Pittsburgh - City Of Heroes
When many of us think of Pittsburgh, we envision a blue-collar city of faceless steel workers. However, even though Pittsburgh has historically been an industrial city, it has also been home to some of the world's greatest artists, musicians, actors, and athletes.
Andrew William Mellon was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 24, 1855. His father was Thomas Mellon, a banker and judge who was a Scots-Irish immigrant from County Tyrone, Ireland; his mother was Sarah Jane Negley Mellon. He was educated at the Western University of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pittsburgh) and graduated in 1873. Mellon eventually became one of the wealthiest people in the United States. In 1913, along with his brother, Richard B. Mellon, he established a memorial for his father, the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, as a department of the University of Pittsburgh. Today the institute is a part of Carnegie Mellon University.
Henry John Heinz was an American businessman who founded the H. J. Heinz Company. Heinz was one of eight children born to John Henry Heinz and Anna Margaretha Heinz. Both parents had emigrated from Kallstadt, Germany and settled in the Birmingham section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—today known as the South Side. Heinz began packing foodstuffs on a small scale at Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1869. There he founded Heinz Noble & Company with a friend, L. Clarence Noble, and began marketing horseradish. The company continued to grow, and in 1888 Heinz bought out his other two partners and reorganized the company as the H. J. Heinz Company, the name it carries to the present day.
- Andy Warhol - Controversial pop artist.
- Bill Cowher - Former Head Coach of the Steelers.
- Kurt Angle - 1996 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling.
- Andrew Carnegie – Steel tycoon and philanthropist.
- William D. Boyce – Founder, Boy Scouts of America.
- Jonas Salk – Physician and inventor of first polio vaccine.
- Admiral Robert Peary – First person to reach the North Pole.