For now however the media sweeps are beginning. This evening on NPR's Marketplace busness show which airs on WDUQ at 6:30pm during the week the focus will be something about Pittsburgh. Imagine that.... transformation... young people leaving (or not) and the vast diaspora. Actually it was taped well before the current media hordes arrived so might not technically be G20 themed at all. Might be a few familiar voices in there along the way. :-)
Just thinking of the folks I have talked to of late... coupled with the scores of buses that just happen to be parked outside my office for the more general media tours being conducted I have to wonder... how many stories about Pittsburgh can be written? Between the 3 angles to what is being covered: the 'Pittsburgh story', the protester story and the actual reason this is all happening, i.e. the G20 story itself... Thursday is going to be all Pittsburgh all the time all over the world all at once.
You know what I was thinking of which is a really funny contrast to all of this? There have been some recent periods of national media exposure for the collective Pittsburgh. The presidential primary last year comes to mind. Certainly the Superbowl and Stanley Cup runs generate extended media cycles, but are almost routine in a sense and don't really generate too much coverage beyond the sports reporters. I was thinking of the visit to Pittsburgh by Denver columist Bill Johnson just a few years ago. Remember him and how his one hastily written column generated an obsessive news cycle here for much of a week? How personally his 'insult' was taken? Maybe next time we just won't notice?
Finally.... Mike has figured it all out and indeed Isaly's = 42. My work is done here. Not sure what I will do next. Guess I will have to apply to law school or something.