Quotables: Congratulations to 'Pittsburgher of the month'
Barry Pingor of Squirrel Hill became something of an internet sensation this week after he appeared on WTAE-TV for a story about a fire department controlled burn that dropped ash and soot all over his neighborhood and property. His quintessential Pittsburgh accent and local sports team attire, plus his trusty rusty dustpan, instantly endeared him to many. On Monday, a local talk-radio sports show was talking about him and people on social media were buzzing. On Twitter, one new fan proclaimed, “The man in this (WTAE) video should be Mayor of Pittsburgh.” Mr. Pingor, 54, took his newfound notoriety in stride — even as the city's actual mayor, Bill Peduto, called Pingor the “Pittsburgher of the month.” In Pingor's own words:
“I try to be an objective person. These guys (firefighters) are training; that is some serious stuff. They have to do that. But let me show you something … (Pulls out a bag full of soot and ash). This is the flip side. Whatever they were burning was just flowing through the air all over the neighborhood.”
“I could see the humor part ... about my dustpan. I wouldn't part with this for the world. Before my dad passed away, we had this.”
“I'm not trying to become a star or anything. But the thing is, I am a Pittsburgh fan — the Steelers, the Pirates, the Pens — you know, I love all things Pittsburgh.”