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#TBT: The Connection Between Pittsburgh and Bob Marley’s Final Performance

DHREA 20/09/2018

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On September 23rd, 1980, Bob Marley performed what would be his last ever live concert at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh. Three years earlier, Marley had been diagnosed with cancer and chose to continue to record and tour, even though his health was rapidly deteriorating. In the summer of 1980, he and his group The Wailers played their biggest concerts ever in Europe to tour for the ‘Uprising’ album released in May that year.

After the European tour, the band flew to America for tour dates in Boston and New York. Two days before his concert in Pittsburgh, Marley collapsed while jogging around Central Park in NYC. Doctors subsequently discovered a brain tumor and gave him one month to live.

However, ever the strong soul, Marley and the rest of the band wanted to keep playing and honor the sold-out Pittsburgh gig. With his illness worsening, the rest of the tour was cancelled and Bob Marley lost his battle with cancer in a Miami hospital on May 11, 1981 at the age of 36. He was given a state funeral in Jamaica ten days later.

When music promoter Rich Engler booked Bob Marley and the Wailers for a 1980 show in downtown Pittsburgh, he already knew that the 16-song set he’d booked for was going to one of Marley’s best. Here’s a fantastic interview with Engler discussing how the concert came to be, along with footage of that magical and historic night.

Bob Marley was a music pioneer, a true humanitarian in every sense of the word, and his last concert was right here in the Steel City. There’s a level of poetic justice only true Pittsburghers would understand.

 

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#TBT: A Pittsburgh Tradition: Isaly’s Skycraper Cones

DHREA 23/08/2018

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Isaly’s has been featured on PBS, the Food Network, and many other media outlets. Numerous books and articles have been written about the history and charm Isaly’s restaurants and, more recently, their world famous “chipped chopped ham”. 

Isaly’s locations sold iconic American treats like chipped chopped ham sandwiches, Klondike bars, and Skyscraper cones. Originating in Mansfield, Ohio, Isaly’s popularity spread quickly to the Steel City area, where the unique treats and delicious ham soon found it’s home among generations of Pittsburghers. Often sliced, or chipped razor-thin, Isaly’s ham has a different texture and flavor from thickly sliced ham that devoted fans know is hard to duplicate.

However, many will reminisce over the legendary Skyscraper Cone.

For a fun trip down memory lane, and a hilarious story regarding the Skyscraper Cone and the secret to the scoop, check out this wonderful article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette!

 

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#TBT: Neal Peart debuts with RUSH in The Steel City!

DHREA 08/08/2018

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It’s no secret Pittsburgh loves Canadian rock legends Rush. The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers legacy in the Steel City runs much deeper than the deep rotation of classics played on WDVE, and all of us Yinzers holding a special place in our heart for the prog-rockers. However, few know that Pittsburgh holds a special place in the band’s heart as well. The man known as “The Professor”, Neal Peart, made his on-stage debut right here in the Steel City on August 14th, 1974! Rush, the Canadian trio, ranks only behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones for most gold and platinum records, and in most circles, Peart is recognized as the greatest drummer of all time.

Contrary to popular belief, this wasn’t Rush’s first show in America. The band was part of a poorly attended Spring 1974 festival at the North Side Drive-In theater in East Lansing, Mich., and also opened for ZZ Top in Cleveland in June 1974. But this concert did take place in front of a huge crowd: 12,000 people at the Civic Arena, according to contemporary reviews.

“It was really kind of a scary thing, opening up with a new person in the band in front of so many people,” vocalist Geddy Lee recalled during a rare October 1974 interview recorded in Dallas. He also noted the show was “kind of a freakout.”

This Pittsburgh concert was a short, low-key opening slot for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and Uriah Heep. (The trio isn’t even listed on an ad promoting the show.) The band reportedly opened with “Finding My Way.” Poor-quality audio of the song doesn’t seem to betray the band’s nerves, although it does give a nice snapshot of Lee’s astonishing vocal range and Peart’s already-ferocious style.

Reviews were mixed, according to scans hosted on the Rush fan site Power Windows. A Pittsburgh Press writer stressed that the city prefers “heavy, slam-bang rock,” and so seemed to approve of the set: “Somebody must have wised up the opening acts, too, because that’s all Rush, a promising Canadian trio, offered,” before specifically praising “Working Man.” The Valley News Dispatch was less enthused, and simply noted that Rush “rocked in the preliminary.”

The Pittsburgh show served as the kickoff for a months-long North American tour that also found Rush opening for Kiss, Blue Oyster Cult and Hawkwind. Effectively, it also started the band on a transformative, 40+ year journey.

“Among the many memories of that life-changing experience, I would never forget standing on the floor beside stage left while Uriah Heep played ‘Stealin’,’” Peart recalled in Roadshow: Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle. “The big dark building, colored lights on the heroic figures up on the stage, the roaring audience, the sheet electricity in that place. Halfway through their show, the retractable dome of the Civic Arena had peeled back, open to the summer night.”

Forced to retire due to chronic tendinitis and shoulder issues, Peart was a one of a kind talent, in a one of a kind band…that debuted in a one of a kind city! Thanks for the memories, Professor!

 

 

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#TBT: Remembering Andy Warhol

DHREA 02/08/2018

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Andy Warhol was a successful magazine and ad illustrator who became a leading artist of the 1960s “Pop Art” movements. He ventured into a wide variety of art forms, including performance art, film making, video installations and writing, and controversially blurred the lines between fine art and mainstream aesthetics.

Andrew Warhola was born on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood to Slovakian immigrants. At the age of 8, Warhol contracted Chorea, also known as St. Vitus’s Dance, a rare and sometimes fatal disease of the nervous system that left him bedridden for several months. It was during these months that his mother, herself a skillful artist, gave him his first drawing lessons. Drawing soon became Warhol’s favorite childhood pastime. He was also an avid fan of the movies. When his mother bought him a camera at the age of 9, he decided to take up photography as well, developing film in a makeshift darkroom he set up in their basement.

In 1942, at the age of 14, Warhol again suffered a tragedy when his father passed away. Warhol was so upset that he could not attend his father’s funeral, and hid under his bed throughout the wake. Warhol’s father had recognized his son’s artistic talents, and in his will he dictated that his life savings go toward Warhol’s college education. That same year, Warhol began at Schenley High School. After graduation in 1945, he enrolled at the Carnegie Institute for Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) to study pictorial design, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1949.

After graduation, Warhol moved to New York City to pursue a career as a commercial artist. It was also at this time that he dropped the “a” at the end of his last name to become Andy Warhol. He landed a job with Glamour magazine in September, and went on to become one of the most successful commercial artists of the 1950s. He won frequent awards for his uniquely whimsical style, using his own blotted line technique and rubber stamps to create his drawings.

In the late 1950s, Warhol began devoting more attention to painting, and in 1961, he debuted the concept of “pop art” (paintings that focused on mass-produced commercial goods). In 1962, he exhibited the now-iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans. These small canvas works of everyday consumer products created a major stir in the art world, bringing both Warhol and pop art into the national spotlight for the first time. As these portraits gained fame and notoriety, Warhol began to receive hundreds of commissions for portraits from socialites and celebrities. His portrait ” Eight Elvises” eventually resold for $100 million in 2008, making it one of the most valuable paintings in world history.

WarholSoupIn 1964, Warhol opened his own art studio, a large silver-painted warehouse known simply as “The Factory”. The Factory quickly became one of New York City’s premier cultural hot spots, a scene of lavish parties attended by the city’s wealthiest socialites and celebrities. Warhol, who clearly relished his celebrity, became a fixture at infamous New York City nightclubs like Studio 54. 

In 1968, however, Warhol’s thriving career almost ended. He was shot by Valerie Solanas, an aspiring writer and radical feminist, on June 3. Warhol was seriously wounded in this attack. Solanas had appeared in one of Warhol’s films and was reportedly upset with him over his refusal to use a script she had written. After the shooting, Solanas was arrested and later pleaded guilty to the crime. Warhol spent weeks in a New York hospital recovering from his injuries. 

