Articles written by Roberta Smith

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 By Roberta Smith    Front Page    December 23, 2013

Editor's Christmas story begins in October of 1941 in Beltzhoover

Not many Christmas stories begin in October. Mine does. We were living in Beltzhoover, at 811 Gearing Avenue. My parents, Bob and Betty Johnson, my 3-year-old brother Bill, my teenaged brother John (we called him Buddy) and 6-year-old me. We’d...

 By Roberta Smith    Front Page    December 17, 2013

Christmas lights on East Carson started with a man and a plan

In 1965, Wilbur Joseph, executive director of Brashear Association, hired a guy named Dick Wells to develop a program for teenagers at the United Way agency. Mr. Wells, on a year’s leave from his job as an English teacher at Allderdice High...

 By Roberta Smith    Front Page    November 19, 2013

Charlie Samaha fell in love with South Side and helped guide it

Prophets, so they say, are not without honor except in their own land, and South Side has its share of these forgotten visionaries from the 1960s and ‘70s who laid the groundwork for today’s successful neighborhood. Charles Tanoose Samaha is one...

 By Roberta Smith    Obituaries    December 14, 2004

Jo Ann Salopek, longtime South Side advocate

Jo Ann Salopek's picture will never appear on a Wheaties box, but to the hundreds of South Siders whose lives she touched during nearly 40 years of community concern, she was a true champion. Mrs....

 By Roberta Smith    Front Page    April 8, 2003

Veronica Veil Players prepare to take their ‘passion' into the next century

Each Lenten weekend for the past 84 years, people from Pittsburgh's neighborhoods join others from as far away as Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia who climb the steep South Side Slopes on foot, by car...