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Sebak's "Right Beside the River"

August 21, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
Rick Sebak's latest show, "Right Beside the River" aired Thursday on WQED, and what a treat it was to see Moundsville and what it has to offer featured on the show.

Sebak's Pittsburgh History Series shows the inside-out of a lot of Pittsburgh's treasures, but this one moved its way down the river to the Ohio Valley.

In it, showcased was the Moundsville Mound, the Cockayne House and the Marx Toy Museum. Moundsville's downtown and the penitentiary also were mentioned.

I especially loved the part about the Marx Toy Factory, and learned a lot I didn't know. Jason Turner, son of the museum's founder, Francis Turner, explained that the museum was originally a grocery store.

All of the toys in the museum are original — none have been repaired or repainted. Johnny West, the Big Wheel and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots are some of the favorites on display.

Marx Toy Factory, founded by Louis Marx in 1991, was the No. 1 toymaker in the 1950s, and made more than one-third of all of the toys made in this country, Turner said. He commented that "for children across the country, Christmas begins in Glen Dale, W.Va."

Nila Chaddock, chairman of the Cockayne Historic Preservation Committee, took Sebak and viewers on a tour of the old farmhouse. It was interesting hearing facts and seeing some of the inside of the house that I've driven by hundreds of times.

Tom Tarowsky, in charge of education at the farmhouse, noted that "Everything in the house is from the house," which he described as a "gem, preserved through neglect."

The show will be aired again Sunday, Aug. 23, at noon.

And for a $75 pledge to WQED, it can be yours to watch over and over again!


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