That was a fun read!
Even though we Pittsburghers generally recognize ourselves as truly being the nicest folk on the planet, we do appreciate a good rant every now and then (cf.
our native son Dennis Miller). In that vein, nothing tops Tom Shales' annual "reviews" of Kathie Lee Gifford's "Christmas Specials": enjoy a small sample - http://jimromenesko.com/2011/12/05/decades-of-tom-shales-bashing-kathie-lee-gifford/
I, too, found the review to be hilarious and was a little surprised at Guy Fieri's overly defensive response on the Today Show. As Mr. Fieri has some Pittsburgh connections I would have thought that he would have responded to the critic with a little comedic rant of his own. Of course that's easy for me to say as I have invested no money, time, or reputation in that particular Times Square enterprise.
Of the reviewer's "hidden agenda" I would guess that he, like me, is more than a little nostalgic for the grit, crime, and grime of lower Times Square in the '70's: nothing like the smell of pi$$, puke, and beer in the morning!
A stroll through there on a 1970's morning was like touring a fresh battlefield and vicariously absorbing some of the horrid "action" that you had thankfully missed.
And what a sight it was the evening before to see 100 mounted poiice assemble at midnight to begin their patrol, a sure signal that it was time to retire to the safety of Fifth and C.P.S.
Thanks largely to Disney, Marriott, and Giuliali that's gone now, but never to be forgotten ...
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