Most people didn’t know the day existed. It’s something the City of Pittsburgh does to celebrate people who contribute to the culture. I think it’s a good tradition that should be continued.
After posting this video, many people shared it expressing great remorse over how they can’t believe they missed the day. That they should have been there to celebrate it.
I didn’t know about it either. Just happened to Google “Gus & YiaYia’s” a few days before and saw an older article by the Northside Chronicle about the ice ball stand being awarded a day – April 25th.
And I’d be darned if I’d miss a chance to celebrate a neighbor. A Pittsburgh icon. A person that I’m surprised let me film everything that I did. He barely ever does interviews. He turned down around 7 just after talking to me about Mr. Rooney passing away.
That’s a firm demonstration of values if I’ve ever seen it. They really don’t make them like Gus anymore. I’m very honored to have made this video with him. Did you know it’s my most viewed video, too? 43K and counting on Facebook.
It would probably have more on it except for the fact I left that stripper story in there. My intuition tells me government, corporate, and nonprofit entities are substantially less likely to share something that has edge to it. They seek to limit the scrutiny they could be under from sharing – or appearing to endorse – content on social media. In general, the formula is: the safer the better. Both in artist and art. But something told me to leave it there. When you mix love, nostalgia, and a dose of the truthfulness; you get a beautiful mix.