Respondent
Seidenberg, Melvin
Interview Date
January 22, 1990
Abstract
Melvin Seidenberg, a former reporter for the Pittsburgh<i> Post Gazette</i> and freelance writer; co-authored a book about Pittsburgh's urban renewal and worked for Action Housing, Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Chamber of Commerce;
[T1S1] birth in Pueblo, Colorado, 1915; early life in Pueblo; education at the University of Oklahoma; return to Pueblo in 1936; enlistment in Navy in 1942; his religious education; anti-Semitism in high school; recollections of early life in Colorado; a writer for the Navy until 1945; is hired by the Pittsburgh<i> Post Gazette</i> in 1946; settles in Wilkinsburg, then moves to Forest Hills; his work with the <i>Post Gazette</i> from 1952 to 1962; begins writing about real estate, equity in housing in 1962 with Florence Reizenstein; publishes a book on Pittsburgh's Urban Renewal with Roy Stryker; improvements in the city; active in GASP and Sierra Club; discussion of racial segregation in Pittsburgh in the 1950s; Jewish cemeteries;
[T1S2] continuation of discussion of cemeteries; begins work for Action Housing, Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Commerce; discussion of development on the North Side, clearing the site for Three Rivers Stadium; his involvement with Black youth; his work with Hill District Renewal Council; Jewish people in city government; discussion of policies of Flaherty's term as Mayor of Pittsburgh; leaving the Port Authority in 1971; his wife, children and grandchildren;
[T2S3] involvement with Irene Kaufmann Center in the Hill District; discussion of Jewish relationships with Blacks; more discussion of his children; the story of a Jewish cantor who survived Nazi death camps; his respect for David Lawrence, Dave Barr, and Dave Olbum; changes in Pueblo, Colorado; observations on downtown Pittsburgh; discussion of Art Rooney and the Steelers Football Team; his writings on the communist witch hunts of the 1940s; discussion of the unions and the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Subjects
Barr, David; Flaherty, Peter F., 1924-; Hill District (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Journalists; Journalism; Lawrence, David Leo, 1889-1966; Newspapers; <i>Pittsburgh post-gazette</i> (Pittsburgh, Pa. : 1978); Politics; Pueblo (Colo.)
Birth Date
1915
City
Pueblo, CO
Profession
Reporter; Freelance writer
Work
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Kimball, Harold
Interviewer2
Braun, Howard
Indexer
Braun
Collateral Materials
Box 106 FF 11
Identifier
ais196440.413
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh