Thursday, June 5, 2008

Heart Attack Kills Greasy Tony?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 7:28 AM

Interesting obits Tuesday in the morning daily and on Tucson Scene regarding the passing of Tony Giorgianni.

Sure, it's old news now, but while his restaurant Greasy Tony's is closed until Giorgianni's son decides what to do with this establishment close to my ... heart, I am putting out a plea now to save the SIGN!

For many of Tucson's old establishments, it is too late--some signs are busted up, and others are just gone--disappeared or dumped. As I began to think of old business signs, especially those that have historical relevance or a unique design that most new signs just don't have, I thought about Seattle's Museum of History and Industry.

When I first visited this museum many years ago, I was impressed that a community has gone out of its way to save almost every aspect of its history, including old business and neon signs.

Maybe it's just me, but shouldn't we have started saving these kinds of things awhile ago? Can't we start saving some now? Is someone out there keeping a bunch of these in their backyard not sure what to do with them?

After reading the obit, I recalled my first time at Greasy Tony's when I was in sixth-grade and my aunt treated me to a Trash Can. The husband and I also thought about that great classic, Revenge of the Nerds. It was filmed at the UA almost 25 years ago. Remember Booger wearing his Greasy Tony's T-shirt?

So I leave you with this: Don't you think the Loft should do a 25-year anniversary screening of this movie with its producer, Booger and those Nerds and Frat Boys as special guests?

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