What did I accomplish in 2015?

The Internet of Things


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, January 16th, 2015



Sensitivites Are Eroding Our Freedom Of Speech


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, February 7th, 2015



George Ferris: A Life of Ups and Downs


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, February 14th, 2015



Pittsburgh Ties to Oscar Run Deep


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, February 21st, 2015



Death of the Art Museum


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, February 23rd, 2015



No Burgh Bias Here


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, March 22nd, 2015




Don’t Think of Fake News as a Modern Invention


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, March 31st, 2015




May 4th, Star Wars Day Builds Excitement for New Movie


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, May 4th, 2015





Archives Detail Pittsburghers who Sailed on the Lusitania


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, May 6th, 2015




Cartooning Stupidity Deep in the Heart of Texas


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, May 9th 2015




Pittsburgh Has A Big Butt Problem


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, June 6th, 2015





Yinzer Night Before Chrismis


Pittsburgh Tribune Review, December 19th, 2015








The Consumer Electronics Show 2015

January 13th, 2015



Film Censorship in Pittsburgh: A History

January 23rd, 2015



Have We Lost the Ability to Appreciate Art Museums?

February 2th, 2015



Pittsburgh’s Oscar Ties

February 20th, 2015



Remembering Mr. Spock

March 2nd, 2015


(Begins at 41:00)


The World’s Greatest Liar

April 1st, 2015


(Starts at 34:20)


Launch of MazeToons

May 4th, 2015


(Begins at 39:22)


The Three Little Pigsburghers Book

June 30th, 2015


(Starts at 38:46)



The Unforgettable Trial of Harry K. Thaw

August 20th, 2015




A Century of Steel City Cinema

October 5th, 2015



Communicating Black and Gold to the Red Planet

October 15th, 2015




The Legacy of Magician Harry Albacker

November 2nd, 2015




Peanuts Legacy Continues

November 17th, 2015



The Force is Strong With This Franchise

December 17th, 2015



The Yinzer Night Before Chrismis

December 18th, 2015




A Yinzer Night Before Chrismis

A Yinzer Night Before Chrismis

(a tradisshunle hawiday pome)

adapted and translated into Pittsburghese by Joe Wos


Twas the night before Chrismis and all through dahtahn

not a creature was stirrin, weren’t no one arahn!

The stockings needed hung by the chimley with care,

ahnachanta Saint Nicklas soon would be there.


The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

while visions of progis raced in their heads,

and mawm in her babushka and me in my hat,

had just settled dahn for a long winner n’at;


when ahtside I heard a noise on the lawn,

I sprung from my bed to see whawas goin on.

To the baffroom window I flew like a flash,

tore open the shudders and threw up the sash.

My neckstore neighbor was aht with his cat,

I shahted at him- “quit bein nebby n’at.”


When what to my ooglin’ eyes I seen there,

but a miniature sleigh, moving my parking chair!

With a little old driver and a toy filled bag,

I knew in a moment it that he weren’t no jag.


More rapid than the Penguins his reindeer came,

and he whistled and shahted and called them by name:

Now dawny! Now Rawny! Now Prancer and Vixen!

On Cawmet! On cupid! On, Dahnder and Blitzen!

To the top of the stoop, to the top of the wall,

now dash away, dash away, dash away all!


Like a football thrown by Rothelsberger flies

off into the distance and up to the skies.

So up to the ruff the reindeers they flew,

with the buggy full of toys and Saint Nicklas too!


And then, a racket, I heard on the ruff

the prancin and stompin of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning arahn,

downa chimley Saint Nicklas came with a bahn!


He was dressed in black and gold

from his head to his foot,

And his clodhoppers were tarnished

with ashes and soot.

A bundle of toys he had brung in his sack,

he was round and jolly, like Rick Sebak!


His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry,

His nose round and red, like a fresh farkleberry.

His face lit up with a bew-d-ful smahl,

And the beard of his chin waved

like a Terrible Tahl.


He smoked like a still mill with a pipe in his teef,

And the smoke circled his head, arahn like a wreef.

He had a broad face and a jigunda belly,

That shook when he laft like a bowlful of jelly!


He was chubby n’at, a rill jolly old elf

And I laft when I saw him, in spite a myself.

A wink of his eye and a fluff of his beard

Soon let me to know, I need not be askirred.


He dittint say nuffin, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.

And beside his nose he placed his thumb,

And just lie-gat, up the chimley he clum!


He sprung to the ruuf and flew off in his sleigh,

I hollered aht to him “Don’t take the parkway!”

And I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,

Happy Chrismis to yinz, and to yinz …Go Stillers!



You can hear the story read online at http://wesa.fm/post/sights-and-sounds-pittsburgh-holiday-traditions

Visit www.pigsburgh.com for The Three Little Pigsburghers,

The story of the Three Little Pigs as told in Pittsburghese.

Best of Burghosphere Bloggers: Steel City Intrigue

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Steel City Intrigue: a novel approach to blogging

I have been writing for local newspapers, blogs, comics and so forth for a few years now. Writing comes pretty naturally to me. It is just my rambling, blathering, rants typed out instead of shouting these things on a street corner. If I did share my musings via a soapbox and not a blog I would rightfully be locked up. This is my way of saying I am a writer and all writers are one street corner rant from ending up on a Secret Service list somewhere.

So it is appropriate that one of Pittsburgh’s brightest bloggers, J.J. Hensley is himself a former Special Agent with the Secret Service. You might be expecting his blog to be filled with pieces on the inner workings of the Illuminati, government cover-ups about UFOs, and the well-guarded secret Coca Cola formula. Alas he doesn’t tackle any of these great mysteries. He instead explores a much deeper one- How to write a novel.

While he does sometimes delve into the topics of security and strangely Playdoh, his posts on the writing process really standout. I view writing a novel like I view building a bridge. I am pretty sure I know how to do it, but really have no idea where you start? -Either end? The middle? Do you build it first and then haul it into place? No idea.

J.J., who is an award-winning mystery writer, takes the mystery out of writing. His posts are informative and entertaining. After reading his posts you feel empowered with the ability to write rather than rant on a street corner. While he may not teach you how to build a bridge he will teach you how to bridge the gap between day-to-day writing and writing a novel.

I am almost out of literary puns so I will end with declaring him the winner of “The Most NOVEL Blog” award. See what I did there.

You can read his blog at https://hensleybooks.wordpress.com

See more award winning blogs at http://mostwantedfineart.com/2014-events-at-mwfa/best-of-the-burghosphere-2015/