IT WAS THE FATHER of all good ideas: Invent a character who would speak Pittsburgh-ese and charm the natives with his funny sayings and doings. That was what two Pittsburgh area guys, actor Curt Wootton and fellow creative spirit Chris Preksta, did in creating “Pittsburgh Dad,” which in just a couple of years has become a sensation on YouTube (youtube.com/pittsburghdad). Last week, the comic series reached its 100th episode, which for the occasion featured viewers responding to an invitation to do their own video take on the classic Pittsburgh dad, played by Mr. Wootton. As always, it was good entertainment ’n ’at.
IN PITTSBURGH SPEAK, it was a kids-need-disciplined story: At a Peters school board meeting Tuesday night, board member Bill Merrell, who chaperoned a dance Feb. 8 and was offended by kids “twerking,” suggested the students take Saturday lessons from a local Arthur Murray Dance Studio. “This would do away with the problems at dances and teach those social graces which seem to be lost today,” he said. Good luck with that one. As it was, several members objected. “I think this is a chapter from the ‘Footloose’ movie,” said member Ron Dunleavy. “I don’t think it’s our job to do that.” Ah, kids and their crazy dances, one generation after another irritating their elders. Wonder what Pittsburgh Dad would say about that.
ONE PITTSBURGH COUPLE is in the family way again. The same bald eagles that fledged one eaglet last year have a new egg in their nest on a bluff in Hays overlooking the Monongahela River, and another egg is expected. These happy events are happy news for Pittsburgh, too, signaling an improvement in the environment. Expect this pair to keep an eagle eye out for any sign of chicks twerking.