From the Web: The best satirical news stories about Pittsburgh


What? You’re saying Andy Kaufman is still alive? No way!

Admit it! You’ve been fooled by a satirical news story on one of your friend’s Facebook pages, and you might’ve even fallen for something similar on your Twitter feed. Or, perhaps, you’ve posted a story from a satirical news site, and thought it to be true. Yes, this happens all the time (need some evidence?). Don’t be afraid to admit it. We’ve all been duped. Even the important news outlets that report the real stuff are taken for a ride every so often

Just this month, we’ve seen stories about Ebola zombies and Stevie Wonder not being blind. Some news outlets, reputable ones such as the Washington Post, produce weekly stories debunking these false reports. Although, sometimes, it’s too late. The stories have been shared thousands of times on social media.

Here at the Trib List blog, we’ve gathered some of the best satirical news stories about Pittsburgh from around the Internet. So, without further ado, away we go …

From The Onion:

— From 2005, Study reveals Pittsburgh unprepared for full-scale zombie attack

— From 2006, PNC Park threatens to leave Pittsburgh unless better team is built

— From 2009, Pittsburgh School District leads nation in ability to spell ‘Roethlisberger’

— From 2009, Sidney Crosby takes advantage of player’s discount at Penguins Store

— From 2013, Pittsburgh residents horrified to learn Ben Roethlisberger considers city home

From Cap News

— From 2009, Pittsburgh Pirates unveil new Somali-inspired logo

From The Spoof

— From 2014, Pittsburgh says that they’ll gladly take the Milwaukee Bucks

From the Weekly World News

— From 2010, Robots enrolled in college

From The Beaverton

— From 2013, Crosby has head surgically removed in order to play out rest of season

From Glossy News

— From 2014, Pittsburgh PUC halts ride-sharing at Kennywood

From Empire Sports

— From 2014, Sandusky coaches football team in jail


The Famous and the Dead: Luminaries buried around Western Pennsylvania


A recent trip to an abandoned cemetery in Ross led me to wonder who else was buried around Western Pennsylvania. Turns out there are quite a few sports Hall of Famers, a Revolutionary War veteran, a former Supreme Court judge, captains of industry and a man everybody thinks of as their neighbor.



Joshua Barney — Revolutionary War veteran

John Baptiste Ford — Founder of Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (now PPG Industries)

Stephen Foster — Songwriter known for songs like “Camptown Races” and “Oh! Susanna”

Josh Gibson — Hall of Fame baseball player

Conrad Feger Jackson — Civil War brigadier general for the Union army

Alexander Hays — Civil War brigadier general for the Union army

James Scott Negley — Civil War major general for the Union army

Alfred L. Pearson — Civil War brevet major general for the Union army

Thomas Algeo Rowley — Civil War brigadier general for the Union army

George Shiras Jr. — U.S. Supreme Court associate justice

David Henry Williams — Civil War brigadier general for the Union army


Billy Conn — Hall of Fame boxer known as “The Pittsburgh Kid”

James F. “Pud” Galvin — Hall of Fame baseball player

Harry Greb — Hall of Fame boxer

Harry Augustus Stuhldreher — One of the “Four Horsemen” for Notre Dame’s football team


Myron Cope — Steelers broadcaster, inventor of The Terrible Towel


Walter Kiesling — Hall of Fame football player

Chuck Noll — Hall of Fame football coach for the Steelers

Art Rooney — Founder of Steelers; member of Pro Football Hall of Fame


August Wilson — Renowned playwright


Michael Late Benedum — Oil magnate

David Lytle Clark — Inventor of Clark Bar candy

Henry Clay Frick — Coal, railroad magnate

Henry John Heinz — Founder of H.J. Heinz company

Harold Joseph “Pie” Traynor — Hall of Fame baseball player


Honus Wagner — Hall of Fame baseball player


Thomas Foster Gallagher — Civil War brevet brigadier general in the Union army


Richard Coulter — Civil War brevet major general in the Union army

Andy Warhol's grave (Jasmine Goldband  |  Trib Total Media)

Andy Warhol’s grave (Jasmine Goldband | Trib Total Media)


Andy Warhol — Pop culture artist


Stephanie Louise Kwolek —  Inventor of Kevlar


Andrew Jackson Mackay — Civil War brevet brigadier general for the Union army


Fred Rogers — Celebrated children’s television host


Barney Dreyfuss — Pirates owner credited with inventing World Series; Hall of Fame member


Herbert Morrison, a radio reporter who witnessed the Hindenburg disaster in New Jersey, is credited with saying, “Oh, the humanity, all the passengers. I don’t believe it.” He’s buried in Scottdale Cemetery in Westmoreland County.




