PEOPLE & OPINION

Fine, Flaherty, Yee, McHugh, Fisher, Busis

by PQ Staff
Milton Fine, 92: The son of Jewish immigrants, Fine made his mark as a businessman, philanthropist and Pittsburgh patron of the arts. He was raised in East Pittsburgh, where his father raised a family as a tailor. At 18, he was an Army sergeant, leading men into combat during World…

Remembering the Summer of ’69

by Diane Vrabel
In the summer of 1969, my best friend was my transistor radio. With the radio glued to my ear, I spent hours daydreaming in the backyard, grooving to soulful sounds like Sly and the Family Stone singing “Hot Fun in the Summertime.”

Reeling in the Big One

by Greg Curtis
AONE made a grandiloquent gesture with his arm, saying, “These are all my paintings.” They were hung around the four walls of the giant loft and it looked to me like there might be a thousand of them.

When Clocks Have No Hands

by Samuel Hazo
I am a returnee by nature. Over the years I have returned to neighborhoods where I once lived, to rooms in dormitories that were mine, to Mirror Lake in the Adirondacks where I caught my first trout and to a grade school playground where I competed in kickball (soccer), softball…

A Tale of Two Lofts

by Greg Curtis
The Exotic Eastern European Film Director (EEEFD) and I climbed out of our cab and rang the bell at the studio of the Internationally Famous Artist (IFA).

To Bail or Not to Bail

by Jennifer Papale Rignani
The president of the Pennsylvania Bail Bond Association is not straight out of central casting. His wife and young daughters write children’s books, and he’s sipped a lot of tea at imaginary princess parties. Matter of fact, he looks more like an underwear model than a tough guy who meets…

Holland, Beltran, Lee, Hayes, Kiser, Welsch, Griffith

by PQ Staff
Michael Holland is vice chancellor for science policy and research strategies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the first to hold the new appointment. His duties include developing and implementing university research policies and strategies to support collaborations across a range of disciplines.

Farnam Jahanian, President of Carnegie Mellon University

by Jeff Sewald
I am an immigrant. I left my family’s home in Iran, as so many immigrants have, to pursue an education.

On a Pedestal: Clarion River, Innovation in Education

by PQ Staff
Western Pennsylvania is blessed with an abundance of water at a time when many places in the world find it increasingly scarce. But having ample water isn’t enough if it is tainted with pollutants. And the region long has been guilty of negligence when it comes to keeping its waterways…

Batting Her Eyelashes

by Elizabeth Wiethorn
As never happens, I was invited to a black-​tie charity event. Already possessing a fetching black ball gown, I thought I was sufficiently prepared. A close friend, however, said I just MUST get eyelash extensions for that “little extra pizzazz.” Maybe I would finally make the P-​G “Seen” column!

Massaro, Weiss, Fralic, Coleman, Hughes, Grunbaum, Hickey, Rich

by PQ Staff
Carol Massaro, 79: A mother of four, she raised nearly $1 million for Alzheimer’s research after the disease took her late husband, contractor Joseph A. Massaro Jr. She was a woman of tremendous energy and generosity, serving as an indefatigable volunteer for organizations across the city.

Compassion, Mindfulness and Resilience

by Douglas Heuck
A native of California, Dr. Barry Kerzin is a Buddhist monk and the physician to the Dalai Lama. He sat down with Pittsburgh Quarterly to discuss his recent visit to Pittsburgh.

Why China Is Ready to Fall Apart

by Greg Curtis
In the 1980s, almost four decades into Cold War I, President Reagan dramatically ratcheted up the pressure on the Soviet Union by expanding and modernizing the U.S. military and launching his famous “Star Wars” (Strategic Defense) Initiative.

Chin Music

by Evan Pattak
In late August 2018, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill peduto looked at his calendar and was pleased to notice a rarity — a nine-​day break without a scheduled public appearance. He celebrated his unusually long vacation in an unusual way.

Fairy Tale or Future: The Choice Is Ours

by Douglas Heuck
The Amazon HQ2 spectacle was a grand 21st Century fairy tale. It had everything: the world’s richest company promising happily-​ever-​after status to the city that would win its second headquarters, $5 billion in investment and 50,000 jobs.
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