Duquesne Brewing Company-Have A Duke

Crossing  the Smithfield  Street Bridge in Pittsburgh to the South Side, we see a tremendous complex of dining, shopping, live entertainment, and education.  Known as Station Square,  it was the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Passenger Railroad  Station.   The station itself has the restaurant at two levels.  The old train sheds are specialty shops.  There is an exhibit of Pittsburgh’s Industrial Age.  At my last visit, there was a Sheraton Hotel.  Someday I hope we will see commuter trains in Pittsburgh to the Great Lakes.  They should never have stopped.


At one time in the South Side stood the  Duquesne Brewing Company.  The building itself is a rich collection of

Romanesque Revival and assorted designs from the late 19th to the Mid-20th Century.  The trademark for the Beer was a picture of a Duke holding up a Pilsner Glass of Beer.  On the top of the building was a clock with the words “HAVE A DUKE” around it.  Millions of people checked their watches every day with this clock.  It could be seen for miles.

Duquesne had a theme which provided music for a song or march.   Until 1962, Duquesne Beer sponsored the Pittsburgh Steelers on WWSW Radio and away games for CBS Channel 2.  As might be expected,  the march style began and  ended the broadcast.  Lyrics were the background for commercials during the game.

As written

Have a Duke, Have a Duke, Have a Duuuke.  Duquesne’s the Magic Million Beer,  a Million Barrels every year,  the certified proof of quality from the U.S Testing company,  have a Duke,  have a Duke,  have a Duke.  Have a Duke, have a Duke and you will see the reason for its pedigree,  bright and sparkling Duquesne’s first, preferred in every favored test, have a Duke,  have a Duke,  have a Duke.

I cannot remember the exact words from another lyric.  Brand B says ???????, Brand C says??????, that’s all you hear from year to year, confusing claims about their beer,  How do you know it’s the truth?,  Believe your taste, When choosing beer, Don’t be mislead by those confusing claims you hear,  Just taste Duquesne and you will see,  How great good tasting beer can be, Believe your taste and Have a Duke, have a Duke, have a Duke, have a Duke.

At intervals during a game,  the announcers just while  broadcasting Have a Duke the finest beer in town

In addition to Duquesne Beer, the Pilsner, the Duquesne Brewing Company had Silver Top its Lager Beer.  As might be expected Silver Top was to provide variety and never matched Duquesne in sales.  It did provide a balance to its major competitor  in Western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Brewing Company.   This brewery did things in reverse.  Let me spell this out to avoid confusion.

Duquesne Brewing Company-Primary Brew was Duquesne Pilsner and the Secondary was Silver Top Lager.  Pittsburgh Brewing Company-Primary Brew was Iron City Lager and the Secondary was Tech Premium Pilsner.

After Carling became Steelers’ beer in 1962, the Duquesne Company changed their marketing techniques.  The title was simply DUKE beer.  I cannot remember the exact words.  They said you will like the bold flavor of DUKE beer. Where tastes run strong, make it DUKE.   The company abandon its royalty image for something more blue collar.  The pictures were different showing rodeo cowboys, miners, steel workers, or truck drivers.

When the Duquesne Brewing Company folded in 1972,  C. Schmidt’s and Sons bought and packaged DUKE beer at its Cleveland Branch not its headquarters in Philadelphia.  The Duquesne plant on the South Side became a meeting for artists and writers.





Mimi Ben Zell

Pictured is Mimi Benzell an American opera singer who later sang the Blues and new songs as they hit record sales. Extremely versatile, she appeared with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town, two Broadway hits and on the Mike Douglas Show. A frequent panelist on To Tell the Truth, Ben Zell showed great analytical skills in her choices over the who was telling the the truth and who were the imposters. She maintained an amazing schedule her entire life. She died of throat cancer on December 23, 1970 only 47 years old.

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Democratic Convention 1920 San Francisco

Democratic Convention 1920 in San Francisco.

Delegates were divided among William McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasury under Woodrow Wilson, and Al Smith, Governor of New York.

Three other candidates were in the balloting but the Democrats wisely defeated them. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer was a Right Wing tyrant trashing civil liberties across the country. He made Ed Meese in the Reagan Administration look like a Statesman. Williams Jennings Bryan also was in the balloting but the country was tired of this eloquent bird brain. President Wilson wanted the nomination for a third term but was too sick to continue. He had no business in the White House even during the last two years of his Administration.

