Mack Miller: Pittsburgh’s Premiere Rapper

Mack Miller: Pittsburgh’s Premiere Rapper

Like a flurry of words in a rap tune, Mac Miller lived his life like his songs—fast, hard-driving, and raw. Malcom McCormick, whose professional persona was Mac Miller, died at the age of 26 from a drug overdose on September 7, 2018. Other than Wiz Khalifa, Miller is probably the most successful rap artists to come out of Pittsburgh to date. Miller was born on

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Mayors of Pittsburgh

Mayors of Pittsburgh

The records for leaders in Pittsburgh go back to the year 1794 with George Robinson as the first of eight Chief Burgesses of Pittsburgh. George, it seems, had a run in with the law when he was arrested by General Irvine’s troops, under the direction of President George Washington, for rebel activity during the Whiskey Rebellion. The Whiskey Rebellion happened in 1794 after passage of

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Rachel Carson – Pittsburgh’s Conservationist

Rachel Carson - Pittsburgh’s Conservationist

Rachel Carson is regarded as the galvanizer of the environmental movement. Early Years Rachel Carson was born on May 27, 1907, to Robert and Marie Carson, in Springdale, Pennsylvania. The youngest of their three children, she was raised on the family farm where she observed and fell in love with nature. She attended Springdale High until she was a junior and then graduated from nearby

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Roger Humphries-Pittsburgh’s Drumming Genius

Roger Humphries-Pittsburgh’s Drumming Genius

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The corny answer to this old joke was always, “Practice, Practice, Practice.” This rings true for the legendary Pittsburgh drummer, Roger Humphries. But being born into a musical family doesn’t hurt either. Early Years Humphries was born on January 30, 1944, the youngest of 10 children and was raised on Pittsburgh’s North Side. His uncles Frank and Hildred

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Robert Morris

Robert Morris

If George Washington had had his way, today, you may be seeing Morris on Broadway rather than the musical Hamilton. Robert Morris was known as the “Financier of the American Revolution” and was such a financial wizard that after the war, President George Washington offered him the position of Secretary of the Treasury in his cabinet. Morris declined the position and urged Washington to select Alexander Hamilton instead.

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William Pitt the Elder: Pittsburgh’s Well-Respected Namesake

William Pitt the Elder: Pittsburgh’s Well-Respected Namesake

Had King George III of Britain listened to William Pitt, those living in Pittsburgh today might be sipping tea and watching cricket instead of drinking Iron City beer and watching Steelers football. The city of Pittsburgh was named for the noted politician and statesman, William Pitt the Elder (not to be confused with his son, William Pitt the Younger) who often defended the rights of

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Our Hall of Fame Quarterbacks

Our Hall of Fame Quarterbacks

Presently, there are 26 quarterbacks in the NFL Hall of Fame from the modern era. Of those, six of them hail from our own backyard–more than any other place in the country. Why is this area such a seedbed for superstar quarterbacks? Let’s examine each Hall of Famer for clues. Here are their stories presented in the order of their induction into the Hall of

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Pittsburgh Spotlight: Getting to Know Joylette Portlock PhD & Sustainable Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Spotlight: Getting to Know Joylette Portlock PhD & Sustainable Pittsburgh

In recent decades, humanity’s impact on the environment has increasingly become a topic of interest-both on a global and local stage. And while leaders from across the world gather to discuss ways to incorporate sustainability and eco-friendly practices into national policy, it is important to recognize the efforts and groundbreaking movements happening on a local level. We reached out to Sustainable Pittsburgh, a nonprofit advancing

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Plots of Famous Pittsburghers

Plots of Famous Pittsburghers

Throughout our area’s history, people who have been born here or have come here and made an impact on the world—some for good, while others not so much. Here’s a look at some famous people associated with Pittsburgh and where they have been laid to rest. John Brashear Most people associate parks with fun, but Riverview Park on the city’s North Side is also a

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Creating America’s Best Front Yard

Creating America’s Best Front Yard

When Kevin Anthony Prall and his husband, Layne Bennett, bought their historic home in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, they knew there would be a lot of work to fix it up, but what they didn’t know was that their hard work and beautiful garden would eventually earn them the title of America’s Best Front Yard from Better Homes and Gardens. A Botanical Paradise Kevin and Layne’s

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