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Influential Jazz guitarist and ten time Grammy Award winner. His album Breezin’, in 1976, was the first jazz album to earn platinum status.
Best known for his series of Death Wish thrillers he also starred in the Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven and Once Upon A Time In The West.
Played “Lurch” on the original Addams family series. He also played roles on the popular Star Trek and I Dream of Jeannie series.
“Mr. C” recorded for RCA Records and was a popular and award winning film, television and radio personality from the 1940’s up until the late 1990’s.
A swing era bandleader, his smooth vocals thrilled audiences during the 1940’s.
The star of The Fly and Jurassic Park. His film debut was in Charles Bronson’s Death Wish in 1974.
A member of the Iron City Houserockers, Joe has also had success with his latest band The Houserockers and often accompanies Bruce Springsteen on various outings.
Studied at Carnegie Mellon University and performed on many area stages before becoming famous for her roles in movies such as The Piano, Broadcast News, The Firm and Thirteen.
Well known for his work with the Jaggerz (who had a big hit with The Rapper, in 1969) and Wild Cherry in the 70’s. He later penned the popular hit Ah Leah! in 1980.
Shirley won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie Elmer Gentry in 1960 before becoming well known as Shirley Partridge, head of the Partridge family.
A dominant Hollywood force beginning in the 1940’s he is best known for his roles in Singin’ In The Rain and An American In Paris.
The “King of Cool” was born in nearby Steubenville, OH to Italian immigrants. He was later a member of the “Rat Pack” along with Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra.
Originally the vocalist for 90’s hair band Poison, Bret has had a successful solo career and won Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice in 2010.
Miller rose to fame as a cast member and host of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live beginning in 1985
He created and hosted Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1968-2001 and has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
A writer, poet, and art collector. Her book Q.E.D., was one of the first “coming out” stories. She and her brother Leo’s joint art collection is one of the finest and most well known in history.
Best known for his collaborations with Duke Ellington. He is the composer of the hits Take the “A” Train and Lush Life.
She was born and raised in Meadville, very near Pittsburgh. After winning the Miss Pennsylvania beauty contest, she went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Leading figure in the Pop Art movement. He also founded Interview magazine and coined the popular phrase “15 minutes of fame.” The Andy Warhol Museum, in Pittsburgh is the largest museum dedicated to the work of a single artist.
Coached and played for Chicago Bears. As a tight end for the Bears, he won Super Bowls and garnered three Pro Bowl invitations. He also won a Super Bowl as the Bears coach.
He is still the leading NCAA Division 1 scorer and is considered one of the best ball handlers of all time. He played for three NBA teams during his career: Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz and Boston Celtics.
Nicknamed “Maz” he is the only player to decide a World Series victory with a home run in the seventh game. He played with the Pirates his entire 16 year career and was one of the greatest defensive second basemen of all time.
Played 22 seasons with the St Louis Cardinals, he is considered one of the greatest hitters of all time and compiled 3,630 hits.
Many baseball historians consider him the best shortstop ever. He played for the Pirates from 1897-1917. Nick- named “The Flying Dutchman” for his speed and agile base running.
William D Boyce
Founder of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910.
He built up the Carnegie Steel Company which later merged with the Federal Steel Company and several smaller steel companies to form US Steel. He is usually regarded as the second wealthiest man in the world behind John D. Rockefeller. He later built Carnegie Hall in NYC and became one of the world’s greatest philanthropists.
Henry Clay Frick
Chariman of the Carnegie Steel Company he played a major role in the formation of U.S. Steel.
Henry J Heinz
Founded the HJ Heinz company and led a successful effort to pass the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.
He is credited with founding the American oil industry after he refined crude oil into lamp oil.
A banker, industrialist and philanthropist he served as Secretary of the Treasury from 1921-1932. He helped found Alcoa, Westinghouse, Gulf Oil and General Motors.
Founder of the Mellon Bank and patriarch of the Mellon family.
John A. Roebling
Designed the Brooklyn and Covington- Cincinnati Suspension Bridges.
Developed the first polio vaccine in 1955..