Friday, December 04, 2009

The news that wasn't

Well, that was boring.  Makes you wonder what Wednesday was all about?   But no matter.  Time to move on.  Not much assessment noise until the spring it seems.  It's just a general rule around here across the board that we make simple things so hard. 

and just an little snippet from Lansing Michigan and their version of PopCity is a look at Pittsburgh with a short interview with Bill F. at the conference.  I only noticed because Bill says of Pittsburgh:
"If we went back into the early 80s and late 70s, this was an entrepreneurial town. Pittsburgh was one of the most entrepreneurial places on the planet.  We had these enormous industries grow up here because of young entrepreneurs like Carnegie and Westinghouse". 
I mean, I agree if he meant the1870's and 1880's?  Curious.


Blogger n'at said...

they may have misquoted him because in the proceeding statements he speaks of the malaise borne from the stability of Westinghouse and Carnegie/USX, then refers to the spin-offs and start ups from the 70s. However, he does not name any - such as, Beazer, Calgon or perhaps Ansys.

Friday, December 04, 2009 4:52:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

possibly. and I would give him the benefit of the doubt but in another sentence he says of the local steel industry: " It peaked then from 1979 to 1983 and then there was a rapid decline". Nothing is farther from the truth. Steel had been in both an absolute and relative decline within the US for decades. I won't go into a lecture on "Pittsburgh Point" pricing which was at attempt to fight against the decline of the local steel industry. That dates back to the 40's. Pittsburgh's market share, as it were, of US Steel production had been failing for a long long time before the early 1980's came around. It was the denial of that fact that was Pittsburgh's greatest failure and why the collapse was so painful.

Friday, December 04, 2009 8:26:00 PM  

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