Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Morehouse Brings Cup Back to His Roots Again

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Morehouse Brings Cup Back to His Roots Again

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David Morehouse took a relatively unconventional route to his current role as Penguins president and CEO, having previously worked on the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry.

If we're being honest, though, Morehouse's lobbying of public officials started long before that. It actually traces back to his roots, at Beechview's Pauline Park.

"We petitioned the city to get lights," Morehouse recalled, proudly pointing at a nearby light tower. "I called the mayor's complaint line. I was in seventh grade. I'd use different names and make my voice lower."

The same as he did in 2009 and 2016, Morehouse brought the Stanley Cup to Pauline Park Monday morning, sharing it with the people and place that has shaped him the most.

The addition of lights - more on this shortly - was one of several tales recounted by Morehouse and his friends, who turned out in droves on a beautiful Labor Day morning.

In fact, Pauline Park was so jammed that Morehouse wound up walking the Cup backward through the line simply so everyone could get some time and a picture with it.

"Really amazing turnout," Joe Borik, 56, said.

Pauline Park provided the backdrop for Morehouse's childhood, his own personal sandlot along with a few dozen of his childhood friends.

Every day, Morehouse and others explained, they'd meet at Pauline Park around 11 a.m. or noon. They'd return home for dinner and a shower, then occasionally reconvene at night.

"Nobody called each other," Tom Frank, 57, said. "When you weren't home, you were here."

And Morehouse was at Pauline Park a lot. Pretty much every waking hour after his parents divorced when he was 7.

"I spent more time here than at any other place growing up, including the eight hours in my house at night sleeping," Morehouse said. "This shaped me into who I am today, good or bad."

The stories of what this group used to do around Pauline Park are both hilarious and plentiful. …

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