Pittsburgh History is all about who we are and where we came from. Some of the information conveyed here may have been heard before while other stories are unknown and obscure. Either way, this blog is packed full of drama, intrigue, mystery, comedy, tragedy, and romance. The history of Pittsburgh has all of these elements and so does this blog Pittsburgh History!
About the author:
Daniel J. Burns is a retired police officer and freelance writer specializing in local history. He has published the books Duquesne, Pittsburgh's Rivers, Bedford and Its Neighbors and Homestead and the Steel Valley. An instructor at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh teaching the class "Undiscovered Pittsburgh," Daniel also speaks at community organizations, schools and historical societies on just about everything Pittsburgh.
Taken in 1965, this is a photo of Pittsburgh Police Officer Vic Cianca, pictured left, became a world famous icon as "The traffic cop with flair." His flamboyant style of directing traffic with his trademark white gloves landed him on many television shows in the 1950's and 60's such as Alan Funt's "Candid Camera", Real People and The Tonite Show.
His entire career was with the Pittsburgh Police Department retiring in 1983. Pittsburgh lost a true icon when Officer Cianca passed away in 2010 at the age of 92.