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Steve Hecht

Steve Hecht

Steve Hecht is a freelance writer. He worked at the Pittsburgh Post-​Gazette as a sports writer and copy editor for 30 years. Previously, he was employed by newspapers in Dayton,Ohio, and State College, Pa. He was also editor of Steel City Sports, a weekly that was published in the early 1970s.

Light in darkness

I can’t really say if I found Ernie, or if Ernie found me. When I volunteered for a writing project at the Pittsburgh Holocaust Center in 1992, he was the first person I met. An engaging, bespectacled gentleman in his early 70s, Ernie was one of about 200 Holocaust survivors living here at…

Word Brains

No two games of Scrabble are ever the same. But when the Pittsburgh Scrabble Club convenes on Wednesday nights, there’s a scene that replays itself over and over again. “Someone will show up for the first time and say ‘I’m here because nobody in my family wants to play me. They’re all tired…
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