Thursday, October 10, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 10-7-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Our co-host tonight Lou Lombardi is back again by popular demand to give listeners a Rock 'N Roll Interpretation of the Good News and talk about two holiday events for a good cause. 

On Tonight's Show: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Last Week: La Tavola Italiana Ristorante, Celtic Thunder

POSITIVELYPITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: October 10, Thursday, Entrepreneurial Thursdays "PR, Media, Branding & Marketing" 

CULTURAL CLUES: Pittsburgh Opera AIDA, Elf the Broadway Musical, CLO Auditions Invention of Edison, The Pigeoning

KIDZ KORNER: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fiddlesticks Family Concerts Halloween Spooktacular, Visionary Performing Arts: Finding and Rescuing Missing Children, 5K Walk/Run and Kiddy Mile Run

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Go Pink at Panera Fundraiser Continues through Oct. 31st, CANCER IN WOMEN EXPLORED on WQED, Also WQED Series Begins with Look at Obstacles to Education for Latina Adolescents, Madame Presidenta Why Not U.S?

BUSINESS BUZZ: Eighth Annual Think Big Forum, 50K Big Idea Business Plan Competition

HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY NEWS: CLO Seeking Internship Candidates for the 2014 Gene Kelly Awards, TEEN CEO AND BALLOON ARTIST FEATURED ON WQED's PITTSBURGH 360, Elevator Pitch 2013 Winners

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: The 1st Annual Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival, Pittsburgh Buy Local, Zombie Fest, City Halloween Updates, Etna ScareHouse

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Kiss and Cry, Celtic Thunder, La Tavola Italiana Ristorante

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Pittsburgh Pirates Rookie of the Month

STEELTOWN HERO: L.C. Henderson Greenwood

La Tavola Italiana Ristorante, Celtic Thunder


October 10, Entrepreneurial Thursdays
Pre-show networking session at 5:30 PM:
Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs!
Live music starts at 6:00 PM.

Musical Networking Happy Hour, EVERY THURSDAY!!! Cover Charge: Only $5.00
Vocalist Jessica Lee & Friends, Little E's Jazz & Blues Club,949 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Jessica Lee

"PR, Media, Branding & Marketing

Co-host Diane Daniels - DID & Associates 
Joanne Quinn-Smith, aka TechnoGranny 
Michael Cunko, Business Development - 
Tene' Croom, President - Tene' Croom Communications 
Denis Edwards, Founder - SitaraSocial Marketing


Pittsburgh Opera goes all out for AIDA’s Triumphal Scene
Pittsburgh Opera opens its 75th anniversary season with the grandest of all grand operas, Verdi’s AIDA. On stage at the Benedum Center October 12 – 20, the spectacle of AIDA will be augmented by many special guests, both human and animal, in the opera’s famous Triumphal Scene. 

In addition to the previously-announced appearance of Franco Harris as “Champion of Champions” on October 18, AIDA audiences will also welcome Homestead native and Steelers great Charlie Batch in the non-singing role of Champion of Champions on October 12. Penguins color commentator Phil Bourque, “The Ol’ Two-Niner,” will appear in the same role on Sunday, October 20.

Tickets to AIDA start at $12, with all performances at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, 7th Street and Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. For additional information, videos, photos, musical samples, and cast biographies, visit To purchase tickets, call 412-456-6666 or visit

ELF: The Musical
November 26 - December 1
Benedum Center
The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, 

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag

of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Enter promo code BUDDY to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public on Friday, October 18. To Purchase Tickets:  Online at  Call 412-456-4800 Box Office at Theater Square
10+ tickets Call 412-471-6930

Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for The Invention of Edison
Part of the Gallery of Heroes School Series

The tour runs January 13-May 16, 2014.
Five actors/singers ages 18 to 35 (non-Equity only.)

THOMAS EDISON (Baritone, playing early 30s):
Inventor and visionary on how machinery will shape the future. Quick witted, charismatic and inquisitive.

FRANCIS UPTON (Baritone, late 20s):
Professor, brilliant mathematician, physicist and compatriot of Edison.

