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Joseph’s Flashback: I heard a classy voice-over artist on FOX 53 whenever I was a kid!

Since October of 1986, WPGH has been Pittsburgh’s Fox affiliate.  At first, FOX only had a late night talk show with Joan Rivers … and, then, it would start airing FOX’s programs for several hours at night, starting in April of 1987.  Over the years, it would start airing programs in various dayparts … and, in primetime, they would start airing shows in primetime every night by 1993.

Now, WPGH is a fantastic station to watch … and, from the late ’80s until around the late ’90s or so, one man did the voiceovers for the promos that aired on FOX 53 every day.  He always did a fantastic job in doing voiceovers for the station.  His name is Bob Karson.  These days, he does a short program called “The Discovery Files,” which is from the National Science Foundation.  Those programs last for about one to two minutes or so.  Mr. Karson is a terrific voice-over artist, no matter what he does.  For example, if you were to watch WPGH in the early ’90s, you would likely hear him say, “You can watch a movie, Sunday afternoons at 2 on FOX 53.”

To say the least, the best years of FOX 53 were the years that featured Bob Karson’s voiceovers in the station’s promos.  If you were watching the station back then, you may have also heard him doing the movie intros, bumpers and outros that WPGH had at that time.

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Joseph’s Flashback: Joseph used to watch WQEX a long time ago!

For a few years, Pittsburgh had two public television stations … and they are WQED, which is still Pittsburgh’s public television station, and WQEX, which is now WINP, our city’s ION Television station.  Now, WQEX was on Channel 16 here in Pittsburgh for a number of years … and they aired some fantastic programs, including British sitcoms, shows that weren’t on WQED’s schedule because Channel 13 had no room for them on its schedule and a fantastic show called “AgeWise Weekly” with Eleanor Schano.

Now, in the ’90s, I would sometimes watch WQEX mainly out of boredom.  I would watch some fantastic shows on channel 16, including a fishing show called “Rod and Reel Streamside.”  Now, I also remember some of WQEX’s IDs that they showed in the ’90s.  At least one of them spooked me a little bit, but I think it was pretty neat.  I also remember the music that went with it.  I watch that channel before it started simulcasting WQED for a few years.  After Channel 16 stopped simulcasting Channel 13, it became an affiliate of two different shopping channels, including America’s Store and ShopNBC, which is now ShopHQ.  That is on Comcast Channel 89.  Nowadays, it is an ION Television station … and it is WINP.  WINP is mainly a generic ION station, showing a legal ID at the top of every hour.

Finally, it was airing its programs in black and white as late as the mid 1980s.  From the late ’50s until 1985, it used the old WENS transmitter to air its programs.  Now, WENS was originally on channel 16 back in the 1950s … and, believe it or not, the station had its studios on Ivory Avenue, which is where WPGH and WPNT have their operations today.  I recently saw a video on YouTube … and it showed how WQEX aired its programs in black and white before 1985.  The video was from 1983 … and, three years later, it finally started airing its shows in color.

So, while WQEX has been gone for several years, I can still remember the station for a long time.  WQEX was (and still is) one of the best stations in Pittsburgh.

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Joseph’s Flashback: I thought it was just a train ride!

In 1998, I went to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with my relatives … and I was able to visit the Magic Kingdom while I was there.  Now, I have ridden on train rides at various amusement parks for as long as I can remember … and I did see a train ride while I was at Disney World.  It’s called the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  The ride is in the Frontierland section of the Magic Kingdom.

Well, innocently enough, I go on what looks like a train ride, but not long after I get on the so-called “train ride,” I find out that I’m actually on a … roller coaster!  Can you believe that?!  Now, I had never ridden on a roller coaster in my life until then … and I have not ridden on one since I rode on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disney World 21 years ago.

Will I ride on another roller coaster again?  I don’t think so!

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Joseph’s Flashback: Joseph goes to Pizza Capri in McDonald!

McDonald is a terrific town and it is located in Washington County … and I have gone to that place many times in my lifetime.  The town has some fantastic restaurants, including Pizza Capri, which has been in McDonald for many years.  I don’t know how long it is been there for, but I do know it has been in the town for as long as I can remember.  It’s a fantastic pizza shop … and I went there quite a bit whenever I was younger back in the ’90s.  At the time, it was on East Lincoln Avenue in McDonald.  Another pizza shop is currently in the building that once housed Pizza Capri … and, now, you can find Pizza Capri on Route 980 in the heart of McDonald.  The food there is fantastic … and I would like to go there again at some point in the future.  When I went there in the ’90s, they didn’t have breakfast items … and, now, they have breakfast items.  Maybe I can go there for breakfast someday … or maybe I can get pizza there someday.

Next time, I will write my 1,125th blog post … and I will give you a hint.  The blog post will be about a very classy thing.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around May 20th in previous years …
“Mr. Classy” Goes To Imperial! (May 20, 2018)
What should Joseph’s 650th blog post be about? (May 21, 2017)
Happy 21st birthday, Cheyenne! (May 19, 2016)
Revisiting my past blog posts (It’s like a high school reunion) (May 20, 2015)
Revisiting my past blog posts (It’s time for me to get a haircut) (May 21, 2015)

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Joseph’s Flashback: Joseph remembers Callahan’s

For many years, there was a part of Great Southern Shopping Center that was home to many different places, including a disco-style nightclub called V.I.P., a terrific restaurant called Face’s and a terrific sports pub called Callahan’s, which is the restaurant that I’ll be talking about in today’s blog post.

