Famous Moon Personalities

These famous personalities are/were happy to call Moon Township “HOME.” And we hope you are too!

 

Honorable State Senator, Mark Mustio

Honorable State Senator, Mark Mustio

 

Honorable State Senator, Mark Mustio

 

District

 

Hon. Mark Mustio

1009 Beaver Grade Road

 

Suite 220

Moon Township, PA 15108

(412) 262-3780 Fax: (412) 262-3783

 

Capitol

 

Hon. Mark Mustio

420 Irvis Office Building

PO Box 202044

Harrisburg, PA 17120-2044

(717) 787-6651 Fax: (717) 782-2889

 

 

Lou Christy

Lou Christy

 

Here’s the exciting Lou Christy singing his “Lightning Strikes Again!”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BAepxjMxh0

 

Paul Bufano, co-owner of BUFANO’S HAIR DESIGN for more than 25 years in Moon Township, remembers going to see Lou Christy perform at Robert Morris University, coming home after touring nationally.  Lou dazzled the audience by singing his famous “Lightning Strikes Again” and also, for his ending number, coming on stage with his Moon Area High School red and white jacket saying, “Look Guys! It still fits!”  Way to go, Lou!

 

The Beaver County Times had this great story on this former Moon Area High School grad playing the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, 2015.

 

J.T. Miller,

of Hockey’s N .Y. RANGERS…..

J. T. Miller

J. T. Miller

 

Thanks to Chris Bradford for this story!

 

Read more about J.T. Miller here:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._T._Miller

 

 

Ruth and Clyde Meanor

Ruth and Clyde Meanor

 

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article shared on Facebook by loving niece, Susy Parry.  The party was held on July 11, 2015.

 

RUTH and CLYDE MEANOR

Ruth & Clyde Meanor of Moon Township celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year by holding a family reunion on July 11, 2015 at Moon Park. In attendance were their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews in addition to Clyde’s sibling, Hilah. Local relatives were joined by relatives from as far away as Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio and West Virginia.

 

Ruth and Clyde were born and raised in the Moon Township area, went to school together, and both graduated from Moon High in 1943. After high school, Clyde joined the Navy while Ruth went to work at Dravo and then at Coraopolis National Bank. Shortly after, Clyde returned from World War II, they started dating and were married on Friday, June 16, 1950.

 

They have three children – Parry, Phil, and Betsy. Both have family roots in the Moon Area dating back to the early 1800s and their childhood homes were located on Sharon Road and Beaver Grade Road. Both families also had deep ties to Sharon Community Presbyterian Church and Clyde is one of the longest serving members of the church. Rarely apart, it is common to see them tooling around town together with Ruth likely wearing one of her trademark red hats.

 

Susy added: “t was fun and also very emotional. A lot of stories came up in conversations. For example, Ruth’s daughter Betsy said that their house is built on rock (up near the water towers). Ruth & Clyde could not have a basement…but the rock pulled out from digging the house is the rock that comprises the stone fence parallel to Sharon Church and is also found as part of the rock fencing of Sewickley Heights.”

 

They Call (ed) Moon Home!

 

Chuck Aber, actor

 

Kurt Angle, NCAA champion wrestler, US Olympic gold-medal wrestler and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) professional wrestler; also formerly a sports anchor at WPGH-TV

 

Willie Colon, Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Mim Bizic, National Award-winning Educational Computer Pioneer; Mim was recognized by Apple Computer, the Smithsonian, KDKA, Pitt, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Commerce, NECC and Westinghouse for her ability to integrate the computers into the curriculum, from the earliest stages of the personal computer.  Before moving to Moon, she was “Woman of the Year-1987” and several years later,”Citizen of the Year in Sewickley, sharing those honors with Dr. Robert Fusco, and Dr. Joseph Marrone for the development of  “SewickleyNET, ” and teaching the community how  to use the Internet, 1995. She is nationally recognized as a leader in American -Serbian History, and named #16 most influential Serb in the world for 2016 by Blic newspaper in Belgrade, Serbia. Besides this website, Mim’s other websites:

 

www.babamim.com

 

www.mimbizic.com

 

www.notretiredfromlearning.com

 

 

 

Earl Edwards, President of the Moon Township Historical Society, and a one-man dynamo for preserving the history of our Township.  See “Meet our Board” for more information on Earl’s background history.

