I was born and raised in the Bloomfield-​Garfield section of Pittsburgh, which is now called “Friendship.” I attended St. Lawrence O’Toole Grade School in Garfield, Central Catholic High and then Carnegie Mellon University in nearby Oakland, and have lived and raised my family in Squirrel Hill for the past 33 years. So, geographically…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
  • Sidebar Title Rich Fitzgerald
  • Sidebar Sub Title Allegheny County Executive
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    Allegheny County, county executive (2011 – present)

    Allegheny County Council, District 11 (201011)

    Aquenef, business owner (1982 – present)

    Nalco Chemical Company, sales engineer, Rockford, Illinois (19811982)

    Carnegie Mellon University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, business minor (1981)

First the Frick announced a new programming initiative in fashion and brought “Killer Heels” to Pittsburgh. The impossibly impractical yet stunningly gorgeous shoes might have made more sense at the Warhol where Andy’s advertising and shoe portrait drawings would have cheekily made the connection between costume, eroticism, design, and identity while contextualizing the…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading High fashion comes to the Carnegie Museum of Art
I’ve been a reporter or editor almost continuously since taking over my high school newspaper 39 years ago. So when President Trump called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” it did get my attention. But journalists get attacked so often that rather than take it personally, I considered whether any…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
One spring, I ventured south to Savannah, Georgia, for some sun and warmth. As a coastal locale and part of the Atlantic flyway, it was rich with avifauna heading back to nesting territories farther north in places like western Pennsylvania. It was March, and the streets of that wonderful city were alive with…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Keep watch for this sign of spring
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