More great nostalgic Pittsburgh commercials


What’s our fascination with old commercials, you ask? Yeah, we’ve done blogs on the most-Pittsburgh Iron City commercials and another on old Pittsburgh sports commercials, but we get a kick out of them. For a lot of us, these TV spots bring back fond memories, and it’s fun to track them down on the web. So, here are some more of the best Pittsburgh commercials from days gone by.



— Pittsburgh Guitars is still in business on the South Side. We’re not sure when this one was made, but it’s one of the best Pittsburgh commercials we’ve found. Pittsburgh Guitars has also done ads with members of The Beatles and Ozzy Osbourne.



— There used to be Hills Department Stores all over Western Pennsylvania, but now they’re all gone. This 1986 ad is a little creepy.

— Just like Hills, Phar-Mor Department Stores were born in Youngstown. Just like Hills, Phar-Mor is gone from the Pittsburgh area. This TV commercial is also from 1986.

— Remember the old days when you had to buy music at the mall. More specifically, at Camelot Music. This 1993 commercial says Camelot now has laser discs.

— Back in the day, Kathy Svilar was the voice of Shop ‘N Save. This 1988 commercial has the pitch woman running down the grocery store’s latest sales. And don’t forget about those double coupons.

— This chef dad heads to Giant Eagle to pick up all his ingredients in this 1997 TV spot. There’s also this Giant Eagle ad from the ’90s.



Iron City isn’t the only local beer around Western Pennsylvania. Latrobe’s Rolling Rock had this romantic commercial from 1990.



— Perhaps, the most popular Pittsburgh commercial ever, Eat ‘N Park’s Christmas ad has been running around the holidays since 1982.

— Elby’s Family Restaurants can’t be found around Western Pennsylvania these days, but in 1988, they had this great giveaway.

— Heinz will always be linked to Pittsburgh, and that’s why we liked this ketchup commercial from the late 1970s so much.



— Whatever happened to John Cigna and his weather reports? This 1986 ad is plenty of fun, as well as this commercial from 1984.

— WTAE spotlighted Pittsburgh with this 1981 promo that featured members of their news team working around town. We also found WTAE ads from 1977, 1983 and 1994.

— KDKA teamed with Chiquita Banana to sponsor a fitness bike ride in 1980. The commercial features bikers riding all over town.

— 3WS put together this fun TV spot from the 1980s. Other radio stations — WLTJ, WAMO and WXDX — also had classic commercials from back in the day.

— John Steigerwald, working at WTAE at the time, was a sports reporter for all seasons in this 1981 commercial. Another sports reporter, Sam Nover of WIIC-TV, also had a commercial of his own in 1979.



— This is arguably the most popular of the Kennywood spots, but there are others from 1955 and 1968.

— Hey, The Beach Boys are coming to the Civic Arena. Unfortunately, the concert was happening in 1988.

— If you’ve spent any time in Pittsburgh, you’ve seen an Edgar Snyder commercial. He’s been at it for awhile. This ad is from 1993. Here’s another one from around the same time.


The best ‘Pittsburgh is awesome’ videos


Living in Pittsburgh isn’t such a bad thing these days.

Remember getting bombarded by all those bad stereotypes? All the young folks are moving out of town because there are no jobs and nothing fun to do? It’s so depressing that the city’s still decaying all these years after the steel mills went under? And on and on.

Yeah, you’ve heard it before, but, certainly you’re not hearing it nearly as much.

Pittsburgh has undergone quite a transformation over the last decade or so, and now everyone’s talking about its greatness. With a new business model that includes healthcare, technology and natural gas, the city’s rebounded, and it’s found itself on any number of those “most livable” city rankings put together by that magazine you’ve never heard of. The civic pride is at an all-time high.
Here’s a small sampling of videos, compiled from the internet, that says as much:



— This comprehensive video from VistPITTSBURGH, the official tourism agency of Allegheny County, is one of the best we could find on the web. It provides several reasons why Pittsburgh is a “mighty” place to visit.



— Put together by Tim Migliore, this video titled “The City of Pittsburgh” is a simple, yet effective portrait of Pittsburgh shot last summer. Migliore takes his camera all over town, providing plenty of sights of the Steel City.



— “Pittsburgh: The Movie” is one of the cooler videos to emerge over the last year, weaving in clips of all the TV shows and movies that have been shot all over Western Pennsylvania. Not sure who put it together, but it’s a job well done.



