History UsefulNotes / Pittsburgh

1st Sep '16 7:49:52 AM themisterfree
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* ''Film/InspectorGadget'', the 1999 live-action film featured Pittsburgh landmarks prominently under the vague guise of "Riverton" (which was implied to be in Ohio). (The second film was filmed in Australia, though.)

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* ''Film/InspectorGadget'', the ''Film/InspectorGadget'': The 1999 live-action film featured Pittsburgh landmarks prominently under the vague guise of "Riverton" (which was implied to be in Ohio). (The second film was filmed in Australia, though.)) Because for all of the movie's faults, PPG Place ''is'' Dr. Claw's castle.
3rd Aug '16 6:30:48 AM DesertDragon
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* Alaska Thunderfuck - Drag queen and Sharon's former lover who was a finalist in the fifth season; the two were the OfficialCouple of ''Drag Race'' until their split in 2013. Originally from Erie before moving to Pittsburgh after college.

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* Alaska Thunderfuck Creator/AlaskaThunderfuck - Drag queen and Sharon's former lover who was a finalist in the fifth season; the two were the OfficialCouple of ''Drag Race'' until their split in 2013. Originally from Erie before moving to Pittsburgh after college.
3rd Aug '16 6:29:29 AM DesertDragon
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* Mark Cuban Tech entrepreneur, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and panelist on ''Shark Tank'', the US version of the Japanese reality series ''Series/DragonsDen''.

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* Mark Cuban Tech entrepreneur, owner of the the Dallas Mavericks, and panelist on ''Shark Tank'', the US version of the Japanese reality series ''Series/DragonsDen''.
3rd Aug '16 6:27:41 AM DesertDragon
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* [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]: Born in Latrobe and spent most of his working life in Pittsburgh; perhaps the world's--or at least America's--most beloved yinzer (his soft accent is characteristic of middle-class Pittsburgh people of his generation).

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* [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]: Rogers]] - Born in Latrobe and spent most of his working life in Pittsburgh; perhaps the world's--or at least America's--most beloved yinzer (his soft accent is characteristic of middle-class Pittsburgh people of his generation).



* Creator/JimmyStewart (from the town of Indiana, about 40 miles east, and now part of metro Pittsburgh)

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* Creator/JimmyStewart (from - From the town of Indiana, about 40 miles east, and now part of metro Pittsburgh)Pittsburgh.



* Mark Cuban Tech entrepreneur, owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Dallas Mavericks]], and panelist on ''Shark Tank'', the US version of the Japanese reality series ''Series/DragonsDen''.

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* Mark Cuban Tech entrepreneur, owner of Chuck Cooper - First African-American drafted into the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] (yes, there was a time when the NBA was all-white), where he played for the Boston Celtics.
* Mark Cuban Tech entrepreneur, owner of the
Dallas Mavericks]], Mavericks, and panelist on ''Shark Tank'', the US version of the Japanese reality series ''Series/DragonsDen''.



* Arnold Palmer, golf legend (from nearby Latrobe)

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* Arnold Palmer, golf Palmer - Golf legend (from from nearby Latrobe)Latrobe



* Wrestling/BrunoSammartino[[note]]Born in UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}, made his home in Pittsburgh.[[/note]]
* Neil Walker, [[HomegrownHero Pittsburgh Pirates']] second baseman

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* Wrestling/BrunoSammartino[[note]]Born Wrestling/BrunoSammartino - Born in UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}, made his home in Pittsburgh.[[/note]]
Pittsburgh.
* Neil Walker, Walker - [[HomegrownHero Pittsburgh Pirates']] second baseman



* Henry J. Heinz (founder of the ketchup company)
* Madalyn Murray O'Hair (founder of the American Atheists)
* Charles Taze Russell (founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses)
* Radio/RushLimbaugh[[note]]Originally from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, just south of St. Louis, but before he became the king of American talk radio and the unofficial spokesman for the nation's conservative-leaning citizens, Limbaugh -- who used the name "Jeff Christie" -- spent some time in TheSeventies as a DJ for Pittsburgh's KQV-AM radio.[[/note]]

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* Henry J. Heinz (founder - Founder of the ketchup company)
company. Eating Hunts ketchup in Pittsburgh is blasphemy.
* Madalyn Murray O'Hair (founder - Founder of the American Atheists)
Atheists.
* Charles Taze Russell (founder - Ffounder of the Jehovah's Witnesses)
Witnesses
* Radio/RushLimbaugh[[note]]Originally Radio/RushLimbaugh - Originally from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, just south of St. Louis, but before he became the king of American talk radio and the unofficial spokesman for the nation's conservative-leaning citizens, Limbaugh -- who used the name "Jeff Christie" -- spent some time in TheSeventies as a DJ for Pittsburgh's KQV-AM radio.[[/note]]



