A self-described introvert, former Moon supervisor Jack Wise just can't seem to escape the spotlight.
In 2010, a proclamation signed by then-county Executive Dan Onorato was read to Mr. Wise, which deemed Dec. 15 Jack Wise Day in Allegheny County.
The latest tribute will be today, when the Ewing Road Interchange on Business Loop 376 in Moon will be renamed the Jack W. Wise Interchange during a ceremony in the Moon municipal building.
The bill to rename the interchange was introduced by state Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, during the 2012 legislative session and was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in October. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation soon will install signs at the intersection in recognition of Mr. Wise. "I never even thought of something like this happening," Mr. Wise said.
He was first appointed to the board to fill a vacancy in 1981 and served as a supervisor and founding member of the Moon Transportation Authority and Thorn Run Interchange group.
A former candidate for the state Legislature, Mr. Wise is credited with cultivating public-private partnerships that led to intersection improvements in Moon. He continued to sit on the board until 1989.
Mr. Wise ran for office alongside the late Clara Shemmers and the late Frank Mahr, who dubbed themselves "The A-Team" after the popular television show of the time. The trio's goals, Mr. Wise said, were to grow Moon by increasing access to it through the installation of three interchanges -- Cargo, Ewing Road and Thorn Run -- on what then was Route 60 and a section of the Parkway West. The road's designation since has been changed.
Safety also was a concern, said Mr. Wise, who described the route between Moon and Downtown Pittsburgh prior to the installation of the interchanges as circuitous and unsafe.
While on the board, Mr. Wise oversaw the projects and was responsible for securing funding, properly prioritizing the projects, and ensuring the cooperation of his fellow board members.
"There has to be a leader or somebody that takes charge and makes all this happen," Mr. Wise said. "If you want to be in center chair, you have to make those decisions and you have to do what's in your heart you think is right."
The Thorn Run interchange was the first to be installed and in 2011 was named in honor of supervisor Robert Harper. Ewing Road was next, and the Cargo interchange followed to access the cargo terminals at the airport.
A resident of Moon since 1962, Mr. Wise said he is pleased with the amount of growth that's occurred within the township since the installation of the interchanges. In 2011, the Allegheny County Airport Authority completed a $950,000 overhaul of the Ewing Road interchange, installing a roundabout to accommodate increased traffic in the area.
Prior to his role as Moon supervisor, Mr. Wise worked for AT&T for 32 years and served as a member of the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, treasurer of the Allegheny County Finance and Development Commission and several other community organizations.
Shannon M. Nass, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.