My name is Dennis Iurlano. I am writing regarding the bridge photo in the Spring 2013 issue of The Point. I attended Point Park beginning in the summer of 1968, graduated in May, 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and returned to take a class in the Fall of 1973.
The bridge was not there when I started, but was erected during my years at school. In fact, I remember watching as the bridge was put into place. Due to a physical disability, I have mobility issues which made it difficult to cross Wood Street to get from Lawrence Hall to Academic Hall, in good weather or bad. Being a Lawrence Hall resident, the bridge made getting to classes in Academic Hall, or the library, much easier. I did not have to worry about getting across Wood Street safely and in a timely manner.
I thoroughly enjoyed my years at Point Park, and I look forward to the arrival of every issue of The Point magazine. I had good experiences at Point Park, and enjoy the opportunity to share some of the memories.
Dennis J. Iurlano (BUS 1972)
In the spring issue of The Point there is a photo from the 1970's taken on the bridge. You asked if anyone could identify any of the students in the photo. The girl on the front left side of the photo with blonde hair, dark pants and a leather shoulder bag, laughing and smiling, is my fellow dance major, Leslie Hutchinson. After some time dancing in the States, Leslie moved to Paris and became a principal dancer with the Folies Bergere.
So great to see a photo of my time at what was then Point Park College! Thanks!
San Diego, Calif.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Spring 2013 issue of The Point. A great publication as always. In your Class Notes section showing a 1970s era photo of "The Bridge," I believe the blonde wearing a big smile is Leslie Hutchinson, from Washington, Pa. She was a dance major, and a fellow RA in the dorms. Keep up the great work.
Lynn Mitchell (BUS 1978)
State College, Pa.
In the “View from the Bridge” photo, that's Joanie Kendrall (COPA 1978) on the right. I had to go to Marty Schiff (COPA 1979) for a little help there. Though I did not graduate from Point Park College, I sure got an education there. I was a freshman and Joanie was a senior. I think the year was 1978.
It was a big year for Point Park because we were opening the Playhouse that had been closed for a few years. My first crew was running the light board for Hot L Baltimore. Joanie was stage managing and Michael Richie was tech. director. Both Joanie and Michael took the time and taught me so much about the Craft Ave. theatre, about a counter weight system, the pin rail, hanging lights, knots -- all the things that I carry with me to this day. Just out of high school and here I am running lights in a 550-seat theatre! I was not the best student at that time so the world of backstage made a lot of sense. We were all smokers then. The things we remember.
We were about three weeks into the run when I realized that "Hot L" was Hotel with the "E" burnt out. Well, we laughed and laughed. That I remember as if it were yesterday. The most important thing that I learned there from that random girl in the picture was, ‘If you are not early you’re late." Be on time! That’s what Joanie and Michael taught me. I have had the good fortune to make a career working in the world of entertainment. A great career. Had someone not taken the time to teach me the importance of never having people have to wait for you, I wonder if things would have played out the way they have.
After Hot L Baltimore closed, I ended up moving into the Pittsburgh Playhouse for 16 months. Myself, Dave Butler (COPA 1979) and Joey Campayno. What a wonderful time, what a wonderful education. Much love to all,
Los Angeles, Calif.
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