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Pittsburgh Profiles: Elsie Hillman – A Woman Unafraid of Going Into the Trenches

Pittsburgh Profiles: Elsie Hillman - A Woman Unafraid of Going Into the Trenches

Elsie Hillman-A Woman Unafraid of Going into the Trenches If Pittsburgh were to have a royal family, it would have to be the Hillmans. But unlike Queen Elizabeth, who is a benign figure head presiding over ribbon-cuttings, the late Elsie Hillman, the grande dame of Pittsburgh’s most prominent family, donned a headband instead of a crown and went into the trenches to make a difference […]

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Dr. Mary C. Burke Spearheading the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Dr. Mary C. Burke Spearheading the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Today, many people are aware of the scourge of human trafficking, but in 2003, that wasn’t the case. That year, Mary C. Burke, Ph.D., professor of Psychology at Carlow University, watched a report of an undercover journalist as he was approached by children offering to have sex with him. This report shined a light on the despicable, shadowy world of human trafficking. The Program Director […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Dr. Patricia George – Racing to Bring Awareness to Pulmonary Hypertension

Pittsburgh Profiles: Dr. Patricia George - Racing to Bring Awareness to Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Patricia George, a pulmonary hypertension specialist at UPMC, knows well how serious a disease pulmonary hypertension is and how little people know about this devastating illness. This year, to raise awareness, Dr. George and Team PHenomenal Hope competed in The Pioneer – a seven-day race through New Zealand’s Southern Alps. What is Pulmonary Hypertension? PH is a disease of the lungs and often goes […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: August Wilson – Pittsburgh’s Playwright

Pittsburgh Profiles: August Wilson - Pittsburgh's Playwright

In the last century, Pittsburgh spawned two Pulitzer-prize winning playwrights: George S. Kaufmann and August Wilson. Kaufmann’s greatest success came in the first half of the 1900s with the prize-winning musical Of Thee I Sing in 1931 and the drama You Can’t Take it With You in 1936, while Wilson won two Pulitzers during the last half of the century with Fences in 1987 and […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Maxine Bruhns – Bringing the World to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Profiles: Maxine Bruhns - Bringing the World to Pittsburgh

Maxine Bruhns is the director of the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh, which is impressive in itself, but to have done so for 50 years and still be on top of her game and the world at 91 is extraordinary. A small town girl from Grafton, West Virginia, Mrs. Bruhns has made herself at home in the world, visiting more than 80 countries […]

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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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Pittsburgh Profiles: Rick Sebak – Pittsburgh’s Scrapbooker Extraordinaire

Pittsburgh Profiles: Rick Sebak - Pittsburgh’s Scrapbooker Extraordinaire

Watching a Rick Sebak show is like visiting your grandparents’ attic with your kindly, cool uncle. As he dusts off and opens the boxes and trunks, he gives you a little history, unearths some long-forgotten treasures, tells some great stories, and stumbles across some surprises.  And in the process, you also learn a bit about yourself. Described by some as a national treasure, a visionary […]

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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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