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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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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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