This 4th of July I am reposting my own content from 4 years ago because I’m not sure there is anything that says U.S.A. better than a postcard of Wayne Newton punching an American eagle. This was acquired at a Newton concert in Pittsburgh circa 1990 that my roommate and I attended using tickets that were given away by Carnegie Mellon University’s radio station. We each won a pair and went downtown to sell them outside of the show. There were no takers, however, so we decided to simply attend.
We did not last very long. After leaving the show, we gave one of our extra tickets for a neighboring seat to an extremely enthusiastic homeless man with grease paint under his eyes, who appeared to be under the illusion that he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was thrilled for the opportunity to see the concert. I hope he made it an unforgettable experience for the awful couple sitting two seats away from us that yelled at a young girl with Down Syndrome to sit down because, in her excitement, she was blocking a man’s view of the aging, eagle-punching Vegas performer.