Sebak guest at oldies dance

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Award-winning documentary producer Rick Sebak will be a special guest at the All Oldies, Only Oldies dance April 6 at Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department’s social center and banquet hall.


“We are very pleased that Rick will be with us,” said Al Marcy, assistant fire chief and entertainment chairman of the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department. “It’s fitting that he will be the special guest because his documentaries on WQED in Pittsburgh and nationally on PBS focus on various aspects of American life and often reflect our past. The dances at Stockdale do the same thing – that is, they remind us of special times in our lives.”


Sebak will make a presentation at the dance and be available for autographs and photos.


The Stockdale oldies dance, which has become one of the largest and most popular of its kind in Western Pennsylvania in recent years, will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight.


Ralph Trilli, longtime area disc jockey and co-host with Bill Chappo of the Cruisin’ Sunday show on WJPA, will spin the oldies. The dance is a bring-your-own-everything event. The fire department will provide refreshments, although no pop will be available.


Admission is $10 per person, and reservations and additional information are available by calling 724-330-5002. Checks should be made payable to Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department and sent, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to Dance, P.O. Box 416, Roscoe, PA 15477. Those ordering tickets are requested to include their name, address, telephone number and email address.


Ron Paglia, disc jockey at the original Stockdale record hops from Dec. 21, 1957, through August 1964, will be the guest host.


Sebak has produced, written and narrated 18 individual special programs about Pittsburgh and an often-imitated documentary, “Things That Aren’t There Anymore.”


In 2003, after the death of Fred Rogers, Sebak rewrote an earlier documentary he had made into a new program titled “Fred Rogers: America’s Favorite Neighbor.” For his work on the new program, he was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.


Before coming to WQED 25 years ago, the Bethel Park native worked for 11 years at the South Carolina Educational Television Network in Columbia, S.C. His work there included the awarded-winning documentaries “Shag,” about the official state dance of South Carolina, and “The Slightly Wacky Aussie Doco,” a travelogue about Australia.


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