I was born in Reading, Pa., on Aug. 15, 1969. My parents, Karl and Susan Fetterman, were both only 19 years old at the time, so I was an “unplanned event.” But my mom and dad did get married and, as I matured and came to understand the circumstances surrounding my birth, the…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2018
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
In the last Ice Age — 10,000 to 110,000 years ago — what is now the Monongahela River flowed north across Pennsylvania into the St. Lawrence watershed. At some point, an ice dam gave rise to Lake Monongahela, which was 200 miles long, 100 miles wide and hundreds of feet deep. Now, a series of locks and…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2016
  • Sub Heading Capturing a year on Pittsburgh’s changing river
The blood splatters on the lawn would wash away with the next rain, but Mary and I knew the crimson stains on the tree trunk would be there a long time. The most jarring moments came when we encountered the body on the floor, head half shot away. His name was Trevor, and…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading Robert Matzen filmed the story of our founding father and what he was really like
The impact of population decline was very much in the news at the end of last year, a reminder that, for all the accolades at the recent G-​20 Summit about Pittsburgh having moved beyond its industrial past, painful choices still face the region, particularly its local governments and major service institutions.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading The public debate has missed much about the tuition tax, library reduction and Braddock hospital situations
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