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Personality Test: Music promoter Rich Engler

| 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.

Pick one:

A. Go-Gos

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.

Pick one:

A. Pirates

B. Penguins

C. Steelers

D. Other

E. I hate sports

C. Steelers

My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:

Arnold Palmer

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":

Jennifer Lopez

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:

"My Richard"

The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:

A jar of hot pickles and garlic

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

A beachcomber

Exercise I hate most:

Sit ups

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

Favorite concert:

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:

A corkscrew

My most embarrassing junk food:

French fries

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:

The Kid

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:


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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