J.P. MORGAN (Bass, playing early 40s):
Legendary, larger than life banker and financier; nicknamed the “Napoleon of Wall Street.”

JACOB (Baritone, 20s):
One of many, highly-skilled mechanics who emigrated from Germany in the latter half of the 19th century. 

THE REPORTER - (Female Alto, 20s):
Carries the story along, reporting on Edison's exploits. Comments on the mood of the play and the process of invention.

Except for Edison, all performers will play multiple characters. All characters sing in group and solo moments.

By appointment – 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Monday, October 14 at the CLO Academy.
Please email to schedule an audition time
More details here.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts Presents THE PIGEONING

October 9 – 12, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. | 937 Liberty Avenue

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced today that an additional performance of The Pigeoning has been added for Friday, October 11, at 7 p.m. The Pigeoning will take place at 937 Liberty Avenue October 9–12, 2013, at 7 p.m. New York-based artist, puppet designer, and performer Robin Frohardt developed The Pigeoning as a resident artist at the HERE Art Center in New York and premieres the production at the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts*.

The Pigeoning—Frohardt’s first full-length puppet play—uses the traditional from of Japanese
The Pigeoning
puppet theater (Bunraku puppetry), video, and original music to explore the ideas of obsessive compulsion, safety, and order in the context of the end of the world. The story is told through the main character Frank, a Bunraku style puppet working in an office in the early 1980s. In this dark comedy, Frank—obsessed with order and cleanliness—is absorbed, and ultimately transformed, by his pigeon obsession. Pigeons are a part of Frank’s daily life, and they serve as the embodiment of the chaos and filth of the natural world. As his story progresses, pigeons seem to act against Frank, becoming a continual source of aggravation, until he begins to believe that the birds are actually plotting against him.

The audience is invited to laugh at our clinging to order and safety in the face of the end of the world, which is always and never coming. The performance offers a chance to find humor in frustration and futility, and to ultimately acknowledge the relief in surrender.

Tickets ($25) may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at, or by calling (412) 456-6666.


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fiddlesticks Family Concerts: “Halloween Spooktacular”
Oct. 26, 2013

Pre-concert activities at 10 a.m., Concert at 11:15 a.m.
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222

Join conductor Lawrence Loh, your PSO and "scared-y cat" Fiddlesticks for a
spooktacular concert. Thrill to kid-friendly, spooky music from favorite films like Sorcerer's Apprentice, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter. And, delight in Grieg's rousing "In the Hall of the Mountain King," a musical scene depicting Peer Gynt's race to escape the collapsing walls of the Mountain King's cave. Heinz Hall is the place to be this Halloween. Little costumed munchkins are welcomed! T
ICKET COST: $12 - $22.50

INFO/TICKETS: 412-392-4900 or 

From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt 
Classes offered at Father Ryan
Front and center bottom row is Anaiyah Thomas,
 granddaughter of our own TechnoGranny

Classes begin in two locations October 1

Tuition assistance is available
For more information call (412) 441-1907

Junior Dance (ages 7-9)
Mondays 6:00-7:00 pm

Tap & Jazz 101 (ages 10-12)
Mondays 7:00 - 8:00 pm

East Liberty, 6107 Penn Ave. | Pgh, PA 15206 (Parking in the rear)
Tuesdays 5:30-8:30 pm, Thursdays 5:30-8:30 pm, Saturdays 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Finding and Rescuing Missing Children
On October 27th, AAFLC is hosting the fifth annual 2013 5K Race and Kiddy Mile Run at Keystone State Park. 

To find out how YOU can get involved, please call 724-537-6970. For more information, you may print the brochure here. The proceeds will enable AAFLC to find and rescue more missing children.


Go Pink at Panera Fundraiser Continues through Oct. 31st!
Treat your yourself, friends, family or your staff, your favorite clients to a Pink Ribbon bagel during breast cancer awareness month. During October, a portion of the proceeds from Pink

Ribbon bagel sales at participating western PA Panera's will be donated to Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation and two other charities. These cherry vanilla bagels are so good. For more details and a list of participating Panera locations or to download an order form, visit or order online at When preordering, choose Magee on your order form to support the many patients Magee cares for.

