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Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

  By Raquel Issenberg   When Michael Bonaventura arrived in Pittsburgh in 1983, the city’s steel industry had bottom out, but Michael’s life was on the rise. He had come here to purse two dreams: marrying his beautiful Pittsburgh fiancée, Antoinette, and becoming a well-respected chef. Happily, both of those dreams have come true. Michael married Antoinette, and they are the owners of the renowned […]

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Pittsburgh Dad Is Quintessentially Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Dad Is Quintessentially Pittsburgh

  They say there’s a grain of truth in all humor. If so, then Curt Wooten and Chris Preksta, the creative team behind the beloved Pittsburgh Dad, have harvested enough grains from their humor to make a loaf of Town Talk bread. Pittsburgh Dad is the online sitcom that captures the essence of what Pittsburgh fathers are like. Wooten, who dons aviator glasses and combs […]

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Concussion Protocol

Concussion Protocol

Dr. Bennet Omalu’s Research in Pittsburgh Launched a Revolution Sadly, it’s become a routine occurrence as more and more well-known athletes reveal that they believe they have chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE, a brain disease, its discovery, and the fallout from those findings all tie back to Pittsburgh. If you have seen the critically acclaimed 2015 movie Concussion starring Will Smith, you know that pathologist Dr. […]

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Richard King Mellon – The Silent Partner of Pittsburgh’s Renaissance

Richard King Mellon - The Silent Partner of Pittsburgh's Renaissance

Often when a name is so well-known, the person bearing that name lives in the shadow of its prestigious reputation. That would be the case of Richard King Mellon. Since the mid-1800s, the name Mellon has been a household one associated with wealth. Mellon’s Banking Background Thomas Mellon, Richard King Mellon’s, grandfather, established the private bank T. Mellon and Sons in 1869. His son Andrew […]

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Patrice Matamoros Keeps Pittsburgh in the Running

Patrice Matamoros Keeps Pittsburgh in the Running

Runners know all about pushing through the pain to achieve their dreams, but the true measure of champions is how they react when their dream is stripped from them. Such was the case with Patrice Matamoros. A champion high school runner in Montana, had hopes of competing in the Olympics, but a devastating injury she suffered while in college ended her running career. She could […]

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Lee Terbosic Interview

Lee Terbosic Interview

Recently, Popular Pittsburgh chatted with Lee Terbosic, a nationally touring magician and comedian. A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Terbosic, 34, will put the city in the spotlight November 6th, when he attempts “Houdini 100.” At noon, while dangling upside-down high above the corner of Liberty Avenue and Wood Street in a straitjacket, he will attempt to undo himself in a death-defying feat of magic that has […]

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Baron Batch Finds His Inner Artist in Pittsburgh

Baron Batch Finds His Inner Artist in Pittsburgh

Baron Batch came to Pittsburgh as the Steelers’ seventh-round pick in the NFL’s 2011 draft out of Texas Tech University, where he was the school’s eighth-ranked, all-time rushing leader and where he led the team in rushing his senior year with 816 yards on 177 carries. In retrospect, it seems that football would turn out to be only a means for Batch to find his […]

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Pittsburgh Phil: The Greatest Plunger of Them All

Pittsburgh Phil: The Greatest Plunger of Them All

There is no such thing as luck. It’s a fancy name for being always at our duty, and so sure to be ready when good time comes – Edward George Bulwer-Lytton Pittsburgh’s past is replete with colorful characters, spectacular sportsmen, and stellar geniuses, but George E. Smith was all three. Smith, known as Pittsburgh Phil, was the greatest plunger of his time, possibly ever. No, […]

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All Hail Emperor Chaz! Coach Chuck Noll Built the Foundation for the Steelers Dynasty

All Hail Emperor Chaz!						Coach Chuck Noll Built the Foundation for the Steelers					Dynasty

Very few people throughout history have had the title “emperor” bestowed upon them—Augustus, Constantine, Napoleon—Chuck Noll. Although not a leader of a country, the late Steelers coach headed the Steelers nation and led his team to four Super Bowl victories, more than any other coach in NFL history. He held that title solely until 2015 when Patriots Coach Bill Belichick tied him with four championship […]

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“Sharon Needles: How a Mid-Western Boy in a Dress Found a Home in Pittsburgh

“Sharon Needles: How a Mid-Western Boy in a Dress Found a Home in Pittsburgh

Caustic, vulgar, outrageous, funny, charming, honest, insightful, successful, tragic, Sharon Needles could be described by any of those terms, and she could also be called a Pittsburgher. Unless you are into the drag queen scene, you may not be aware of it, but Pittsburgh is home to one of the most famous drag queens in the world, Sharon Needles. For a person who admits that […]

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