Len Barcousky started writing for newspapers in 1970 and has never stopped. Along the way, he took breaks to earn degrees at Penn State in English and at Columbia University in business. Since 1986, he has been a reporter and editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the oldest newspaper west of the Allegheny Mountains. He and his family live in Ben Avon, Pennsylvania.
Remembering Pittsburgh: An "Eyewitness" History of the Steel Cityby Len Barcousky
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and its direct predecessor publications have been covering life in the community since 1786 – covering almost all of the Pittsburgh’s history. The pages of the Pittsburgh Gazette have featured reports on events like the Whiskey Rebellion, a violent revolt against federal authority that brought Alexander Hamilton here at the head… See more details below
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and its direct predecessor publications have been covering life in the community since 1786 – covering almost all of the Pittsburgh’s history. The pages of the Pittsburgh Gazette have featured reports on events like the Whiskey Rebellion, a violent revolt against federal authority that brought Alexander Hamilton here at the head of the first American Army. Old copies of the newspaper contain stories on the 1826 visit of the “Nation’s Honored Guest” the Marquis de Lafayette, during the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. When Lincoln stayed overnight here on the way to his inauguration in Washington, he urged Americans north and south “to keep cool" and shun talk of secession. Len Barcousky’s “Eyewitness” column draws heavily on the archives of the Post-Gazette to tell the history of Pittsburgh and its most newsworthy events. With the full support of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Len will arrange a collection of the best of these columns. His columns cover a wide range of topics in local history including the first execution of a woman in Allegheny County, local appearances by the daring stunt double of the roaring twenties, Chick Murray and national rowing champion James Hamill. After Hamill, a Pittsburgh favorite, lost his race and lots of money for local gamblers, his opponent had to leave town hurriedly “through fear of personal violence.” When “Silent Cal” Coolidge visited in 1927, he lived up to his nickname. He gave a nine-word speech to the students of Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University that was greeted, according to the next day’s newspaper, “with great applause.” Remembering Pittsburgh is an opportunity to break into the market with a book that is supported by a local institution and written by a well known local author.
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