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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pittsburgh, At Night - 50 Years Ago - 1960

Pittsburgh  50 Years Ago - 1960

Light Up Night, as seen 50 years ago in 1960. Then-17-year-old Thomas M. Delegram took the 1960 photograph of Pittsburgh's inaugural Light Up Night from "Elliott Bluff," which is now known as the West End Elliott Overlook

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lost in The Fifties

Dear CHS Classmates. 

Play this through and remember our time at Canonsburg High School. 

Going to George's for lunch, marching in the band at foot ball games, attending the wrestling matches at the old gym, and so much more.  The best was the dances at the Armory.  'the song that is played below  will make you want to search your record collection and put it on the 'Victrola' .......  do you think any kids today know what that is?  

Norma Jean

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Canonsburg's Railway Days

Above, looking back to when  Rail Cars like the West Penn 832, built in 1930 carried passengers to and from Canonsburg over the Richfol trestle.

And below, that same West Penn 832 as one of Three Rail Cars memorialized in James Sulkowski's painting"Three for the Show - Canonsburg 1954 "

Nuns reap $220,000 from rare Honus Wagner card

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Nuns reap $220,000 from rare Honus Wagner card
Saturday, November 06, 2010
By Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This Honus Wagner card sold for $262,000.
Even though it was beat-up, cropped and laminated, it was a Honus Wagner baseball card, and it scored big for the School Sisters of Notre Dame of the Atlantic-Midwest Province.

The card that the Baltimore-based sisters put up for auction was rare enough to reap them $220,000. The card was sold for $262,000 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas Thursday night.

The buyer is reported to be Doug Walton, of Knoxville, Tenn., managing partner of Walton Sports & Collectibles LLC. Neither he nor representatives of Heritage Auctions in Dallas could be reached for comment.

The card was a bequest to the order by the brother of a former member.

The Pirates' Hall of Fame shortstop, nicknamed "the Flying Dutchman," played from 1897 to 1917.

Only 50 to 60 Wagner cards from the series printed in 1909 to 1911 are believed to exist.

"We were told that the card was valuable because there were so few of them," said Phyllis Brill, communications rector for the order of nuns.

The money "will go a long way toward supporting our educational ministries as well as our sisters in Latin America and Africa," said Sister Kathleen Cornell, the provincial leader of the order.

The sisters are not disclosing the identity of the man who owned the card. Ms. Brill said he and his sister "were very close, and he had no children. As he got older, he moved closer so he could visit her." Subsequently, she said, he became close to the community of nuns there. His sister died in 1999.

The sisters had not heard of Honus Wagner, said Ms. Brill. "It was a surprise to learn the value of the card. It was in poor condition but it had value because there were so few of them."

The total sale price includes a 19.5 percent buyer's premium.

A near-mint-condition Wagner card sold for $2.35 million at auction three years ago.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A View of Pittsburgh And Welcome Back

CanonsburgFriend - Bob Stuck - On This Date -1957

Date: Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 5:56 PM
Subject:  Sports Page "ON THIS DATE" - 1957

Dear Garbo:

This appeared in todays edition of the Observer - Reporter.
Thought you may want to post on "Canonsburg Friends" in the sports feature area you often put regarding Canonsburg athletes. 

The article and picture was taken 2 days after the race in Oil City, PA by the Derrick Newspaper.

Regards, Bob Stuck

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Monday, November 1, 2010

The Sound Of Music - 45th Anniversary

I hope you were able to see the reunion on Oprah today of the cast of The Sound of Music.  Arguably the best movie ever... it is certainly mine.

The moment was heralded with a single blast of a whistle with which Christopher Plummer used to call the children, just as he did in the film 45 years ago. 

And with it Plummer, Julie Andrews, and the seven von Trapp children were reunited for the first time since the premier of the world's most successful big screen musical

Sound of Music | Central Station Antwerp (Belgium)

Also enjoyable is this promotion stunt by a Belgian television program, More than 200 dancers  performing their version of "Do Re Mi", in the Central Station of Antwerp with just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt!