Frank Lenz: Local Adventurer, Avid Photographer, Big-Wheeled Bike Enthusiast


Last Friday evening, I went searching for Frank Lenz, one of Pittsburgh’s most notable cyclists. To be fair, Lenz went missing almost 120 years ago, in Erzurum, Turkey, so I really didn’t have much hope of finding anything, but I figured I’d give it a shot. I headed over to the Brew House Art Gallery on the South Side, where David Herlihy, the author of The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance, was slated to give a talk about Lenz’s journey by … [Read more...]

The Hills Are Alive…


Image via Wikipedia not with the sound of music, but with the sound of cyclists and Rick Sebak brought some video cameras along.  Tonight (Wednesday, January 26) and I am sure many other times because these things do get repeated - Rick Sebak's show Its Pittsburgh takes a look at The Dirty Dozen.  The Dirty Dozen is an "unofficial" bicycle race that goes something like 58 miles up and down 13 of the steepest streets in Pittsburgh, including Canton Avenue, arguably the steepest public street … [Read more...]

Top Google Searches in Pittsburgh


So what are Pittsburghers really searching for online? Over the past year, I have been following the idea of search a little more closely. I know that lots of people come to IheartPGH looking for more info about Big Jim's In the Run - I was a little confused by how this could be so popular because the post about Big Jim's is from 2006. Fortunately, I was sharing this story with someone who watches the Food Network and apparently there was an episode of Diners, Drive-in and Dive's where they … [Read more...]

Mr. Rogers, Nancy Reagan and Jimmy Carter – Pictures of the Pittsburgh Quilt


Image via WikipediaWhat do Mr. Rogers, Nancy Reagan and Jimmy Carter have in common? They all signed the Pittsburgh Quilt along with Ronald Reagan, Mr. McFeely and 30,000 other Pittsburghers back in 1988. (Never did I think I would have a reason to write about Nancy Reagan on IheartPGH). Over the summer I wrote about the Pittsburgh Quilt which had been lost in the storage archives for the past 19 years. While I was writing about the quilt, which I had also forgotten about I couldn't find one … [Read more...]