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What Were the First Words Written About Pittsburgh? July 2017

What Were the First Words Written About Pittsburgh?

Searching for the story behind the first written mention of the Pittsburgh area, which purportedly occurred 300 years ago.

Remembering Henry Hillman June 2017

Remembering Henry Hillman

Reflecting on the impact of the businessman, civic visionary and philanthropist.

How a President Turned Pittsburgh into a City of Pancakes May 2017

How a President Turned Pittsburgh into a City of Pancakes

Recounting the Pittsburgh visits (and pancake preferences) of the former first family.

David Byrne's Two-Wheeled Exploration of Pittsburgh April 2017

David Byrne's Two-Wheeled Exploration of Pittsburgh

Rick Sebak recalls the the local rides of the Talking Heads frontman.

The Origins of Isaly’s: It's Not What You Think March 2017

The Origins of Isaly’s: It's Not What You Think

Tracing the story of the chain back to its roots — which, surprisingly, are not in Pittsburgh.

Remembering Dr. King's Visits to Pittsburgh February 2017

Remembering Dr. King's Visits to Pittsburgh

Rick Sebak documents Dr. Martin Luther King’s trips to Pittsburgh, including the still-resonant words from his final visit.

Like a Boss. Springsteen's Ping-Pong Stop in Pittsburgh January 2017

Like a Boss. Springsteen's Ping-Pong Stop in Pittsburgh

Tales from Springsteen’s visits to the steel city — including a disastrous game of table tennis.

The Favorite Son of Indiana, Pa. December 2016

The Favorite Son of Indiana, Pa.

Rick Sebak notes the ongoing connection between beloved actor Jimmy Stewart and his hometown.

The Soundtrack to Downtown — by Chico Marx October 2016

The Soundtrack to Downtown — by Chico Marx

Rick Sebak breaks down the many connections between the legendary pianist and comedic performer and Downtown Pittsburgh.

Sting’s Secret WQED Gig in Pittsburgh September 2016

Sting’s Secret WQED Gig in Pittsburgh

In the early 1990s, Rick Sebak witnessed an exclusive Oakland performance by Sting, frontman for The Police.

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