ShareThis Page
Personailty test: Dick Esterle |

Personailty test: Dick Esterle

Dick Esterle near his installation “3Three***” at the Federal Street Underpass Public Art Gallery. Credit: Jim Schafer
Bacon and eggs
Steelers quarterback Charlie batch gives a smile of approval after Harlem Globetrotters star Cheese Chisolm presents him with a jersey Tuesday, December 11, 2012. The 'Ambassadors of Goodwill' were entertaining middle school students at Batch's alma mater, Steel Valley, as 'The ABCs of Bullying Prevention' were spelled out for the students. Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review
Autumn leaf
'Shock Corridor'
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
One of the few entry points into the city, the Smithfield Street Bridge, sits empty early Thursday morning, September 24, 2009. (Justin Merriman/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
'The Good Brother' by Chris Offutt
Frank Masi
A battered and bloodied John McClane (Bruce Willis) holds on for dear life.

If you’ve been to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, you’ve probably seen some of Dick Esterle’s popular art. Esterle created the bright, pink and red “more light” piece displayed in the North Side museum’s Studio. Esterle — who will be the museum’s F.I.N.E. resident artist in March — also created the piece on display at Federal Street’s Underpass Public Art Gallery. This installation, called “3Three***” (pictured above), shows a series of bright, multihued swirls that bring movement and color to an otherwise gray underpass. Esterle, who practiced architecture in New York City and invented the Nobbly Wobbly ball pet toy, lives with his wife, Eileen, in Forest Hills.

The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:

Denzel Washington. Because he can fly a plane upside down.

Childhood hero:

Bullwinkle. He would say, “There’s always room for one more,” and hold up two fingers.

Pick one:

A. Pirates

B. Penguins

C. Steelers

D. Other

E. I hate sports

C. Steelers

The most famous person I ever became friends with:

Art Stamper, Kentucky old-time fiddler

Best mistake I’ve ever made:

Moving to Pittsburgh : )

Favorite lunchtime spot:

My backyard

Top thing on my ‘Bucket List’ to do before I’m gone:

Get a bucket list

In five years, I’d like to:

Be hanging “more light” installations in more places.

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:

Artist Image Resource

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:

Chicago-style hot dog and fries at D’s in Regent Square

My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:

Charlie Batch

The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:

Mango Chutney

My favorite website:

The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:

My Stingray bike with the stick 5-speed gear shifter.

Favorite brunch food:

Bacon and eggs

Favorite guilty pleasure:

Bacon and eggs

Saturday mornings, you’ll find me:

Waking up

The superpower I wish I had in real life:

Super speed to plant trees and clean up all the various environmental problems

My most embarrassing junk food:

I’m not embarrassed by junk food.

When I was 10, I wanted to be:


My favorite “bad” movie:

“Shock Corridor” by Sam Fuller

My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:


My favorite YouTube video:

Christina Zaris video “More Light” on the Installation of “More Light” at the Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh

Best new gadget I’ve tried recently:

3-D printer

The first band I saw in concert:

Chicago — 1972 — Louisville, Ky.

The best concert I’ve ever seen:

Bruce Springsteen in an Oakland, Calif., high school auditorium in 1977, and Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert celebration in Madison Square Gardens

If I were auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:

“Gangnam Style”

What you’ll always find in my glove compartment:


Exercise I hate most:


I’m deathly afraid of:


The last book I read:

“The Good Brother,” Chris Offutt

My first job:

Lifeguard at a hotel pool

I never travel without my:

Sleeping bag

Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:

Smithfield Street Bridge, and copper Lincoln statue in Wilkinsburg

The song that always gets me out on the dance floor:

“My Girl,” Temptations — Do you really have to ask why?

Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:

“Live Free or Die Hard”

Life would be better without:


People would be surprised to know that I:

Cannot fly a plane upside down

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.