— “Steel City Sights — A Pittsburgh Timelapse Project” showcases many different parts of the city through timelapse video. Put together by Charlie Moscow Media, the video’s been around for a couple of years, and it’s a fun watch.



— “Love You Pittsburgh” doesn’t share the same production as some of the other videos, but the catchy country song called “Lights of my Hometown” from Aaron Lines gives the video a nice feel. The song plays well with the Pittsburgh sights.



— “You’re from Pittsburgh if … ” from a fellow named Skowronski Liz touches the inner yinzer in all of us, as it hits on all of the idiosyncrasies of Pittsburghers. The music score showcases some of those classic Pittsburgh songs, as well.



— One of the more original videos we found, “Walking in Pittsburgh,” from musician Tim Ruff, is simply awesome. The 2011 video has Ruff singing in the studio and walking through town. Some of us might even like it better than Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis.”



— “Pittsburgh Video Tribute” strings together a collection of Pittsburgh photos, old and new. It’s another video boosted by its choice of music, which is Patrick Stump’s “My City.” It’s not the best of the bunch, but it will have yinz feeling all nostalgic.



— Brian Aiken’s “Pittsburgh from Above” is certainly awesome. Uploaded in the past year, Aiken gives viewers a magnificent view of the city from above, as he shot his videos from a drone. Certainly a contender for one of the best videos.



— If you live in Pittsburgh or used to, you’ve heard of Pittsburgh Dad. Yeah, he’s funny, but he also takes pride in visiting some of Pittsburgh’s landmarks, including the incline, Kennywood, Heinz Field, or PNC Park. There are plenty of videos to see on the Pittsburgh Dad YouTube channel.



— Pittsburgh-born rapper Wiz Khalifa has provided a showcase to parts of Pittsburgh in some of his music videos, including the popular “Black and Yellow” (above) or “Pittsburgh Sound,” one of his earlier hits.



— Last, but certainly not least is Pittsburgh pitchman Rick Sebak, who’s been singing the praises of the city for decades. Search “Rick Sebak” or “It’s Pittsburgh & A Lot of Other Stuff” on YouTube, and you’ll find a goldmine of Steel City tidbits.


If we missed any of your favorite videos, let us know in the comments section below.


A bit of nostalgia: 18 old Pittsburgh sports commercials


Whether it is representing their league, pushing tickets for an upcoming game or expressing their love for that new deodorant, athletes have been doing commercials since the dawn of, uh, commercials.

Any number of Pittsburgh athletes have been tabbed for these opportunities, as it’s a good way to earn some extra coin and make their bosses in the front office happy.

We combed through the Internet to find some of the better ads with Pittsburgh athletes, and here they are:



1982 — Rod Schutt, Pat Price, Randy Boyd and Pat Graham promo Picnic Jug Night at the Civic Arena.

1986 — Mario Lemieux wants you to drive a Chevrolet.

1977 — Colin Campbell pitches McDonald’s Stick Night at the Igloo.

1986 — The first 10,000 fans, 17 and over, get a free mug on Stroh’s Mug Night at the arena.

1977 — Legendary Pittsburgh voice Bob Prince and Dollar Bank have a sweet deal for Penguins fans.



1982 — Dale Berra, Johnny Ray and Chuck Tanner love to play Atari in the clubhouse. Maybe a little too much.

Early 1950s — How did Ralph Kiner become a six-time All-Star? He always ate his Wheaties.

 1961 — Bill Mazeroski, the hero of the 1960 World Series, can thank Gillette for his smooth shave.

2004 — Every day is game day for the Pirates. That was the team’s motto for this set of funny commercials.

1982 — Fireworks Night is an institution in Pittsburgh. Especially when it comes to the Pirates.



1983 — Pittsburgh Paint found the toughest pitchman possible to push their product. His name’s Jack Lambert.

1979 — Who knew Terry Bradshaw could move so fast? This Spalding commercial proves the QB had some wheels.

1985 — Two Pittsburgh legends — Jack Lambert and Myron Cope — take a spin on a new Kennywood ride.

1978 — In the Steelers, Samsonite found some tough customers to test out its luggage.

1979 — Did you know Uniroyal had a Steeler tire? So, it was probably an easy choice picking the Steelers to plug it.



These classic commercials will always be linked to their respective teams, whether it be the Steelers, Pirates or Penguins.


28 gifts from Etsy for the yinzer who has everything Pittsburgh


After scrolling through 50 pages of Etsy, I’ve discovered that the yinzer who has everything doesn’t actually have everything Pittsburgh.

