Welcome to the Pitts!

Someone in college once laughed when I told him I was from Pittsburgh, because what the crap kind of name is that? Do I launch into a detailed, historically factual account of William Pitt? Do I laugh too as I come to the realization that yes, that indeed is a craptastic name when you think about it? Do I smack, kick, or otherwise maim? No, I point out that it sure as hell could be a whole lot worse.

And what of the “h”? There is no “Harrisburgh” or “Greensburgh” or “Dravosburgh”? My third grade teacher, and I remember this specifically, once said we have an “h” because we’re special. Isn’t that nice? So the next time someone asks where you’re from . . . you put your chin out proudly and say, “I am from Pittsburgh . . . with an ‘h’!”

Welcome to the blog of the city besides the Point.


  1. Mark Rauterkus
    July 10, 2005 7:36 pm

    Funny story. There is a Pittsburg, KS. Friends from K-State were moving to Pittsburgh. Told neighborhs. Great. We’re moving there too — same month even. Then the day of the move, weeks later — it came out that they were not going to stay as family friends in their new hometown. Woops. Nice knowing ya.

  2. Mark Rauterkus
    July 10, 2005 7:38 pm

    I went to speak to a workshop in Napa, California. Said I was a bit spent from traveling from Pittsburgh. What’s the big deal — did I walk? Was it the snow in the mountains? Oh, that Pittsburgh in PA, not CA.

  3. pittgirl
    July 10, 2005 9:51 pm

    Another funny story, while in college in the south, I was in a Foot Locker getting some new shoes for tennis when the nice shoe seller dude asks me where am I from, and I say, “Pittsburgh” and he says, “Pittsburg, Kansas or Pittsburg, Texas?” Heh. “Dude, there IS another Pittsburgh. It is just besides the Point!”

  4. pghcitiboy
    April 3, 2006 11:44 pm

    Cool blog! Look forwarding to reading more. Do I sense some hostility towards the Trib here? I mean c’mon, Richard Mellon Scaife to be admired! His paper is very unbiased. ;)