In the 1970s, Warhol continued to explore other forms of media. He published such books as The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), and Exposures. Warhol also experimented extensively with video art, producing more than 60 films during his career. Warhol also worked in sculpture and photography, and in the 1980s, he moved into television, hosting Andy Warhol’s TV and Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes on MTV.

Warhol’s life and work simultaneously satirized and celebrated materiality and celebrity. On the one hand, his paintings of distorted brand images and celebrity faces could be read as a critique of what he viewed as a culture obsessed with money and celebrity. On the other hand, Warhol’s focus on consumer goods and pop-culture icons, as well as his own taste for money and fame, suggest a life in celebration of the very aspects of American culture that his work criticized.

 

 

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#TBT: Remember The Old Airport? We ‘Member!

DHREA 26/07/2018

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Before we had the massive, and for a moment in time, trend-setting Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburghers would travel in and out of the city through Greater Pittsburgh Airport. Although our airport may not be as busy as it once was, the “new” Pittsburgh International Airport is within a 90-minute flight to roughly 70% of the North American airline population. In other words, we became a major hub for airlines and travelers, and the smaller and simpler Greater Pittsburgh Airport needed a makeover.

The Greater Pittsburgh Airport was designed by a local architect named Josep W. Hoover. One of the primary features of his style is the use of simple, exposed concrete, steel, and glass materials. The terminal building was constructed in “stepped” levels: the first floor extended farther than the second, the second floor extended farther than the third, etc. Such a design meant that the uncovered roof of the lower level could then be used as an observation deck. In addition to the observation decks, the rounded “Horizon Room” was designed on the fourth floor with a commanding view of the airport runways. The interior of the terminal building was designed in the International Style, as was the exterior. One of the most memorable features of the lobby was the large compass laid in the floor with the green and yellow-orange terrazzo. The lobby also included shops and services for travelers. A mobile by Alexander Calder was another decorative feature of the lobby. The mobile currently hangs in the center core of the new airside terminal.

In 1959, the east dock was added to the terminal as air travel became more popular. On July 25, 1959, TWA introduced the first scheduled commercial jet service to Pittsburgh. With the longer range of jet engines, international air travel was more practical. On July 1, 1968 international airport status was obtained with the dedication of the first customs office at the complex. Ground was broken for the new International Wing on July 8, 1970, and opened in 1972 to accommodate federal inspection services and expansions for international travel to Europe, the Caribbean, Japan, and Canada.

In the late 1970s, significant growth in regional air travel created a need for additional gates at the terminal. In 1980, the South East Dock was opened. Even with all the expansions, the terminal could not meet the needs of modern air travel. Operations moved into the new Midfield Terminal in 1992, and have remained there ever since.

Why tell this story? We feel the story shows how Pittsburgh has always been a growing “sleeper city”, and convenience of travel can be a major factor when looking to find your new home. Often overlooked, Pittsburgh is starting to stand out from the shadows and tag of “The Little City That Could”. We’re starting to be considered a top destination.

 

 

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#TBT: How Pittsburgh Got It’s “H” Back

DHREA 19/07/2018

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Thanks to the United States Board on Geographic Names, big cities and little towns alike lost a lot of character in the late 1800s. In 1891, with President Benjamin Harrison’s stamp of approval, the board decided to change a few things about how towns and cities should be named. One of the newly adopted rules impacted Pittsburgh, and in typical Pittsburgher fashion, we demanded we get “our” Pittsburgh back. Let’s all be honest with ourselves…Pittsburg, PA, just doesn’t seem right, does it?

One of the newly adopted rules read as such: “IN NAMES ENDING IN ‘BURGH,’ THE FINAL ‘H’ SHOULD BE DROPPED.”

The city was happily using that “h” for more than a century! We had  newspapers, baseball teams, and buildings already bearing the consonant. “Too bad”, said the committe. Thus, Pittsburgh became “Pittsburg”.

