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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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Pittsburgh Profiles: H. J. HEINZ  – “To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.”

Pittsburgh Profiles: 						H. J. HEINZ  -						"To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success."

All-American favorites such as french fries, hamburgers and hot dogs just wouldn’t be enjoyed in quite the same way had Henry John Heinz not come along.  He is responsible for that wonderful condiment known throughout the world called Heinz Ketchup.  He didn’t invent ketchup, he just perfected it!  The road to the creation of Heinz ketchup started when Henry John Heinz was born on October

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Pittsburgh Profiles: David McCullogh – America’s History Teacher

Pittsburgh Profiles: David McCullogh - America's History Teacher

On July 7, 2013, David McCullough, American historian and native Pittsburgher, was honored on his 80th birthday when the 16th Street Bridge was renamed the David McCullough Bridge.  It is fitting that  a renamed  bridge was chosen to honor McCullough rather than a building or some other structure, as the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner’s body of work has been a bridge to the past for

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