Photo winner and History Center Giveaway! chose comment #17, belonging to reader Julie who wrote:

I had HUGE glasses in elementary school (we’ll pretend they were in style) and the glasses took up more than half of my third grade face. Combine that with a bowl haircut….I was a sight for sore eyes.

I have had some experience with huge eyeglasses. SO HARD to pull off that look.

Julie has been contacted.

If you didn’t win, you can order your own prints from the shop and you can also enter this giveaway for tickets to the Heinz History Center!

(Rare fifth edition sheet music of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”)

What: Four passes to the John Heinz History Center and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

A perfect way to spend a Saturday on the Strip is to visit the History Center and then hit the shops for food, gear, and Burgh tchotchkes.

This giveaway is timely because the History Center is about to unfurl, if you will, their new exhibit, Stars and Stripes: An American Story.


Next weekend, the Senator John Heinz History Center will open a major exhibition, Stars & Stripes: An American Story, sponsored by BNY Mellon, which details the stories of the people behind the more than 200 year history of our nation’s most enduring symbol.

The 7,000 square foot exhibit, which was developed by History Center museum staff in conjunction with Dr. Peter Keim and historians including Marc Leepson, will open with a special ceremony on Sat., Sept. 10, at 9:00 a.m. which will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S.

Stars & Stripes: An American Story will include objects, images, and archival materials from the History Center’s collections, as well as items on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, The Warhol Museum, The National Gallery of Art, and private collectors.

I gotta tell you, I love history. I love old stuff. I love putting my hands on old stuff. Two things: 1. Don’t make that dirty. 2. It’s a good thing museums put old stuff behind glass because I would put my hands on the old stuff.

One thing I remember about my last visit to the History Center was that they had on exhibit some handwritten notes from soldiers from some bygone time. Probably the Revolution or Civil War, and the handwriting of these soldiers?! LIKE ANGELS WROTE IT! The most beautiful script you have ever seen outside of a True Type font. It was art. I wanted to hold it. Caress the paper. Smell it. Admire it.

Now our handwriting looks something like an EKG test readout. Hawt.

Okay, where did I digress to?! Look, a wallaby!

When: You chose the date you wish to go! This particular exhibit runs until June 17, 2012. Check out the site for more info!

To Enter: Leave a comment! You have until next Wednesday, September 7 at noon to enter. Any comment will do, but so you have something to say, tell me, if you could time travel to any point in the past to experience first-hand a particularly iconic moment in time, which moment would you choose?

Me? Man, I would love to have been there to see Maz’s World Series game 7 walk-off homer. Then I would have charged the field celebration and jumped on Roberto’s back and never let go until they arrested me. Hey, one of you time travel back to that moment and bail me out.

Good luck!

P.S. As with all of my giveaways, these are not paid ads.


  1. RPC
    September 6, 2011 1:24 pm

    In Europe, at the height of the Black Plague.

  2. Melissa
    September 6, 2011 1:43 pm

    I would love to go back to visit Anne Bolyen when she was in the tower waiting to be beheaded. I would love to know the real story….yes I am that big of a nerd.

  3. Monty
    September 6, 2011 1:45 pm

    I would go back to 1998 and try to stop Vanilli from mixing alcohol with prescription drugs. Milli’s solo career since then has really disappointed me.

  4. John
    September 6, 2011 2:02 pm

    November 5th, 1955. That was the day time travel was invented, you know…

  5. burgerlicious
    September 6, 2011 2:05 pm

    The end of WWII – want to kiss a sailor!

  6. JennyMoon
    September 6, 2011 2:06 pm

    LOL Monty!

  7. red pen mama
    September 6, 2011 3:08 pm

    I would love to witness the moon landing in 1969, either on TV (I could watch with my Mom & Dad, when they were dating) or at NASA. That would be cool.

  8. lisa
    September 6, 2011 3:11 pm

    I and my whole family adore the history center, it has been a long time since we were able to go there. I would love to go!!!!!

  9. Brojack
    September 6, 2011 3:45 pm

    MLK’s :”i have a dream” speech in DC!

  10. BrieCS
    September 6, 2011 3:55 pm

    I’d love to pop back and see how the Nazca Lines were made!

  11. Dave
    September 6, 2011 7:35 pm

    If it’s just one day, then I’d pick March 15th, 44 BC. If I could stick around a little longer, the lead-up and the aftermath would be fascinating as well.

  12. Susan
    September 7, 2011 10:19 am

    I’m a complete history nerd (who used to work at the History Center), so I could come up with thousands of these, but today I’d like to travel to the mid-1930s, to my grandparents’ house on Main Street in Lawrenceville, where they took in boarders. I’d love to spend time with my grandmother, father and uncle when they were young, and meet my grandfather. Also, I think I’d have a better attitude about cooking and cleaning for a family of four, after watching my grandmother do the same for a family of four and a house full of single men.

  13. Katie
    September 7, 2011 10:37 am

    Immaculate reception. No question.

  14. empirechick
    September 7, 2011 10:41 am

    I would like to be in the Texas School Book Depository or on the grassy knoll, wherever I could get a clear view of ALL the shooters – that magic bullet theory just seems too impossible to me.

  15. beth
    September 7, 2011 10:58 am

    I’d travel back to see the celebration at the end of WWII.

  16. Rachel
    September 7, 2011 11:48 am

    I would go back to the 1960’s when my mom was a teen. It would be cool to get her opinion on events going on during that time.