MAYOR LUKE Ravenstahl has been missing for long stretches since March 1, when the state of his troubled administration (still being probed by a grand jury) led him to announce that he would not seek another term. But he resurfaced in recent days with a PR campaign to persuade Pittsburghers that he had actually been a big success over the last seven years -- and never mind reality. But last week his use of Twitter ended up making him look like the familiar twit of old. The Post-Gazette reported that his tweets about staff meetings were actually sent when he was outside the City-County Building, one of them while having lunch at Shannopin Country Club in Ben Avon Heights. He later said that the fact that the tweets didn't occur in real time was not meant to mislead people, because the meetings did happen. Unfortunately, the episode underscored the perception that real time for the mayor has often been dysfunction time.
ALL THE SOCIAL mediain the world cannot establish a reputation for performance in the absence of performance. Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was named as the National League Manager of the Year last week by the Sporting News --and tweets had nothing to do with it. Mr. Hurdle was a deserved winner for steering the Bucs to their first winning season after 20 years and their first appearance in the playoffs since 1992. Nor do most Pittsburghers dispute this record of success. City Council declared Tuesday Pittsburgh Pirates Day. (Mr. Hurdle was not able to be there, but Bucs President Frank Coonelly did attend.) And the Pittsburgh Rotary Club has named Mr. Hurdle its Major League Baseball Manager of the Year in advance of its annual Chuck Tanner awards banquet at the Rivers Club, Downtown, on Nov. 16 (www.pittsburghrotary.org), which Mr. Hurdle is expected to attend.
PITTSBURGH has the distinction of being one of the largest inland ports in the nation, and in addition to the many barges and pleasure craft here, a World War II submarine is moored beside the Carnegie Science Center. But that's not why Navy Week is returning to Pittsburgh next summer -- it's because the Navy likes to take its message to the hinterlands. The last Navy Week here was in 2005 and next year's event, to be held between June 2 and 8, will coincide with the Wings Over Pittsburgh Air Show, which will feature the Navy's Blue Angels flight team. By then, the tide will have turned on Grant Street.
IF AN ADMIRAL needs to be ceremoniously rowed ashore, Pittsburgh has the rowers for the job. Last week the Three Rivers Rowing Association, founded in 1984, was named the 2013 USRowing Club of the Year. This is the third time the club has received this honor from the governing body of rowing in the United States (Three Rivers won the inaugural award in 2002 and again in 2010). USRowing uses a points system that includes performance, community outreach, service to rowing, technology and communications and safety. Congratulations to those who make the most of the rivers.