JUNE 8, 2010
Speaker: Author, Bob Regan, Research Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a consultant specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Data from the publishing firm “The Local History Company”
Bob Regan once again mines the rich vein of Pittsburgh’s history by continually finding new lenses through which to view the past. His previous two books–The Steps of Pittsburgh and The Bridges of Pittsburgh–were received with acclaim, drawing fans from the Pittsburgh diaspora around the world. Undoubtedly, The Names of Pittsburgh will do the same as Regan explores the names of the men and women–not to mention scientific paraphernalia, patents, astronomical terms, grape varietals, et al.–from the region’s history which dot the landscape. Each provides a segue into a broader discussion of some aspect of Pittsburgh’s past.
The book is accompanied by 100 photos, maps, and illustrations, most of them historic. It also includes 10 maps suggesting areas for independent exploration of The Names of Pittsburgh.
About the Author:
Bob Regan is a research professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a consultant specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). His professional career includes senior level positions in the federal government, major corporations, and universities. His personal interests revolve around bicycling, and he manages, despite the Pittsburgh climate, to cover 2,000-3,000 miles a year doing so.
He is the author of two other acclaimed books about the city, The Steps of Pittsburgh/Portrait of a City, and The Bridges of Pittsburgh, both done with photographer Tim Fabian. This is his first solo look at the region.