Seeing this video -- which I love -- makes me realize how much I would have enjoyed being a traffic cop in Pittsburgh. God bless people like Vic Cianca. If only we could each bring this kind of joy into our work and our daily lives.
From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Nobody directed traffic like Vic Cianca.
During 38 years as a traffic cop, Cianca's combination of dance moves, genuflections and exaggerated facial expressions made him a Pittsburgh — indeed, national — icon when "Candid Camera" creator Allen Funt got permission to secretly film him while directing traffic Downtown, then aired the graceful and often hilarious scenes in a 1964 episode.
Victor S. Cianca Sr. of Brookline died Sunday morning, weeks after suffering a heart attack, his family said. He was 92. . . .
His son, the Rev. Vic Cianca, vicar general of Assyrian Church of the East, said his dad's unique style of using his whole body to direct traffic came naturally.
"We're Italian, and we're very Catholic," he said. "Dad would always make the sign of the cross whenever there was a problem. He'd do the same thing while directing traffic."
In 1999, Vic Cianca made a return appearance directing traffic on Fourth Avenue, Downtown. "He really added something to the background of Pittsburgh. He was an icon and everybody knew who he was. He was a real Pittsburgher," said former Mayor Sophie Masloff. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Hat Tip: Patrick Archbold at Creative Minority Report