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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Jim Finks - Pittsburgh’s other “Number 7

Circa August, 1951: 
This is Pittsburgh’s other “Number 7” — Jim Finks. 
Finks was drafted by the Steelers in 1949 and stayed with the team as quarterback and defensive back through the 1955 season.
 His most lasting contribution to the game of football, however, came during his years as an executive. After his playing days, he coached and then served as a general manager and club president. He hired new coaches and built winning teams at Minnesota, Chicago and New Orleans. Twice he was named NFL Executive of the Year. Finks was nominated to succeed Pete Rozelle, who retired as NFL commissioner in 1989, but owners instead chose Paul Tagliabue.
Finks died of lung cancer at age 66 in 1994. 
One year later, he was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rowsey Rowswell - the first "Voice of the Pirates"

While most of Roswell's early broadcasts were solo, he was joined by Pirates' co-owner Bing Crosby and eventually his successor Bob Prince for many games. 

He was famous for his unique sayings like "it's the old dipsy doodle, he swings and misses for strike three". 
"open the windows aunt Minnie, here she comes, it's a home run"  
"its' FOB folks" for full of bucks when they had the bases loaded. 

The Demolition of Forbes Field.

As the chairs are being removed from the stadium, the scoreboard pays homage to the soon to be bygone era.
Forbes Field opened June 30, 1909 and was home to the Pittsburgh Pirates after their move from Exposition Park on the North Side. 
The last game played at the ballpark was on June 28, 1970. It was demolished July 28, 1971. 
Babe Ruth hit his last two home runs at the ballpark. 
The actual home plate from Forbes Field has been preserved in the floor of Wesley W. Posvar Hall embedded in glass.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Western Center(Morganza) film setting for 1991 Silence of the Lambs movie

The 1991 Silence of the Lambs movie was filmed primarily in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The below picture shows the rear exterior of the Western Center(Morganza) main administration building as modified to serve as the film setting and location for the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. — in Canonsburg, PA.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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W & J Log Cabin


Here is a photo of the W & J log cabin in front of the new middle school on
College street. It is still there and has not been moved to Washington.
You can post the photo on your blog. the photo was taken Sept. 9, 2013

My 55th class reunion was great. Held at the Meadows Race tack. the food
and service was wonderful. Every one had a great time. I will forward you
photos when I have time.

Norma Jean Salvino

CHS58 - 55th Reunion Group Picture

1st Row:    Betty Imperatore Cheverini, Marline Koucheck Stoker, Camille Wines Nunamaker, Judy McCabe Katsuleris, Linda Gowern Carter, Daralyn Lobozzo Campbell, Ruth Ann Wagner Bershok, Louise Marose Rosspank, Rose Ferricks Brooks
2nd Row:    Robert Zielinski, Leonard Butka, Jayne Buckley Guthrie, Patricia Haynes Milioto, Jackie Miller Grady, Katherine Tirimacco, John Foley,  Diane Derrico DelVecchio, Barbara Ann Polanski Gedmintas, Carol Rusiewski Pankas
3rd Row:    Robert Stuck, John Taper, Jenny Wilds Hertzog, Patty Svitek Severns, Lois Totterdale Mercer, Bernard Zeszutek, Charles Radlinsky,  Rose Mascaro Mantalis, Patty Yurkas Lighthoulder, Edward Banko, Norma Jean Pagano Salvino, Robert Hamilton
4th Row:    Gus Mantalis, Jim Jaap, Tom Jackovic

Larry Dombrowski

Lawrence R Dombrowski
July 12, 1941 - October 14, 2013

Canonsburg native son, CHS - Class of 1959 and good friend...

Will post his Obituary when it's available.
July 12, 1941 - October 14, 2013

Canonsburg native son, CHS - Class of 1959 and good friend...
DOMBROWSKI LAWRENCE R. "LARRY" 72, of Orlando, Florida, went to be with his Savior, on October 14, 2013, after an extended illness. Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania to John and Cecelia Dombrowski. He graduated from Canonsburg High School ('59) where he wrestled and ran cross-country. He lived most of his life in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania where he was member and Deacon of Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. Larry is survived by his best friend and wife of 49 years, Gladyss; son, Michael (Kristel); daughter, Andrea (Brian) Hessinger; nine loving grandchildren; his brother, Kenneth (Joan); and his sister, Joan Sedlitsky; many brothers- in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, and nephews. A loving husband and father, Larry enjoyed his family and showed his love in carefully researched and selected gifts. An avid and talented photographer, Larry also enjoyed history, golf, cards, and socializing with friends. Generous and outgoing, Larry was known for his ability to strike up a conversation and a friendship with anyone he met. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Larry was able to travel the world while in the service. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Florida Technological University (now University of Central Florida), Larry was an avid UCF Knights and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He retired in 2002 from Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory after 27 years, moving to Florida in 2007. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on November 10, 2013 at Woodbury Presbyterian Church in Orlando.
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