Whether it’s a gavel from the 1985 UMWA convention in Pittsburgh, vintage shirts, Starter jackets, Pitt dog collars, ugly scarves (and there are a lot of them), Steelers bird feeders or belly rings or zubaz pants, you can find it all on Etsy.

Here are some of the highlights:


Pittsburgh 1940 map T-shirt

Seller: APEMADE  —  Price: $17.95

Dear Pittsburgh, I Love You T-shirt

Seller: garbella  —  Price: $24

Pittsburgh Steelers Tutu Dress

Pittsburgh Steelers Tutu Dress

Seller: 4EverTuTu  —  Price: $25.99

Lynn Swann Lake anybody?

Retro-inspired crochet Iron City Pittsburgh Pirates beer can hat

Seller: Corchet  —  Price: $25

Pittsburgh Railways Co. 1922 Transit Token cuff links

Seller: lucra  —  Price: $22.50

Pittsburgh Steelers 2-tone heels

Seller: RockstarShoes  —  Price: $110

Bouffant surgical scrub hat with Pittsburgh Steelers fabric

Seller: ScrubHeads  —  Price: $12.50

For the yinzer health professional, you can also buy a $15 stethoscope cover or a $13.99 men’s scrub hat.

Pittsburgh Steelers lingerie

Pittsburgh Steelers lingerie

Seller: SexyCrushes  —  Price $36

There’s also an $18 man’s thong if that’s your cup of tea.


Pittsburgh Condors Stew Johnson jersey

Seller: acbestseller2175  —  Price: $29.99

Pittsburgh Shamrocks hockey jersey

Seller: acbestseller2175  —  Price: $39.99

This seller also has a 1928-29 Pittsburgh Pirates hockey sweater and a Sidney Crosby Dartmouth Subways sweater.

Pittsburgh Hornets sweater

Seller: BestValue88jerseys  —  Price: $49.95

Penguins Stanley Cup championship ring

Seller: superbowlrings  —  Price: &69.99

The description doesn’t say, but I’m guessing it’s a replica.


Me and you Pittsburgh candy heart map art

Seller: CAPow  —  Price: $15

Pittsburgh Steelers alt. print

Seller: DesignsByEJB  —  Price: $18

Who hasn’t yearned for a print of Steely McBeam?

Pittsburgh artistic blueprint map

Seller: Maphazardly  —  Price: $30

Mister Rogers Pop Art Print 13×19

Seller: RedRobotCreative  —  Price: $25

Pittsburgh map print

Pittsburgh Map Print

Seller: pmollenkof — Price: $60

Other sellers like smalltower, UrbanFootprintDesign and Razblint have similar offerings.

Penguins string art 16×16

Seller: Trash2Treasure83  —  Price: $75

Pittsburgh skyline Macbook decal

Seller: BengalWorks  —  Price: $8.99


Vintage Iron City Beer can lamp with pull tab lampshade

Seller: LicenseToCraft  —  Price: $42

Handmade Steelers Franco Harris helmet lamp

Seller: TheBouchardSisters  —  Price: $90

Jeet Yet Pittsburgh pottery spoon rest

Seller: PittsburghPottery  —  Price: $12

This seller also has a Nebby mug and a Jagoff bowl.

Wall-mounted bottle opener with vintage Pirates Iron City Beer can catcher

Seller: HandySam  —  Price: $38

Steelers Party Blox (Giant Jenga game)

Seller: JAIWoodWorks  —  Price: $105

Pittsburgh Yinzer Love Card

Seller: JohnTheCraftist  —  Price: $4

Home Sweet Home N’at cross stitch pattern

Seller: stitchburghese  —  Price: $4

Pittsburgh keychain

Seller: Neighborwoodmaps  —  Price: $8

Steelers/Browns house divided wreath

Seller: KarensKreationsOhio  —  Price: $35


Getting around Pittsburgh? There are apps for that


If you’re new to Pittsburgh, or even a native, there’s always help to be had in getting around town and finding things to do. In order to get that help, you only need a smartphone to chart these streets. That smartphone, filled with these useful apps will undoubtedly get you to where you want to go, and you might just discover that Pittsburgh has more to offer than you ever imagined.




Waze (free, available for iPhone/android) is the best option for navigating your path around Pittsburgh. Not only is Waze a great GPS app for drivers, but it also incorporates social aspects. Drivers can report traffic jams, accidents or a speed trap around the corner. Wazers accrue points for reporting activity on the roads, as well.

Other free options for GPS apps include Google Maps and MapQuest.


