Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope, and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps

Michael Vitez '95 and Tom Gralish

Paul Dry Books; 1st Paul Dry Books Ed edition

  • 2006 |
  • ALUMNI |
  • BOOK |
  • knight-wallace |

Pulitzer Prize-winners Michael Vitez and Tom Gralish of the Philadelphia Inquirer spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories of “Rocky runners,” who come from all over the world to run up America’s most famous steps – just as Sylvester Stallone did in Rocky. People make the pilgrimage to mark a new beginning, to seek inspiration, to celebrate an accomplishment, to find the perfect backdrop for romance, or simply because they love the movie. The book includes fifty-two profiles and one hundred color photographs, together with a foreword by Sylvester Stallone.
In his foreword, Stallone sums up his thoughts on the phenomenon: “You can’t borrow Superman’s cape. You can’t use the Jedi laser sword. But the steps are there. The steps are accessible. And standing up there, you kind of have a piece of the Rocky pie.”

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