Personality Test: John Mowod
John Mowod, of South Fayette, is the writer/producer of the movie “Amazing Racer,” along with partner Larry Richert of KDKA-AM (1020). It’s based a story involving Mowod’s brother, Joe, a horse trainer at the Meadows Casino and Racetrack, and a special horse that he rehabilitated.
Mowod also has partnered with Larry Richert and Dan Marino to bring the Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza restaurant chain to Pittsburgh, with locations in Monroeville and at Settler’s Ridge in Robinson.
He’s also the president of the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, a nonprofit dedicated to “promotion, preservation and perpetuation of jazz.” The group hosts many jazz events and concerts and sponsors scholarships. Mowod is the son of long-time Pittsburgh jazz radio host Tony Mowod.
Mowod also reviews movies on the KDKA morning show every Friday, in a segment titled “Mowod on Movies.”
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:
Chris Noth — “Big” from Sex and the City — for obvious reasons
My dad. He was very hardworking and always there for my family.
I can’t live without my: iPod, cell phone, DVR or laptop?
Cell phone. Although my family would say it’s the HD-DVR.
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Going to the movie theater as many times a week as possible.
E. I hate sports
I was born and raised here. I love them all.
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
Sid the Kid
Top thing on my “Bucket List” to do before I’m gone:
Travel the world with my wife
In five years, I’d like to:
Have a few more movies released.
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:
I’ve traveled and worked all over the country, and Pittsburgh people by far are the friendliest and most supportive.
Star I’d like to dance with on “Dancing With the Stars”:
Julianne Hough … for obvious reasons.
Favorite lunchtime spot:
Shouf’s Cafe in Bridgeville
Three people I’d love to have dinner with:
Julius Caeser, Thomas Jefferson, Steven Spielberg
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
McRib, which could also go under the guilty pleasure category.
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
An astronaut. NASA was sending men to the moon, who didn’t want to go?
Saturday mornings you’ll find me:
At my kids’ sporting events.
One word my mother would use to describe me:
“Picker.” When my Mom cooks dinner on the weekends for us, I can’t help but “taste” it while she’s cooking. It drives her nuts!!
The first band I saw in concert:
Chicago at the Holiday House in Monroeville
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
Kate Beckinsale, Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Richert
The most famous people I ever became friends with:
Dean Martin, Dan Marino, Sly Stallone
My childhood nickname:
The last book I read:
TV marathon I could watch all day:
“King of Queens” – it’s hilarious!
My favorite cable channel:
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
Fort Pitt and the Fort Pitt Museum.
My favorite website:
The movie that always makes me cry:
“Somewhere in Time”
My favorite “bad” movie:
“Flash Gordon” — I used to play basketball with Sam Jones in North Hollywood.
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
Rocky 1 through 3
My first job:
I was a bus boy at the Plug and Piston in Plum.
My worst job:
Unloading watermelons from midnight to 6 a.m. in the Strip District
People would be surprised to know that I:
With all the traveling I have had to do, I am really a colossal homebody.