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Automobile Innovation In Pittsburgh

March 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you ask most Americans about the history of automobiles in the US, most people would make the connection to Detroit, and the longevity of Ford, Dodge, and Chrysler.  The [...]

Flashback to The Future: The Byham House

March 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Achieving the perfect arabesque or brisé is hard enough. Doing it far away from home is even harder. For full-time pre-professional dancers at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, [...]

Breaking Barriers: Chuck Cooper

February 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Most people know the story of Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. If you ask those same people who broke the [...]

The Birth Of A Nation

February 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

May 30th, 1918 may not resonate with many Pittsburghers today, but on that date 99 years ago, a new nation-state was conceived at the Moose Hall on Liberty Avenue.[1] The [...]

More Than Just 15 Minutes Of Fame

February 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

With today’s social media, reality television, and viral video access, it is possible for any person to achieve “15 minutes of fame.”[1] Whether that is positive or [...]

The Craft Beer Culture of Pittsburgh

July 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

You may not realize that Pittsburgh, despite its relatively small size, is home to some pretty spectacular drinking establishments and breweries. This list, while not [...]

Baseball Legend and Pride of Swissvale

June 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

The concept of the multi-sport athlete isn’t a foreign notion in today’s society. Many student-athletes play two or more sports growing up, but few excel at one [...]

Pittsburghese: The Evolution of a Dialect

May 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Many areas of the country have distinctive accents, dialects, and lingual patterns, but none quite like that of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. “Pittsburghese,”[1] [...]