I went to this place with my relatives many times whenever I was younger.  They had games there, they had little TV sets at every booth and, of course, they had great food there.  The service there was fantastic, as well.  I liked this place a lot … and I will remember this place for a long time.

After Callahan’s left the shopping center, it was called one or two other things … and, when it burned to the ground in 2006, it was called Crazy Horse Saloon.  Bentley’s Banquet Hall was also in the same part of the shopping center as Callahan’s.  At times, I were able to see parts of the banquet hall while I walked through Callahan’s itself.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around January 27th in previous years …
Joseph’s new blue zip-up hoodie (January 26, 2018)
Goodbye, Pauline Danesky (January 27, 2017)
Say hello to Old Man Winter (Part 2) (January 27, 2016)
More tea, anyone? Well, first, answer this poll question! (January 27, 2015)
Say hello to Old Man Winter (Part 3) (January 28, 2016)

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Joseph’s Flashback: Joseph goes to Erie!

Now, in just a few days, I will be going to Erie with some of my relatives.  I’ll be there from Thursday, August 2nd, until Sunday, August 5th.  Today, I would like to talk about some of my past trips to that city.

It would take me a long time to tell you all of the places that I went to went I was in Erie, so I’ll just sum it up by telling you a few of the places that I would go to while I was there.  Some of the places that I would go to while I was in Erie are Waldameer Park, Presque Isle State Park, The Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Erie’s Bicentennial Tower, Chico’s Travelers Inn, The Pittsburgh Inn and more.  The other places that I have been to while I was in Erie are fantastic also.

This Thursday, I will wish one of my relatives a happy 75th birthday in a blog post.  Then, on Friday, I will talk about one of my friends in my 925th blog post.  Finally, on Saturday, I will celebrate the third anniversary of my black Hewlett-Packard computer.

Enjoy your day!

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Joseph’s Flashback: Joseph remembers the red truck!

Several years ago, we had a red Chevrolet truck at our house.  I also talked about it in a blog post a in November of 2015.  Ironically, it was in one of my features, which is called “Joseph’s Flashback.”  Well, today, I’d like to talk about the truck in another one of my blog posts.  We owned this truck in the ’80s and ’90s.

I recently found a photo of me and my grandfather, Nicholas Papakie, Sr., hanging out by our old red truck.  The photo is from 1989.  Since my grandfather will be turning 75 this month, I’d like to talk about him very briefly in this blog post as well.  It was his truck.  As you can see in the photo, which is below this blog post, we both like this truck a lot.

Before I show you the photo, I’d like to remind you that I had to censor part of it for safety reasons.

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In 1989, me and my grandfather, Nicholas Papakie, Sr., were hanging out by our old red Chevrolet truck.

Again, in November of 2015, I talked about our old red Chevrolet truck in a blog post.  It was used in today’s feature, which is called “Joseph’s Flashback.”  I didn’t have a photo of the red truck when I wrote that blog post back then, so I decided to include a photo of it in today’s blog post.

If you’d like to see the blog post from November of 2015, click on this link here …
Joseph’s Flashback: I remember seeing an old red truck from the ’80s! (November 6, 2015)

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Joseph’s Flashback: I got grass stains on my light wash jeans!

Back in June of 2014, I was sweeping some stuff off of our black plastic thing, which is located near our backyard.  I was wearing my light blue jeans from Chaps while I was working outdoors one morning.  I also got some grass stains on my jeans back then.  Those grass stains are long gone now.  I will remember that moment for a long time.

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Joseph’s Flashback: Our house wasn’t always ours!

Whenever I write these kinds of blog posts, I usually talk about something that happened to me in the past or I may talk about something that I had whenever I was younger, but since we’re going into the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to try something a little bit different today.

I wanted to talk about our house today.  Our family has called this house on National Hill our home since at least the early ’70s, but before we moved into this house ourselves, someone else lived here.  So, obviously, we were not the original owners of this house.  One of my aunt’s relatives actually owned this house for several years before my grandparents purchased it themselves.

Here are two pictures of our house … and they’re from the 1950s …

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Here’s a picture of our house … and it’s from 1954. The staircase, which goes from the road to our front porch, is missing in this picture.
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My aunt, Pauline Danesky, is sitting near our house in this picture, which was taken back in 1957.

Our house has changed quite a bit over the past several years, but it really hasn’t changed too much since the 1950s.

I hope you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Joseph’s Flashback: Our Pens jerseys and our “Pittsburgh 250” patches

This week, I will be adding three new features to my blog … and today I’m going to add another feature to my blog. It’s called “Joseph’s Flashback.” Today, I would like to talk about something that happened to me back in October of 2012. It was at the Engagement Party for Tom and Celeste McCombs. I was wearing my black Crosby jersey to the event … and there was a “Pittsburgh 250” patch on it. Several minutes later, one of my cousins, Tom McCombs, wore that same jersey to that event. He was also wearing a Crosby jersey … and it, too, had a “Pittsburgh 250” patch on it. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life.