"Bill Cardille Legacy Award" Is Presented To Johnstown Business Family, Entertainer's Daughter Congratulates Margie & Michael Migut
February 9, 2017
By Trapper Tom, Editor, KSWA Digest
“My father always got a kick out of life, and he got an even bigger kick out of YOUR life,” said Lori Cardille, recently. Lori made the comments when she learned that the Mother/Son tandem of Margie and Michael Migut are the co-recipients of the inaugural Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) “Bill Cardille Legacy Award.”
The Bill Cardille Legacy Award was designed by KSWA Owner Bobby O and the Championship Committee as a way to honor leaders in the entertainment, business and philanthropic community of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, much like “Chilly” did for more than 50 years.
The Migut family own and operate Valley Printing and Design, on Main Street in Johnstown, PA. The family has provided printing services for countless community functions, professional wrestling fundraisers, sponsored activities, and supported local charities such as “Cuddles for Kids,” Richland high school football, and the Johnstown Police motorcycle division.
Personally, Margie Migut continues to wage a heroic battle against breast cancer. While she has not yet been completely cleared, progress toward that goal continues nicely. “That is great news,” said Lori Cardille about Margie Migut’s improvement.
Mike Migut has also assisted the greater Johnstown with publicity, goods and services in the city’s win as the first “Hockeyville USA” destination. Mike Migut continues a strong friendship and business relationship with the Pittsburgh Penguins head equipment trainer Dana Heinze.
In the world of professional wrestling, and just like Bill Cardille, Mike Migut enjoys a strong friendship with two-time former WWWF Champion, “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino. The two have teamed up for various charities, including an “arm wrestling challenge” to benefit the Johnstown police department, as well as an annual kid’s fishing tournament at the Migut family lake in Seward, a few miles outside of the city.
Michael and Valley Printing have been sponsors of the KSWA, as well as a Johnstown-area professional wrestling organization. Migut has also supported the Cauliflower Alley Club in Las Vegas.
In conjunction with the Bill Cardille Legacy Award, The Cambria County Commissioners also acknowledged the Miguts by providing separate Certificates of Recognition to Margie and Michael. The certificates are signed by County Commissioners Thomas C. Chernisky, B.J. Smith and Mark J. Wissinger, as well as Chief of Clerk Michael Gelles IV.
“Chilly” Bill Cardille, 87, passed away on July 21, 2016 after battling cancer for the second time. Lori Cardille has found memories for his fans. “My father loved engaging with people, He loved the world of wrestling and he loved KSWA.”
Cardille and Studio Wrestling peers and fixtures “Jumpin’” John DeFazio and Chuck Martoni were inducted into the KSWA Hall of Fame in March, 2014. The appearance at the KSWA Arena (the former Lawrenceville Moose) was Bill Cardille’s last at a professional wrestling event, after serving from 1961-1972 as the ringside host of WIIC-TV’s “Studio Wrestling.” Cardille also hosted the World-Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) syndicated show from 1969 to 1975. He passed on a full-time job with what became with WWE to stay close to home in Pittsburgh. As most Pittsburgher’s know, Cardille was also the host of the iconic “Chiller Theater” on WPXI-TV Channel 11 (the former WIIC). He also owned and operated a travel business, worked as a WPXI Weatherman and maintained a radio day job on WJAS AM in Pittsburgh until just a couple of years ago.
In addition to family and business interests, Bill Cardille hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon in Pittsburgh for 42 years. “He learned early on that the greatest rewards come from helping others,” added Cardille. “His work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, his willingness to share himself with strangers who recognized him, his genuine concern for other people, and his unwavering love for his family, all demonstrated the depth of Bill’s heart. That’s why he would have been proud to present this award to Margie Migut and her son Michael. They, too, have learned that to give is truly to receive.”
The announcement of the award comes in advance of the annual Horror Realm convention, March 3-5 at the Double Tree Green Tree, 500 Mansfield Avenue, in Green Tree. Bill and Lori Cardille had both been major draws for the convention. Bill Cardille famously played the role of a news reporter in George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead,” and Lori Cardille played the lead role of Sarah in Romero’s “Day of the Dead.”
KSWA Owner Bobby O commented on the Award and the recipients: “Not only are the Miguts great friends to the KSWA and a great fans of professional wrestling, but both Mike and Margie are great people as well and that is what's most important. The Migut Family does such a great job in supporting their community in Johnstown and in Western a Pennsylvania that this honor is so very well deserved. We are proud to call both of them "Krazies" at the KSWA!"
Congratulations to Margie and Michael Migut, the first-ever co-recipients of the Bill Cardille Legacy Award.