Smail Auto Cares Campaign to Benefit Magee
 During Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
In honor of national breast cancer awareness month, Smail Auto Group of Greensburg will donate $125 for every vehicle sold during the month of October in support of breast cancer
research at Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation and two other charities committed to raising awareness about breast cancer.

 In 2012, Smail Auto generously donated $23,000 in support of breast cancer research to Magee-Womens Research Institute and we are proud to partner with them again this year. Visit and click on the 2013 Smail Cares Campaign for more information.


A new season of WQED’s Pittsburgh 360ยบ series will include four features on WOMEN & CANCER.

The first feature premieres Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. with “Skin Cancer.” In 2013, more than 9,000 people are expected to die of melanoma. In “Skin Cancer,” WQED speaks with a two-time survivor who is fighting back by spreading awareness about the disease and with a local skin cancer specialist about prevention, treatment and who is at risk for melanoma.

Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. However, aggressive surgery techniques and advancements in chemotherapy are helping more women survive the disease. On Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. WQED speaks with three women in “Ovarian Cancer” including a young mother who beat the disease and went on to conceive; a woman who despite a long family history of the disease beat the odds and her niece who discovered that she carries a genetic alteration that predisposes her to getting ovarian cancer. All three along with their doctors talk about their diagnoses, treatment and why there is more hope now than ever before. To view the full release click here.


WQED’s popular Pittsburgh Community Cinema series will return Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6 p.m. with a FREE screening of the second hour of Independent Lens: The Graduates/Los Graduados.

Focusing on girls, the second part of The Graduates explores obstacles to educational achievement along with viable solutions for each including: gangs; bullying; citizenship status; teen pregnancy; zero tolerance; homelessness; and poverty.
To view the full release click here

Vamos Meninas! 
In July we welcomed our fearless leader Heather Arnet back to the United States and to WGF. While on sabbatical, Heather traveled to Brazil to begin work on WGF's very-first documentary titled "
Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?" in collaboration with ELAS, the womens fund of Brazil. 

The documentary asks a key question: Why is it that so many other countries have elected female presidents, while the United States still lags behind? The film will tell the story of how Brazil came to elect its first female president, what impact her presidency is having on women's rights and opportunities, and what Americans can learn from our international sisters and their
Heather Arnet and Veronica Marques
surge towards political leadership. You'll get to see a sneak-peek at our November 16th gala Celebrating Women! Having a Global Impact.

During their keynote address, Heather and Veronica Marques, Executive Director at ELAS, will present the keynote at this year's event. They will share personal experiences from this incredible professional journey and collaboration.

If you haven't already bought your tickets, they're sure to sell out - so click here to get them while they last.

Sabbatical was also a powerful opportunity for the staff and board to flex new muscles, learn new skills, and lead the organization in a new way - and at the same time we are so glad to have Heather (and the film) back in Pittsburgh! 

Eighth Annual Think Big Forum
Jill Blashack Strahan
Register Today! 

Friday, October 18th, 2013 (8:00 AM - Noon) 

Topic: "Women Who Lead" 

Keynote Speaker 
Jill Blashack Strahan, Founder & CEO, Tastefully Simple, Inc 

"Keynote speaker will address three success factors for any entrepreneur – and the straightforward philosophy for building a multi–million dollar business."

Panel Discussion 
"Women and Leadership: How to be an effective leader, how to instill trust and loyalty, and how to assess your leadership potential and practices."

Deborah L. Acklin, President & CEO of WQED Multimedia 

Ellen M Mclean, Interim CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County
Barbara Span, VP of Global Public Affairs for Western Union
Bernadette Turner, CEO of Addison Behavioral Care

Ben Franklin's BIG IDEA Contest Starts on October 18, 2013
Have a great idea for a new technology? Submit your BIG IDEA on 10/18/13 for a chance to win one of two $25,000 Cash Prizes in Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest. 

