Posted May 01, 2017 in Articles
Author: Sherry Gavanditti
Re-Living His Dream Job Spurs a New Dream for Former Cavs Security Guard Just out of high school, in 1949, young Byron Simon, now affectionately known as Sy, wanted a dream job of working for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He got the job, and stayed, and stayed, and stayed. He couldn’t have known then that he would be with the Cavs until he retired. Now, in 2017, Sy is 80. He looks back on the many years he spent as security guard for the ‘tall boys’ and he smiles. He remembers so much about those days, the greyhound bus rides to the away games where he managed to get great seats near the floor; the intensity of the competition when all the players would tumble to the floor in a scrum for the ball, right at his feet; the many great players who came and went, and more recently, the way LeBron James came onto the scene and changed the game forever. “All the players were so nice, and what a jokester LeBron was, and still is,” Sy recalls.“Those were the days. Where has time gone?” he asks. Because, for Sy, it still feels as it all happened just yesterday. He talks of throwing basketballs to the players during their pre-game warm ups, the great crowds, and, of course, the beautiful cheerleaders. Recently, Menorah Park held a watch party and replayed the championship game, (because we never tire of re-living the great sensation of taking home the Championship!) and Sy was happy to attend. He even brought his nearly 60 years of memories that he documented with pictures, programs, ticket stubs and more in his Cavs scrapbook. To his surprise, some of the beautiful Cavs cheerleaders who attended the watch party recognized him, and even found their pictures in his scrap book. They signed their older photos for him, of course, and gave him updated ones to add. Sy was in his glory once again. After all was said and done, Sy said he realized that those days were over, but he wants to go back, just one more time, so he submitted his dream to the D.R.E.A.M. (Dare to Reach for Every Amazing Moment) Team at Menorah Park. Since dreams there do come true there, he attended the May 1st home game!
Original Article: http://www.beachwoodbuzzmag.com/magazine/1705.pdf