List of famous Pittsburghers

Botany Hall and Phipps Conservatory with University of Pittsburgh beyond

Greeting cards of my silly ink drawings of Pittsburgh are here. Or you can just call me to order some 412-401-8812.  They are usually in stock at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts shop as well as Visit Pittsburgh at 5th Avenue Place downtown.

I print this list on the back of my series of greeting cards of my “silly ink drawings of Pittsburgh”.  Most recent additions are environmental author Edward Abbey and book editor and publisher Margaret McEldery, whose obituary in both the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the New York Times caught my eye. The theme that most interested Abbey was the struggle for personal liberty against the totalitarian techno-industrial state, with wilderness being the backdrop in which this struggle took place.

64 Famous People of Pittsburgh and the Region

People on my list were either born and grew up here (most), or were simply born here and really did not spend any time at all as their families moved when they were very young (Gertrude Stein and Martha Graham). Or they were not born here but had significant career experiences here like Willa Cather who lived in Pittsburgh for 11 years. She came to Pittsburgh in 1895, upon graduation from the University of Nebraska. She often referred to Pittsburgh as the “birthplace” of her writing career.

Edward Abbey, Derrick Bell, George Benson, Nellie Bly, Andrew Carnegie, Rachel Carson, Mary Cassatt, Willa Cather, Perry Como, Michael Chabon, Annie Dillard, Mike Ditka, Billy Eckstine, Margaret K. Elderry, Richard Florida, Stephen Foster, Henry Clay Frick, Jeff Goldblum, Martha Graham, Walt Harper, Samuel Hazo, H.J. Heinz, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Margaret Hodges, John Kane, Edgar J. Kaufmann, Michael Keaton, Gene Kelly, Henry Mancini, Dan Marino, George Marshall, Rob Marshall, Lorin Maazel, David McCullough, Andrew Mellon, Larry Mellon, Paul Mellon, Richard B. Mellon, Richard K. Mellon, Thomas Mellon, Joe Montana, Joe Nameth, Evelyn Nesbit, Paul O’Neill, Phillip Pearlstein, Henry Phipps, Nathaniel Philbrick, Duncan Phillips, Fred Rogers, John Roebling, George Romero, Jonas Salk, David O. Selznick, Thomas Starzl, Gertrude Stein, Jimmy Stewart, Stanley Turrentine, Johnny Unitas, Bobby Vinton, Andy Warhol, Frank Webb, George Westinghouse, John Edgar Wideman, August Wilson

 

 

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