The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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August 7, 2009

Going deep: Scuba diver utilizes hobby to repair leaky pools


Scuba diving pool repair is just one of his enterprises.

Along with a partner, he also runs the Greyhound bus station in downtown Johnstown.

And he invented and sells a tool to dig fence posts. He and his invention (Bull Digger) were featured several years ago on the PBS series “Ask This Old House.”

Menna also does substitute teaching at Greater Johnstown High School. He said there is no such thing as a bad kid.

“I love every minute of it,” he said. “I would love to teach full time.”

But Menna did not train to teach. He was educated to entertain.

And it was that path that led him to his wife and his future home.

“I came in for a summer to work as a technician and actor at Mountain Playhouse,” he said.

It was during that time that Menna met his future wife, who was doing marketing for the playhouse.

The two have been married 22 years and have an 18-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.

Menna still dabbles in community theater and recently produced “Dream Girls” for the NAACP. Now and then he has a part in a commercial, and he played Eric Roberts’ bodyguard in “Shannon’s Rainbow,” a movie shot in Pittsburgh.

But he no longer dreams of a career as an actor.

“Theater has become a hobby,” he said. “You get to the point where reality sets in.

“I have a lot of friends in New York City. You live from job to job if you are lucky. That is just not a life for me.”

It was that desire for stability that led the Mennas to settle down near her home.

Menna has no regrets.

“I call Johnstown home,” he said. “I love FolkFest. I love the Chiefs. I am close enough to Pittsburgh that I can do the city if I want to.

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