In addition to the two grand prizes totaling $50,000, winners also receive: One-year website hosting offered by Netrepid;
The opportunity to participate in a BF TechCelerator Boot Camp for Startups; Six months free rent in the BF TechCelerator @ Carlisle (for a winner from that area);
Assistance from the Innovation Partnership in preparing a proposal to receive federal SBIR funding; Access to all Ben Franklin’s business support services at no charge

You are eligible to apply if you:

Reside in one of the 25 counties located in central and south central PA 
Have developed, or are developing a new, innovative tech-product or process
Have no significant sales if a product has already been developed
Have less than 50 employees if a company has been formed
Never received previous BFTP funding. Stay tuned for details on how to enter October 18. In the meantime, check out photos of the most recent winners on Facebook.


Pittsburgh CLO Academy Seeking Internship Candidates for the 2014 Gene Kelly Awards
Applications are now being accepted for college sophomores, juniors and seniors to coordinate the 2014 Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards. The Internship runs January 6 – June 10, 2014. 

The Gene Kelly Awards interns will organize, manage and assist with all aspects of producing this annual high school musical theater awards show. Duties include: administrative responsibilities, marketing support, updating the event webpage through a content management system, serving as a liaison with participating school directors, coordinating schedules with Gene Kelly Awards judges, planning and implementing a social media strategy, writing the Gene Kelly Awards blog, presenting scholarship information to participating schools and providing production assistance. 

For a complete description of the internship and position requirements, visit or contact Michael Cerchiaro at, or 412-281-2234. Applications will be accepted through December 2, 2013.

Seventeen-year-old Amber J. Liggett, CEO of Amber’s Amazing Animal Balloons will be featured on WQED’S Pittsburgh 360 at 7:30 pm. Amber masterfully demonstrated her unique balloon twisting skills to Producer Nathalie Berry, which will be showcased on the program this evening. Viewers will enjoy learning about Amber’s journey from having a hobby, to now operating a profitable business. On Saturday, August 24, Amber was the only young person to be recognized as an outstanding community leader by the Josh Gibson Foundation in the area of Business. In the spring, she was recognized in The Root’s 2013 Young Futurists List as one of “25 of the brightest African-American innovators between the ages of 16 and 22… who use their talents to make the world a better place.”, a division of The Washington Post, provides a voice for African Americans showcasing their accomplishments and their impact on society. Created in 2011, the annual list highlights youth’s achievements in a variety of areas, such as “Enterprise and Corporate Innovation”, where Amber is featured. 

This 2012 Teenpreneur of the Year for Black Enterprise Magazine and 2011 Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year has been creating masterful balloon art and providing entertainment since the age of 9. She was a featured artist at the 2012 and 2013 First Night Pittsburgh’s New Year Celebration, and this philanthropic teen organizes, conducts and participates in fundraisers for various organizations. A high honor student at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA and member of The National Honor Society, Amber assists other teens with their entrepreneurial endeavors, including teaching workshops at Community College of Beaver County, PA (CCBC). There, Amber teaches balloon and entrepreneurial workshops, and will be instructing at the annual Autism Camp for the forth summer in a row. 
Amber Liggett

Now heading into its seventh year, Amber’s Amazing Animal Balloons has expanded to include face painting, spin art, sand art, cotton candy, and will soon incorporate technology. “To touch a child’s life is to change the future,” said Amber. Recognizing her fulfillment of this goal, the Steals Brothers, composers of "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" will honor Amber on Saturday, November 9, at the Could It Be I’m Falling In Love Gala. She will receive "The Promise Award: Youth Achievement Award", which recognizes a high school student who has demonstrated achievements in the areas of the Arts and or academics and serves as a model of promise for a brighter future. 
Amber is no stranger to media and public speaking appearances as she spreads a motivational message of self-empowerment, positivity and entrepreneurship to others. She was a featured speaker, representing the Uncommon Individual foundation in Erie, PA last November during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Other appearances include being featured on PBS’s nationally syndicated BizKid$, and John Delano’s Sunday Morning Business Page, as well as interviews on multiple radio shows and in newspaper articles. Amber inspires youth and adults alike through her example, expertise, and passion to improve the world. See samples of Amber’s work at her website

2013 NFTE Elevator Pitch Challenge winners!
Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Aliyah W. from St. Louis, Missouri, along with the runners-up Alex M. from San Jose, California and Dagim G. from Alexandria, Virginia.

