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Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania and its metropolitan area ranks as the largest in both Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley while being the 22nd largest urban area in the United States.
Pittsburgh is dominated by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers which form the Ohio River. This strategic juncture was a major site of the North American theater of the Seven Years' War, with Great Britain winning control in 1758 to establish Fort Pitt in honor of "The Great Commoner", William Pitt. Following the American Revolution, the area grew as an important transportation center and primary gateway to the American frontier. 19th century coal and iron production made Pittsburgh into the world leader of steel and by 1910 the city was the eighth largest in the United States. With the collapse of American industries in the 1980s, Pittsburgh lost population but has successfully transitioned its economy into a world leader of healthcare, technology, education, and financial services.
Pittsburgh is known colloquially as "The Steel City", for its continued leadership in steel production, as well as "The City of Bridges" for its world record 466 structures. The city's official colors of black and gold are so symbolic that all pro-sports teams from the area, the Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers have also adopted them. Multiple publications have named Pittsburgh the "most livable city" in the United States for its low crime, affordability, and plentiful educational, cultural, and recreational amenities with its skyline vistas ranked by USA Today as second only to the Grand Canyon.
H. J. Heinz Company
), commonly known as Heinz
and famous for its "57 Varieties
" slogan and its ketchup, is an American food company with world headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Perhaps best known for its ketchup, the H.J. Heinz Company manufactures thousands of food products in plants on six continents and markets these products in more than 200 countries and territories. Heinz ranked first in ketchup in the United States with a market share in excess of 50 percent. Moreover, its Ore-Ida label held more than 50 percent of the frozen-potato sector. Overall, the company claims to have 150 number one or number two brands worldwide. Breaking the company's sales down by sector: ketchup, condiments, and sauces account for about 24 percent of overall sales; frozen foods (including Ore-Ida, Budget Gourmet, and Weight Watchers), 15 percent; pet products (9-Lives, Gravy Train, and Ken-L-Ration), 14 percent; soups, beans, and pasta meals, 12 percent; tuna, 12 percent; infant foods, 11 percent; and other, 12 percent. Geographically, about 55 percent of revenues are generated in North America, 26 percent in Europe, 11 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, and eight percent elsewhere.
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The Mattress Factory
is a museum
of contemporary art
located in Pittsburgh
. It exhibits room-sized installation art
from across the country and around the world.
The Mattress Factory museum is named for its gallery buildings, housed since 1977 in the former Stearns & Foster mattress factory and warehouse buildings at 500 Sampsonia Way in the Mexican War Streets area of Pittsburgh's Central Northside.
The Mattress Factory hosts 16 continuous, permanent installations and receives about 38,000 visitors per year. It is considered an institutional leader for incorporating interactive technologies and social media networks into the physical museum space and the virtual world, and in 2009, it became the first museum in the United States to introduce the use of QR codes as a visitor engagement tool. Museum operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Mattress Factory is closed on Mondays.
Michael John Douglas
(born September 5, 1951), better known as Michael Keaton
, is an American actor
, well known for his early comedic roles in films such as Night Shift
, Mr. Mom
, Johnny Dangerously
, and for his dramatic portrayal of Batman
in Tim Burton
and Batman Returns
, as well as lead roles in other films including The Paper
, Jackie Brown
, Jack Frost
, and White Noise
. His most recent film role was as the voice of Ken
in Toy Story 3
. From the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
, Keaton first started in film on local station WQED
in 1975 as one of the "Flying Zucchini Brothers" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Keaton returned home to the city twice to film major motion pictures on location with 1986's Gung Ho and 1998's Desperate Measures.
- ...that though legend says the mid-way bend in Pittsburgh's Armstrong Tunnel was a mistake and that the engineer responsible killed himself in shame, the chief engineer, Vernon R. Covell, did not commit suicide?
- ... that Jaromir Jagr became the first Czechoslovakian to be drafted in the NHL without defecting when he was selected in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990?
- ... that Hays Hall, the first dormitory at Washington & Jefferson College, was designed by noted Pittsburgh architect Frederick J. Osterling?
- ... that Fr. Martin Hehir, the fourth president of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, was affectionately known to students as "Daddy Hehir"?
- ... that the 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates, the worst Pirates team of the 20th century, were so bad that their catcher Joe Garagiola later said "In an eight-team league, we should've finished ninth"?