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Pittsburgh Profiles: Bill Strickland – The Solution Man

Pittsburgh Profiles: Bill Strickland - The Solution Man

“You’ve got to look like the solution, not the problem,” said Bill Strickland at a 2002 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference in Monterey, California. For nearly 50 years, Pittsburgh native Bill Strickland has been applying his simple solution to help at-risk kids, single parents, and displaced workers visualize and achieve their dreams. According to Strickland: You solve problems by creating a world-class environment because people

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A Chat with Christopher Whitlach Host of PCTV’s Into Pittsburgh

A Chat with Christopher Whitlach Host of PCTV’s Into Pittsburgh

Christopher Whitlach is most well known for his work at the Pittsburgh Foundation, where he serves as the nonprofit’s manager of Marketing and Communications. Recently, he has channeled his considerable knowledge and experience gained from working there and with numerous other nonprofits into a new venture, television host. In addition to his work at the Pittsburgh Foundation, Christopher is now the host of PCTV’s show

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Ben Ramsey – From PCTV to Hollywood

Ben Ramsey – From PCTV to Hollywood

Ben Ramsey, screenwriter and film director, has lived in Hollywood since 1996. He wrote The Big Hit, which starred Mark Wahlberg. He has also written Dragonball Evolution and the direct-to-video films Blood and Bone and Love and a Bullet. Before Ramsey “went Hollywood,” he cut his screenwriting and film directing teeth in Pittsburgh.  Popular Pittsburgh was pleased when Ramsey recently took the time to tell

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PCTV’s Paul Eugene Fitness Gospel Aerobics: a Workout for Your Whole Being

PCTV’s Paul Eugene Fitness Gospel Aerobics: a Workout for Your Whole Being

If you’ve ever watched PCTV’s Paul Eugene Fitness Gospel Aerobics, you know that the host, Paul Eugene, is a bundle of positive energy. His show is not only a workout for your body, but also your mind and spirit. The program airs bi-weekly on the channel, and can also be accessed by live streaming on PCTV’s website. Paul Eugene reflected on his unique career with

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Billy Gardell – Pittsburgh’s Funny Guy

Pittsburgh Profiles: Billy Gardell - Pittsburgh's Funny Guy

Marty Allen, Frank Gorshin, Dennis Miller—those are some of the funny guys the Pittsburgh area has produced over the years.  The latest one to cause belly laughs is Pittsburgh native Billy Gardell. Billy Gardell, the “Mike half” of the CBS smash sitcom Mike & Molly, which also costars actress Melissa McCarthy, was born in Pittsburgh on August 20, 1969. The Swissvale native moved to the

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Andrew Carnegie – Pittsburgh’s Man of Stark Contrasts

Pittsburgh Profiles: Andrew Carnegie - Pittsburgh's Man of Stark Contrasts

Nearly 100 years after his death, Andrew Carnegie still provokes a spectrum of emotions, everything from admiration to disdain.  Perhaps that is because he himself was a man of stark contrasts.  His story is a fascinating one of rags to unfathomable riches, labor champion to union enemy, autocrat to delegator, ruthless competitor to the most magnanimous philanthropist in history. Andrew Carnegie was born on November

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Arnold Palmer

Pittsburgh Profiles: Arnold Palmer

Shakespeare wrote:  “All the world’s a stage.”  That may be so, but some make their entrance at precisely the right moment in history’s drama.  Such is the case with legendary golfer Arnold Palmer.  Counted among the greatest golfers of all time, Palmer made his debut during the rise of the television age, making Palmer a household name, setting off a boom in golf, and establishing

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Fort Pitt Web Shop

Fort Pitt Web Shop

“Let’s build something together,” is the tagline of Chris Field’s Fort Pitt Web Shop. Field is a web coder and developer who wants to decode digital technology for the rest of us, so we can stop throwing up our hands at the devices. “The goal is to try to just, in one sense, obscure the technology so it’s not in the way,” Field says. “But

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Stephen Foster – The Nation’s First Pop Star

Pittsburgh Profiles: Stephen Foster - The Nation's First Pop Star

In 2012, Paul McCartney performed during the Grammy Awards show. Immediately, Twitter was flooded with messages asking who exactly was this McCartney chap? One-fourth of the Beatles, who, at one time, joked that they were more popular than God, McCartney arguably is one of the most well-known singer/songwriters in recent history. If McCartney has now slipped into obscurity among the younger generation, that only illustrates

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Michael Keaton – ‘Burgh Man

Pittsburgh Profiles: Michael Keaton - 'Burgh Man

Michael Keaton is truly a ‘Burgh Man. Like his hometown city, Keaton’s career has experienced some ups and downs.  His impressive body of acting work has spanned characters as dark as a January day in the city and as workaday as a PAT bus driver. Although a major star and with all that goes along with it, Keaton, if you scratch below the surface, still

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