Since moving to Pittsburgh four years ago, I have been pretty impressed with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It's not on the level of the New York Times or the Washington Post, but I think it compares pretty favorably with the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Boston Globe. Considering those are the main dailies in metro areas about three times the size of Pittsburgh, I think the Post-Gazette staff ought to be proud of what they put out. One of the things that has most impressed me is that the paper remains a family owned paper in this era of mega media corporations.
William Block, Sr. was the long-time publisher of the Post-Gazette who died Monday at the age of 89. Read here for a nice tribute from one of the paper's columnists and here for the news obituary. I didn't know him at all and learned about his life from reading these two tributes.
Much ink has been written about the rise and fall of the WASP establishment. I think it's safe to say, however, that the late Mr. Block represented the best of a kind of American life and career that is fading into memory.