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50 Years Ago at Woodstock

I was a skinny 20-​year-​old in August of 1969. My Woodstock Fever started on Monday of that week in Rochester, N.Y. I was working at St. Joe Paper Company, catching future cardboard boxes as they rolled off the corrugator. On the way home, I heard a radio ad for a…

The Amazing Human Heart

“Do-​it-​yourself cardiac bypass surgery: All you need is walking shoes.” —Harvard Medical School

Dwight Sells Worms

The worm truck just arrived. “You know, bait,” Dwight said. “I just got 500 Canadian night crawlers.”

The Gentle Maven of Burgundy

It’s fashionable to stereotype Burgundy wines as overly complicated and too expensive. Becky Wasserman-​Hone simply doesn’t buy it. She has heard it all before over her forty-​year career as an expatriate-​American working as an export-​wine broker in Burgundy, but she refuses to let it derail her dedicated promotion of the…

80’s Body Shop Elegy

We kept the radio on all day long. The news came on at noon. Reagan, Nicaragua, Iran. Tommy brushed his fingertips over the freshly primed fender of another rust-​bucket Monte Carlo, feeling for waves, bows, any imperfections in the once rotted places he’d filled and shaped with fiberglass resin. Next…

The Heart Can’t Heal — or Can It?

Having a heart attack was like having an elephant jump on my chest and sit there for six hours, then wander off into the night as though nothing had happened. Having sextuple CABG surgery was like being in a really bad car crash.

Summer Safari: A Wild Zoo Party

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s annual party, Summer Safari, sold out with over 1,400 guests. Party-​goers strolled through the zoo on the warm summer night of Friday, July 26 to enjoy the animals and a variety of delicious foods and thirst-​quenching drinks, all while donning safari-​inspired fashion.

Catching Critters

The second floor office window of my home looks out over a lovely rural valley 25 miles east of Pittsburgh. Immediately below my window is a field that slopes away to a line of trees about 50 yards away. From my perch, fauna appear intermittently and behave as if I’m…

Opening the Medical Mind

“Health care’s political economy exists only for the disease. To the system, the person with the disease remains in obscurity.” —Justin Mutter, Center for Biomedical Ethics, UVA

Passport to Elegance Charms Guests with Wheels and Wings

The third time was definitely a charm as the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix hosted the third annual Passport to Elegance at the Lynx Jet Center on Thursday, July 18.

The Attractiveness of the Peaceful Hopi Culture

What Robert Redford did — how does he think this stuff up? — was invite the CEOs of Peabody and the four utility companies, along with the two tribal chairmen (Peter McDonald from the Navajo and Abbott Sekaquaptewa from the Hopi) to come to Sundance for a “pow-​wow.”

17th Annual Night in the Tropics Sells Out With 1,300 Guests

The National Aviary’s 17th annual Night in the Tropics fundraiser sold out with 1,300 guests turning up in tropical attire on Saturday, July 13.

Clancey Calms the Airport

“Such a beautiful dog!” “Oooh! So cute!” “Look how sweet he is!”

Cultural Trust Hosts Immersive Dance Party

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Summer Gallery Crawl culminated with “Footwork,” an immersive dance party in the heart of the Cultural District. From 9 p.m. to midnight on July 12, the Peirce Studio located at 805 Liberty Ave. was transformed into a posh, urban getaway — the perfect setting for this one-​of-​a-​kind dance…

Grand Prix Gala Benefits Autism Society and Merakey Allegheny Valley School

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix put the CAR in Carnegie on Saturday, July 13 as they held their Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland.
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