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Ben Ramsey – From PCTV to Hollywood

Ben Ramsey – From PCTV to Hollywood

Ben Ramsey, screenwriter and film director, has lived in Hollywood since 1996. He wrote The Big Hit, which starred Mark Wahlberg. He has also written Dragonball Evolution and the direct-to-video films Blood and Bone and Love and a Bullet. Before Ramsey “went Hollywood,” he cut his screenwriting and film directing teeth in Pittsburgh.  Popular Pittsburgh was pleased when Ramsey recently took the time to tell […]

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PCTV’s Paul Eugene Fitness Gospel Aerobics: a Workout for Your Whole Being

PCTV’s Paul Eugene Fitness Gospel Aerobics: a Workout for Your Whole Being

If you’ve ever watched PCTV’s Paul Eugene Fitness Gospel Aerobics, you know that the host, Paul Eugene, is a bundle of positive energy. His show is not only a workout for your body, but also your mind and spirit. The program airs bi-weekly on the channel, and can also be accessed by live streaming on PCTV’s website. Paul Eugene reflected on his unique career with […]

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PCTV – Pittsburgh’s Newly Renovated, High-Tech Soapbox

PCTV – Pittsburgh’s Newly Renovated, High-Tech Soapbox

We’ve all heard the saying “use it or lose it.” It’s most often applied to physical health and exercise, but that saying is also apt when it comes to a community’s health and the exercising of rights — particularly the right to free speech. Pittsburgh Community Television’s mission is to encourage the residents of the city of Pittsburgh and local nonprofit organizations to exercise their […]

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Reviews of Movies Made in Pittsburgh

Reviews of Movies Made in Pittsburgh

  Striking Distance – 1993 While watching this 1993 offering, I cared for the characters, but after it was finally over, I couldn’t tell you why. Bruce Willis plays a Pittsburgh Homicide detective who becomes demoted to the river patrol.  While working river patrol, he finds himself trying to catch the same murderer he was trying to catch when he was working homicide, only now, […]

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Six Degrees of Pittsburgh

Six Degrees of Pittsburgh

Not long ago, the U.S. Census bureau released information indicating that Pennsylvania leads all states in the share of homeowners who have lived on their property for more than 30 years. A statistic even more revealing of Pennsylvanians’ propensity for sinking deep roots finds that 78 percent of the state’s residents were born here. In this category, we rank second to Louisiana. Having never been […]

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Neighborhood Notes: Homestead – “Spirits in the Carnegie Library of Homestead”

Neighborhood Notes: Homestead - "Spirits in the Carnegie Library of Homestead"

A dark past remains alive at the Carnegie Library of Homestead. Reports of unexplained noises and ominous figures lead many to believe the building is inhabited by restless spirits. Could the building’s connection to the 1892 Homestead Strike be the cause? The Carnegie Library of Homestead was founded in 1896 to serve a community struggling in the aftermath of a bloody battle. The Homestead Strike in 1892 pitted the steelworkers’ union against […]

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Congelier House

Congelier House

Congelier House is a monumental part of Pittsburgh’s haunted history. The terrifying story of what has been called “The Most Haunted House in America” could make one very dark and horrifying movie. In fact, some parts of the legend seem to be larger than life. Was Congelier House really filled with the tormented spirits of all those who tragically lost their lives within its walls? […]

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Dead Man’s Hollow

Dead Man's Hollow

Dead Man’s Hollow lines the Youghiogheny River outside of McKeesport and has a large list of myths and legends dating back to the 1800’s. The area is now a nature preserve that spans over 400 acres owned by the Allegheny Land Trust, but was once an important part of Pittsburgh’s industrial history. The area was originally known as the Flemming Station along the Pittsburgh & […]

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The Haunt in the Flower Shop (Etna, PA)

The Haunt in the Flower Shop (Etna, PA)

Michael Blaha Flowers is one of the oldest flower shops in the Pittsburgh area, having existed for over 100 years, and the building it resides in on Bridge Street has had an uninvited guest for just as long. When current owner David Kornely bought the shop in 1991, landlord Kevin Burke told it to him straight: “The place is haunted.” Not a believer at first, […]

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Haunted Pittsburgh: The Ghoul’s Guide to Haunting and Frightening

Haunted Pittsburgh: The Ghoul's Guide to Haunting 						and Frightening

After coming to Pittsburgh, many people fall in love with our city and never want to leave.  This seems to be true, even after death! You may not know it, but Pittsburgh is packed with poltergeists.  In 2007, The Associated Press and Ipsos conducted a poll and found that one in three people believe in ghosts.  Had they asked Pittsburghers, they might have been surprised […]

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