Pittsburgh’s Whiskey Heritage

Pittsburgh's Whiskey Heritage

The people who settled Western Pennsylvania were a resourceful lot, making use of everything at their disposal and wasting nothing.  Those characteristics are still present in residents here today. The first settlers in this area faced a savage wilderness.  They were isolated; they warred with the native peoples they were displacing; and their lives depended upon scratching out an existence from the untamed land.  Most of

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The State of the State Stores: Our Crazy Liquor Laws

The State of the State Stores: Our Crazy Liquor Laws

In 2003, CBS News ran a segment on a California wine called Charles Shaw that was selling phenomenally well. The reason? Prior to the report, Charles Shaw’s Shiraz had beaten out 2,300 other wines to garner the gold medal at the Annual International Eastern Wine Competition. The wine was pretty tasty and cost a mere $1.99 a bottle. When CBS spotlighted the inexpensive wine, its

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Natural Gas: From Exploration to End Product

Natural Gas: From Exploration to End Product

What do transparent tape, fishing lures, surf boards, and antihistamines all have in common?  They are just some of the 6,000 or more products made from oil and natural gas.  When most people hear the words oil and natural gas, they think of the fuel that powers their car or keeps their home warm.  That’s a correct if limited idea.  Our modern life depends on

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Billy Gardell, Pittsburgh’s Funny Guy

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

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