Celebrating 10

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How has 10 years gone by so fast?

Yes, I am celebrating my 10th anniversary with the New Pittsburgh Courier. My first story was due the first week of February, 2001. I don’t think I even had a computer back then. The decade has been wonderful. I’ve attended some of the best events Pittsburgh has to offer, balls, teas, luncheons, boat rides and picnics.

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It is hard to remember any bad days or bad times. It is such an honor to work for such a historic publication. When I think back to what has changed over these 10 years it is hard to believe some of the changes.

Kaufman’s Department store has been replaced by Macy’s. The Lord & Taylor that opened in the former Mellon Bank building is gone as well as Mellon Bank as we knew it. Who would have thought that the Ebony Fashion Show would go poof as well as the annual fashion show sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women? Those great shows are history, as well as the annual fashion show presented by the Friends of the Martin Luther King Reading Center. The one that is hardest for me to believe, yes I’m going there, is no WAMO or anything to replace it. However, there are new buildings that we didn’t think we would have, The Consol Energy Center and Rivers Casino. Who would have thought that we would have a casino in Pittsburgh and the beautiful August Wilson Center for African American Culture? A few of my favorite stores came and went in the last 10 years, the Gallery Z and The Kenneth Cole Shoe Store in the South Side works.

At the other end of South Side in Station Square big changes took place. What was once a parking lot now houses the Hard Rock Café, Bar Louie, Joe’s Crab Shack and Buca de Pepo. The amphitheater at the end of the Station Square parking lot was torn down but now it’s back. So much can happen in a decade. Many of the events I cover are annual events and you become friends with the event chairs and the group members, I truly believe they appreciate the coverage that is provided by the New Pittsburgh Courier and I enjoy telling their stories. I’m sure the next 10 years will go by just as fast as the first. I’m excited about the future and grateful to be working for one of the most historic newspapers in the country. Please remember I’m always looking for an interesting lifestyle story and a great party to cover.

In the next week I’ll cover a winter tennis party, and soon the Omega Psi Phi Mardi Gras will be coming up. I wish more people would come out in costume. The people in costume make for great pictures. I love a themed party, kudos to Peggy Harris (Three Rivers Youth) and Robert Hill (University of Pittsburgh) for coming up with great themes. Don’t forget to send your request for coverage in enough time to put you on our schedule. The best way to contact me is email, many organizations still send faxes and hard copy invites, which are all fine with me, as long as they don’t arrive the week of or the day before the event.

(Email the columnist at deb­bie­norrell@aol.com.)

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