If you want to check things out before hitting the road, take a shot with MultiCam Pittsburgh ($1.99, available on iPhone). The app lets users access traffic web cams around Pittsburgh to see where the jams are. The app has around 200 camera views, so wherever you’re going, you’re covered.


If you’re limiting your trip to Downtown Pittsburgh or the North Shore, parking could be an issue, especially on the weekend. ParkPGH (free, available for iPhone) can be your guide. The app from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust provides real-time parking availability for Downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore. The app has some bugs and it’s limited in scope, but it’s a nice option when parking is limited.


No need to worry about not having your own ride. There are plenty of options.

ezRide Pittsburgh (free, available for iPhone/android) is a solid guide for public transportation around town. The app provides detailed information as to when the bus or T is coming, and even allows users to plan their trips. It’s a great resource for getting around town without a ride of your own. Another free option with public transportation is Google Maps, as it also provides route information and arrival/departure times for the T and bus.



— If you don’t feel comfortable jumping on public transportation, why not catch a ride from your own front door? That’s where Uber (free, available on iPhone/android) and Lyft (free, available on iPhone/android) come in. Both services allow you to catch a ride to your destination. Money is handled through the app, as riders just plug in their information from a credit/debit card. Prior to catching that ride, you have to have an account, though, so plan ahead.

— In the old days, folks used to walk to a lot of places. That’s another option, especially if you’ve parked across town. A good option for walking is the City Maps 2Go Pro — Offline Map and Travel Guide app ($2.99, available on iPhone/android). The app doesn’t require an internet connection, so it won’t suck up your data plan or battery. Besides maps, it also has plenty of content in regard to restaurants, shopping or popular attractions.


There are plenty of apps — probably hundreds — that will lead you to a good meal in Pittsburgh, but a handful of them are better than the rest. So, if you’re hungry, put these apps in your phone.

Yelp (free, available for iPhone/android) is one of the most popular apps around, and it gives users listings of all of the possible restaurants in your area. Yelp does a fine job of categorizing your choices, and it includes user reviews which are very helpful. Much like Yelp, the Urbanspoon app (free, available for iPhone/android) also delivers a comprehensive listing of dining choices in Pittsburgh. Both are great, not to mention, easy to use.




There are a couple of good apps that allow users to make reservations right from the phone. So, after picking out a place through Yelp or Urbanspoon, check out the Pittsburgh-born NoWait app (free, available for iPhone/android). The app allows users to skip those hard benches in restaurant lobbies and receive texts when their tables are ready. Another option for reservations is OpenTable (free, available for iPhone/android), an app that partners with Yelp. Both of these apps are easy to use, and allow for convenience from your smartphone.


LocalMind (free, available on iPhone/android) is a great app for not looking like a tourist to Pittsburgh. The app allows you to survey the scene and find places to eat or drink. Just send a question out to the LocalMind community — for example, what’s a good dive bar in the area? — and an answer is right around the corner.




Fieldtrip (free, available on iPhone/android), a creation of Google, is an app that allows users to explore the area that they’re in. Users can find popular architecture, historic places and markers, popular lifestyle spots, art and museums and spots that are just unique. Even better, the app lets you know when you’re close to one of these places.


There are some great apps that allow you to navigate the goings on around Pittsburgh. Below is a specific list of apps that will help you find things to do.

— The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra app (free, available on iPhone/android) provides plenty of info on the PSO and their next performance. It also carries recordings of the orchestra, so you can also listen on the go.

— While Kennywood doesn’t appear to have an app, The Roller Coaster Guide app (free, available on iPhone) is a good look at what the West Mifflin park has to offer. It allows users to explore the roller coasters on display, and includes rankings.

— The Rivers Casino has been around for about five years, and it’s a popular spot for lots of Pittsburghers. Of course, the casino has an app (free, available for iPhone/android). It carries detailed information about the casino, as well as special mobile offers and alerts. Additionally, Rush Reward members can check their accounts on their phones.

— If the weather doesn’t look so good, and you should decide on a movie, there are two apps to choose from. Fandango (free, available for iPhone/android) and Flixster (free, available for iPhone/android) offer movie times for films being shown all over Pittsburgh. Both apps also allow users to buy tickets and check out what the critics have to say.

— If you’re a music fanatic, there are a couple of good apps that allow you to find concerts. Songkick (free, available for iPhone/android) allows users to track their favorite performers and find out when they’re coming to town. Once you get in the app, and apply your favorite artists, Songkick keeps you up to date, especially when new tour dates are added.

