PITTSBURGH fell back in love with the Pirates this year and the Bucco who most inspired that love, Andrew McCutchen, 27, is no stranger to romance himself. As a guest on Ellen DeGeneres’ TV show last week, he proposed on bended knee to his four-year girlfriend, Maria Hanslovan, 25, who grew up in DuBois, Clearfield County, and was a member of the Pirates’ “Cannonball Crew” when she met the center fielder. Mr. McCutchen was recently named the National League Most Valuable Player and may well be its most gallant. A diamond from the diamond.
LOVE is in the air in Pittsburgh and rock ’n’ roll often provides the soundtrack. If there’s one person who helped the stars shine here, it’s Rich Engler, who from 1973 to 1998 was part of the region’s most successful concert promoters, DiCesare-Engler Productions. Mr. Engler has a treasure trove of stories, which he has turned into a book “Behind the Stage Door.” As the Post-Gazette’s Scott Mervis wrote, if you live in Western Pennsylvania and are over 30, there’s a good chance you have an old DiCesare-Engler ticket stub somewhere. On Jan. 23, Mr. Engler will become the first inductee of the Pittsburgh Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Fame at the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square.
NELSON MANDELA'S death has been marked around the world and Pittsburgh will have its own memorial today from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Lincoln-Larimer. The keynote speaker will be actor, activist and Trans-Africa board chairman Danny Glover, and a host of the city’s political, religious and labor leaders are expected to attend — a fitting local tribute to the great South African leader loved the world over.