Here is a bio by our commenter friend “frank md”…
I lived in Johnstown through high School among Pitt and PSU fans. I really had no feelings either way. But that took a turn after I graduated from high school.
I wanted to become an aeronautical engineer. I found that PSU had that course so I applied there. But when I heard from them they said they could not offer me any assistance even though my grades were in the top 10% of my high school class and our family qualified for low-income assistance. So I applied to Pitt. Lo and behold Pitt offered a small scholarship that I could use to attend the Johnstown campus. Since they did not offer aeronautical engineering, I enrolled in electrical engineering.
After two years I had to transfer to Pittsburgh because Johnstown did not offer the last two years of electrical engineering. By the way, Pitt-Johnstown is now a located on a huge beautiful campus with four-year degrees. With my Johnstown scholarship over, I had to wait to see if Pitt would continue the scholarship in Pittsburgh. Otherwise it meant the Air Force. Pitt did offer an Alcoa scholarship and loans.99
I had been working in Johnstown for Acme markets and as luck would have it they had a store in the North Hills on McKnight Road. I also had family in Pittsburgh as my uncle and nephew had a barber shop on Fifth Avenue for many years. So, off I go to Pittsburgh.