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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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Pittsburgh Profiles: Mark Cuban – A Pittsburgh “Maverick”

Pittsburgh Profiles: Mark Cuban - A Pittsburgh "Maverick"

There are many things you can call Mark Cuban, but shy or retiring isn’t one of them. Wherever the billionaire and native Pittsburgher goes, he makes a big splash. Entrepreneur and owner of the NBA franchise Dallas Mavericks, Cuban was born in Pittsburgh on July 31, 1958 to Shirley and Norton Cuban, an automobile upholsterer, and was raised in Mt. Lebanon. His grandfather, a Russian […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Chip Ganassi – Pittsburgh’s Racing Mogul

Pittsburgh Profiles: Chip Ganassi - Pittsburgh's Racing Mogul

Before he became a championship team owner, this Pittsburgher was a competitor, and in the midst of his career, he suffered a serious medical setback. If you are thinking Mario Lemieux, you’re on the wrong track. Perhaps because he is so private or perhaps because this isn’t Daytona, Indianapolis, or Talladega, but whatever the reason, Chip Ganassi’s achievements are perhaps the most unsung in all […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles:  Andy Warhol – A Pittsburgher at the Core

Pittsburgh Profiles:  Andy Warhol - A Pittsburgher at the Core

Andy Warhol was an artist, a celebrity, a cultural icon, an eccentric, and, at heart, a Pittsburgher. While most people associate Warhol with the jet set and locations like New York City and Hollywood, most fail to realize how much of a Pittsburgher he was. Andy Warhola (he began to drop the “a” from his last name while in college) was born on August 6, […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Art Rooney, Sr. (1901 – 1988)

Pittsburgh Profiles: 						Art Rooney, Sr. (1901 - 1988)

Did you know the boyhood home of Art Rooney Sr. once stood on the same spot where Three Rivers Stadium would be built many years later, and where Mr. Rooney himself would be hailed as “The Chief?” Art Rooney was born in Coultersville, a town east of Pittsburgh, into a family that made their living as coal miners and steel workers.  His parents moved their […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Pittsburgh’s Homegrown Bishop – David A. Zubik

Pittsburgh Profiles: Pittsburgh's Homegrown Bishop - David A. Zubik

When author Thomas Wolfe titled his novel “You Can’t Go Home Again” in 1940, he could have never envisioned Bishop David A. Zubik. Bishop Zubik was born in the Pittsburgh area and defied Wolfe’s wisdom by returning home to the welcome of Pittsburgh’s Roman Catholic residents in 2007 as their twelfth Bishop. History of Bishop Zubik  David A. Zubik was born in Sewickley on September […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Chef Bill Fuller – Pittsburgh’s Culinary Chemist 

Pittsburgh Profiles: Chef Bill Fuller - Pittsburgh's Culinary Chemist 

The dictionary defines chemistry as the branch of science dealing with the composition, structure, and properties of substances, and the transformations that they undergo. It may seem odd that one of Pittsburgh’s premier chefs has a chemistry background, but when you broaden the definition of chemistry, the leap from atoms and molecules to appetizers and mousse is not a quantum one. Chef Bill Fuller of […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Dana Brown

Pittsburgh Profiles: Dana Brown

Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University Dana Brown, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University, grew up in Castle Shannon and attended Keystone Oaks High School. The Center’s mission is to help more women run and get elected to public office. Ms. Brown’s interest in politics was sparked early in her life. […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Pittsburgh’s Medical Pioneer – Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

Pittsburgh Profiles: Pittsburgh's Medical Pioneer - Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

Genius in Your Midst Sometimes when genius is in your midst, you fail to appreciate it fully. It often takes time to realize the magnitude of another person’s accomplishments. That is how it is with Dr. Thomas E. Starzl. Those who lived in the area while Dr. Starzl was making breakthrough after breakthrough in transplantation surgery, almost became accustomed to his innovations. But when we […]

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