These have been in our Inbox forever, so many apologies to those of you who were kind enough to send them. We'd been sort of saving them for a rainy day, and lo and behold, there is a slight drizzle in Pittsburgh today, so here goes in the order received:
First, a photo of HM2 Michael Hammill from the 2nd Supply Surgical Unit in Iraq. He is from O'Hara Township in Pittsburgh.
Next, Sgt. Jim Ruffing (right), of Penn Hills. Jim, a 46-year-old, father of two is a paramedic working out of McKeesport who was called up to train Afghanistan Army Medics from Dec. 2007 through Dec. 2008. Here he and an unidentified friend offer tribute to the late, great Myron Cope. We wish them, and Mr. Hammill, well in their service and safe return home.
In another Myron tribute, Joe M. Vigil of Pecos N.M. sends us this ...
... along with this explanation: "Here is the banner I made to honor the late Mr. Myron Cope. As you will see the banner has messages from many Steelers around NM.The banner is something I wanted to do to honor such a great man. Mr Cope meant a lot to the Steeler family throughout the world."
Another dispatch from Afghanistan forwarded to use from BNG friend Molly. We're working to find out the name of the gentleman pictured:
We LOVE this shot, but guys -- hands on the wheel!
Our esteemed colleague Anya Sostek found this picture of Russell Crowe sporting a Steelers cap during an interview with her high school newspaper, Silver Chips, from Montgomery Blair HS in Silver Spring Md. The Aussie and Wedding Crashers babe Rachel McAdams are there filming a movie in D.C.
Finally, this nice couple from Victoria, B.C., enjoying a gelato in the Piazza Novona in Rome. More on BNG's trip to the Eternal City forthcoming ...