Weekend Feedback: 8/3/06

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Warhol not worthy

I have always considered the Post-Gazette to be "One of America's Great Newspapers," so I was shocked to see a page of your fine paper soiled with words about Ric Burns' documentary on that untalented hack, Andy Warhol ("Ric Burns fetes Andy Warhol in 'American Masters' special," July 28). I had to choke back the bile that was rising up my throat when I saw Mr. Warhol described as an "iconic artist from Pittsburgh."

You see, Andy Warhol was the worst kind of Pittsburgher, a Pittsburgh deserter. As soon as his personal 15 minutes began, he fled our fair city for the hipster hellhole that is New York City. Instead of wasting valuable ink on a man that was obviously embarrassed of his black-and-gold roots, your paper could write about great figures from our rich history who both changed the national culture and proudly flaunted their residence in the steel city. Pittsburgh's past is replete with these figures, such as Terry Bradshaw, Bruno Sammartino and Manny Theiner.

In fact, I have recently written a letter to Mayor Bob O'Connor (get well soon, Bob!) asking that he do all he can to have the name of The Andy Warhol Museum changed to better reflect an image that the average Pittsburgher can be proud of. I have specifically suggested he consider both "The Myron Cope Museum" and "The Johnny Angel Museum and Drive-Thru."

As a lifelong Pittsburgh resident, I would like to request that your paper print fewer articles about cowardly, unoriginal jerks like Mr. Warhol and more on the men and women who shot for the stars but kept their hearts, and feet, planted in Pittsburgh.

Joseph Pagano

Shedding light on Israeli struggle

I had the pleasure of attending "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People" last week -- a perfect summer vacation half-day event. Many thanks to Duquesne University for hosting this informative exhibit. This fantastic educational institution is to be congratulated for donating its space for such a valuable presentation of irreplaceably historic and historically significant material.

The ability to witness this exhibit now is especially timely given the unfortunate current events in the Middle East.

When Israel is in the news, anti-Semitic acts and anti-Zionistic biases routinely increase. One can only hope that those who have been educated about the Holocaust through Duquesne's efforts or through other resources will understand why Israel has no choice but to so vigilantly defend itself from various Muslim terrorist groups.

Thanks to this local institution's efforts to enlighten people about the genocide that was Hitler's goal -- just as the demented plan has become Hezbollah's objective, Hamas' aim and al-Qaeda's intent as well -- educated people will be able to appreciate the difficult existence that defines each Israeli's daily life.

I heartily recommend taking advantage of this special opportunity to understand the unique perspective that the recently deceased pope brought to Catholic-Jewish relations before this free viewing ends on Aug. 11. You will not be disappointed.

Jeffrey Pollock
Squirrel Hill

So long, Mel

Great article on Mel Gibson (Barbara Vancheri's "Gibson's rant could hurt movie career," Aug. 1).

I used to think Mel Gibson was the greatest actor in the world. I loved the guy. He let me down big time as well as many other folks. It was not so much the DUI -- that, of course, is not good -- but the racial and gender slurs just put him into the gutter.

I will not go to another event he ever gets a penny off of.

Dr. Ron Rubin

Lifted by the blues

The Blues Festival at Hartwood Acres was a real triumph for the Pittsburgh area. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank should really be applauded for bringing this to Pittsburgh. The music, the food, the kids zone and the beautiful Hartwood concert area were all just a perfect way to spend a summer weekend. Events like this really not only help the food bank do its good work but also provide us Pittsburghers something to encourage our out-of-town friends to attend.

David Tauberg

Goofy? No, great!

I knew John Artale's review of the American Idols' concert (July 28) was written by a man as soon as I read "goofy dancing." It's only because he's a man that he could see Taylor Hicks' dancing as "goofy." Trust me. Women see it entirely different. It is a pleasure to watch! You just have to be a woman to understand, John. Thanks, though, for the review.

Trish O'Brien


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