THE ONLY WINNER OF THE ROB PENNY CONTEST!!!!
here are my answers, I had a class with Rob He was a wonderful
person and an excellent Teacher!
1) What is Rob Penny's African Name? Brother Oba
is the name of the first artist group that Rob Penny co-founded
3) Name five Rob Penny plays. (Any of the five will do) ''Boppin' with the Ancestors', Diane's Heart', 'Good Black Don't Crack', 'Clean Drums', 'Little Willie Armstrong Jones', Killin and Chillin, 'Sun Rising on the Hill District'.
4. Name Rob Penny's birth place. (Alabama)
5. Name his favorite female pop singer. (Spankey Wilson)
OF THE HILL DISTRICT CONTEST WINNER!!!
Writing a meaningful history of Pittsburgh means writing about my childhood.
I grew up on the Hill - Vine and Foreside Streets.
Memories of the Hill District...
at a very young age of 13, being told "yall aint allowed on the Hill"
because its too crazy up there. The Hill District has held an enticing,exciting,dangerous
something that draws young people to it. Like a moth to a flame, the H,I,
Double drew me in. Moving there from the Larimer area of Pittsburgh was
a bit of a change for me. There was a fast pace lifestyle being lived.
And now old enough to participate, jumped right to it. Sitting in Eddies
restaurant checking out all the photos on the wall piqued a curosity within.I
sat and thought to myself WOW...what is it about the HIll that drew celebrities
also?...Sitting in front of Hamms Barbershop just chilling with my crew
all day longin the 90's,and even now sitting in the 2nd or 3rd row of
Macedonia Baptist Church every Sunday tells me that I am still that moth.
And though I no longer reside in the Hill District, the memories of new
life, death, salvation, and the essense of me will always remain.
My Memories of the Hill
My name is Regina Scott Logan; I was born on the hill in 1956. My family and my roots are from the hill; I can remember as a little girl, Mr. and Mrs. Jones candy store on Kirkpatrick Street, they were my mothers babysitter when I was a toddler, I can also remember sitting on top of Mr. Battles icy ball stand on the corner of Bedford and Deviller Streets in front of the school when I was approximately 2 or 3 years old. The Battles lived upstairs and were our neighbors when I lived on Bedford. I can remember my parents getting dressed to go out on the town and talking about the Hurricane, The Crawford Grill, Birdie and a lot of other places for entertainment and eateries, grocery stores and the New Granada movies theater, along with so many other places to write down. I still have family that remain and live in the Hill District, they have lived there all of their lives and refuse to live anywhere else! As an adult I have had the pleasure of working at the Crawford Grill on Wylie Avenue; it was such a pleasure and a treat. While working there I have had the pleasure of meeting the one and only August Wilson, he gave me tickets for my daughter Aleisha and I to attend the play Jitney which she loved. One of my dreams is to see all of the plays that August Wilson has written. Also, while at the Crawford Grill, I have also had the pleasure of meeting, George Benson, Billy Eckstein, Stanley Turrentine, Dakota Staten and some of the players that were interviewed for the Black Negro Baseball Leagues. I have so many more things to say, but I forgot I am only supposed to be writing a paragraph. I would really love to take my younger daughter to see a play as she hasnt seen a live performance yet, to expose her to the wonderful world of performing.
Thank you for this opportunity, Regina Logan
Memories of the Hill District "Back
In the Day"
My best memories of
growing up on the hill are memories of the summer time, When it was really
hot outside and me and my brother and sisters would go to the fire hydrant
down the street from my home and turn the water on...The water would be
so cool and refreshing, and before you knew it the whole block would be
outside joining us in the festivities. We would also have block parties
that would bring the whole community together for food, fun, and dancing.
Barbeque grills from one end of the street to the other, old tunes would
play from several radios that were out out on the sidewalk and the whole
neighborhood would have a good old time that lasted sometimes way into
the night. The old Centre avenue of the 1970's looked like a movie scene
shot in harlem, Nightclubs, with bright neon lights, people laughing and
enjoying the beautiful summer weather and not a sign of trouble or bad
times in sight, there was a local grocery store named Hicks superette
where everyone in the neighborhood did their food shopping, and down on
centre avenue was another store called "Benny's" 5 & 10
that had anything you wanted from toys to household items, I would always
purchase a bag of candy there before I would wisk myself to school every
morning. I can remeber there was a bank where everyone in the neighborhood
could cash their checks, and maybe spend a dollar or two at the local
neighborhood bakery that was famous for their "chocolate chip"
cookies. Their was a neighborhood cinema called the "New Grenada
Theatre" where we would go to see all the lates movies like "Fist
of fury" or "Three the hard way", But what I really miss
the most is how everyone in the neighborhood looked at each other regardless
of skin color, Blacks, Jews, Whites and all people of different cultures
and backgrounds got along well with one another and it made me feel very
safe and happy to say that "I am from the Hill District".
Memories of the Hill
(1)I have great memories
of the 4th of July celebrations on the Hill. Our whole family would come
celebrate with us, especially our cousins from Coraopolis and even as
far away as Evan City. We would go to the parade on center ave. then to
the Movies at Weil school, then the street dance would start in Weil's
School yard. Everybody partied -- parents and kids together, everybody
just having fun! The night would end with for-real fireworks on Kennard
Field. The last (big bang) firework would be loud enough to send everyone
running home. This was truly a neighborhood celebration.
MEMORIES OF THE HILL - by Darrin Germany
I remember about the hill that brings back very fond memories are
Memories of the Hill District by Tracey M. Jennings
Hi Brotha Ash!
I have exciting, fond memories of the Hill District, but only as a High School Student from '74-'78. Though I was raised in the East End, my sister and I got on the "Stinkin' Lincoln" every morning and traveled to Schenley High School. How exciting it was after school to go to my friends' houses who lived in the Hill District. Walking up the real "cardiac hill", Centre Avenue with all it's sights and sounds was an experience in itself. We'd walk pass The United Black Front on Centre Avenue. Which is where I found my "Militancy"..We'd congregate at the infamous Centre and KirkPatrick, sit on the stoops of store fronts and crack jokes. Which is where I found my extraordinary sense of humor. On the real nice warm, sunny days we'd go farther down Centre to where a once popular hoop court stood at Bently Drive, and watched the brothers from Fifth Avenue's "bomb" squad do their thing. Which is where I found my unwavering, undeniable, unadulterated love for basketball. We had a fierce rivalry with the "Archers" on the court, but off the court Warnie Macklin(RIP), big Sam "the bam" Clancy, David "Puffy" Kennedy, Regie, and Big Bill Clark, showed us nothing but love. My love for basketball started with the Schenley/Fifth Avenue games and the Dew Brown(RIP) league down on Fifth Avenue, where traffic would be backed up for miles on end. Oh the memories!!!!!
Ms. Tracey M Jennings