August Wilson: Pittsburgh’s Playwright

August Wilson: Pittsburgh's Playwright

Pittsburgh’s influence on playwright August Wilson is unparalleled. His “Pittsburgh Cycle” of 10 plays explores the Black experience in America in each decade of the 20th century. Though he spent most of his adult life in Minneapolis and Seattle, the Pittsburgh native always held on to his roots. Early Life Wilson was born Frederick August Kittel Jr. on April 27th, 1945 in the Hill District

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Great Coffee Shops in the Pittsburgh Area

Great Coffee Shops in the Pittsburgh Area

How great are coffee shops? Not only do they provide cups of coffee, but they provide a wonderful place in which to meet. When you need to meet with someone, but meeting at your home or office is just not practical, a coffee shop provides a great neutral venue. In years past, business leaders often met in smoke-filled social clubs or over three Martini lunches at restaurants, but with the passage of time, the coffee shop

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Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

He has no weather radar, no weather maps, and no wind speed meters, yet Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous weather forecaster in the land. Others, like Staten Island Chuck from New York City, General Beauregard Lee from Lilburn, Georgia, and Buckeye Chuck from Marion, Ohio have tried to swipe some of Phil’s forecasting fame. Phil is an original. He is often imitated, but never

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Pittsburgh Networking

Pittsburgh Networking

Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Need to Get the Word Out Seasoned business people know what they need to do to accomplish their goals. While always tweaking their marketing approach, they have a good idea about what marketing avenues will work for them. For a newbie, however, finding the right method may be a bit puzzling. Should you use print, direct-mail, radio, or an ad on Popular Pittsburgh?

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The Best Winter Family Activities

The Best Winter Family Activities

Visit a Museum Everything old is new again when you visit a museum, especially for the youngsters in your family. OK, so you’ve been to them a gazillion times, but this time, see it through the eyes of a child. There’s so many museums in the area, we’re sure you’ll learn something at one of them. Play Board Games Have a good old-fashioned Family Game

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Interesting Penguins Trivia

Interesting Penguins Trivia

Being a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins back in the 1970s was not always easy. The team struggled on and off the ice, so much so that they became the butt of many jokes. But times change and so has the fortune of the Penguins. The team, now approaching its 50th anniversary, has much to be proud of. To ring in the start of hockey season

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Snow Day, Pittsburgh-Style

Snow Day, Pittsburgh-Style

As the snow falls steadily and begins to accumulate, you scan the television, scroll through websites, or turn your ear toward the radio, waiting.  Then there it is.  What you’ve been waiting for: the cancellation.  It’s a snow day!  A perfectly legal excuse for changing your regular routine and enjoying one of winter’s special gifts. While the rich may fire up their private jets for

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10 Not-So-Well-Known Steelers Facts and Trivia  

10 Not-So-Well-Known Steelers Facts and Trivia  

It is no secret that the Steelers have been the one of the most successful franchise in the history of the NFL. The numbers can do the talking, as the Steelers have six Super Bowl victories, more than any other team. Everyone knows about the team’s big successes and small failures. There are some things, however, that the average Steeler fan may not know from

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Where to Sled Ride Around Pittsburgh

Where to Sled Ride Around Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, We Sled Ride We know Pittsburghers have a unique way of speaking. Apparently, even when it comes to describing having fun in the snow, Pittsburghers are a bit unusual. While it’s perfectly normal for people to go “sled riding” here when we get a snowfall, it seems that most of the country goes “sledding.” Whether you call it sled riding or sledding, there’s

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Pittsburgh’s City Steps

Pittsburgh's City Steps

Pittsburgh is a city like no other for many reasons; one of which is our terrain. Our hilly–and in some cases mountainous–peaks as well as our numerous creeks, streams, and three rivers have shaped our landscape and our culture. Our geography has resulted in more bridges than Venice, Italy; inclines to shuttle people up and down hillsides; a system of color-coded beltways for navigating our sometimes

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