1. Dana Spiardi produced this funny piece in 1984 for an employee event. Writer: Kevin Hyde.

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  2. Dana Spiardi produced this funny video as a spoof of the "Mr. Coffee" commercials featuring Joe DiMaggio. In this piece, Westinghouse manager Jim Little demonstrates how "Mr. Power Plant" can light up your life! (The video was shown at an employee conference in 1984.) Writer: Kevin Hyde

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  3. This funny video was used as a "commercial" during an employee conference in 1984. This is one of four pieces that Dana Spiardi produced for that event. Given the tight budget, she also supervised makeup (check out Mr.T) and wardrobe (Superman's outfit was a real paste-up job!) Mel Harris stars as Mr. T. and Jim Little appears as Superman. (Writer: Kevin Hyde)

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  4. Dana Spiardi produced this funny video when she worked for Westinghouse. It was used during a "commercial break" at a motivational employee meeting for nuclear engineers. The star is Pres Rahe, formerly of Westinghouse. He was a real sport and quite a natural. (1984; Writer: Kevin Hyde, who also appears with "the Gizmo")

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  5. Dana Spiardi produced this video about computerized nuclear project management in 1984. The hardware looks primitive, but it was cutting-edge at the time! The video features actual and amateur actors (Westinghouse employees), plus one "highly-paid" horse who traveled from across the state to appear in this show. Well-known Pittsburgh-based actor Chuck Aber ("Silence of the Lambs") appears as Project Man. Kevin Hyde wrote this very funny script.

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I produced these videos -- "Mr. Power Plant," "Pocket Plant Analyzer," "Darth," and "Compete Network" as "commercials breaks" during a day-long all-employee meeting of the Nuclear Technology Division back in 1984. A few of the videos feature talented…


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I produced these videos -- "Mr. Power Plant," "Pocket Plant Analyzer," "Darth," and "Compete Network" as "commercials breaks" during a day-long all-employee meeting of the Nuclear Technology Division back in 1984. A few of the videos feature talented local actors and voice-over artists. Many Westinghouse employees star in the spots. Some volunteered, others had to be coaxed. But they were all good sports. I rented the costumes (and loaned out my punk jewelry to Mr. T); hired all the crew people and the scriptwriter, Kevin Hyde; chose the locations and developed the sets; chose the soundtracks (even stole some copyrighted music, including the "Peter Gunn Theme," performed by one of my favorite Pittsburgh groups, The Silencers!). These were fun days. I was only 24 and busy beyond belief!

I also produced "Project Man" to help market computerized project management systems (in 1985!) This is probably the program I'm most proud of from that period. It involved a LOT of work. I even had to hire a horse! And I had a contractor build the entire set in an old warehouse that lacked electricity. I had to rent five gas generators to power the cameras and other equipment! A BIG budget production.

"Basement Daze" is a look back at those crazy years I spent making videos. It features all of the photographers graphic artists, and freelance video people that I worked with back then.

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