Among the great fortunes of Pittsburgh’s Golden Age (18701910), that of Henry Clay Frick stands third, bested only by Andrew Carnegie and the Mellons. But the extraordinary aspect of the Frick fortune was not its size. Carnegie, Heinz, Mellon and Westinghouse were all entrepreneurs who exercised ultimate control in their operations.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading The story of the toughest — and probably best — CEO Pittsburgh has ever seen
Sonoma, Calif. — On an unseasonably warm and beautiful April evening in the heart of the California wine country, an enthusiastic crowd with many Pittsburghers gathered to see the premiere screening of “My Tale of Two Cities,” a documentary about Pittsburgh and the life of the film’s creator, star and narrator, Carl Kurlander.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading The observer: Summer ’08
To understand the culture of a region, one must consider how its residents view themselves, especially during a milestone event such as a major anniversary celebration. So, as Pittsburgh commemorates its 250th birthday, I decided to look in my library for several brochures from the city’s 1958 bicentennial.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading A snapshot of Pittsburgh’s 200th holds a few lessons
Geography comes first. Close upon the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, one gets a sense of westward flowing waters, but a map of Western Pennsylvania shows the Allegheny flowing south and the Monongahela north, almost at right angles to the Ohio.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading For Pittsburgh, geography and geology have been destiny.
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