The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 6, 2012

Furfari’s second book, Mickey’s Mountaineer Memories Volume II, now available

By Staff Reports
The Register-Herald

— For more than 60 years Mickey Furfari has covered the ins and outs of West Virginia University’s athletic program. He’s seen thousands of athletes and hundreds of administrators come and go, all while he’s been there chronicling Mountaineer sports lore.

As he approaches the age of 90, Furfari has penned his second compilation of his WVU experiences in Mickey's Mountaineer Memories, Volume II.

From a profile of his former classmate and longtime “Voice of the Mountaineers” Jack Fleming, to features on famous WVU quarterbacks Pat White and Major Harris, and current Mountaineer basketball coach Bob Huggins, Furfari provides the insight as only he can.

As a follow-up to Volume I, Mickey II also details some of Furfari's lighter moments in a piece he titled “The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did In My Life” along with some more serious takes that include his not so cordial relationship with former WVU President Neil Bucklew.

Other stories in the newest book focus on WVU player, coach and athletic director Leland Byrd, the late Coach Bill Stewart, athletic trainer Whitey Gwynne, two-sport star James Jett, current athletic director and former quarterback Oliver Luck, and WVU’s stunning 2012 Orange Bowl victory.

Former WVU star quarterback and NFL referee Fred Wyant, one of Mickey’s longtime friends, authored the foreword for the book.

Copies of Mickey’s Mountaineer Memories, Volume II are now available for purchase through Beckley Newspapers. To order, you can call our business office at The Register-Herald, 304-255-4409 or toll free 1-800-950-0250, extension 409, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Copies can also be ordered online by going to our website at and clicking on the link for Mickey’s books. Walkup purchases are also available at our offices at 801 North Kanawha Street in Beckley during the aforementioned weekday business hours.

The price for the book is $25 plus tax, there is an extra charge for shippin. A limited number of Volume I is also still available at the same price, however, if you purchase both volumes in a combination buy the price is $40 plus tax and shipping.