An intriguing book by author Joann Cantrell is making its way onto shelves today, and when a press release landed in my inbox with an excerpt from the book including Roger Humphries, I knew I wanted to let you know about it!
You see, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Humphries during one of the 'Burgh Watching episodes we filmed at the Manchester Craftmen's Guild. It was such a huge honor to be among so many talented people for that interview, and Roger was humble, kind and gracious.
That theme runs through each of the nearly 80 vignettes featured in the book. These locals have shaped what we are known for here in Pittsburgh; being a compassionate, down to earth and hard working town. Many of those included may be unknown to most of us. According to Cantrell:
"I was most interested in the “unsung heroes.” Pittsburgh has many individuals who have quietly dedicated their time or life to a particular mission or cause, making a lasting impact on the community without recognition. People like Edith Balas, a holocaust survivor and art history professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Elmer Parks, a retired administrator for Pittsburgh Public Schools who was the most unlikely person to become a teacher; and Dr. Kenneth Garver, a champion for children who was loved and revered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. These humble individuals left a lasting impression on the Pittsburgh community without others realizing the impact they made."
Legendary Locals of Pittsburgh is available at events, area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, and through the publisher at www.legendarylocals.com or (888)-313-2665. You can meet the author during her book signing at Barnes and Noble (1000 Cranberry Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 16066) on Sunday January 25th at 1pm.
In the meantime, check out the interview with Roger, and the rest of the talented individuals from the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, in this episode of 'Burgh Watching from the archives: