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From: Jill Berardi
Subject: greetings from the Red Cross
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002

Hi! I just read about your new magazine in the Pittsburgh Business Times and it sounds so exciting. I think a big part of "defining Pittsburgh's culture" is found in volunteerism, since we have one of the largest numbers of non-profit organizations in the country. I wanted to introduce myself and let you know that I can give you plenty of incredible stories of yinzers who volunteer for the Red Cross - who have saved someone's life after taking a CPR class - and ordinary people doing acts of extraordinary good. There are many angles you can take that would fit the mission of your magazine. If you're interested, please contact me. And best wishes for your new adventure.

Jill Berardi
Director of Marketing and Communications
American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania


From: Rehan Nasir
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002

Dear New Yinzer,

A guy who I work with was talking to his insurance agent yesterday. I think he was talking about renter's insurance, since he has to move into the area and is considering an apartment. He spent a good bit of the day on the phone with the agent. I guess what he was talking about is related to work somehow - the company is here and he needs to be near it. But if you think about it, everything could be related to work. I mean, if you're paying your cell phone bill online, it's probably with money you made working. And if your boss calls you at 2 a.m. for an emergency, it'll probably be on the cell phone. So now I don't feel so bad about taking care of my personal life online during the work day.

Off to pay another credit card bill,

Rehan Nasir


From: Martha Riecks
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002

I was so pleased to see the review for Go Down Fighting, Come Up Smiling. Jay did a great job of reviewing this CD, andI loved how he was able to tie in all the great info about the Mr.Roboto Project and The Big Idea while keeping it a CD Review.

Go Down Fighting, Come Up Smiling. What a phrase, and it encompasses the success and sustainability of Roboto, and the potential of The Big Idea, which is just that: The Big Idea, and to me, illustrations the potential of Pittsburgh.

Just being in town the weekend this CD was released was such a positive experience, listening to Q's (Mike Roth's) pleasant surprise at how many were sold just that first night, reading through the booklet and thinking about how far things have come in the community, and the city, in just a few short years.

It's more than enough to have me reasserting the plan to come back to town, discussing with my friends how we can make the city ours, how there is the potential to continue preventing city planners from turning the city into a generic suburbia (seen once with those hideous Downtown plans, but determined to once again rear their ugly heads) and that young adult residents care about more than sports teams. Discussions like these can be held about any place, but in the 'Burgh, positive results almost seem possible.

Being away from town for the past few years certainly has me waxing a bit idealistic about it, I know, but I'm really appreciating somethings. There's just something about Pittsburgh, that makes me thinkthis is the place. The place for the revolution, the good one, where we can make things our own. I think a lot has to do with the size of the town; big but not too big, a small city but not too small. Perhaps it's because so many people seem to have written the 'Burgh off for dead long-ago, back with the steel mill busts. Perhaps it's just that weird quirk, that because of that bust, in the city you're young or old, and so we stick together, without even knowing it. And that's not even counting the day-to-day perks of life, like the crumbling staircases, tunnels at night, the 67H outbound at rush hour (pre-blvd construction, of course) or the city's love affair with fireworks displays.

Anyway, best of job in expressing these ideas, and more, in your nifty magazine. Keep up the grand work, for it is surely part of the plan.

Martha Riecks
Bowling Green, Ohio

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