Never going quietly into the night, the city said, “Not so fast, my friend.” While most cities weren’t bothered enough to fight for their heritage, Pittsburgh wouldn’t make the change to “Pittsburg” quietly. The city was originally named to honor William Pitt the Elder, but it was General John Forbes who did the naming. His Scottish background is the reason for that extra “h” (think Edinburgh). To edit the spelling to the German “burg” was akin to editing the city’s founding.

After 20 years of complaints, the Board finally overturned their previous decision on Pittsburg(h)’s controversial consonant on July 19, 1911. Town representatives even got a little sassy when they announced victory, claiming they were from “Pittsburgh, a city in Pennsylvania (not Pittsburg)”.

Never change, Pittsburg. We mean…PITTSBURGH!!!

 

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Today in Pittsburgh History: 3 Rivers Stadium Opens!

DHREA 16/07/2018

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The landscape of Pittsburgh’s North Shore has definitely changed over the past 15-20 years. Before PNC Park and Heinz Field book-ended a modernized North Shore, Pittsburgh’s sports fanatics flocked to the most infamous of what was called “cookie cutter” stadiums…Three Rivers Stadium. Make no mistake, PNC Park and Heinz Field were a pleasant addition to the Steel City’s recent modernization process, and have really helped to revitalize the North Shore. However, a conversation could be made that when Three Rivers Stadium was torn down, so was one of the most iconic sports venues in North American history. As beautiful as the new stadiums are, the vibe at Three Rivers Stadium was untouchable.

After a 29 month build process, which included several setbacks, Three Rivers Stadium finally opened on July 16th, 1970. The visiting Cincinnati Reds defeated the Pirates 2-1. The new facility, which cost $50 Million (roughly $355 Million today), was designed to hold both the Pirates and Steelers more efficiently than the legendary Forbes Field could. Forbes was still an incredible and breathtaking atmosphere for baseball, however many felt the “baseball first” design was holding Pittsburgh’s football team back from achieving success in the NFL. In the first 10 years of the stadium’s opening, the Pirates and Steelers delivered a combined 6 world championships. Maybe there was something to that sentiment after all!

Three Rivers Stadium was also the home of the short-lived Pittsburgh Maulers USFL franchise, as well as special event games for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football team. The Panthers also called Three Rivers Stadium their home for the entire 2000 season.

Three Rivers was notorious for holding huge concerts as well. The biggest names in music played Three Rivers Stadium. Performers like U2, Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band, and many, many more. The final concert at Three Rivers Stadium was held on the 40th anniversary of the stadium’s opening, when then pop sensation N’Sync performed on July 16th, 2000. We can look back and laugh at the act in question now, but the reality is even in Three Rivers’ final days, the stadium was drawing the largest acts in the world!

Three Rivers Stadium was also the first stadium in MLB and NFL to use “tartan turf”, or, artificial turf. A few years later, the turf was replaced with the then-branded “AstroTurf”.

We can all agree that in it’s final days, Three Rivers was ready to be replaced. While bittersweet, it was time. On February 11th, 2001, in front of an estimated 50,000 fans (some would say more) who braved a chilly Pittsburgh morning, the stadium was imploded at 8 o’clock in the morning. Cheers and tears flowed through the surroundings of the North Shore, as fans of all ages reminisced with generations of family and friends. In it’s short 30 year window in Pittsburgh history, Three Rivers Stadium unquestionably left an “immaculate” mark.

If you’re suddenly feeling nostalgic, you can amazingly still visit the (recently expired) Three Rivers Stadium website…HERE!

 

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#TBT: The Glory Days of The Green Weenie!

DHREA 05/07/2018

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One thing about Pittsburgh will forever be true…we love superstitions. Especially when it comes to our sports teams. The Pirates have never strayed from embracing superstitions, and might lay claim to some of the most fun and interactive superstitions in Pittsburgh sports history. “We Are Family”, anyone? Most recently, fans have grabbed onto the “Power of the Zoltan” and used wrestler Daniel Bryan’s “Yes” chants to whip the crowd into a frenzy. The Buccos and their fans have always latched onto unique ideas, but let’s take a look at one of the most bizarre superstitious talisman the city has ever seen. Today, let’s celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Green Weenie.

