Personality Test: Music promoter Rich Engler
By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
If you attended a major concert in Pittsburgh in the 1970s, '80s, or '90s, chances are Rich Engler was involved. With fellow promoter Pat DiCesare at DiCesare-Engler Productions, he helped bring concerts -- large and small -- to Pittsburgh. There were extravaganzas like the Monsters of Rock concert at Three Rivers Stadium in 1988, and intimate shows featuring the Ramones and Husker Du at the Syria Mosque Ballroom. He worked with acts ranging from Aerosmith to ZZ Top (both on the same bill at Three Rivers in 1976), Madonna and Motley Crue, Sammy Davis Jr. and Ozzy Osbourne.
Engler, however, is more than just the guy that everybody asked for tickets. He helped start Orchard Hill Church in Wexford. He's traveled around the world and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. He's an art collector, although with a bias: He most appreciates the paintings of his wife, Cindy.
Not bad for a kid from Creighton whose first band, The Royals, started playing at nightclubs when the members still were in high school.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:
Either Don Johnson or Davy Jones, so many people have told me that we resemble each other.
Childhood hero and why:
Rod Serling, creator of "The Twilight Zone." The show stretched my imagination and it was so different from regular TV.
B. Goo-Goo Dolls
C Lady Gaga
D. Yo Gabba Gabba
C. Lady Gaga. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that phenomenon• She is a major superstar, talented whether you like her or not.
The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had.
My baseball -card collection which was from 1956-1960. It mysteriously disappeared. I had a suspicion that my dad used them a few at a time to start our coal furnace after I left for college.
The superpower I wish I had in real life and why:
To end wars, boost the economy and live in peace.
I can't live without my: iPod, cellphone, DVR, or laptop?
Cellphone because most new cellphones have these features.
My favorite reality show:
I have none. Although I did watch "The Celebrity Apprentice."
App I wish I could invent:
An app that answers the phone using my voice, and recognizes the caller by using their name with my voice with a message stating that I am not in and to please leave a message.
Favorite brunch food:
Egg-white omelet with baked kale chips on the side
Favorite guilty pleasure:
I love red wine.
Best mistake I've ever made:
Questioning myself about having children. It turned out to be one of the best decisions ever. Priceless.
Something I would do over if I could and why:
Have a couple more kids.
E. I hate sports
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
Favorite lunchtime spot:
In Pittsburgh, on our deck at the house. In St. Barths, Nikki Beach or Le Tamarin.
Top thing on my 'Bucket List' to do before I'm gone:
Please my wife and take her to "La Tomatina," the world's largest food fight, a tomato-throwing festival in Bunol, Spain.
In five years, I'd like to:
Be as healthy as I am today
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:
The friendly people
Star I'd like to dance with on "Dancing with the Stars":
Three people I'd love to have dinner with:
Bob Dylan, Dr. Andrew Weil, and my wife Cindy in the South of France
My quirkiest inherited trait:
I'm 99.99999% sure!
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
Primanti Brothers' tuna with everything
One word my mother would use to describe me:
The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:
A jar of hot pickles and garlic
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
Exercise I hate most:
I'm deathly afraid of:
Jumping out of a plane (in any form)
If I was auditioning for "American Idol," my song would be:
"The Long and Winding Road" by the Beatles
After having produced more than 4,000 events, it's difficult to choose one.
TV marathon I could watch all day and why:
"The Three Stooges" and "The Twilight Zone"
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark.
The Cathedral of Learning, because we walked to the top and ran down the steps over and over again for four months training to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. We worked up to 11 trips up and down in one session.
Saturday mornings you'll find me:
Drinking cappuccino at La Prima in the Strip, golfing or fly fishing
Best new gadget I've tried recently.
My Nespresso machine
The worst advice I ever received:
My father suggesting I get a real job at Pullman Standard, which was grinding weld from train box cars.
In high school, I was:
The most famous people I ever became friends with:
Harvey Weinstein and Jon Bon Jovi
The movie that always makes me cry:
"The English Patient"
My most treasured fashion accessory is:
My wife Cindy
What you'll always find in my glove compartment:
My most embarrassing junk food:
If I wasn't a concert promoter, I'd be:
The last book I read:
"The Art of Happiness" by the Dalai Lama
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
"Bullitt" with Steve McQueen
My most memorable fashion mistake:
I wore a really stupid hat in a photograph with Graham Nash.
If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:
The Dalai Lama
My childhood nickname was:
My favorite "bad" movie is:
"Howard the Duck"
My first job:
Paper boy and working at a car wash
My worst job:
Having to fire someone
My favorite cable channel:
PCNC-TV and HGTV
The song that always gets me out on the dance floor and why:
Barry White, "Can't Get Enough of Your Love"
Life would be better without:
People with bad attitudes and slow drivers wearing hats
If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd
I never travel without my:
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