 

 

Joe DeNardo

Joe DeNardo

 

Joe DeNardo, CBS;  long-time WTAE-TV personality that is mostly known for his work as a weather forecaster and the phrase “Joe Said It Would”

 

“Along with school visits, DeNardo has given back to the community through The Salvation Army and his own actions.

 

WTAE-TV would host two charitable events each year that donated to The Salvation Army, the Project Bundle-Up Auction, and the Bundle-Up telethon.[10] DeNardo hosted both of these events.

 

Joe DeNardo is known for his relentless charitable work for the community. Keeping the spirit of youth in mind, DeNardo would make school visits every Wednesday “with the exception of holidays.” He would fly into the school via helicopter and present an assembly for the kids.

 

Traditionally, in return, DeNardo would receive a cake from the faculty of the schools. “We figured it out, and I think it was in excess of 650 schools I’ve visited in our viewing area,” he said. “I’ve talked to almost half a million students,” teaching them about storms, satellites and how to predict the weather.

 

Trai Essex, Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

 

Rose K. Gantner, Ed.D. National Wellness Consultant and  Speaker. Rose is the also the author of  the popular book: WORKPLACE WELLNESS: Performance With a Purpose. Read more about Rose’s work here: www.rosegantner.com

 

George Lostteter,  US Airways and precursors, (All American Aviation.); founder of the Clearview Federatl Credit Union that now has 100,000 members and assets at over $1.2 billion.

 

James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Robert Mangino, KDKA radio host-3-7 PM

 

Robert Mangino

Robert Mangino

 

Sarah Marince, singer

 

T. Mark Mustio, Pennsylvania state representative

 

John O’Neil, baseball memorabilia collector and author of THE PITTSBURGH GENTLEMAN.  John had 19,397 signatures on baseballs dating from  1925. When his collection was sold at Christie’s Auction Houses of NY, it was the larged collection of signed baseballs ever sold at auction. Read more here about Moon’s O’Neil from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s own Brian O’Neil:

 

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/brian-oneill/2015/03/01/Brian-O-Neill-How-The-Pittsburgh-Gentleman-snagged-and-sold-19-397-baseball-signatures/stories/201503010096

 

John Pippy, former Pennsylvania state senator

 

Katelyn Pippy, American actress

 

Former

 

Jodi Applegate, graduate of Moon Area High School, former NBC News anchor, currently employed at the Fox affiliate in New York City

 

Gust Avrakotos, CIA operative whose exploits in Afghanistan were depicted in the 2007 film “Charlie Wilson’s War.”

 

Jim Baechtold, second pick in 1952 NBA draft and Head Coach of Eastern Kentucky University basketball

 

Barry Bonds, resided in Moon while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Plaxico Burress, resided in Moon while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers

 

John Calipari, graduate of Moon Area High School, basketball coach

 

Lou Christy, graduate of Moon Area High School in 1961; singer, songwriter

 

Bob Davie, former Notre Dame football coach and current ESPN sportscaster, grew up in Moon

 

Ann B. Davis, actress, briefly lived in Moon in the 1990s

 

Sean Gilbert, Washington Redskins player

 

Ryan Malone, former Pittsburgh Penguin

 

Rich Milot, graduate of Moon Area High School, a former American football linebacker who played his entire nine-year career with the Washington Redskins from 1979 to 1987 in the National Football League. He played college football at Penn State University.

 

Frank W. Ofeldt, inventor of the Steam Jenny

 

Ray Seals, resided in Moon while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Brandon Wilson, graduate of Moon Area High School, author/explorer