May have recounted this on this board before but my Kosto memory comes from the 03-04 season, when nobody gave a crap about the Pens. The original TK was doing an appearance at Jack's in the South Side on a Friday night, at about happy hour time (5-7ish).
My friends and I were all South Siders at the time and wandered down to see the original TK but mostly to take part in the Labatt special, which was like $1 bottles or something obscenely cheap.
We get there, and happy hour is in full swing. Kostopoulos was sitting on a stool in the corner of the room (the corner to the right of the entrance near the other exit) with one Pens intern with him and a box of Ice Times next to him being completely ignored. Like just sitting there watching the TVs above the bar. After a couple Labatts, I went over to get a signed Ice Time (which I still have and am willing to sell for top dollar to any takers)
but some drunk guy was haranguing him at the exact moment I went over and telling TK how the Pens suck, he's a nobody, the Pens should just move already, the team is awful, he should be ashamed and all this crap. The guy was yelling because the juke box was on full blast. The intern was a girl and stood there in shock. When the guy stumbled away I muttered a "don't mind that guy, he's a ----" and got the autograph but TK was seething and they left soon after.