Tag Archives: Pittsburgh

Pointless Enthusiasm

Too many years and too many miles change things. The raw new suburbs just north of downtown Pittsburgh in the fifties were the whole world when you’re just a kid, but after that sticky summer of 1965, it was off … Continue reading

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Trending Now

Pittsburgh in the late fifties and early sixties was just fine, but we all knew real life was happening elsewhere. Teenagers know such things. It wasn’t just that the parents picked up the Sunday New York Times each week and … Continue reading

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Plastic People

Growing up in the raw new suburbs postwar of Pittsburgh – the last good years before the city started its slow collapse – was anything but surreal. It was all real enough – cars had big fins, Ed Sullivan was … Continue reading

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Relegated to the Minors

Someone should have reminded the Republicans that the day after the big 2012 election, where their guy lost so thoroughly to Obama, where they actual lost ground in the Senate when they had been so sure they’d take it over, … Continue reading

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The Limits of Indiscriminate Swagger

It may be that the flamboyantly gay Elton John sang at Rush Limbaugh’s fourth and most recent wedding – no, really – but that doesn’t mean that the culture wars are over. As for Elton John, what he did was … Continue reading

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Wrestling the Absurd

We all have our heroes. For some of us it’s our fathers – someone needs to show you how to be both strong and a gentleman. And if you’re of a certain age and grew up in Pittsburgh, then Roberto … Continue reading

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Wanting To Be One of the Useless Hated Rich

Growing up in Pittsburgh in the fifties was a sort of The Adventure of Ozzie and Harriet in the Rust Belt. After those first years in the Czech community down in the dark valley by the even darker river, listening … Continue reading

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