— Sports, sports, sports. The three big professional teams in Pittsburgh — the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins — all have good apps (free, available on iPhone/android). They offer schedules, team info and options to buy tickets if they’re available. Or, you could just go to the Ticketmaster app (free, available for iPhone/android) which offers tickets for just about every event.



— Pittsburgh has lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, and there are plenty of apps available. MyPGH Parks (free, available for iPhone) gives users event listings, maps and event info for parks around the city. Walk PGH (free, available for iPhone/android) allows users to track their steps around Pittsburgh neighborhoods, and it includes a pedometer. For cycling, check out Map My Ride ($2.99 or free, available for iPhone/android). It allows cyclists to navigate the trails and streets of Pittsburgh. Finally, hikers can find trails all over Western Pennsylvania with AllTrails (free, available on iPhone/android), an informative app that provides maps, directions and reviews of trails all over town.

— Fore! Looking for a place to swing the clubs? GolfNow (free, available on iPhone/android) lets users find golf course and book tee times. Not all of the municipal courses are listed, but most of the major ones are available. It’s also easy to navigate.

— Pittsburghers love their fireworks, and the WPXI Pittsburgh Fireworks app (free, available for iPhone) lists all of the fireworks shows throughout Western Pennsylvania. Now, you can see fireworks whenever you want.


Eventbrite (free, available on iPhone, android) is an app that allows users to see most or all of the events happening around Pittsburgh in the present or future. Users can also hook up with their friends and buy tickets. The app has a wide range of events listed, even tipping off users to things like job fairs. Descriptions of each event are also included. Time To Enjoy (free, available for iPhone) is another all-encompassing app that hooks into your calendar and gives you a rundown of upcoming events. Just enter the zip code, and you’re on your way.


There are so many useful apps out there for smartphones, especially for getting around. Give us some ideas of what we missed, so we can update this list with new info.


By the numbers: Retired sports jerseys


The Steelers announced Wednesday that they would retire the No. 75 jersey worn by defensive tackle “Mean” Joe Greene, becoming just the second number retired by the team. Defensive tackle Ernie Stautner (70), who played from 1950-63, has the only other retired number.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the retired numbers for the other Pittsburgh pro sports teams, as well as some selected college teams.



66 — Center Mario Lemieux (member of Hockey Hall of Fame) (pictured)

21 — Center Michel Briere



1 — Manager Billy Meyer

4 — Outfielder Ralph Kiner (member of Baseball Hall of Fame)

8 — Outfielder/first baseman Willie Stargell (member of Baseball Hall of Fame)

9 — Second baseman Bill Mazeroski (member of Baseball Hall of Fame)

11 — Right fielder Paul Waner (member of Baseball Hall of Fame)

20 — Third baseman Pie Traynor (member of Baseball Hall of Fame)

21 — Right fielder Roberto Clemente (member of Baseball Hall of Fame) (pictured)

33 — Shortstop Honus Wagner (member of Baseball Hall of Fame)

40 — Manager Danny Murtaugh

42 — Dodgers second baseman Jackie Robinson (MLB retired his number in 1997)

Marino Dan 1

Pitt football team

1 — Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald

13 — Quarterback Dan Marino (Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame) (pictured)

33 — Running back Tony Dorsett (Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame)

42 — Halfback/fullback Marshall Goldberg

65 — Linebacker Joe Schmidt (Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame)

73 — Offensive lineman Mark May

79 — Offensive lineman Bill Fralic

89 — Tight end Mike Ditka (Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame)

99 — Defensive lineman Hugh Green

Bob Hope Special

Penn State football team

22 — Running back John Cappelletti


West Virginia football team

21 — Fullback Ira Errett Rodgers

75 — Linebacker Sam Huff (Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame) (pictured)


Pitt basketball team

10 — Guard Don Hennon

20 — Point guard Brandin Knight (pictured)

32 — Forward Charles Smith

34 — Guard/forward Billy Knight


West Virginia basketball team

33 — Guard Rod Hundley

44 — Guard Jerry West (Member of Basketball Hall of Fame) (pictured)


7 ways to have international experiences in Pittsburgh


It might be summertime, but few of us actually get the chance to pack up and travel the world. Fortunately, you don’t have to leave Pittsburgh to experience international cultures. Here are some activities that will make you forget — if only for a couple of hours — that you haven’t left the country.

Catch a Bollywood picture at AMC Loews
Nothing beats whiling away the hours in an air-conditioned movie theater on a hot summer day. In addition to the usual movie picks, AMC Loews at the Waterfront also screens the latest Bollywood films. Bollywood movies are highly popular Hindi language films (subtitles are included). Lose yourself in a dramatic tale of love, friendship and/or heartbreak that takes place in some colorful locale of India, the U.K. or sometimes even the U.S. If you love musicals, then you’ll probably love the random scenes of song and dance that Bollywood films are known for.


