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Andy Warhol—A Pittsburgher at the Core

Andy Warhol—A Pittsburgher at the Core

Share this…Andy Warhol was an artist, a celebrity, a cultural icon, an eccentric, and at heart, a Pittsburgher.  While many people associate Warhol with the jet set and locations like New York City and Hollywood, most fail to realize how much of a Pittsburgher Warhol was. Andy Warhola (he began to drop the “a” from his last name while in college) was born on August

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George Romero: The Man Who Made Zombies Cool

George Romero: The Man Who Made Zombies Cool

Share this…By: Janice Lane Palko There were zombie movies before George Romero made the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead, but none of them had the impact that this independent horror film had. A low-budget flick with a price tag of $114,000, Night of the Living Dead premiered to a less than stellar reception. Vince Canby, The New York Times movie reviewer, described

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Johnny Unitas: A Legend in Our Own Backyard

Johnny Unitas: A Legend in Our Own Backyard

Share this… Western Pennsylvania has set the standard for quarterback excellence. It has been distinguished as the “Cradle of Quarterbacks” for producing such names as Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino. The gunslinger who pioneered the movement, Johnny Unitas, led a storied career of sheer dominance with an arm that put the NFL on the map. We remember his greatness fifteen years following

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Bonnie Baxter, Founder of Open Doors Pittsburgh

Bonnie Baxter, Founder of Open Doors Pittsburgh

Share this… If you are a Pittsburgher, the city’s skyline is almost as a recognizable as your own face. But how familiar are you with the buildings that populate that skyline? How many of them have you ever been inside? Do you know who designed them. Or their history? Thanks to Bonnie Baxter, you have an opportunity to get to know better the iconic buildings

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Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

Share this…He sounds like Cheech Marin, raps like Jay Z, and preaches love like Gandhi. Hamza Perez is not your average Muslim. Mr. Perez, the Imam of the Light of the Age Mosque located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, also serves as the Youth Director at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, where he runs YA-NE, Youth Alliance for Networking and Empowerment program. If the adage is

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David L. Lawrence- Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Mayor

David L. Lawrence- Pittsburgh's Renaissance Mayor

Share this…For those born after 1960, the name David L. Lawrence may mean nothing more than the it being the formal title of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, but the man behind this name is one of the most important figures in the city’s history and quite possibly its best mayor. If it weren’t for Lawrence, Pittsburgh would be a whole lot different today.

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Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

Share this…  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

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Pittsburgh Dad Is Quintessentially Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Dad Is Quintessentially Pittsburgh

Share this…  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

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Concussion Protocol

Concussion Protocol

Share this…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

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

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

Share this…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

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