Best thing in Pittsburgh this week

I find that people with no connection to Pittsburgh are always surprised to hear that Gene Kelly was from here. It’s like they expected him to be from Paris or New York, but not here.

Not only was he born and raised here, he dreamed of playing shortstop for the Pirates and was a student at Pitt. Here’s his senior class mug. While there, he staged shows with the Cap and Gown Club and was in shows at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. After graduating, he enrolled in law school at Pitt but dropped out after two months to teach at his family’s dance school in Squirrel Hill before heading off to fame and fortune in New York. They keep talking of putting up a statue of Kelly. I say, bring it!

Kelly’s 100th birthday was Wednesday and for the occasion, 3,000 incoming Pitt freshmen came together to set a record in his honor.

There you go. Well, they could have done it to “Singin’ in the Rain” instead of the “Cupid Shuffle.” But they’re kids. Whaddaryagonnado?

I say, besides my friend Emma’s successful brain surgery, this was the best thing that happened in Pittsburgh this week.

And here’s an impressive clip of Kelly tap dancing on roller skates. Not too shabby. Happy weekend. And Happy Belated Centennial to Mr. Kelly.

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Tom and Jean are just a couple of Chicago transplants in Lawrenceville, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Posted on August 24, 2012, in Art, Pittsburgh and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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