Remember when…

Remember when, instead of binging on TikTok videos, you binged on a mile-high pie at the Tic Toc Restaurant? And, rather than meeting someone online, you met them at the  Kaufmann’s clock? When, if you said “Apps,” you were talkin abaht the Penz–not your phone? The Pirates were always good, and the Steelers always stunk…until 1972. The Immaculate Jagoffs of Pittsburgh is…a burgh thing. Perhaps the Pittsburghest novel ever written, this comical tale of three young adults at a “confluence” is set during the historic last week of 1972, bookended by Pittsburgh’s greatest, most stunning victory (Franco’s Immaculate Reception)–and most crushing, shocking loss (the Great One, Roberto…).

The Immaculate Jagoffs of Pittsburgh takes place in a world made up of:


Town Talk Bread commercial

Pie Traynor commercial

Bruno Sammartino

George “The Animal” Steele

Three Rivers Stadium

The Igloo



Little Jimmy Roach

“The Sunshine Kid” Kudzma

Chilly Billy

Terminal Stare

The Gateway Clipper

Tic Toc Cafe


And a few characters and settings that may seem familiar, such as a genial fellow in a sweater, an artsy guy “as white as Elmer’s Glue”…


About Tom Scanlon

Tom Scanlon started his journalism career as a sports stringer with the Pittsburgh Press (RIP) and Post-Gazette, then moved on to the Seattle Times, Mesa Tribune etc. He is the author of plays including "The Superhumans" and novels including "Ocean Shores Tourist Killer," "Atlantis City," and, now, "The Immaculate Jagoffs of Pittsburgh."
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