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Pittsburgh A To Z (Documentary)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Main Program: B



One of the odder installments in the WQED/Rick Sebak Pittsburgh History Series is Pittsburgh A To Z, produced in 2001.  It assumes more knowledge than usual on the part of the viewer about the famous city in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas, so we recommend it after you have watched a few of the other shows in the series, reviewed elsewhere on this site.  Once you start watching, though, it is quickly as entertaining as all the other remarkable installments in this series.


It would be too much of a spoiler to identify which item goes with which letter, but we will talk about a few of the highlights.  Without sounding like a kids show or like alliteration is contagious, Evergreen Hamlet has mid-19th Century homes that were considered experimental for the time.  American Bantam built the first Jeep in 1941, a model, which has changed hands a few times since.  “Jeep” stands for “general Purpose” and its use over 60 years later as a recreational vehicle spells success.  Mancini’s is a bakery that makes some of the best Italian Bread you will ever eat, no kidding.  Zambelli remains one of the most famous fireworks companies in the world, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.


The show runs about 100 minutes and only begins to uncover the history of one of the oldest cities in the United States.  The many things not covered here will be as long as this series continues.


The 1.33 X 1 image is nicely shot, clean NTSC footage with great old film clips and memorabilia throughout.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 is simple, effective, and clearer than usual stereo.  Extras include previews for this show, other Pittsburgh shows, some of Sebak’s amazing national shows and six alternate choices for the letter P as it does stand for Pittsburgh after all.  They are from other shows also out on DVD, and once you catch one of them, you will want to see them all.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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