The Dread Lord as you’ve never seen him before

Here is Lukey, some adorable lady I don’t know, and The Dread Lord Zober at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Spring Hat Luncheon, via the Conservancy’s Flickr stream:

Super Duper Panama Jack-enhance zoom:

He looks so innocent, doesn’t he? So unassuming. So carefree.

Be not ye fooled. Underneath that jovial, merry, que sera sera, sunshine, and jazz hands exterior lies a heart of black ice.

Evil incarnate.


Don’t stare at his picture too long because his mouth will slowly gape open in an unnaturally monstrous way and screeching pigeons will fly out of it and eat your soul.

True story.


  1. spoon
    May 19, 2010 9:53 am

    Hey it’s Dr. Moreau!

  2. Rajneesh
    May 19, 2010 9:57 am

    I had her last month.

    She was the headliner at

  3. Tina
    May 19, 2010 10:05 am

    Didn’t I ask lately how such a gross design like the pidgeon-on-scooter-nightmare could even make it to a public website?
    This hat explains a lot ;o)

  4. TripleC
    May 19, 2010 10:08 am

    A Hat Lucheon? Who the hell comes up with these ideas? I was thinking of having a steel-toe boot happy hour – anyone interested?

  5. PDT
    May 19, 2010 10:20 am

    Who is this guy…pleeze esplain

  6. Monty
    May 19, 2010 10:24 am

    Looks like the mayor is preparing for another stand-off with William Randolph Hearst over a hike in newspaper prices.

  7. unsatisfied
    May 19, 2010 11:14 am

    did I see another ravenstahl running for something yesterday? if so — yikes.

  8. G-Man
    May 19, 2010 11:16 am

    I always wondered where the pigeons were kept when they weren’t walking around Market Square.

  9. Carpetbagger
    May 19, 2010 11:20 am

    He looks like the goofy guy on How I Met Your Mother.

  10. bluzdude
    May 19, 2010 11:31 am

    Judge Smales wants that hat.

  11. Carpetbagger
    May 19, 2010 11:36 am

    Plus, he is dressed just like Hannibal Lecter at the end of Silence of the Lambs. He’s having a friend for dinner!

  12. Elmer Fudd
    May 19, 2010 11:54 am

    Lukey looks like he raided Granddads clothes closet..I guess if you are going to be an old school political hack, You need to dress like one!

  13. empirechick
    May 19, 2010 11:56 am

    Having never seen a picture of him before, I thought the Dread Lord was some old school hard knocks Democrat lifer pulling Lukey’s puppet strings.

    I had no idea that the most liveable city is run completely by teenagers. Explains alot…

  14. johnaz6312
    May 19, 2010 11:59 am

    To Quote Rodney Dangerfield ” Does a bowl of soup come with that hat?”

  15. TheJim
    May 19, 2010 12:06 pm

    You get that hat for free when you buy a bowl of soup.

  16. Sooska
    May 19, 2010 12:35 pm

    Dread Lord is a real live non-fictional member of that reptile alien tribe on the TV show ‘V,’ isn’t he?

  17. Beth
    May 19, 2010 12:43 pm

    @ Carpetbagger – YES!! Jason Segal…I was racking my brain trying to think who he looked like and that’s it.

  18. novembertree
    May 19, 2010 1:12 pm

    That’s Gigi Saladna…A very very nice lady. And apparently a brave one, too. :)

  19. Kristen
    May 19, 2010 1:28 pm

    Can you say “Dorky”?

  20. red pen mama
    May 19, 2010 1:31 pm

    Luke looks like a caddy.

    Zober’s grinning like that because of the whole pigeon-mascot thing, you just know it.

    @empirechick owes me a new keyboard for her crack about “teenagers”.

  21. Fins To The Left
    May 19, 2010 1:38 pm

    This is further proof that the Dread Lord is one of those idiotic Jimmy Buffett people. I bet he wears that hat to the concert every summer. Probably rides in the Homeland Security SUV to get there.

    I’d venture to guess that he also owns an inflatable shark and is personal friends with many lawyers.

  22. toni
    May 19, 2010 2:07 pm

    I’ll never forget the late great Mayor, Bob O’Connor, going to the spring event….and what a picture! He wore a glorious woman’s chapeau with panache. And here’s Lukey…all he needs is to put on a set of knickers to complement that hat.

  23. avisualtinkle
    May 19, 2010 2:10 pm

    aw come on…don’t cha just want to pinch his cheeks?

  24. Magnus Patris
    May 19, 2010 2:20 pm

    Re: “aw come on…don’t cha just want to pinch his cheeks?”

    Which ones?

  25. johnaz6312
    May 19, 2010 4:25 pm

    The Jim, you are correct, thats the line. Rodney’s delivery was better then mine!!

  26. Scott
    May 20, 2010 9:52 am

    Related to 19… So if that is Gigi Saladna that would then be the manager of communications for the city which makes sense why she is in the photo. Another photo can be seen here and I must say…pretty WOW!