Border Guard Bob Alert
Eds: Moving spot Saturday for Sunday, Oct. 3.
KEEPING THEM IN PITTSBURGH
PITTSBURGH - When Pittsburgh Steelers fans out-root and, sometimes, seem to outnumber fans in other NFL stadiums, the region views the phenomenon with an odd mixture of pride and regret. Pride that former Pittsburghers still think of the city as "home" - and regret that the city's stark economic realities in the 1970s and 1980s, when Big Steel imploded, fueling an exodus of folks who suddenly had to seek work elsewhere. Pittsburgh has made the transformation from a sooty steel city to one driven by medicine, technology, engineering and higher education - there are no working mills within the city limits, but there are six colleges or universities and a dozen more within an hour's drive. And the region's businesses have a new message for its youth: You don't need to leave western Pennsylvania to start a career or raise a family anymore. By Joe Mandak (emphasis added)I surrender. Border Guard Bob has outlasted me. I've tried to send him into retirement. Over and over again. Silver stake and poisoned pierogies have all failed me. Even with a lot of help, Bob persists. He must be part Zombie of course. A decade is enough for any cause. Time to move on.
Update: gets worse as it always does in political season. New ad coming out touting "tearful goodbyes and missed holidays". Reminds me of one of Bob O'Connor's first runs for mayor where he had a billboard touting that Bob would keep our babies from leaving.. or something to that effect. If anyone had any photo of that billboard???