesel-Ryan
Gary Ryan
January 6, 2010
Man, what a bummer to receive this news. To me, a child of the '70's, the Steelers run and Musick were completely intertwined. I can remember as a 7- 8- or 9-year old having my father pass the paper to me to read Musick's column. We lost my dad in 2005, before the 5th SB. RIP, my man. You were the best.
S B
January 6, 2010
Keri and Kristi, Im very sorry on the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Keri-I miss you and would love to talk to you. Des
Desiree Deasy
January 6, 2010
Godspeed good man. I grew up reading Mr Musick's columns and often times copied his style into my own writing. He had the uncanny ability to see sports as they are to Americans, important but fun and an indelible mark on the fabric of our lives.
Bill Sterner
January 6, 2010
Phil, second from left, was part of our WDUQ broadcast team during the early sixties.I'm on the far right.. _Jerry Plantz
January 6, 2010
Kristi,
Our most sincere condolences to you and your entire family. Know that you have many friends praying for you, and may God grant you all His loving peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Lori Pontzius and Family
January 6, 2010
His presence will never fade away nor his loved writing which is timeless..

Robert Svitek, Harmar twp, PA
robert svitek
January 6, 2010
I never needed a dictionary to read his column.He was simply the best.
My sympathies to the family.
Bert Brokaw
January 6, 2010
My condolences go out to the Musick family for their loss. Mr. Musick's columns were always filled with wit, wisdom, and good nature. He was truly a gifted writer and a great guy. Pittsburgh's loss is heaven's gain.
Patrick Hritz
January 6, 2010
Kristi,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,
Jim, Leslie, & Elliott
Cranberry Twp, PA
January 6, 2010
I enjoyed Phil's columns and his presence on the radio. He had a great show on WTAE for years.
Chris Como
January 6, 2010
Phil Musick was the epitome of Journalism, and well respected by his fellow co-workers, and was welcome in any locker room. His columns were always fair and to the point. God Bless - condolences from Bob and Sue Harrer -may he rest in peace
bob and Sue harrer
January 6, 2010
I used to read Phil's columns as a paperboy in the 70's and 80's. One of my favorite lines of his; and I paraphrase. "there is nothing better than coming out of the Fort Pitt Tunnel and seeing the City of Pittsburgh. There is nothing worse than approaching the Squirrel Hill Tunnels from either direction,"
Matt Carrick
January 6, 2010
Phil Musick and Hunter S. Thompson are probably discussing the Super Bowl favorites right now. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.
Mark McCoy
January 6, 2010
Kristi,

I am very sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts are with you.

Sincerely,
Susan (Marchl) Young
Susan Young
January 6, 2010
Phil Musick and I share many memories from our college days at Duquesne University especially at WDUQ radio. Even then it was obvious that his writing talent and creativity far exceeded the rest of us. Phil and I worked several games as student broadcasters broadcasting Duke basketball and high school football games. He and I were the first co-public relations directors at WDUQ.
It was a labor of love even though it was a non-paying position. Our careers took separate paths, he into print, me into broadcasting. He stayed in the Pittsburgh area and I went on to Kansas City. I visited him several times while he was at the Pittsburgh Press and he was always effervescent. For some reason we soon became distant and ceased communicating, a regret that bears heavily on me now. I will always cherish our days at Duquesne. Phil would generate envy in all of his classmates for we knew - he was already a writer and we were still students. Rest in peace Phil and thanks for so many outstanding articles, broadcasts and memories.
Jerry Plantz
January 6, 2010
I was doubly fortunate during the 70's and 80's... an employee of the Pittsburgh Pirates during their glory years which were also Phil Musick's many years of fame.I enjoyed many enlightening
conversations with Phil in the Pirate's Press Lounge. The first column I read..every day..was Phil's! I still miss his,"Things I think I think"...what a brilliant heading!..followed by Phil's wisdom and humor of the day. Pittsburgh has always been blessed by great writers.
"One thing I know I know" is that Phil Musick is at the top of that honor roll!
Bless you, Phil and your family.
Olin DePolo
Olin DePolo
January 6, 2010
Sophea, Phanna, Mom, Father (Phil), and me
I truly appreciated him for being the father figure during my youth. My family and I are very grateful for all of the wonderful things that he has done for us. He gave us an opportunity to start a new life here in the US. The short time that we lived together in Penn Hills, he influenced me in so many ways. I remember being downstairs in the basement going through his collection of tools. I was so interested in wanting to learn how to use them. I guess that's how I became pretty handy. He introduced me to football at an early age and grew very fond of the game. To him, I was "The World Only Known Cambodian Quarterback" (TWOKCQ). The love that he has for Pittsburgh sport teams influenced me and I've become a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In our recent conversation, I found out that he had served in the Air Force many years ago. He seems to be proud that I've made a career in the U.S. Air Force.

