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Looking Inward, Way Inward

by Douglas Heuck
Until about six weeks ago I never fully appreciated that, just like all the strange characters in science fiction movies, I am a mutant.

Sailing into the Fray

by Douglas Heuck
In May, my older sister emailed, wondering if I’d be sailing in the nationals, which this year would be where we spend summers in Michigan. I’d been considering it, but there were two impediments — pulling together a four-​man crew and the spinnaker. No problem with the crew, but flying a spinnaker…

The Lure of Fishing

by Douglas Heuck
One of my earliest memories was Christmas Eve at my grandmother’s big home with its very high ceilings in Cincinnati. I was 4, and my aunt gave me a tackle box. As I examined the various fishing lures, my father said, “Be careful that the first fish you catch isn’t…

Journalism 101?

by Douglas Heuck
I’ve been a reporter or editor almost continuously since taking over my high school newspaper 39 years ago. So when President Trump called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” it did get my attention. But journalists get attacked so often that rather than take it personally, I…

On a Lonely Stretch of Road

by Douglas Heuck
I had occasion recently to pet a wild animal for the first time.

Advice to a Would-​Be Reporter

by Douglas Heuck
I was talking recently with a friend’s son who’s interested in journalism, which today seems like a very uncertain proposition. Perhaps it always has been— my parents certainly thought so.

Thank you for 10 great years

by Douglas Heuck
It was a cold January day 10 years ago when I got the call that the truck with our first issue of the magazine was stuck on a small South Side street. When I found the driver, his truck was snared in an impossible turn, stopping traffic. On the sidewalk…

A printing press for the future

by Douglas Heuck
During a pre-​Sscars movie binge, I recently saw “Spotlight,” the film about the Boston Globe’s investigation into the cover-​up of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Having spent two decades at Pittsburgh’s daily papers, the newsroom scenes brought back the vitality of a great American institution — the newspaper — which sadly appears to be…

Our new downtown

by Douglas Heuck
I was dining the other night at Poros, the fourth Downtown restaurant opened by Yves Carreau. The elegant new space connects PPG Place and Market Square, and as I watched passersby outside the wall of windows, I was struck by how much Pittsburgh has changed. Soon the ice rink at…

Building a stronger region

by Douglas Heuck
Creating a diversity survey for the Pittsburgh region is a tricky business. First, in this day and age, how should we define diversity? There’s racial and ethnic diversity as well as diversity of religion and of sexual preference, which has grown from “LGBT” to “LGBTQIA” (you can look it up).…

Pittsburgh & Diversity

by Douglas Heuck
Recently, in my “other” job with Pittsburgh Today, we published a report on racial and ethnic diversity in the regional workforce. Given that Pittsburgh is the whitest (86 percent) of the 15 benchmark regions we examine, it wasn’t a shock to learn that we have the lowest percentage of minority…

A maze of milestones

by Douglas Heuck
I‘ve been accumulating milestones lately. Within a year, I’ll have had my 35th high school reunion, the 30th anniversary of my arrival in Pittsburgh, my 25th wedding anniversary, the 10th anniversary of the founding of this magazine, and finally, the signing and sending of the final check for my three…

Trees and time

by Douglas Heuck
There is nothing quite like working among trees in the dead of winter.

Sudden goodbye

by Douglas Heuck
In 1967, we arrived at our island cottage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and of course, the first thing we kids did was explore our distantly familiar summer home. On that particular day, we found a bat inert on the dining room floor.

Welcoming midsummer’s eve

by Douglas Heuck
At the end of may last year, my son and I drove into Groningen — the Netherlands’ northernmost city. By chance, we arrived on the first warm, sunny day they’d had after an unusually long, cold and dark winter. By early afternoon, business stopped, and everywhere, jubilant people of all ages poured…
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