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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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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