Profiles

John Kasich, Government Leader

I was born and raised in Mckees Rocks, Pennsylvania, not far from Pittsburgh. It was a working-​class, blue-​collar town, but it was a positive place. I loved it there.

Pittsburgh’s Leading Newswoman

It is a hot, unbearably humid day in late August. There are two LED lights, a heavy, Sony XD camera mounted on a tripod and one monitor propped up on the Baughman Trail in Ohiopyle, just beyond the old train station. Mosquitos relentless, sun managing to beat down through a…

Ageless Wisdom: Abraham Twerski, 87

by Douglas Heuck
Try and find happiness in everything. And that’s not easy. There are a lot of things that cause you misery. Right now I’m disabled in a wheelchair. I’m dependent on other people for so many things.

Ageless Wisdom: Dick Groat, 87

by John Beale
Dick Groat, 87, shares his path to becoming a professional athlete, golf course operator and broadcaster.

Death Becomes Her

“Why?” is the obvious question: dead bodies of all ages (arriving daily), grieving families, being surrounded by sadness and despair, not to mention dealing with the more unseemly but necessary “physical” aspects of the job. As a family business — sure, that makes sense — family pressure can go a long way, and there…

Ageless Wisdom: Thaddeus Mosley, 92

by John Beale
Thaddeus Mosley, 92, talks about his work as a sculptor and living a life of contentment.

Ageless Wisdom: Cyril Wecht, 87

by John Beale
In part five of this video series, Cyril Wecht, age 87, shares his path to forensic pathology and discusses what is important in life.

Ten Minutes of Lovely

by Kate Benz, photography by John Altdorfer
“Okay, so I’ll do two hundred of the Hey Rosemary,” Samantha says, tying a white, plastic apron around her waist before opening two, overflowing three-​ring binders. “Wait… three hundred Hey Rosemary. We are really low on Hey Rosemary. I need to make Lady Macbeth again… and I’m out of Gertrude!…

Ageless Wisdom: Patricia Wilde, 90

by John Beale
In part four of this video series, Patricia Wilde, age 90, talks about how she entered the world of ballet and her experiences with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Ageless Wisdom: Carol Brown, 85

by John Beale
In part three of this video series, Carol Brown, age 85, shares thoughts on choosing a profession, living a satisfying life and building the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

John Robinson Block, Newsman

by Jeff Sewald
My twin brother, Allan Block, and I are the third generation in a family business that’s more than 100 years old. My grandfather, Paul Block, was an immigrant from East Prussia, and grew up, through his teens, in Elmira, New York. From age 10, he worked for a newspaper and…

Ageless Wisdom: Betty Lane, 80

In part two of this video series, Betty Lane, age 80, shares her thoughts on life and work from her experiences with the Hill House and community.

The Singing Barista

by Kate Benz, photography by John Altdorfer
No one complains when they come into Jitters Café in Shadyside for their frappuccinos and cappuccinos and caffeinated hot/​iced whatevers and barista Liz starts singing.

Ageless Wisdom: Jim Roddey, 85

In part one of this video series, Jim Roddey, age 85, discusses his contributions to Pittsburgh as a businessman and first Allegheny County Executive.

Bob and Fritz Together

by Kate Benz, photography by John Altdorfer
Fritz is wearing a contraption. Two black, rubber wheels attached to a harness that allows him to bark and roll and bark and roll his way across the grass. He’s been wearing it for four years. Ever since he jumped and missed and fell off one of the concrete steps…
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