Back in 1966, legendary Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince and trainer Danny Whelan indirectly co-created the gimmick after Prince observed Whelan doing something very peculiar…yelling at Houston Astros pitcher Dave Giusti while pointing and waiving a green, rubber hot dog at the right handed pitcher. During the next broadcast, Prince asked Whelan what he was doing, and the gimmick was born. Within weeks, Tri-State Plastics started manufacturing the idea, and “Green Weenies” were seen all over Forbes Field.

If you’ve never seen an original Green Weenie, imagine a hot dog shaped maraca you would waive at an opposing team to place a “hex” on them. Conversely, if you waived said hot dog shaped maraca towards a Pirates player, he would be graced with great success. You can’t make these things up.

Sounds totally insane, right? Here’s some “food” for thought. Even though the Pirates failed to win the pennant in 1966, Roberto Clemente won the National League MVP Award, Matty Alou won the National League batting title, Bill Mazeroski led the league in double plays, and Willie Stargell had his personal best year in batting. Well, hot dog! Maybe there was something to it after all!

In later years, attempts were made to bring back the Pirates’ bizarre good luck charm. However, the gimmick never showed lasting power, which might be for the better. We’re the greatest city in the United States. We’re Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! Give us Pittsburghers a Pierogi Race over a Green Weenie any day! 😉

 

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DHRE Pittsburgh History Blog: Frick Park’s 89th Birthday!

DHREA 26/06/2018

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The park began when Henry Clay Frick, upon his death in 1919, bequeathed 151 acres south of Clayton, his Point Breeze mansion (which is now part of the Frick Art & Historical Center). He also arranged for a $2 million trust fund for long-term maintenance for the park, which opened on June 25, 1927.

Henry Clay Frick’s son, Childs Frick, developed his lifelong love of animals in the woods and ravines of the park. Childs Frick went on to be a renowned American vertebrate paleontologist, major benefactor and trustee of the American Museum of Natural History.

Over the years, the park grew from the original land in Point Breeze, and now includes Squirrel Hill to the border of Edgewood. It is one of the few areas of a city that Frick helped industrialize, where steep ravines and mature woods remain relatively undisturbed, forming a nature reserve of native plants and abundant wildlife. Owls, amphibians, wild turkey, fox, and many mammal species are found in the park.

Known as Pittsburgh’s woodland park for its extensive trails throughout steep valleys and wooded slopes, Frick Park is an ideal escape from the noise of the city. Birding enthusiasts love to visit Clayton Hill, where well over 100 species of birds have been recorded. Children flock to the famous Blue Slide Playground and learn about nature at the Frick Environmental Center. The park also features red clay tennis courts, baseball fields, and the only public lawn bowling green in Pennsylvania.

Find out more about Frick Park at their official website…HERE!

 

 

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#TBT: The Coldest Day In Pittsburgh History

DHREA 18/01/2018

 

When it comes to winter weather, the Steel City has been pretty fortunate in recent memory. We’ll never be known for having temperate winters (or remotely moderate), but the winters haven’t been terrible by Pittsburgh standards. But this year…

Let’s not kid ourselves.  It’s. Been Cold.

How cold has it been? Since Christmas, we’ve had 15 nights where the low has been in single digits. You can toss on an extra two days where the low was an exact 10 degrees, and 3 days where the low was BELOW ZERO.

It’s. Been. Cold.

Alas, when we think it’s bad, there’s always a time when conditions were much worse. On January 19th, 1994, it was much worse. Unless you consider -22°F comfortable or normal, 24 years ago today you were much colder than you are right now.

The “Blizzard of ’93” garners so much attention as one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic winter weather moments (even though it was in March), most overlook the bitter cold we experienced the year after. One day of cold temperatures can be rough, but the 1994 temperatures happened during a major cold snap. Four days in a row, the minimum temperature dropped below zero. And at the peak of 1994’s cold snap, temperatures stayed below zero for 52 straight hours. That is the longest time period on record with temperatures below zero.

Now that a heatwave of 40 degree weather is headed our way, Pittsburghers can rejoice and break out the shorts again. But don’t forget how cold it can, and probably will, get in the Steel City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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