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MIBSTERS OF PITTSBURGH
Marbles feature to air on Pittsburgh 360 Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 14, 2013

CONTACT:

George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

MIBSTERS OF PITTSBURGH
Marbles feature to air on Pittsburgh 360º Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

PITTSBURGH—A new season of WQED’s Pittsburgh 360º series will include a feature on the experienced marble players found in Allegheny County.

The feature premieres Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. with “For all the Marbles.”

The timeless game of marbles has put Allegheny County on the mibsters' map ("mibsters" is the name for those who play marbles).

The National Marbles Championship was first held in 1922, and has been ongoing for the past 90 years. Mibsters compete for prizes and awards that could include college scholarships and national honors. Out of the total 138 National Champions, 35 boys and girls have come from the Pittsburgh area.

Also pertinent to this piece is that a small town in West Virginia has the only factory in the entire country that still produces marbles for play, while a Penn Hills glass artist produces exquisite, orb-shaped works of art.

Dave Crawley takes us from the beaches of New Jersey, to a Southside neighborhood Billy Buck Hill, in a 360 story called "For all the Marbles."

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