* [[Series/TrueBlood Joe Manganiello]]

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* [[Series/TrueBlood Joe Manganiello]]Manganiello



* [[Series/MikeAndMolly Billy Gardell]] (Alternated his youth between Florida and Pittsburgh. Considers Pittsburgh his hometown)

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* [[Series/MikeAndMolly Billy Gardell]] (Alternated Gardell - Alternated his youth between Florida and Pittsburgh. Considers Pittsburgh his hometown)hometown, and he proudly displays his accent in his stand-ups and acting roles.



* DonaldPBellisario (Actually grew up in nearby Charleroi)
* Sharon Needles (DragQueen and winner of the fourth season of ''[[Series/RuPaulsDragRace [=RuPaul=]'s Drag Race]]'')
* Alaska Thunderfuck (Sharon's lover who was a finalist in the fifth season; the two were the OfficialCouple of ''Drag Race'' until their split in 2013.)
* Thomas Bell (birth name Thomas Belachak), author of ''Out of This Furnace''.
* Ed O'Ross (birth name Edward Orosz), American character actor.
* Creator/MingNaWen (Born in China but emigrated to the US as a child. Went to high school in the suburb of Mt. Lebanon, studied theatre at Carnegie-Mellon, and was a waitress at Chinatown Inn, a fancy Chinese restaurant downtown that her family still owns.)

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* DonaldPBellisario (Actually grew up in - From nearby Charleroi)
Charleroi
* Sharon Needles (DragQueen - DragQueen and winner of the fourth season of ''[[Series/RuPaulsDragRace [=RuPaul=]'s Drag Race]]'')
Race]]'' Originally from Iowa, traveled the country before settling in Pittsburgh where she established her drag career before appearing on the show.
* Alaska Thunderfuck (Sharon's - Drag queen and Sharon's former lover who was a finalist in the fifth season; the two were the OfficialCouple of ''Drag Race'' until their split in 2013.)
2013. Originally from Erie before moving to Pittsburgh after college.
* Thomas Bell (birth name Thomas Belachak), Belachak) - author of ''Out of This Furnace''.
* Ed O'Ross (birth name Edward Orosz), Orosz) - American character actor.
* Creator/MingNaWen (Born - Born in China but emigrated to the US with her family as a child. Went to high school in the suburb of Mt. Lebanon, studied theatre at Carnegie-Mellon, and was worked as a waitress at Chinatown Inn, a fancy Chinese restaurant downtown that her family still owns.)
20th Jun '16 9:05:57 PM Drcynic24
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* [[Series/MikeAndMolly Billy Gardell]]

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* [[Series/MikeAndMolly Billy Gardell]]Gardell]] (Alternated his youth between Florida and Pittsburgh. Considers Pittsburgh his hometown)



* DonaldPBellisario

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* DonaldPBellisarioDonaldPBellisario (Actually grew up in nearby Charleroi)
16th Jun '16 7:04:14 AM DesertDragon
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: The structure atop the Gulf Tower is lit in different colors to give the weather forecast for the day. [[http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/07/02/how-to-read-the-kdka-weather-beacon-at-gulf-tower/ The current system is explained here]], though the structure has been a weather beacon in some form or another since the building was completed in 1932. As you can imagine, it's a little obsolete nowadays. Not only do most modern-day Pittsburghers not know the system, but weather apps are standard issue on all smartphones. Instead it's a cool trivia more than anything else.



* {{Zeerust}}: Many buildings in the city are over a hundred years old and have ornate outer fixtures as was common back then. In the 1960's and 70's however, there was a push to "modernize" many of the buildings by covering them with cheap metal or concrete facades. Unfortunately, these efforts have ''not'' aged well and most of these facades became [[http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/299/pnc005.jpg eyesores]] over time. Nowadays, the older buildings are either being restored to their former beauty, or torn down and replaced with current modern architecture such as the [[http://www.thetoweratpncplaza.com/images/PNCTower2.jpg PNC Tower]], which is replacing the previous photo subjects.

