Pittsburgh in the 80s

Stores and Buildings

Giant Eagle grocers start adding Pharmacies to their locations

Giant Eagle expands from Pittsburgh to Ohio

Isaly family retires from Isaly’s Dairy chain


Historical Events

1st Celebrate The Season Parade sponsored in 1981 by Kaufmann’s Dept. Store


Food and Fun

(Native foods and restaurants that made a splash in the 80s)

Klondike Bars – check out their proud history here

Here and Gone Again

Phar-Mor drug stores
Hills Department Stores
G. C. Murphy, Co.
Sam Goody
Murphy’s Mart
Zayre Department Stores
Gold Circle
Towers Dept. Store
Civic Arena (the Igloo)

Pittsburgh People
(80s Celebs and notables born or raise in the ‘Burgh)

Michael Keaton
Fred Rogers
George Benson
George Romero
Joe Namath
Joe Montana
Henry Mancini
Jeff Goldblum
Jimmy Stewart
Mike Ditka
Perry Como
Rachel Carson
Sharon Stone
Shirley Jones

Pittsburgh Stuff
Uniquely Pittsburgh in the 80s

Isaly’s acronym means I Shall Always Love You Sweetheart (later changed to Sweetie)
Meeting under the Kaufmann’s Clock

Film & TV
(works made either in or about Pittsburgh)

Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood (TV)
Chiller Theatre (TV)
Season of the Witch (AKA Jack’s WIfe AKA Hungry Wife, film)
Braddock Chronicles (film)
Betty’s Corner Cafe (film)
The Death Penalty (TV movie)
Once Upon a Classic (TV)
fighting Back: the story of Rocky Bleier (TV Movie)
Knight-Riders (film)
Creepshow (film)
Two Weeks in Winter (film)
Midnight (film)
Flashdance (film)
All the Right Moves (film)
Voices from a Steel Town (film)
Maria’s Lovers (film)
Mrs. Soffel (film)
The Boy Who Loved Trolls (PBS Wonderworks, film)
Day of the Dead (film)
Rappin (film)
He’s the Mayor (TV)
Flight of the Spruce Goose (live-action, film)
Silent Witness (TV movie)
Gung-Ho (film)
The Majorettes (film)
HeartStopper (AKA Dark Craving, film)
An Unremarkable Life (film)
Equal Justice (TV)
Stuck with Each Other (TV movie)
Homeless (AKA No Place Like Home, TV movie)
Two Evil Eyes (film)
Silence of the Lambs (film)
Night of the Living Dead (remake, film)
Mr. Belvedere (TV)
Lady Beware (film)
The Kid Brother (AKA Kenny, film)
Used Cars (film)
Robocop (film)
Makin’ Choices (film)
Drive-In Madness! (film)
Dominick & Eugene (film)
Tiger Warsaw (film)
Monkey Shine (film)
Commander Hill (AKA Alone in the Neon Jungle, TV movie)
Prince of Pennsylvania (film)
Flesh Eater (film)
Lightning over Braddock: a Rust Bowl Fantasy (film)
Bloodsucking Pharoahs in Pittsburgh (AKA Picking Up the Pieces, film)
Street Law (AKA Simple Justice, film)


Rusted Root
The Lettermen

Pittsburgh Film History – John Tilch