When I lived at home, I never gave a thought to the WQED Pittsburgh History series, nor did I ever purposely watch any of the titles. I wouldn’t turn them off, if one happened to come on WQED while I was watching, but it never occurred to me to purchase copies for my personal DVD library. I don’t have kids to teach about regional history, and I thought I pretty much knew everything I needed to know about my hometown.
Then I moved away, and missed seeing everyday things and places, so I bought It’s the Neighborhoods in the hopes of seeing some familiar sights and refreshing my homesick memory. Mission accomplished. Mr. TR and I were enchanted with Rick Sebak’s documentary style and with the no-nonsense cinematography that shows things just as they are. And it was surprisingly pleasing to hear the Western Pennsylvania accents!
We began amassing a little library of Pittsburgh History DVDs, and the more we watched, the happier we got. Moreover, we discovered all sorts of little places that we never even knew about – watch the series, and you’re certain to finish with a sizable list of pizza places you need to try, and activities you’ll have to pursue. It’s amazing what they don’t teach you in school.
We’ve got nine titles in the series so far, and I’ve got my eye on a couple more right now. If you need to find a gift for an expatriate Pittsburgher, they’re great. You should start with me.