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Philadelphia or Pittsburgh? Discuss.

I love this blog entry by Michael Weinreb ’94 on growing up in State College (his dad is on the faculty in the Eberly College of Science) and having to decide whether he was a Pittsburgh fan or a Philadelphia fan. Mike offers an interesting assessment on the pluses and minuses of each sports city.

Best line:

In Pittsburgh, they name major landmarks after squirrels. In Pittsburgh, they name their beers after metallic ores. In Pittsburgh, they serve the french fries in the sandwich.

Mike, by the way, has written a great feature for us on Wally Triplett ’49 and his teammates on 1946 and 1947 Nittany Lion teams that helped break the color barrier in college football. You’ll see that in our November-December issue.

Tina Hay, editor

October 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

Michael Weinreb on Joe Paterno

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Photo by Steve Manuel ’84, ’92g

Mike Weinreb ’94 is a freelance writer whose work has been in the New York Times and, among others. He also has written a few pieces for us and is working on one right now that will run in our November-December issue, a look at the Penn State football teams of 1946 and 1947 that helped break the color barrier in college football.

Mike also has a blog where he offers some interesting insights on a variety of subjects, and this week he had some thoughts on the wisdom you can find in a Joe Paterno news conference. You can find it here, and it’s worth a read.

Tina Hay, editor

September 17, 2009 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

And in Food News…

One of our freelance writers, Mike Weinreb ’94, mentions on his Twitter feed that the Washington Post has an interesting story today about D.C.-area convenience stores: specifically Sheetz vs. WaWa. Who knew that you could get a 3,000-word magnum opus out of convenience stores? But it’s an interesting read.

Sheetz is a Pennsylvania-based chain but has since spread out over the mid-Atlantic states. It was founded by Penn Stater Steve Sheetz ’69 (who, with his wife, Nancy, recently gave a record-breaking gift to Penn State Altoona).

Taylor DeliAlso today, a colleague over in the College of Engineering, Curtis Chan ’94, called my attention to yet another story in today’s Washington Post. This one is on Penn State entrepreneurs Casey Patton ’03 and David Mazza ’01, who are getting some nice attention for their new restaurant, called Taylor Deli. They renovated a rundown old building and turned it into something beautiful. You can see some of the other media attention Patton and Mazza garnered by checking out their blog.

Speaking of Twitter, you can follow me on Twitter and catch lots more Penn State-related nuggets that don’t always show up on our blog.

Tina Hay, editor

August 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

Dr. Jay Takes Off

jayparkinson_6980b_smallIf you haven’t already seen it, our March/April issue features a profile of Jay Parkinson, a 2002 Hershey Medical School graduate who recently started an innovative medical practice in Brooklyn, N.Y. The piece (written by Brooklyn-based writer Michael Weinreb ’94) does a pretty good job explaining Parkinson’s innovative approach to health care—an approach that has earned him tons of attention (from the New York TimesVillage Voice, and GOOD Magazine, among many others), lots of admirers, and more than a few skeptics.

I met Parkinson about 18 months ago doing some initial reporting on this story, and while I lack the expertise to evaluate the merit of all his ideas, I can absolutely vouch for his commitment to finding creative ways to improving American health care. Agree with his approach or not (he doesn’t take health insurance and rails against the insurance and pharmaceutical industries), one of the things you have to admire about Parkinson is his accessibility; it’s one of the cornerstones of his practice, Hello Health, where patients can IM, email, call, or text Parkinson or one of his colleagues at anytime and expect an almost immediate response.

It’s only fitting that such a plugged-in doc has his own, very active blog, on which he gives his take on health care issues, promotes cool Web 2.0 resources, and recommends movies and music he likes.

Our favorite recent post? This one, of course.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm 2 comments

More PSU football…

A couple (more) Penn State football items on this Friday:

-Last night, senior AQ Shipley received the Rimington Trophy as the outstanding center in college football. Shipley was one of three Nittany Lions named to the Walter Camp All-American team: Sophomore defensive end Aaron Maybin joined him on the first team, and wideout/kick returner Derrick Williams—who on Sunday was named team MVP—earned second-team honors.

AQ Shipley

AQ Shipley

-Author, freelance writer, and occasional Penn Stater contributor Michael Weinreb ’94 Com has a great piece today on that compares the Big Ten’s football reputation to the precarious position of Detroit’s Big 3. My favorite lines:

“The Big 12 represents the future: the notion that you can actually outgain every opponent you face and win a national championship. Their coaches are quirky men with pirate fetishes, and their quarterbacks have names such as Colt. It’s all quite exciting. And the Big Ten? Its coaches have hip-replacement surgery and wear sweater vests, and its running backs have Depression-era nicknames like ‘Beanie.'”

Mike’s a good writer. He was also in my wedding, and I reserve the right to some day tell an embarrassing story about that in this space.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

December 12, 2008 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

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