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March 22, 2018

A Stamp on American Culture: Fred Rogers and Elvis Presley

Fred Rogers and Elvis Presley were part of the same generation, born only seven years apart (Fred Rogers in 1928 and Elvis Presley in 1935). They both began their careers in the mid-1950s. They are both now featured on a postage stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

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March 16, 2018

Lois Weber, First American Woman Film Director

The Pittsburgh region has been home to many remarkable women over the years, including journalist Nellie Bly, abolitionist Jane Grey Swisshelm, and environmentalist Rachel Carson. But there's another one you may not have heard of: Lois Weber. Weber was America's first woman film director.

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December 21, 2017

Pittsburgh’s Santa, George Heid

Did you ever send a letter to Santa on Paul Shannon’s “Adventure Time” show? You’d wait every day as a rocket carrying the letters would blast off, then the TV would tune in to the North Pole, where Santa sat back to read a few. The big guy holding those letters was George Heid, and for a generation, he was Santa to kids in Pittsburgh and across the country.

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