Friday, October 27, 2000

Discovery Weekend at Univ of Pittsburgh

I got to mingle with the big donors. My wife led a hands-on course. This was for the kick-off for the big capital / endowment campaign.

Tuesday, September 12, 2000

Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinas at Three Rivers Stadium

The B.I.G. League program got a bunch of tickets to the Pirate game. All the kids and coaches went onto the field. It was fun.

We walked onto the field from the opening in the wall in Center Field. This was just prior to the start of the game. On the field there was a little award time where the winners of the Mayor's Cup for baseball and softball got trophies.

Then came the singing of the National Anthem. Then we scooted up to the stands.

As the group of players and adults from the city walked onto the field, it made for quite a sight. I imagine that there were about 300 or so of us there. And, it felt like there were more of us than there were fans in all of the stands. Hardly anyone was at the game.

We stayed for most of the game and then left before it was over as it was a school night.

This was a treat.

Tuesday, September 05, 2000

DU swimming coaches and changes

Snip from news by Jason Wawrzeniak

Addressing Duquesne's women's swimming program, Athletics Director Brian Colleary named Jamie Cona the new Duquesne University women's swimming coach.

Cona, a four-year swimming letterwinner for Duquesne from 1996 to 1999, helped lead the Dukes to a 32-18 record during her four seasons that included a program-best 8-3 mark as a sophomore.

The 23-year-old Cona has coached in her hometown of Cherry Hill, N.J., and served as a graduate assistant last season for both the men's and women's programs.

With the addition of Cona, the 2000-2001 season marks the first time that the men's and women's programs have had separate coaches.

Jamie Cona lasted for one year at the helm of the DU Womens Swim Team. Dave Sheets was hired as the next womens coach.

Thursday, June 01, 2000

Hostelling International's memo from Mark Rauterkus

Dear Fellow Pittsburghers,

I'm interested in talking, either in person or on-line, to anyone with interests in vision, mission, activities and facility of the Hostelling organization and associated politics.

I'm interested as I'm a South Side, part-time activist who has many recreational leadership experiences in other parts of the country.

Furthermore, I feel that there might be some unique solutions and program opportunities available to please various membership interests. I'd love to talk with you and begin to uncover some of these ideas in shared discussions.

Thanks for the consideration.

Please contact me if and when you so desire.

Mark Rauterkus

A collection of the documents delivered to the AYH Board, Marketing Committee and Jesicca, the AYH manager, are available for review.

These plans were talked about, sent to them, and the outcome was nothing. The board drove the organization into the ground and out of business. The board and others knew that the organization would not survive -- yet they choose to do nothing but keep the status quo.

Presently, (as of December 2005) the AYH building is sitting idle, sadly. It is owned, by the URA.

Saturday, February 05, 2000

Obit for Joseph A. Rauterkus, Jr.

Printed in the newspaper.

Age 77, in Allegheny General Hospital; beloved husband of Elizabeth (Scopel-Amity) and the late Claire (Erny); very proud father of David, Joeseph III, Leo, Jackie Kirby, Rock, Daniel and the late Vincent; brother of Leo, Margaretmary Zoffel and the late David; also survived by nine grandchildren; three step-children and six step-grandchildren. Joe attend St. Fidelis for six years where he was an all around athlete in baseball, basketball and tennis. While serving in WWII, he studied pre-med at Tulane and also attended the University of Nebraska. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degree at the University of Pittsburgh. He began his teaching career at Central Catholic where he taught Science and was coach of the swimming and tennis teams. He then went on to teach in the Pittsburgh Public School System for 35 years. After retiring, he served as a substitute teacher for both the Pittsburgh and the Parochial School Systems. Joe could also be seen and heard in the stands of Three Rivers Stadium vending, and was well known by his many catchy phrases selling his product from 1979 to the present. He also enjoyed the notoriety of being the one and only vendor at Mt. Lebanon High School stadium. Many Pittsburgh's may also have learned their driving skills from Joe, as he was a Driver's Ed Instructor. Friends received 2-4 & 7-9 Sat & Sun at Anthony G. Staab Funeral Home, 900 Chartiers Ave., W.E. Pgh. Mass and Christian Burial in Guardian Angels Parish, St. Martin Church on Mon at 10 am.

