Last night at the Sewickley Car Store, right beside the Ohio River, there was a sneak preview of part of our new Pittsburgh History program called RIGHT BESIDE THE RIVER. We’re not finished editing yet, and we had just the first 35 minutes to present — we’re never ready for these preview parties — so I was kind of dreading the whole scene.
I got to the Car Store a few minutes before the appointed hour of 7, and people were already gathering at the new Porsche showroom. Beautiful cars out front, beautiful cars inside. I saw Joe Scarfone, one of our hosts and obviously a really good friend of WQED, because this was the second premiere soiree he’s hosted at his handsome car dealership, and I started talking to beautiful people as we walked in and started mingling. And I don’t think I ever stopped talking till the preview began about 8:30.
I talked to the Teorskis (Dave and the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania were our partners on the last local show, INVENTED ENGINEERED & PIONEERED IN PITTSBURGH) and to Bob Lubomski’s niece, to a woman who introduced herself as one of my new Facebook friends, and to Christine Davis and her Consultants (Oh, the excellent energetic archeologists turned out even though I warned that their segment wasn’t done yet!) Big points for showing up! They tried out a red convertible too.
I chatted for while with CONSOL Energy’s Joe Cerenzia and his daughter Eva Roman and some guy named Popovich (who wasn’t related to my old classmate Alan Popovich nor to the Russian cosmonaut with the same name.) Everyone was too kind to me. That was true all evening.
It turned out to be a nice, relaxed party. I had a really good time. I’m guessing the guest list of 200 people was about right, and most folks seemed to stick with the party as it changed venues. We began with drinks and eats in the new Porsche Showroom, then we walked across the driveway to the Audi Showroom where the screen and seats were set up. I didn’t take enough pictures. The always reasonable and helpful George Hazimanolis from WQED was good about asking for my camera and snapping away. (In the photo below, I’m in the middle between Judge Larry Kaplan and his wife Natalie Kaplan on the left, and Carole Horowitz and Barry Lhormer on the right.)
The screening went fast. 35 minutes zipped by. A good sign? People seemed to pay attention, and there were a few good chuckles which always is reassuring.
After the screening, lots of people came up to get a signed poster, including many very nice folks from OEV (that’s what insiders call Old Economy Village.) Also I really enjoyed talking with Paulette Nikel. She and her husband Bob (who introduced me to the crowd just before the screening started) founded this Sewickley Car Store back in 1976, and she had great stories about getting it all underway.
It was 10:20 by the time I got back on 65 and headed for home. A good evening.