My Travel, Pop Culture, Popular Music

R&R at the R’n’R Hall of Fame

I've had quite a busy year so far, between working on my book, running back and forth between Pittsburgh for my day job and Ligonier for my night gig, and trying to get back on track with other long term writing projects and a community band.  So a weekend getaway was desperately needed!  We recently… Continue reading R&R at the R’n’R Hall of Fame

American History, Pop Culture

The Drive-In Turns 79!

Today marks the 79th birthday of the drive-in theatre!  The drive-in phenomenon began on June 6, 1933, when businessman Richard M. Hollingsworth, Jr. opened the first official drive-in theatre in Camden, New Jersey.  Hollingsworth, a manufacturer of automobile waxes and polishes, first experimented in his driveway with a sheet stretched between two trees, a Kodak… Continue reading The Drive-In Turns 79!

Pop Culture, Popular Music

God Only Knows What I’d Be Without Pet Sounds

No other album besides The Who's Quadrophenia has impacted my life more than The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, which was originally released on May 16, 1966.  The album is celebrating its 46th anniversary today. Songwriter and producer Brian Wilson (with lyricist Tony Asher) created a kaleidoscope of teenage emotions with Pet Sounds: the hopeful romanticism… Continue reading God Only Knows What I’d Be Without Pet Sounds

Concerts, Photo, Pop Culture, Popular Music

Good Vibrations

Tonight I saw all surviving Beach Boys on the same stage together, celebrating the group's 50th anniversary. I can't believe it.

Pittsburgh History, Pop Culture

Pittsburgh’s Gone Batty!

I have to admit, I'm not being very productive at work today.  From across the street on the 25th floor, I've been preoccupied with watching the Gotham City police cars and SWAT trucks lined up along the East Busway and equipment and various crew members clustered around the old rail road tracks behind the post… Continue reading Pittsburgh’s Gone Batty!

Concerts, Pop Culture, Popular Music

2011 Concert Season: The Monkees 45th Anniversary Tour

An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour at Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA - June 22, 2011 Hey hey, they're The Monkees and they came to my town this summer! The Monkees are celebrating their 45th anniversary this year by touring the United Kingdom and North America for the first time in ten years. … Continue reading 2011 Concert Season: The Monkees 45th Anniversary Tour

American History, Pennsylvania History, Pop Culture

Movies, Motors & Memories: Pennsylvania’s Drive-In Theaters

Please check out the page I just launched on this site detailing my summer 2009 Pennsylvania drive-in theater exhibit at the Ligonier Valley Library's Pennsylvania Room.  The page includes a virtual tour of the exhibit, plus photos of several Pennsylvania drive-ins that I visited. As a fusion of America’s romances with the motion picture and… Continue reading Movies, Motors & Memories: Pennsylvania’s Drive-In Theaters