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UD professor sifts through the past wherever it leads

By On September 1, 2021

By Pete Kennedy When Dr. Margaret Laird tells people she’s an archaeologist, she often hears the same response:“People will say, ‘That’s great! I love dinosaurs!’” Laird said. But Laird – who goes… Read More


A chemist and entrepreneur who turns potential into action

By On August 1, 2021

By Pete Kennedy Andrew Cottone nearly failed high school chemistry. “Go do something else,” his teacher said. “You’re not cut out for chemistry.” He didn’t listen. Instead, he got a Ph.D. in… Read More


Carrying on a family legacy by building up her neighborhood

By On July 6, 2021

By Pete Kennedy Barbara Capozzi listens to audiobooks when she goes for walks in her South Philadelphia neighborhood. As the president of Packer Park Civic Association, she also takes notes about how… Read More


A career at the vanguard of engineering and utility policy

By On May 30, 2021

Nick DeBenedictis By Pete Kennedy When Three Mile Island had a partial meltdown in March of 1979, Nicholas DeBenedictis got a call from Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh’s office. They needed his help… Read More


In business and in public service, a life devoted to building bridges

By On May 1, 2021

Amato Berardi, founder of insurance firm Berardi & Associates. By Pete KennedyDuring the five years that he served as a member of Italian Parliament, Amato Berardi had a 96 percent attendance record.… Read More


Educator’s fascination with birds took flight in childhood

By On April 1, 2021

Leigh Altadonna By Pete KennedyLeigh Altadonna has been fascinated by birds since he was a kid. “Think about how fantastic these small creatures are, traveling many thousands of miles each fall and… Read More


Charles Messina: Boxer/promoter, wine maker, turkey caller

By On March 1, 2021

Charles Messina stands with heavyweight Henry Milligan, whom he trained and who won the U.S.A. Amateur Boxing Federation Championship in 1983.… Read More

Cassius Clay and his trainer Joe E. Martin

A fearless fighter in boxing ring, and later court of law

By On December 1, 2020

Cassius Clay and his trainer Joe E. Martin By Pete Kennedy From a young age, George Bochetto was interested in the law and in boxing. He saw a legal career as a… Read More


Life as a series of lessons taught and lessons learned

By On November 1, 2020

By Pete Kennedy When Nancy Matteo was growing up in northeast Philadelphia, her neighborhood was growing too. Homes were still being constructed in her development, and she would venture into the woods… Read More


‘HEADstrong’ mom carries out son’s final wish

By On October 1, 2020

Cheryl Colleluori and son, Nick Colleluori. By Pete Kennedy                On a February day in 2006, Cheryl Colleluori was at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, waiting outside an operating room… Read More