Hmm! Where to begin?
I started collecting cans in 1971, when I found some Iron City Pittsburgh Scenes cans next to my garage one Saturday morning. I joined the BCCA that year. At first I collected any cans I didn’t have, no matter the rarity or condition. Breweriana didn’t find its way into my collection until the 80’s or 90’s. Over the years I’ve thinned out all but a few categories. My main interest now is in anything from Duquesne/Independent. I still also pick up occasional pieces from other Western Pennsylvania breweries, occasional Pennsylvania cans and Rainier Jubilee cans, but little else. I still have my Swedish steel cans and straight steel German cans, but haven’t been looking for any additions to those two categories. Hobby time these days is shared with trapshooting, and I now spend more time behind the shotgun than behind the trade tables.
I was the Olde Frothingslosh President for ten years back in the 70’s and 80’s, and the newsletter editor for many years also. I also served on the BCCA Board of Directors in 1981-1982 and 1995 -1996. I wrote for the BCCA News Letter and Beer Cans and Brewery Collectibles magazines, editing the Last Call column through 1994. In 1997, I was elected to the BCCA Hall of Fame.
By trade, I am an architect, and am still working a few days a week for Washington and Jefferson College. Over the years I’ve worked on projects such as Heinz Hall, Point State Park and Fountain, Trimont Condominium, PNC Park, Fallingwater House, and three state prisons.
As to Olde Frothingslosh, I’d love to see the Chapter return to its golden years, with 150 active members. But that may never happen again. I believe, however, that we can still have successful shows, where we can all add to our collections, have a few brews, and spend time with old friends.