PEOPLE & OPINION

Jacqueline C. Morby, Businesswoman & Private Equity Investor

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

Chryst, Burns, Hall-​Russell, Haney, Norton, Chambers, Fitzgerald, O’Brien

Paul Chryst is the head football coach of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. He comes to Pittsburgh from Madison, Wisc., where he was offensive coordinator of the University of Wisconsin Badgers. During his eight-​year tenure at Wisconsin, he became known as one of college football’s leading strategists. The Badgers played…

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

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.

The Search for the Lost Archives

A lifeguard’s strong dark arms buoy his young, light-​skinned pupil, as other children in the pool cheer their friend’s attempts to swim. The undated, black-​and-​white photo from the archives of the Pittsburgh Courier is part of a century-​long storyline about the lives of African Americans that the newspaper chronicled.

Neighborhood Academy /​Saks Fifth Avenue

A calling made good slowly but surely, like the Little Engine That Could, something remarkable has been climbing and climbing in Pittsburgh’s East End. It started as a vision to help children for whom effective guidance and results had been wanting.

Husser, Giosi, Matthews, Martinez, Sterne, Szabolcs, Mongrain, Drappatz

D. Jermaine Husser is CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. A Charleston, S.C. native, he is an Army veteran and was employed at the Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston, S.C. for the last seven years as executive director.He earned an associate degree in general business from Trident Technical…

Brody, Puskar, Dietrich, Michaels, Bell, Fielder, Toeplitz

Thomas P. Brody, 91 Brody was a multi-​talented man who qualified for the Olympics as a swimmer and later had more than 60 patents to his name. His most famous invention — the active matrix — is used in a variety of technological devices, including cell phones and televisions. A native of Hungary, his…

Giving Footnotes the Boot

While I was reading an essay written half a century ago by the distinguished historian and long-​ago colleague, Peter Gay, I got to thinking about footnotes. His illuminating piece turned out to be somewhat annoying to read because of all those footnotes!

William S. Dietrich II, Businessman and Philanthropist

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…

A Pittsburgh Original

At a civic event 11 years ago, I saw an unusually dapper fellow — navy pinstripe suit, rep tie and perfectly combed white hair. The fact is, I thought he was someone else. I went over and introduced myself, and he said, “Bill Dietrich.” The name meant nothing to me. But after…

John Wetenhall, Ph.D., MBA

Very early one Sunday morning when I was in graduate school, I answered a phone call from a distinguished Stanford professor who summoned me in his gruff voice: “Get down to my office.“

Mascara, Gilliam, Feeney, Epperson, Gruber, Armstrong

Frank Mascara, 81 The son of Italian immigrants, Mascara was orphaned at the age of 16. He overcame a hardscrabble childhood to become Washington County controller, 14-​year Chairman of the Washington County Commission, and four-​term member of the U.S. House of Representatives. A native of Belle Vernon, the moderate Democrat…

Stocks & pedestal — Fall 2011

When your team’s winning, there’s nothing like baseball. Nothing like listening to the radio in the late innings of a close game. The pitcher waves off signals and finally goes into his motion.

In the American Grain

Who are the preeminent individuals in American business history? A strong case might be made for a quintet: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, John D. Rockefeller and Sam Walton. Who is primus inter pares? It’s Henry Ford in a walk-​away.
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