Check out Aliyah's winning startup idea here.

Since NFTE has awarded them with funding to launch their business or advance their education, you'll be hearing more from these talented young entrepreneurs soon.

I'm so impressed with the hard work each and every one of our entrants put in, and I can't wait to see what they accomplish. I'd also like to thank you for supporting these students in their entrepreneurial efforts.Thanks so much for making this happen. Sincerely, Amy Rosen, President and CEO, NFTE.

Neighborhood Hi-Lights

From our Friends at URA

Peace, Love...and Pierogies
Join the URA, Riverlife and Soffer Organization for The 1st Annual Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival at South Shore Riverfront Park on October 26th from Noon-5 p.m.! Your favorite Pittsburgh restaurants and purveyors will be serving up hot and delicious pierogies while you enjoy live music, shop the pop-up pierogi marketplace, catch a special appearance from The Pirates' Pierogies, paint your own pierogies with Paint Monkey and more!

This event is free and open to the public and all ages. Vendors will be charging for food, so don't forget to bring some cash! 

Find us on Twitter @PghPierogiFest. South Shore Riverfront Park is located at 2700 S. Water St., Pittsburgh, Pa 15203, next to Hofbrauhaus.
Pittsburgh Buy Local 
Pittsburgh Buy Local (PBL) is a new initiative launching this fall by the founders of the popular local website, Living, also a URA partner. The URA is a PBL sponsor and part
of the sponsorship includes FREE memberships for local independent businesses that fall under the Mainstreets Pittsburgh and Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs.

If your business qualifies, take advantage of this free offering, which includes advertising, upgrades, inclusion in seasonal Buy Local shopping guides, online web pages, and more. The Pittsburgh Buy Local project will be advertised each month in Pittsburgh Magazine and will include constantly changing monthly guides highlighting the best seasonal offerings from local independent businesses. The goal is to make it easier for shoppers to buy local. To learn more about the program, click here.

The It's Alive Show and Straub Beer are proud to present
the 2013 Pittsburgh Zombie Fest 
This year Zombie Fest will invade Lawrenceville! Festivities at Arsenal Park start at noon followed by the first ever Zombie Walk Bar Crawl! 

Admission is free but please bring non-perishable food items for The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.The day's activities will include:Live bands; Contests: The Zombie Olympics, Brain Eating Contest, Ugly Pageant, and Best Scream Contest; Vendors, food, beer, oddities, games, and more; The second annual ZOMBIE MOTORCYCLE RUN; Zombie Walk - This year the undead will invade Lawrenceville with the first annual Zombie Bar Crawl.
Pittsburgh will once again attempt to claim the Guinness world record for "Largest Gathering of Zombies."

From the Department of Public Safety 

Happy Halloween!
For many, Halloween is a festive night celebrated by both children and adults. Halloween is also the night when the time honored tradition of trick-or-treating takes place. 

This year the City of Pittsburgh’s official trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31.

In addition to trick-or-treating, many community groups and churches throughout the City host fun Halloween parties, parades and other events as safe alternatives to trick-or-treating. To connect interested residents with their events, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has created an easy, user-friendly way for community and church groups to register their Halloween festivities online. By registering your event below, you will receive free Halloween safety activity books for the children attending your event and a special recognition from Mayor Ravenstahl. 
For more information, or to request a free activity book, please contact Liz Style in the Mayor’s Department of Neighborhood Initiatives at 412-255-4772 or via email at your help, we can make Halloween a safe and enjoyable event for all residents of Pittsburgh.

Speaking of haunts, Etna’s ScareHouse is back and improved for 2013 with a longer and more terrifying series of haunted attractions. The landmark haunt's newest addition, however, is only for the truly dedicated. 

