Benedum and Trees: Oil Tycoons

Benedum and Trees: Oil Tycoons

If you’ve spent time of the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, the names Trees and Benedum are quite familiar. Joseph C. Trees Hall is located in the University’s upper campus. The hall serves as a multipurpose recreational facility for students, faculty, and staff. A few streets down, sits Michael L. Benedum Hall of Engineering. This landmark academic building is home to the Swanson School

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Randy Pausch and the Last Lecture

Randy Pausch and the Last Lecture

What would you say if you were tasked with giving a final speech? Carnegie Mellon University professor, Randy Pausch, had the opportunity to give one final lecture before his death. Randy Pausch was a professor little-known outside of his field of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction. But he was beloved by his students and colleagues. On September 18, 2007, Pausch gave a speech to an

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Mario Lemieux – A True Pittsburgher

Mario Lemieux - A True Pittsburgher

Few are the Pittsburgh sports figures who inspire awe even decades after their playing days are over. In fact, there are only three who come to mind—Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner, and Mario Lemieux. I told my children about Roberto Clemente’s career and legacy. I listened to my grandfather as he talked about Wagner in reverential tones. He would recount how when he worked as a

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Pittsburgh Olympians

Pittsburgh Olympians

The Olympic Games occur every four years. Usually. The year 2020 threw the entire world for a loop.  Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic the International Olympic Committee was forced to postpone the Games of the XXXII Olympiad. As the world becomes vaccinated and the virus contained, the games will be moving forward. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be hosted in Tokyo, Japan, in the

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Remembering Three Pittsburgh Police Officers

Remembering Three Pittsburgh Police Officers

Richard Poplawski was born on September 12, 1986, and for all intents and purposes was born with the deck stacked against him. He continued to play that losing hand all the way to a death sentence for murder.  Poplawski’s life seems like a recipe for disaster that unfortunately led to the killing of officers Eric G. Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo III

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Donnie Iris – King Cool of Rock n’ Roll

Donnie Iris – King Cool of Rock n' Roll

While Elvis may have been The King, Donnie Iris has established himself as Pittsburgh’s King Cool of Rock and Roll. For more than five decades Donnie Iris, who grew up in Ellwood City with the name Dominic Ierace, has been entertaining fans, and he continues to rock on. The son of Samuel and Carrie Ierace, Donnie was born on February 28, 1943. He learned to

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Ashley Priore: CEO of Queen’s Gambit

Ashley Priore: CEO of Queen's Gambit

DEFINITION: : a chess opening in which a player risks one or more pawns or a minor piece to gain an advantage in position.  (a) : a remark intended to start a conversation or make a telling point; (b) : a calculated move : STRATEGISM “Queen’s Gambit is a move in chess where you sacrifice something early on to get something even greater later on.”

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Wendy Pardee, President and CEO, The Children’s Institute

Wendy Pardee, President and CEO, The Children’s Institute

“This is my dream job,” said Wendy Pardee, speaking about her role as president and CEO of The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. Pardee, who has been at helm of The Children’s Institute for the past three years, is a Pennsylvanian through and through. “I grew up in Punxsutawney. I have all the groundhog gear—hat, shirt, cookie cutters, you name it,” said Pardee. She stayed in

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Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh

Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh

On November 22, 1966, during the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Pittsburgh to deliver a speech at The University of Pittsburgh Student Union. His speech concluded with the words, “I still believe in the future. Our goal is freedom, and we’ll get there because the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned as we may be, our destiny is

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Mac Miller: Pittsburgh’s Premiere Rapper

Mac Miller: Pittsburgh’s Premiere Rapper

Mac Miller lived his life like his songs—fast, ambitious, and raw. Born Malcolm James McCormick, the American rapper began his career in Pittsburgh’s hip hop scene in 2007, at the age of 15. Between 2010 and 2018, he released five studio albums and founded his own record label. Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa are proud Pittsburgh natives who became award-winning rappers and musicians. Pittsburghers and

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