Chef Bill Fuller: Pittsburgh’s Culinary Chemist 

Chef Bill Fuller: Pittsburgh's Culinary Chemist 

  The dictionary defines chemistry as the branch of science dealing with the composition, structure, and properties of substances, and the transformations that they undergo. It may seem odd that one of Pittsburgh’s premier chefs has a chemistry background, but when you broaden the definition of chemistry, the leap from atoms and molecules to appetizers and mousse is not a large one. With his advanced

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Dana Brown

Dana Brown

Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University Dana Brown, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University, grew up in Castle Shannon and attended Keystone Oaks High School. The Center’s mission is to help more women run and get elected to public office. Ms. Brown’s interest in politics was sparked early in her life.

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Dr. Cyril Wecht: Pittsburgh’s Polymath

Dr. Cyril Wecht: Pittsburgh's Polymath

Cyril Wecht is many things: coroner, physician, lawyer, author, lecturer, politician, professor, media consultant, forensic expert.  One thing you cannot call him is boring. He was born to Jewish immigrants on March 20, 1931, in the mining village of Bobtown in Dunkard Township, Greene County.  His father, Nathan, was a shopkeeper and came from Lithuania; his mother, Fannie Rubenstein, was a homemaker from the Ukraine. 

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Pittsburgh’s Medical Pioneer: Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

Pittsburgh's Medical Pioneer: Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

Genius in Your Midst Sometimes when genius is in your midst, you fail to appreciate it fully. It often takes time to realize the magnitude of another person’s accomplishments. That is how it is with Dr. Thomas E. Starzl. Those who lived in the area while Dr. Starzl was making breakthrough after breakthrough in transplantation surgery almost became accustomed to his innovations. But when we

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H. J. Heinz: “To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.”

H. J. Heinz: "To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success."

All-American favorites such as french fries, hamburgers and hot dogs just wouldn’t be enjoyed in quite the same way had Henry John Heinz not come along.  He is responsible for that wonderful condiment known throughout the world called Heinz Ketchup.  He didn’t invent ketchup, he just perfected it!  The road to the creation of Heinz ketchup started when Henry John Heinz was born on October

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David McCullogh: America’s History Teacher

David McCullogh: America's History Teacher

On July 7, 2013, David McCullough was honored on his 80th birthday when the 16th Street Bridge was renamed the David McCullough Bridge.  It is fitting that a renamed bridge was chosen to honor McCullough rather than a building or some other structure, as the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner’s body of work has been a bridge to the past for the nation: he’s an American

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Jackie Evancho: No Longer the Runner-Up

Jackie Evancho: No Longer the Runner-Up

In 2008, while working for another media outlet, I was asked to fill in for my publisher at an event that our publication had sponsored–the Kean Idol contest at St. Barnabas Health System in Gibsonia. I was to be there when the awards were given to the winners of this talent competition. During the evening, I watched talented competitor after talented competitor take the stage

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Johnny Angel

Johnny Angel

If Los Angeles is known as the “City of Angels,” then Pittsburgh could be known as the “City of the Angel”. Johnny Angel, to be exact. Johnny Angel and his bandmates, the Halos, have been ruling the Pittsburgh music realm since 1972. “I think we are the longest surviving group in the area,” said Jack Hunt, who is more prominently known by his stage name,

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Johnny Appleseed and His Pittsburgh Roots

Johnny Appleseed and His Pittsburgh Roots

Like St. Nicholas, whose life morphed into the legendary figure of Santa Claus, or Phoebe Moses, who became Annie Oakley, John Chapman’s real life was so unusual that it inspired a legend: Johnny Appleseed. While legends are often dressed up in the fairy tale garb of whimsy, fantasy, and out-sized virtue, the real stories of the people behind the legends are often more interesting and

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Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk

Humanity is truly fortunate that Jonas Salk choose medicine over his original goal of becoming an attorney.  Or perhaps we should thank his mother, who never thought he would be a good lawyer!  Whatever the motivation—love of medicine or a mother’s desire—Jonas Salk started down a path that would save many people from the devastating disease of Polio. Early Life and Education Jonas Salk’s story

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