Sunday, May 25, 2008
Mentioned here earlier, but an obligatory post noting that the PG's Next Page section is devoted all to: Our Man in Japan -- Jero, aka Pittsburgh's Jerome White. It covers the Jero story pretty well and I may be the only one fascinated with the historical symbolism that Jero's Japanese nickname is Kurofune means Black ship and references Commodore Matthew Perry who compelled the 'opening up' Japan in 1854. It also is the actual namesake of the Perry Traditional Academy Commodores which Jerome actually graduated from before going to Pitt.... not Oliver Hazard Perry of the Battle of Lake Erie. Jerome also has his own wikipedia page. I'm sure his Japanese fans would love some early history that Pittsburghers could provide.