Tony Maurello dies
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - from the USTA
Tony Maurello, known as "Mr. Super
Night" in the state of Illinois, died Jan. 25, 2014.
Visitation will be on Friday (Jan. 31) from 3-9 p.m. at
Kosary Funeral Home, 9837 South Kedzie Ave., Evergreen Park, IL 60805.
"I can't recall when Tony wasn't around praising and
encouraging harness racing," said USTA President Phil Langley. "In
the early days of Super Night he singlehandedly recruited a thousand or so
people from his trucking business contacts by throwing a huge party at
Sportsman's Park. You could always recognize Tony because he was the only one
wearing a tuxedo -- except for a couple of years when he talked me into
doing so. Every year he did whatever he could to make Super Night a success.
"In the 1970s Sportsman's Park had very successful
entertainment promotions with such stars as Chuck Berry, Ike and Tina Turner,
and Blood, Sweat and Tears. This was all made possible because Tony was in the
trucking business and combined two big flatbed trucks into a moveable stage
with all sound equipment and other necessary items. The stage would go in front
of the grandstand on the track and when the concert was over at 15 minutes to
post time be wheeled off. Those concerts attracted up to 20,000 people.
"Tony's signature calling card was the $2 bill. He must
have cornered the entire supply because he never stopped giving them to anyone
he met for the first time. I looked this morning and I still have one in my
wallet he gave me many years ago.
"A true character that I last saw at Balmoral Park not
long ago. God bless you my friend."
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