Archive for March, 2007

Stair Climb
March 27, 2007

Do you have any idea how hard it is to climb 1080 steps?
IT IS HARD!
But my co-workers and I had a great time doing it for a great cause.

Here you see: Ashley Diparlo, Andrew Stockey, me, Roberta Petterson(our assistant news director), and Sally Wiggin.
The American Lung Association sponsored the event in which we climbed to the top of One Oxford Center downtown. Not only does it raise money for people with asthma, lung cancer and other breathing problems…. it also gives you the sensation that *you* have a lung problem while you’re gasping for breath climbing up the steps.

A group of Pittsburgh firefighters joined us…. but they ran up the steps with their oxygen tanks on! I have no idea how they finished but they did!

Here is the organizer: Laura Flister from the American Lung Association.


Finally, here is the worst picture Sally and I have ever taken…. ha ha ha…. she’s going to kill me for including it. But I wanted to brag about her for a second. She volunteered to come help us but she had to continuously monitor herself because of her heart condition. She did great and was awarded the “Little Engine That Could” award for her effort.

This was the first year for the event…. and next year is sure to be bigger and better and we hope you can join us!

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Great Photographers
March 21, 2007

Today is the full first day of Spring.
I thought I’d take a second to say thank you to all of the action news photographers for working so hard during the winter. It’s cold out there covering the news! And our crews don’t complain, they just bring us the video that makes all the difference in explaining to you what’s happening out there.
This is a picture I took of Kendall Cross…. while he was still in our warm newsroom… before he was heading out into the cold. I wish I had a picture of all of our photographers to show you…. I’ll work on showing you more.
Thanks for all the hard work and enjoy the warmer weather ahead!

kid match-ups
March 19, 2007

Here are the Action News kids match-ups.

Shannon = little girl with long red hair
Marcie = little boy with hands over his ears
Jackie = with us at the Steelers game
Stephen = little girl with bangs
Don = skiing with my son Zach
Melanie = littlest girl sitting down
Mike = little girl with her hat on sideways

There you have it.
Here’s hoping for warmer weather soon!

Action News Kids
March 13, 2007

Ok everybody..

here’s a pop quiz.

I’ve taken several pictures of my kids with some of my co-workers’ children.

Can you match up which child belongs to which action news person?

Good Luck!

Here are the parents from which to choose:
Stephen Cropper
Mike Clark
Marcie Cipriani
Melanie Taylor
Don Schwenneker
Jackie Callwood (action news editing coordinator)
Shannon Perrine


I’ll have the answers for you back here in a couple of days.

Hats Off to Gus!
March 10, 2007

Hats off to our wonderful reporter Gus Rosendale for always a job well done!

No seriously, Gus, hats off.

(he he… I warned him about this post)

Watch Amazing Commercial
March 8, 2007

I feel my job anchoring the news has made me an expert on commercials.
For many many years (too many to admit the exact number), I’ve spent at least an hour a day paying very close attention to commercials because I can’t leave the set. So I watch and critique.
A friend sent me a link to a Honda commercial which I think is amazing.
Reportedly, the engineers took apart two hand-made cars and set up the parts like dominos.
They say it took 606 takes and three months to get it just right.
Everything you see in the film (aside from the walls, floor, ramp, and complete Honda Accord) is parts from those two cars.
Oh, and about those funky windshield wipers. On the new Accords, the windshield wipers have water sensors and are designed to start doing their thing automatically as soon as they become wet.

Open the link and be amazed!

Wendell August Tour
March 4, 2007


We drove up to Grove City this weekend with our friends and went to the behind-the-scenes tour of Wendell August.

The craftsmen there forge aluminum and some other metals such as bronze and sterling silver into beautiful things.

They also hide their initials on each piece…. and we had fun trying to find them.

We watched some of the workers in action.

It’s amazing how much work goes into each piece.

Then, the kids all got the chance to make their own works of art.

They placed some tin on top of a cast and hammered away until the design showed up on the tin.

It seemed Zach liked this part the best.

Their creations are now displayed in their rooms.

We also loved meeting the talking parrot, Wendy!

Here’s the website if you’d like to see their work or take a tour yourself
I bought some things with a dogwood pattern on it. It matches some of my china which also has dogwood blooms on it so I can’t wait to show it off.

We also bought the kids a bookmark… and I’m planning to order some Christmas ornaments…. and I’m eventually going to find an excuse to buy the serving platter with the skyline of Pittsburgh on it…. and I love that basketweave pattern….

Wendell August is a big supporter of Project Bundle Up and it was at the telethon that I heard they gave tours. Thanks for the fun day and I look forward to seeing you again soon!