Let your hair down at Sphinx Café
Stepping into Sphinx Café from the streets of South Oakland is an experience in itself. Sphinx Café is a large Egyptian style hookah bar complete with colorful Egyptian decor, comfy cushions and a muted television screening Egyptian soaps. Music of various genres plays in the background, but even that can’t break the peaceful atmosphere this hookah bar has managed to create. There is a full menu of shisha flavors, and customers can also order Middle Eastern food, fruit juices or teas. Go with a good group of friends because Hookah is best enjoyed with good company and conversation — but don’t make it a regular habit because according to the CDC, hookah isn’t a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes.


Browse through the goodies at Kawaii Gifts
Buried within the clothing retailers and restaurants on Walnut Street is this small gem of a shop. Kawaii means cute in Japanese, and as the name suggests, Kawaii Gifts is stocked to the brim with cute items — most of which are imported from Japan where Kawaii culture is huge. The store sells a variety of goods from stationary to miniatures. They also feature brands and characters that are popular in Japan such as Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma and Sentimental Circus.


Exercise your pipes at Kbox
If shopping isn’t really your thing, but you still want to get a taste of Japan and other Asian countries, Kbox Karaoke House has you covered. Kbox is an Asian Style Karaoke bar that was founded by a group of Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh students and alumnus. Karaoke originated in Japan, and is still a highly popular pastime in Asian countries. Don’t worry about getting stage fright, because at K-box, it’s just you and your friends in your own private room. Make it an intimate gathering in a mini room with up to four people or go wild with up to 16 in a VIP room. With a database containing over 100,000 tunes, you can choose from popular English, Chinese, Japanese or Korean songs.


Eat an authentic French meal at Paris 66
If you’re wondering what’s for dinner, Paris 66 is ready to fill your belly with an appetizing French meal. Upon entering this cozy French bistro, you might think you’ve stumbled into Paris. The owners and chefs are French, the meals are French, the menu items are in French and the postcards imbedded in the tabletops are of Paris. Forget the hamburgers; feast on a croque monsieur or a filet Mignon instead! There is also an extensive wine and cocktail menu, and you can finish off your meal with a tasty dessert or coffee.


Go salsa dancing at Los Sabrosos
Skip the club this Saturday and go Salsa Dancing at Los Sabroso dance studio. For $7, you can salsa from 9:30 p.m. way into the early morning. The DJ switches up the music pretty often, so you can practice all of your Latin dance moves from merengue to bachata. No partner necessary, as you can find one when you get there. There is salsa somewhere in Pittsburgh every day of the week. If you can’t make it to Los Sabrosos, check out Salsa Pittsburgh for more times and venues. Hint: Cabaret at Theater Square has salsa dancing on Fridays (pictured below).

Salsa at the Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown, on Friday nights.

Take up a new hobby with Timbeleza
Timbeleza is a percussion band that plays a form of Brazilian music called batucada. Batucada can accompany samba dancers or capoeira, a Brazilian martial art. Timbeleza holds weekly practices, and on certain summer days, you can hear the sounds of their percussive instruments cranking out cool beats at Flagstaff Hill in Oakland. Timbeleza also holds performances around the city and at events where they sometimes collaborate with samba dancers, break dancers or capoeiristas. For those interested in joining Timbeleza, email Kevin Seklecki or Siamak Malek at Musical experience is preferred, but an instrument will be provided. If you’re not musically inclined, but would still like to experience batucada, Timbeleza will be playing at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater on Aug. 2.


Photo Credits: Stephanie Strasburg, Kitoko Chargois, Jasmine Goldband, Timbeleza


Hitting the brakes for Pittsburgh’s worst traffic nightmares


For Pittsburgh newcomers, it’s the subtle beauty of the city’s geography that often makes the first impression. Rolling hills, a trio of rivers, more green space than the average American urban sprawl — all that good stuff.
Of course, those assets also help create another striking Steel City specialty: an infrastructure and road system that even the most veteran Parkway Name-Your-Direction drivers find vexing.
Getting around Pittsburgh isn’t easy. Those 446 bridges? Handy, as long as they’re open. McArdle Roadway? A nifty cruise to the top of Mt. Washington, barring a landslide. Route 28? OK, it’s tough to think of anything nice to say about PennDOT’s never-ending project.
Managing the city’s many navigation nightmares comes down to luck a lot of the time. A simple fender bender or a broken-down car en route to a tunnel can slow anyone thinking about ditching work early to beat the traffic.
These routes are well-known to natives, but for those new to the roads in Western Pa., here’s a look at some of Pittsburgh biggest offenders when it comes to traffic tie-ups.



What better place to start this tour of infamous logjams than the “entrance” of the city?
Listen to morning radio shows or steer a regular commuter into a chat about the roads and inevitably you’ll hear a version of the following: “Why do people slow down before tunnels!”
Funny thing about the Fort Pitt Tunnel, it’s not the drive through the chute that’s the trouble. It’s getting there.
The trek down Green Tree Hill is like a lesson in how gravity isn’t supposed to work. If you find yourself traveling the terminus of the Parkway West overnight, you might find yourself reaching a Millennium Falcon-level of warp speed when you break through the entrance to the tunnel. During rush hour? You may as well pull out a book or practice your best road rage gesture at the “Time to tunnel” sign.
If you’re heading outbound through the tunnel, it’s a different monster but just as frustrating.
Whether you’re coming from the opposing Fort Duquesne Bridge or Downtown, getting on the tunnel’s eponymous bridge is as much of a creep as the hill on the other side.
The outbound end is a slog for good reason, with a set of merges and drivers coming from the Fort Duquesne Bridge making lane changes to reach the tunnel. The trudge from Green Tree, though, is one of the mysteries of Pittsburgh. Once you reach the other side and that beautiful view of Downtown and the rivers, the first concern to stop gawking and rev up to avoid all of those speeding vehicles on the top deck of the bridge.
Wait, where did those come from?



Say you’ve made it down Green Tree Hill, through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, are darting across the bridge under a beautiful late afternoon sun, and you make the right toward the Parkway East and freedom.
Check those brakes.
A bottleneck just as frustrating as its tunnel twin is coming up fast: the Squirrel Hill Tunnel, gateway to Pittsburgh’s heavily populated eastern suburbs.
If you’re a Downtown commuter from Plum, Monroeville or Westmoreland County, you probably know this one very well. Like the Green Tree Hill journey, there aren’t many troublesome merges — the exits right before the tunnel can be a pain, however, especially if you’re getting on the Parkway. No, this one again seems to come down to a case of oh-my-goodness-it’s-a-tunnel-no-way-I-can-hit-this-at-normal-speed disease.
Of course, it doesn’t help that the Parkway East and the tunnel itself have been the subject of several PennDOT projects in recent years. Even weekends can be rough on this stretch if a lane is closed down.
The road also seems to be a magnet for crashes, which can push traffic into a standstill all the way to the shadow the bluff.



Depending on where you live, there are plenty of different answers to the above question. The answer we’ll submit is one that, hopefully, can be scratched off the list soon enough.
Traffic on major artery Route 51 runs fairly smoothly from the West End Bridge — another gas-waster, if it’s after a big North Shore event — until the junction with Route 88, or Library Road.
Some of Pittsburgh’s oldest suburbs (read: oldest roads) are in the South Hills, and the windy, claustrophobic routes are at their worst at this intersection. Visit Google’s Streetview for an idea of the traffic buildups at this point — and specifically, the jungle of traffic lights covering. Along with than the Library Road linkup, two more roads meet here.
There’s hope, though.
A $19 million project is beginning that eliminate left turns from 51 to 88, replaced by a new “jug handle” for that  The extensive initiative is also widening 51 and nearby Provost Road and replacing a handful of structurally deficient bridges at the interchange.
It’s a lot to ask for, but by the end of the construction — which has already begun, with more intrusive phases coming soon — it should be a quicker ride to Baldwin, Whitehall, South Park and lands beyond.


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There’s a reason you see “I hate Route 28″ bumper stickers. And with the ubiquitous bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic, you can probably get an up-close view if you haven’t seen one.
But you might be seeing less of them.
Work is ongoing on a project to revamp the roadway along the north bank Allegheny River. When it’s complete, it’ll be a wider road and the stoplights will be a thing of past until you reach the route’s expressway terminus outside of Kittanning.
Of course, there’s no telling until it’s complete just how successful the project will be at alleviating some of the region’s worst traffic. After all, much of the road’s afternoon trouble comes right at the start. The on-ramp from East Ohio Street near the Heinz plant regularly backs up and slows the drivers coming from the North Shore.
Anything, however, is an improvement on the road’s former layout, and the changes already in place show promise.
Maybe there’s light at the end of this tunnel.