The Basement is less a haunted house and more a very, very intense piece of interactive theater where you’re the main character — and a great number of people want to do bad things to you. After Dark received an early look at The Basement and (barely) lived to tell the tale. Get a full (spoiler-free) report in this week’s edition of After Dark!

PORTRAYAL AND PERCEPTION: AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN & BOYS Multi-Part Series to Encore in Advance of New Episode and Live Forum on November 14

Building on the success of last year’s Portrayal and Perception: African American Men & Boys initiative, WQED will continue sharing the many stories of African American men and boys who are accomplished members of the community throughout western Pennsylvania.

Past episodes of Portrayal and Perception: African American Men & Boys will re-air on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. starting October 1 through November 11.

To view the full release click here.


Kiss and Cry reviewed by Good News Reporter Hank Walshak 
What a tour de force, this “Kiss and Cry.” It’s safe to say that you've never before witnessed theater like this. The script and acting over turn the traditional way things are done. In this case, “Kiss and Cry” turns upside down and sideways the traditional way plays are conceived, produced, and appreciated. 

“Kiss and Cry,” played at the New Hazlett Theater, talked to my heart as only a work of theatrical genius could. The story is about an aging woman at the end of her life travelling back into her memory, sometimes dim, as she remembers the men she’s loved and who have gone from her life. The question that burns for her is: Where are they now? Read the full review here

La Tavola Italiana Ristorante 
I first discovered La Tavola Italiana in 1999 when half of it was a pizza shop and Mama Giaramita was still alive. What a place then. I owned a limousine business and it was a great
place to get a late bite and take my limo clients when they wanted to eat. My clients were always delighted. It is owned and completely run by an Italian family from Sicily. 

My father's parents were from Sicily and I was excited so we became fast friends. Read the full review here.


Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates
Congrats to #Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole on being named Rookie of the Month for September!


L.C. Henderson Greenwood
L.C. Greenwood
L.C. Henderson Greenwood, 67 (September 8, 1946 – September 29, 2013) was an American football defensive end for the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers.

Greenwood was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 in the 10th round. In 1971, he became the starting left defensive end. One of the four members of Pittsburgh's famous Steel Curtain, he would remain there until retirement in 1981. Greenwood, who was 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 245 pounds, was a six-time Pro Bowl player and was named to NFL All-Pro teams in 1974 and 1975. He was named All-AFC five times. He also led the Steelers six times in sacks with a career total of 73½ (sacks were an unofficial stat at the time).[1] According to records kept by the Steelers, Greenwood's highest single-season sack total was 11, which he attained in 1974.[2] He further had 14 fumble recoveries in his career, including five in 1971, which tied for the NFL lead. He had 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, and that speed allowed him to dominate his position.

In Super Bowl IX against the Minnesota Vikings, Greenwood batted down two passes from Fran Tarkenton.[3] In Super Bowl X against the Dallas Cowboys, he sacked Roger Staubach four times.[4] Greenwood played in all four of the Steelers Super Bowl victories in the 1970s. Unofficially, Greenwood had five sacks in the four Super Bowl appearances.

Greenwood was known for wearing gold-colored shoes on the football field. (By today's NFL rules, Greenwood would be fined since it would not be in uniform with the rest of the team.) Greenwood was called “Hollywood Bags” because he claimed he kept his bags packed and ready so he could leave for Hollywood at a moment's notice.[5] He was a finalist in the 2005 Pro Football Hall of Fame voting but did not get elected. He was again a finalist in 2006, but was not elected. Greenwood has stated that while he would be honored if he were to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he would not be upset if he were not elected, feeling that the Steelers already in the Hall (in particular, "Mean Joe" Greene) represent the entire team's accomplishments.

When the nickname, the Steel Curtain, first became popular, it was meant only for the Steelers defensive line, which at the time was manned by (left to right) L.C. Greenwood, Joe Greene, Ernie Holmes, and Dwight White. That quartet dominated their opponents for years, and the Steel Curtain has been recognized as the greatest defensive line in NFL history.
This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2013 All rights reserved.

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