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* {{Zeerust}}: Many buildings in the city are over a hundred years old and have ornate outer fixtures as was common back then. In the 1960's and 70's however, there was a push to "modernize" many of the buildings by covering them with cheap metal or concrete facades. Unfortunately, these efforts have ''not'' aged well and most of these facades became [[http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/299/pnc005.jpg eyesores]] over time. Nowadays, the older buildings are either being restored to their former beauty, or torn down and replaced with current modern architecture such as the [[http://www.thetoweratpncplaza.com/images/PNCTower2.jpg PNC Tower]], which is replacing replaced the previous photo subjects.
20th May '16 2:04:36 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''QueerAsFolk'':

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* ''QueerAsFolk'':''Series/QueerAsFolk'':
13th May '16 9:04:04 PM DesertDragon
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* {{Furry Fandom}}: The world's largest Furry convention, Anthrocon, has called Pittsburgh home since 2006. Although the convention is not promoted as a public event (Even though anyone can buy a membership to gain attendance) the event draws some residents to the bars and restaurants around the convention center to go "Furry Watching". Many residents will also begrudgingly admit that Anthrocon is one of the few interesting events to happen at the convention center in any given year (But hey, who knows what the attendees from the ''Society of Bridge Engineers Conference'' get up to behind closed doors.) When the convention finally promoted an event for the public to attend, [[http://www.anthrocon.org/node/28359/anthrocon-2015-wrapup 5,000 people]] turned up.
* {{Gayborhood}}: As mentioned earlier, this is averted. GLBT residents and related businesses are decentralized and scattered throughout the city. However, the real Liberty Avenue, in addition to hosting a couple gay bars and the annual Pride, also has a reputation for transsexual prostitutes.

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* {{Furry Fandom}}: The world's largest Furry convention, Anthrocon, has called Pittsburgh home since 2006. Although While the convention is not promoted as a public event (Even though (though anyone can buy a membership to gain attendance) attendance), the event draws some many residents and their children to the bars and restaurants around the convention center to go "Furry Watching". Many residents Pittsburghers will also begrudgingly admit that Anthrocon is one of the few interesting events to happen at the convention center in any a given year (But hey, who knows what the attendees from the ''Society of Bridge Engineers Conference'' get up to behind closed doors.) When the convention finally promoted an event for the public to attend, [[http://www.anthrocon.org/node/28359/anthrocon-2015-wrapup 5,000 people]] turned up.
* {{Gayborhood}}: As mentioned earlier, this is averted. GLBT residents and related businesses are decentralized and scattered throughout the city. However, the real Liberty Avenue, in addition to hosting a couple gay bars and the annual Pride, also has a reputation for transsexual transgender prostitutes.
17th Apr '16 3:13:37 PM themisterfree
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* ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' (Fred Rogers was born in Latrobe and lived most of his life in Pittsburgh. The show was produced by the local PBS affilate: WQED.)

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* ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' (Fred Rogers was born in Latrobe and lived most of his life in Pittsburgh. The show was produced by the local PBS affilate: WQED. They've even got an (admittedly odd-looking) statue of him on the North Shore.)
10th Mar '16 8:53:37 AM harotype
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** Andrew '''Carnegie''': Moved to Pittsburgh from Scotland when he was 12. Started as a factory worker and worked his way to the top and beyond. The Carnegie Steel Company was the largest and most profitable industrial enterprise in the world. In his later years, he turned to philanthropy building libraries and schools. Despite all his giving, he still died a very wealthy man. The local/Scottish/correct pronunciation is "Car-''nay''-gie". The Carnegie Library System, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie-Mellon University, the Borough of Carnegie...

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** Andrew '''Carnegie''': Moved to Pittsburgh from Scotland when he was 12. The local/Scottish/correct pronunciation is "Car-NAY-gie". Started as a factory worker and worked his way to the top and beyond. The Carnegie Steel Company was the largest and most profitable industrial enterprise in the world. In his later years, he turned to philanthropy building libraries and schools. Despite all his giving, he still died a very wealthy man. The local/Scottish/correct pronunciation is "Car-''nay''-gie". The Carnegie Library System, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie-Mellon University, the Borough of Carnegie...



** Andy '''Warhol''': actually Andrew Warhola, but definitely from Pittsburgh; he's buried south of the city. Mr. Pop Culture has the world's largest museum dedicated to a single artist, as well as the Andy Warhol Bridge.



* PollutedWasteland in the 1960s, though it has cleaned itself up significantly since then. There were times during the steel industry's heyday when the smog was so bad the streetlights had to be left on ''at midday''.

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* PollutedWasteland in PollutedWasteland: In the 1960s, 1940s, though it has cleaned itself up significantly unrecognizably since then. There were times during the steel industry's heyday when the smog was so bad the streetlights had to be left on ''at midday''.
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