Father, I’m grateful to have you in my life. I’ll miss you and I’ll see you in heaven.
Phannak Srun
January 6, 2010
Phil and I worked together for four years in the public relations office at Penn State New Kensington, 2000-2003. He was an excellent writer and mentor. He was equally adept at proofing my copy. When we moved to the Conference Center building in 20002, we pitched in and bought a small microwave oven for our office. I still use it today. I think the coffee stains from Phil reheating his afternoon cup of for the umpteenth time are still there. The "Phil Musick Memorial Microwave" will keep his memory alive in my office. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Bill Woodard
January 6, 2010
never missed a column. best quote from phil " i never saw an ugly woman in a corvette". his best was a story on fathers day about his own dad...it made most grown men cry. he will be missed by all
tom griffin
January 6, 2010
phil,you were one of the best sports writers who ever graced the pages of pittsburgh print! bless you and your family.
Harry Maxwell
January 6, 2010
I am very sorry for your lose. I grew up reading his columns and still have to this day. I will miss him.
Paul Kingston
January 6, 2010
Phil,

Thanks for being a great mentor and a great friend!

Dave
January 6, 2010
Always your admirer. Always.
Rick Bruni
January 5, 2010
My family was one of the many, I'm sure, that Phil helped with an article in the Post-Gazette. We were going through a very rough and trying time and saw no light at the end of a very long dark tunnel...until we met him. He was the light that gave us hope and helped us to believe people cared, and they did. So did he! When we met face to face, he treated us with such respect and kindness, as if we had known each other for years. I only wish we had. He will live on in our hearts and in our memories.

To his family, please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers for we share in your great loss.

Sleep gently Phil. May your soul rest in peace and your spirt soar above all those who love you, for always.
Debbie Godek
January 5, 2010
In the long ago days at Duquesne, when we collaborated on managing the Duke sports department and shared writing the Sports Beat column (and a whole lot of good times), I know I wasn't the first or the last writer (or reader, for that matter) who reacted to one of Phil's pieces with the thought, Man, I wish I could write like that! More than just a gifted writer to emulate, Phil (who was five years older than I) was for me in those days a wonderful friend and mentor and storyteller, who could charm the chill off of any dark day. Over the years since we departed the Bluff, we had only sporadic contact, but I kept an eye on his work and continued to be charmed, most recently by his delightful pieces in Pittsburgh Magazine. I regret we never got to "get together and tell some lies," as he so characteristically wrote in the last letter I got from him about 10 years ago. My condolences to the family. Your loss is all of ours.
Ron Marmarelli
January 5, 2010
In the long ago days at Duquesne, when we collaborated on managing the Duke sports department and shared writing the Sports Beat column (and a whole lot of good times), I know I was not the first or the last writer (or reader, for that matter) who reacted to one of Phil's pieces with the thought, Man, I wish I could write like that! More than just a gifted reporter and writer and editor to emulate, Phil (who was five years older than I) was for me in those days a wonderful friend and mentor and storyteller, who could charm the chill off of any dark day. Over the years since we departed the Bluff, we had only sporadic contact, but I kept an eye on his work and continued to be charmed, most recently by his delightful pieces in Pittsburgh Magazine. I regret we never got to "get together and tell some lies," as he so characteristically wrote in the last letter I got from him about 10 years ago. My condolences to the family. Your loss is all of ours.
Ron Marmarelli
January 5, 2010
Mom, Sophea, Father (Phil), Martsan, and Me
January 5, 2010
Sophea, Phanna, Mom, Father (Phil), and Me
January 5, 2010
New CXastle, PA Jul 2008 Sophea, Phanna, Mom, Father (Phil), and me
January 5, 2010
July 2008 in a store at New Castle, PA. My mom, Sophea, Father (Phil), Martsan, and me.
I truly appreciated him for being the father figure during my youth. My family and I are very grateful for all of the wonderful things that he has done for us. He gave us an opportunity to start a new life here in the US. The short time that we lived together in Penn Hills, he influenced me in so many ways. I remember being downstairs in the basement going through his collection of tools. I was so interested in wanting to learn how to use them. I guess that's how I became pretty handy. He introduced me to football at an early age and grew very fond of the game. To him, I was "The World Only Known Cambodian Quarterback" (TWOKCQ). The love that he has for Pittsburgh sport teams influenced me and I've become a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In our recent conversation, I found out that he had served in the Air Force many years ago. He seems to be proud that I've made a career in the U.S. Air Force.

