Joe Wos http://wesa.fm en The Golden Legacy of Little Golden Books http://wesa.fm/post/golden-legacy-little-golden-books <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For generations of children, Little Golden Books have served as an introduction to reading. The first set of 12 books was released on October 1, 1942, selling for 25 cents apiece. Since then, the series has sold more than </span><a href="http://www.randomhousekids.com/brand/little-golden-books/about/" style="line-height: 1.5;">two billion books</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> worldwide in a variety of languages. They feature characters from all across the children’s pop culture spectrum drawn by many accomplished illustrators.</span></p><p>Having played such a significant role in the lives of children everywhere, several of the books were included in the Smithsonian Museum’s Division of Cultural History. This month selected artwork from the series will be on display at the <a href="http://www.toonseum.org/">Toonseum</a> in Pittsburgh. Essential Pittsburgh visited the exhibit and talked with Joe&nbsp;Wos, the museum’s executive director. He explained why the books have remained timeless.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:34:43 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30369 at http://wesa.fm The Golden Legacy of Little Golden Books Beyond the Funny Pages: The Rich History of Pittsburgh African American Cartoonists http://wesa.fm/post/beyond-funny-pages-rich-history-pittsburgh-african-american-cartoonists <p>Visitors to the City County Building this February may find themselves captured by the rich history of Pittsburgh-based African American cartoonists.</p><p>In a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/black-history-month">new exhibit</a> titled <em>Beyond the Funny Pages: The Works of Arts and Life Captured in Comics</em>, Toonseum collaborates with the City Parks office of special events to create a time capsule of art by black cartoonists living in the Steel City.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:29:33 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24377 at http://wesa.fm Beyond the Funny Pages: The Rich History of Pittsburgh African American Cartoonists Everlasting Holiday Television Classics with Joe Wos http://wesa.fm/post/everlasting-holiday-television-classics-joe-wos <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Charlie_Brown_Christmas"><em>A Charlie Brown Christmas</em></a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_the_Red-Nosed_Reindeer_%28TV_special%29"><em>Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer</em></a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_the_Grinch_Stole_Christmas!"><em>How the Grinch Stole Christmas</em> </a>are holiday television staples.</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">They are aired every single year despite being filmed several decades ago. So why do they still endure?</span></span> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:29:06 +0000 Katie Martin 20814 at http://wesa.fm Everlasting Holiday Television Classics with Joe Wos Duck, Duck, “DUCK!” - The History of the Rubber Ducky http://wesa.fm/post/duck-duck-duck-history-rubber-ducky <p>If you are a resident of Pittsburgh, you have undoubtedly heard about the enormous 40 foot tall rubber duck that is now floating majestically in the river. But where does this iconic bath toy originate from?</p><p>According to Joe Wos, Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.toonseum.org/index.html">Toonseum</a>, it goes all the way back to the late 1800&rsquo;s, when regular Saturday baths first became popular. In order to be clean for church on Sunday, the entire family would gather to take their one and only bath of the week. Wos says dips in the tub went from oldest to youngest, Dad went first, then oldest brother, down to the youngest child. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:31:33 +0000 Katie Martin 17383 at http://wesa.fm Duck, Duck, “DUCK!” - The History of the Rubber Ducky Drawing a Crowd At The Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival http://wesa.fm/post/drawing-crowd-pittsburgh-comic-arts-festival <p></p><p>In the world of comic strip art, <a href="http://www.reuben.org/history/">The Reuben Awards</a>, are on par with the Oscars. Named after Rube Goldberg, the Reuben has been awarded by the National Cartoonists Society to artists such as Charles Schulz, Chester Gould and Bill Watterson.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:26:20 +0000 Heather McClain 10029 at http://wesa.fm Drawing a Crowd At The Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival