'One Extraordinary Street' Documentary Premiere Slated for Nov. 15
The locally produced documentary, One Extraordinary Street, will be publicly premiered at Duquesne University.
The 90-minute film focuses on many of the now-famous natives of the Park Avenue neighborhood of Monongahela, including Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, 31st U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Carl Vuono, Disney Channel Founder Jim Jimirro, former NFL star and Nerf Football inventor Fred Cox and former New York City Teacher of the Year John Taylor Gatto.
One Extraordinary Street was produced by Duquesne alumna Laura M. Magone, who earned a B.S. in business administration in 1982 and an MBA in 1986 and formerly worked in the University’s Small Business Development Center. She is a business consultant and filmmaker.
A Monongahela native who was not born on Park Avenue, Magone has spent the last several years interviewing residents on that street to find out what they have in common.
The documentary spends time with several other residents, including legendary Eat 'n Park waitress Fran Fusco; top U.S. trial attorney Vincent Bartolotta, who was a student of Duquesne University Chancellor Dr. John Murray, and Dr. Deirdre Bair, acclaimed biographer who won a National Book Award for her biography on Samuel Beckett. Also featured is former Pittsburgh Pirate Ron Necciai, the only pitcher to strike out 27 batters in a nine-inning professional baseball game, and Mary Ann Barkey, the first woman to climb a telephone pole to do repair work for Bell of Pennsylvania.
Where: The Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square.
When: Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
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