Profiles

Elsie H. Hillman, Political and Civic Leader

Instrumental in the political campaigns of: Dwight Eisenhower, William Scranton, John Heinz, Gerald Ford, Richard Thornburgh, George H.W. Bush, Barbara Hafer, Tom Ridge and Arlen Specter Board member of many organizations through the decades, including: WQED Multimedia, the Hill House Association, the Urban League, Carlow University and the Hillman Family…

Mark A. Nordenberg, Professor of Law & University Administrator

by Jeff Sewald
Minnesota is the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes,’ and northern Minnesota, where I was born and raised, has more than its share. Because Duluth, my hometown, was built on a hill, we had a scenic view of Lake Superior from our home. To me, it was like an ocean. Duluth was…

Sala Udin, Community Organizer

by Jeff Sewald
My mother and father came to Pittsburgh during the great black migration from the South in the 1920s. They met and married here and took up residence in the lower Hill District. I was raised on Fullerton Street, which was the main drag leading to Wiley Avenue, the cultural heart…

Who is Bill Peduto?

For his first vacation after his victory in the May mayoral primary, Bill Peduto booked his own stops, packed his own bag and took only one close companion: his iPhone. Within 24 hours, traveling between Helsinki and Stockholm, he used it to tweet the following:

The Lost Cyclist

On June 15, Pittsburgh will celebrate the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage, the 330-​mile trail that stretches over the rugged Alleghenies to Cumberland, Md., where it links with the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath and continues to Washington, D.C.

Jared L. Cohon, Academician

by Jeff Sewald
My grandfather’s name was Kogonovich. He arrived at Ellis Island from Poland in 1918 and didn’t speak a word of English. The immigration agent he encountered somehow believed he had called himself “Cohen,” and apparently didn’t know how to spell that, so he wrote “C-​O-​H-​O-​N,” a highly unusual spelling of…

David McCullough, Author, Narrator, Historian & Lecturer

by Jeff Sewald
When he was about 15 or so and was reading about writers and their lives, one of my sons turned to me one evening and said, “Dad, I don’t think you’re ever going to be a really great writer.” “Why is that?” I asked him. He said, “You had way…

Raising the bar

Going to law school as a get-​rich plan? Maybe you’ve come to the wrong place. That’s the message the University of Pittsburgh’s new law school dean, William M. “Chip” Carter Jr., relays to incoming students or existing ones seeking guidance.

Ed Rendell, Public Servant

by Jeff Sewald
I was born into a slightly upper-​middle-​class Jewish family in New York in 1944, and lived in Manhattan with my mother, father and older brother. My father was a converter in the textile industry. My mother was a designer whose family had a pretty successful sportswear business.

Edgar Snyder, Attorney

by Jeff Sewald
It all started back in 1977 with the U.S. Supreme Court case, Bates v. State Bar of Arizona. In that case, the Court held that lawyer advertising is commercial speech and as such is protected by the First Amendment. That decision totally upset the longstanding belief among lawyers that advertising…

Richard P. Simmons

I am convinced that I am absolutely, positively the luckiest man in the world.

Keeping your Deals

I never really wanted a dog. But all eight of our children kept clamoring for a dog. One night — I think it was a summer night, because the Cardinals were in town — I finally said, “OK, you can have a dog.” Lots of cheering.

Jacqueline C. Morby, Businesswoman & Private Equity Investor

by Jeff Sewald
Pittsburgh has changed dramatically since I first arrived here in 1988. It’s much more entrepreneurial now.

Dan Rooney, Steelers Chairman and 30th United States Ambassador to Ireland

by Jeff Sewald
The Irish like to say ‘it’s a long way from Newry’ — where my family comes from originally — ‘to Phoenix Park,’ where I now live and work as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland. But believe me, it’s a much, much longer way to Phoenix Park from the North Side of Pittsburgh.

William S. Dietrich II, Businessman and Philanthropist

by Jeff Sewald
Once, Pittsburgh was the world capital of the steel industry and it was, as recently as 30 years ago, the third largest headquarters city in America. Back in the 1970s, when the mills began to shut down, we all sighed. “Well, there goes manufacturing. The muscles are gone. But at…
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