Father,

I’m grateful to have you in my life. I’ll miss you and I’ll see you in heaven.

Love,
Phannak "TWOKCQ"
Phannak Srun
January 5, 2010
Some things I think I think:
*Phils columns set the bar in Pittsburgh - and then nationally.
*His words and style were read by all and became the water cooler topic every day
*Myron just got a partner to enjoy a toddy with
*All the best to the Musick family; the city shares your grief today
BM
January 5, 2010
Keri and the rest of the Muscik family, I am so very sorry to hear of your father's passing. I have a lot of good memories with you and your Dad, he treated me like one of his own. My thoughts are with all of you.
Maribeth Mahoney Misitis
January 5, 2010
Krist,
My mom just told me about your Dad. My heart goes out to you and Keri. I never thought of your dad as someone famous he was well… your dad. As I was talking to my Mom she reminisced about how she loved to read his columns especially the ones about his cat. I told my Mom what I remember about him was how great he was at telling a story. Even though we don’t get to see each other as often as we would like we have been apart of each others lives for as long as I can remember. You know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do for you anything at all you just have to ask.
Tracey McDonough
January 5, 2010
My condolences, to Mr Musick's family. What a Great Writer, his talent and free spirit will be missed by many. Terry Sobotor
Terry Sobotor
January 5, 2010
Dear Kristie and family:

My sincere condolences on the loss of your father. His writing was always a source of joy and inspiration to me, and countless others. May loving memories of your dad help comfort you in this difficult time.
Denise (Urso) Galloway
January 5, 2010
I always enjoyed reading Phil's columns. He was a great writer. He will be missed. My condloences to his family
Carl Bainbridge
January 5, 2010
I've been a newspaper reporter for more than 30 years, and Phil Musick is partly to blame. Growing up in Pittsburgh, I used to go to Thrift drugs to pick up the NY Daily News to read Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill. Then came Musick, the only local columnist who could sell me a paper. He had the style and the bluntness and humor that actually made you look forward to opening the page. Oh, yeah, one more thing. He could really write.
Scott Stephens
January 5, 2010
What a great loss not only to his family, but to the city of Pittsburgh. Phil taught journalism at La Roche College years ago, and students who heard of his death today, wrote to share memories of this talented teacher, writer, and mentor. May he rest in peace. My sympathy and prayers for him and his family.
Sr. Rita Yeasted
January 5, 2010
Keri and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. Amy Petrina Tarantini
Amy Petrina Tarantini
January 5, 2010
I was an aspiring writer when I read Phil's daily column. I always admired how he could turn a phrase, the sense of irony in what he wrote, and his sense of humor. Phil made it look so easy--like he was a friend telling you a story. I think we all felt we knew him through his column and today feel we've lost a friend.
January 5, 2010
While looking at the Obituaries to find the name of a friend for funeral information, I saw the name PHIL MUSICK in the Obituary column. At first it was disbelief. "No, it couldn't be. He's so young!" I was surprised to learn he was 71, but he was eternally young inside.... his writings brought forth springtimes in even gloomy snowstorms. This true Pittsburgh treasure will be missed. Sorely missed. Sad! Memory eternal to a wonderful Pittsburgher. We're losing too many of them too soon. Condolences to his loving family.
Mim Bizic
January 5, 2010
He wrote for the Press when I was a young teenager, and I remember I used to have to race my father to the front door to see who could grab the paper first. "The Things I Think I Think"...GREAT. Really, everything he wrote was great. He was probably the first writer I could never get enough of.

