Category Archives: Author

June 06, 2012

Jim Rooker, Pirates Pitcher 1973-1980, Broadcaster 1981-1993

Jim Rooker: First, can you let readers know about your books you’ve published – what got you into writing children’s stories and how you got started? When I was a part-owner of Rooks restaurant in Pittsburgh, my partner and I rotated working at the restaurant so I would fly back and … Read Article →

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June 04, 2012

Thomas White, Author, Forgotten Tales of Pittsburgh

Thomas White: First, what got your started as an archivist both at the Heinz History Center and at Duquesne? I’ve always been interested in history since I was a child, so when I went to college that was the field that I chose to study. In graduate school I specialized … Read Article →

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March 15, 2012

E. Lee North, Author, Battling the Indians, Panthers & Nittany Lions: Washington & Jefferson College’s Century of Football, 1890-1990

E. Lee North: First, can you tell readers a bit about your writing career and how you got started as an author? What about your time at Washington & Jefferson influenced your writing career, and how? Well, I have said it was W & J that got me into writing, … Read Article →

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December 10, 2011

Murray Tucker, on Father Joe Tucker, Steelers/Penguins Broadcaster, 1936-1967

Murray Tucker: First, can you tell us what inspired you to write the book Screamer – the story of your father’s broadcasting career with the Steelers and Penguins from the 1930’s-1960’s? I was inspired to write the book, Screamer: The Forgotten Voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers when I read a response … Read Article →

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December 06, 2011

Rick Buker, “100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”

Rick Buker: First, can you tell us about the new book – what inspired you to write the book and how you went about researching it? I’d be glad to! “100 Things Penguins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die” focuses on the top 100 players, personalities, and events … Read Article →

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November 29, 2011

Georges Laraque, Penguins Forward, 2007-2008

Georges Laraque: First, can you let readers know what inspired you to write your new book, Georges Laraque, The Story of The NHL’s Unlikeliest Tough Guy? When I was a kid I went through a lot of racism. I  thought of quitting and read the biography of Jackie Robinson – a … Read Article →

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November 21, 2011

Kevin Henry, Steelers Defensive Lineman, 1993-2000

Kevin Henry: First, can you let readers know about the Kevin Henry Foundation – how it got started and what it’s mission is? The Kevin Henry foundation was started after working with at risk youth in 1994 after my rookie season with the Steelers. Because of many challenges that I … Read Article →

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November 19, 2011

O’Brien: Al Davis Was Different and He Helped Change the Face of Pro Football

O’Brien column for The Valley Mirror Al Davis died at his home in Oakland,California last week.  He was 82 and he had been challenged by ill health for several years.           I last saw him on Sunday, Oct. 2, when the TV cameras focused on him as he sat behind … Read Article →

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November 19, 2011

O’Brien: Jerry West and Aaron Smith Overcome Childhood Challenges

O’Brien: Jerry West and Aaron Smith Overcome Childhood Challenges: I was listening to Jerry West and I was thinking about Aaron Smith.           I doubt that Jerry West and Aaron Smith have ever appeared in the same sentence in the sports pages, but they share a strong bond, and not … Read Article →

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November 19, 2011

Tim Lester, Steelers Fullback, 1995-1998

Tim Lester: First, can you let readers know about your ministry and your work speaking to youth on drugs, sex alcohol? My  mission is to share my personal life experiences with students, helping them to recognize the consequences of their decisions and  choices while giving them the message of hope. … Read Article →

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