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Pittsburgh Profiles: Dr. Cyril Wecht – Pittsburgh’s Polymath

Pittsburgh Profiles: Dr. Cyril Wecht - Pittsburgh's Polymath

Among the many things you may call him – coroner, physician, lawyer, author, lecturer, politician, professor, media consultant, forensic expert – one thing you cannot call Pittsburgh’s Cyril Wecht is boring. Born March 20, 1931, in the mining village of Bobtown in Dunkard Township, Greene County, Cyril Wecht is the son of Jewish immigrants.  His father, Nathan, was a shopkeeper and came from Lithuania, and

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Jackie Evancho – No Longer the Runner-Up

Pittsburgh Profiles: 						Jackie Evancho - No Longer the Runner-Up

In 2008, while working for another media outlet, I was asked to fill in for my publisher at an event that our publication had sponsored–the Kean Idol contest at St. Barnabas Health System in Gibsonia. I was to be there when the awards were given to the winners of this talent competition. During the evening, I watched talented competitor after talented competitor take the stage

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Johnny Appleseed and His Pittsburgh Roots

Pittsburgh Profiles: Johnny Appleseed and His Pittsburgh Roots

Like St. Nicholas, whose life morphed into the legendary figure of Santa Claus, or Phoebe Moses, who became Annie Oakley, John Chapman’s real life was so unusual that it inspired a legend–Johnny Appleseed. While legends are often dressed up in the fairy tale garb of whimsy, fantasy, and out-sized virtue, the real story of the people behind the legends often are more interesting, inspirational and

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Johnny Unitas (1933 – 2002)

Pittsburgh Profiles: 						Johnny Unitas (1933 - 2002)

Johnny Unitas, commonly referred to as one of the greatest players ever, was a quarterback from 1950’s through the 1970’s.  From Lithuanian descent, he was raised in the Mt. Washington neighborhood by his mother after his father’s untimely death when he was 4.                            

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Jonas Salk (1914 – 1995)

Pittsburgh Profiles: 						Jonas Salk (1914 - 1995)

Humanity is truly fortunate that the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants choose medicine over his original goal of becoming an attorney.  Or perhaps we should thank his mother, who never thought he would be a good lawyer! Whatever the final motivation, love of medicine or a mother’s desire for her son to be a doctor, Jonas Salk started down a path that would save many people

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Pittsburgh Profiles: May E. Schenley – The Pittsburgh Enchantress Who Shocked the World

Pittsburgh Profiles: May E. Schenley - The Pittsburgh Enchantress Who Shocked the World

The name Schenley has been immortalized all over Pittsburgh, but if Mary Elizabeth Croghan Schenley were alive today, no doubt her name would be in the headlines for the National Enquirer, People magazine, and featured on the celebrity gossip site, TMZ.com. A descendant of one of Pittsburgh’s most illustrious families, Mary Elizabeth Croghan was born in April 27, 1826, in Louisville, Kentucky, to William Croghan,

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Dahlen K. Ritchey (1910 – 2002)

Pittsburgh Profiles: 						Dahlen K. Ritchey (1910 - 2002)

Dahlen Ritchey was born January 31, 1910, and grew up in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh on Parkview Avenue.  Along with his sister Virginia, Dahlen was one of two children of Charles and Anne Ritchey.  Their father was employed at J&L Steel, and the family lived close to Forbes Field where Dahl often worked as an usher. Since Parkview Avenue was in close proximity to

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Roberto Clemente (1934 – 1972)

Pittsburgh Profiles: 						Roberto Clemente (1934 - 1972)

“Anytime you have an opportunity to make things better and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on this Earth.” – Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh awoke to a big snow storm on New Year’s Day in 1973.  The news that greeted Pittsburghers as they turned on their radios and televisions was unbelievable.  Tragically, their star Pirate baseball player had been taken from them in the

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Mr. Rogers – Pittsburgh’s Beloved Neighbor

Pittsburgh Profiles: 						Mr. Rogers - Pittsburgh’s Beloved Neighbor

The year was 1968.  Martin Luther King was assassinated.  Robert Kennedy was assassinated.  Students occupied Columbia University as Vietnam War protests break out all over the country. Riots erupted at the Democratic National Convention.  American Olympic medalists gave the Black Power salute during the medals ceremony.  Apes foretold the demise of American on the big screen with The Planet of the Apes while the younger

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Pittsburgh Profiles: Nellie Bly (1864 – 1922)

Pittsburgh Profiles: 						Nellie Bly (1864 - 1922)

The woman who would become famous as Nellie Bly was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran on May 5, 1864.  She was the child of a prominent judge and a loving mother in Cochran’s Mills, PA, just forty miles east of Pittsburgh.  Before becoming known as Nellie, Jane acquired the nickname of “Pink” when her mother christened her in a bright pink gown.  Perhaps it was an

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