I moved out of the area, and haven't heard his name in years. But when I saw that he died, it brought back so many wonderful memories of a talented man who brought me joy, laughs and tears. Thanks for the memories, Phil, and to the Musick family go my deepest condolences.
Michele Lang
January 5, 2010
The real story about Phil, Sandy-Jo and I will follow. Those memories, which we will share will simply add to the wonderful story of Phil's life and the memories of the time he shared with us. These memories have been shared with our children and grandchildren. He lives as long as these stories continue, Phil lives.
Len and Sandy-Jo Rudnick
January 5, 2010
I met Phil during his days at Waynesburg College. We worked together on several projects and I helped with his "Pittsburgh People, Pittsburgh Places." We kept in touch through e-mail and I knew him more as a personal friend rather than as a fellow worker. He will be missed. My condolences to the family. I share your loss.
Dan Morris
January 5, 2010
Another part of my long-lost Pittsburgh youth is gone. I will always remember a column he wrote just before the Steelers played, and soundly beat, the Browns at Three Rivers in the magical year of 1972. It was then clear that the heretofore always-loser Steelers had changed. Phil captured the moment, and the resulting civic pride, perfectly. Steeler Nation was in the process of being born.
R Spangler
January 5, 2010
What a shock. My prayers are with the family. And it is hard to believe that he was 71. But that made me realize that I am 68. We have lost a great voice.
Jack Adams
January 5, 2010
Phil is the most talented writer I have ever known and his column on the day of the 1972 Steelers-Browns game is one of the true classics of our profession. I think of Phil and I am immediately reminded of his leisure suits and Saturday night dinners on the road. They are very good memories.
Vic Ketchman
January 5, 2010
Pop and 'Kenzie (September 2007)
January 5, 2010
Pop, KL, and baby Mackenzie (October 2005)
January 5, 2010
“Pop”…. You ARE missed. You had a way about you that drew people to sit down and listen. You showed passion and love no matter what the situation was. You showed unconditional love, even to me, you Cleveland Brown Loving son-in-law. You always asked how my family was doing, even when you were the one sick. You were and always will be the true definition of “old school class”. What I will remember the most is the twinkle in my kids eyes when we said “Pop was coming to visit”.
Larry Eddy
January 5, 2010
I grew up reading Mr Musicks articles in the Pgh Press. I am saddened to hear the news. Time sure flies by. My heart reaches out to you in the passing of a dear loved one
robert bricker
January 5, 2010
i met phil at cardiac rehab at upmc st margarets in 1997 what a wonderful man phil was we shared many stories while we went thru rehab denny chuvala blawnox pa
January 5, 2010
I have so many fond memories of Phil. A great boss, great colleague and great drinking buddy. RIP my friend.
Robert Whitley
January 5, 2010
Thank you to all who share how Daddy's writing or presence in your lives affected you. Any stories you have or fond memories you can share will help to ease the loss that we all feel at this time.

Though I am sure he is in a better place, the world has lost an amazing, caring man, who loved life. A world-class father and grandfather, one who is deeply loved.
Kerilee Musick Eddy
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