Thursday, February 03, 2000

Uncle Joe - words from my dad (Leo M. Rauterkus) about his big brother, Joe

Joseph A. Rauterkus, Jr.

Born: June 21, 1922
Died: Feb. 3, 2000

For Big Bro

I'm here because the one we are paying tribute to my Big Brother. But he was more. He was my mentor, my friend. He love me, and was great to be around. He has always been something special.

Joe was a great loving father who encouraged every one at every turn. He was non-judgemental - and even though he was given much reason to -- he never raised his voice.

Joe lived life to the fullest. He had extreme faith in God which spread to all around him. He was a fine teacher who managed to teach even if you weren't in his classroom. I venture to say that most of you were never in his classroom but if you knew Joe very well, he taught you many of the important things about life.

Joe loved to be involved with people, no matter what they were doing. He thoughly enjoyed vending at the ball park. That's where the action was. And it was another opportunity to serve ... to teach ... to be on stage as when pushing ice cream as with 'The Ice Man Cometh.' Oh, sure, you could get a bag of peanutes for $.35 at teh Giant Eagle, but these are "older, more mature Ball Park Peanutes -- $2.25, please. Here, enjoy this gum - on the house."

Joe was very competitive. He loved the thrill of the game and encouraged his children to enjoy the same. Joe was a fine tennis and baseball player. He enjoyed the game for what it was. he never rubbed it in.

I can rembmer of time Joe was in a tennis tournament down in New Orleans while he was in the Army. The top seeded player was quated as saying, "If I had to lose, I'm glad it was to Joe." He was a worthy opponent and a true gentleman.

Joe's life was divided into several parts. Some were constant like raising and caring for his kids. He cared and encouraged to the very end. He took care and nursed Claire though cancer. There wasn't anything that she wanted that he counldn't get for her. He said if he had know the outcome that her last breath would have been tinged with nicotine.

Then a new chapter in his life -- Betty entered the picture. In Joe's own well organized, point-driven way of determining another suitable spouse, Betty won -- hands down.

Betty told me that Gog gave Joe to her as a special gift, and I know that Joe thought of Betty as his special gift. And that's the way the past 5 1/2 years went, after Father Kevin here tied the Nuptial Knot. Joe and Betty treated each other as special gifts from God. And rightly so -- they desered each other. I feel in my heart that Joe wanted to teach us to treat each other as Special Gifts.

I am going to stop now. Good-bye my dear Big Brother. You'll be sorely missed by us all.

We love you.

Sunday, January 02, 2000

Steelers vs. Titans, Section 447, Row F, Seat 3

Went to the game, 3RS, #10 on the schedule. Ticket price was $44.76 and city tax was $2.24 = total $47.00.

Saturday, January 01, 2000

Dear Friends and Folks with connections to the 'burgh!

Advance Notice. Call for LOCAL (Pgh. PA) Political Action, No $ Solicitation

Seeking Sports and Fitness Advocates for a newly forming Coalition

Those with brain-power to spare with political, grass-roots, and community access interests are most welcome to join the South Side's Markethouse Athletic Association as we convene a coalition to champion ideas and issues central to sports participation opportunities.

Present: The URA (Pittsburgh, PA's Urban Renewal Authority,, and UPMC (Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center,, have begun a 90-day OPEN DISCUSSION period. A $25-30M sports-medicine / sports-performance compound is on the drawing board for a large section of the LTV site on the South Side.

Past: At the Washington's Landing development, the URA invested $3M in tennis courts and park space. Furthermore a .9 acre site is leased at nominal charge to the non-profit Three Rivers Rowing Association,, for its boathouse, fitness center and offices. Gems like these found in other development projects are uncertain -- quote: community access issues are nebulous at best -- when it comes to the LTV site.

Future: Ideas and voices needs to be organized and shared.

Please send email to: NUKED...

Get further information and a kit geared to getting yourself, community agencies and regional businesses into this extended planning process.

Mark Rauterkus

Thanks for listening. This advance notice was posted by Mark Rauterkus, convener's chair, NUKED. The message went to a number of contacts such as yourself via BCC. Your address is part of Mark's personal email address listings. News agencies, thanks for NOT publishing, rather wait for the pending OFFICIAL Press Release. Feel free to forward this message others you know who might be keenly interested. Please do NOT post as spam or broadcast to USENET Newsgroups.