Dark Candidate James A Cox, the Governor of Ohio, won the nomination after 8 days days of balloting, threatening, and promising. His running mate was Franklin Roosevelt, the Secretary of the Navy. More on the 1920 election later.

Andy Reid in Kansas City

Andy Reid has now been in Kansas City for five years.  His team has gone on a series of streaks of both wins and losses.  This indicates the Chiefs are playing well over their abilities and then they fall.  I don’t think I have seen anything like this before.

2013.  Won 9 in a row; lost 3 in a row; won two and lost two;  In the final two games the Chiefs were coasting; the games were meaningless.   Headed in the playoffs  Kansas City was 11-5;  They had a big lead 38 to 10 over the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter;  Suddenly the team collapsed and the Colts won 45 to 44.

2014. Lost the first two games; won 7 of the next 8 for a 7-3 mark; lost 3 in a row; won 2 of 3;  The 9-7 record not good enough for the playoffs.

2015. After winning the first game, lost 5 in a row.  Won 10 in a row to finish 11-5.  Defeated the Houston Texans 30 to 0 in the first playoff game; lost to New England 27 to 20.

2016. Split first four games for a 2-2 mark; won 10 of next 12 for a 12-4 mark; lost to Pittsburgh 18 to 16 in the playoffs.

2017. Won 5 in a row; lost 6 of next 7 bringing record to 6-6;  Won the final four to finish 10-6;   Lost a 21 to 3 lead to the Tennessee Titans losing 22 to 21 in the first game of the playoffs.

Presidential Election 1920 I

In the 1920 Presidential election,  Republican Warren G. Harding defeated Democrat James M. Cox in a landslide. Both nominees were from Ohio.  As I indicated previously, it seemed like Ohio and New York  had a monopoly on Presidential Candidates prior to 1952.

Harding came from the Senate and Cox was the Governor. Harding won with 60% of the popular vote, 404 electoral votes, and 37 states.  Cox had just under 40% of the popular vote, 127 electoral votes, and 11 states.

Back in 1920, voters from the South and Border South voted Democratic no matter who it was.  The vote total for Governor Cox  did not mean he had any appeal in Alabama,  Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi , North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.  It was a hangover from the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln.   Many in the South still saw him as a tyrant.   Actually Lincoln was advocating generous terms for bringing  the Confederacy back into the Union.  With Lincoln’s death,  his dream for America died as well.

The State of the Union in 1920 was very bad.  Bills from fighting World War I  were coming due  with interest.  This was slowing down investments. Historians and teachers give inadequate attention to Post War Depression of 1919 because of the more serious depression of the thirties.  Up to 1920 it was the most severe economic slowdown in our history.   There were memories 0f Palmer’s raids named after the Wilson’s  Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer.  Democratic  goons, police departments, and Coal and Iron Policeman  harassed German and Irish Americans in organized labor, fraternal societies, and churches.  Inference with mail  made it dangerous to send correspondence especially to other countries.

An ailing President Wilson said the 1920 elections would be  a referendum on American entrance into the League of Nations.  This was unwise because Americans were tired of war and foreign alliances.  Traditionally the voters turn out the party in the White House after a war.   No doubt, Americans were war weary and did not want entrance into League of Nations.  Nevertheless, it was not the all consuming issue, just one of many that hurt the Democrats. In the midterm elections of 1918,  the Republicans took over both Houses.







The Amazing Things About the Eagles

The attitude that Doug Pederson brought was amazing.    He managed to keep the team loose saying playing the game should be fun.  Yet at the same time he was intense.  Pederson connects with his players but was adamant about thing.  Keep all comments respectful.  When players make negative  comments it degrades their victory.  Worse yet, it gives others a rallying point when the Eagles meet them again.  Our team will a real target to defeat.  They will no longer be an underdog.


Jake Elliot is showing  there is more pressure on a short field goal attempt than a long one.  The fans have higher expectations.  We will see how Elliot deals with this pressure.  David Ackers was the longest tenured placekicker for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Our history has so many kickers that looked invincible then rapidly went downhill.  There were players like Paul McFadden, Louis Zendaos, and Tony Franklin.  The pressure just got the better of them.