19 of Carnegie Mellon’s biggest Hollywood stars

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Carnegie Mellon University has an excellent reputation for churning out talent on every level of entertainment, especially film and television. So, with our latest Trib List blog, we’re going to point out some of those CMU graduates who have emerged as giants in Hollywood. In no particular order, here are some of the great contributions from the famed Oakland institution:

 

Patrick Wilson

PATRICK WILSON (graduated in 1995) ACTOR

What you know him from: “Little Children,” “Watchmen,” “Lakeview Terrace,” “The A-Team” (movie), “Insidious: Chapters 1 and 2″ and “The Conjuring”

 

Blair Underwood

BLAIR UNDERWOOD (1988) ACTOR (Grammy Award winner)

What you know him from: “L.A. Law,” “Sex & the City,” “The Event,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “In Treatment”

 

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NANCY MARCHAND (1949) ACTRESS (Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner)

What you know her from: “Lou Grant,” “The Sopranos” and “The Naked Gun”

 

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JAMES JACKS (1968) PRODUCER

What you know him from: “Raising Arizona,” “Tombstone,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Mallrats,” “The Mummy” franchise and “Intolerable Cruelty”

 

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JOHN PASQUIN (above left) (1969) DIRECTOR

What you know him from: “Home Improvement,” “Family Ties,” “Growing Pains,” “Roseanne,” “Alice,” “Thirtysomething,” “Newhart,” “L.A. Law” and “Rules of Engagement”

 

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GEORGE PEPPARD (1951) ACTOR

What you know him from: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “The A-Team” (TV series), “The Carpetbaggers” and “How the West was Won”

 

GEORGE A. ROMERO

GEORGE ROMERO (1960) DIRECTOR/WRITER

What you know him from: “Night of the Living Dead,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “Monkey Shines,” “The Crazies,” “Land of the Dead,” and “Diary of the Dead”

 

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BUD YORKIN (1948) DIRECTOR/PRODUCER (Emmy Award winner)

What you know him from: “An Evening with Fred Astaire,” “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” “What’s Happening!!” and “Carter Country”

 

ROTH

ANN ROTH (1953) COSTUME DESIGNER (Academy Award, BAFTA and Tony Award winner)

What you know her from: “Midnight Cowboy,” “Silkwood,” “The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “The Hours,” “Closer,” “The Hours” and “Cold Mountain”

 

James Cromwell

 JAMES CROMWELL (1964) ACTOR (Emmy Award winner)

What you know him from: “L.A. Confidential,” “Babe,” “The Queen,” “The Artist,” “W.,” “The Green Mile,” “The People Vs. Larry Flynt,” “I, Robot,” “Six Feet Under,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “American Horror Story: Asylum”

 

John Wells

 JOHN WELLS (1979) DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

What you know him from: “August: Osage County,” “The Company Men,” “I’m Not There,” “ER,” “Shameless,” “The West Wing,” “Southland” and “Third Watch”

 

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JACK KLUGMAN (1948) ACTOR (Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner)

What you know him from: “The Odd Couple” (TV series), “The Twilight Zone,” “Quincy M.E.,” “12 Angry Men” and “Cry Terror!”

 

Rob Marshall

ROB MARSHALL (1982) DIRECTOR (Emmy Award winner)

What you know him from: “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Nine,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Annie” (TV movie)

 

Greg Mottola

GREG MOTTOLA (1986) DIRECTOR 

What you know him from: “Superbad,” “Adventureland,” “Paul,” “The Daytrippers,” “Undeclared,” “Arrested Development” and “The Newsroom”

 

Steve Bochco

STEVEN BOCHCO (1966) WRITER/PRODUCER (Emmy Award winner)

What you know him from: “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Columbo” and “Cop Rock”

 

Michael McKean

MICHAEL MCKEAN (1969) ACTOR (Grammy Award winner)

What you know him from: “This is Spinal Tap,” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind,” “Clue,” “Plains, Trains and Automobiles,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Laverne & Shirley”

 

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 HOLLY HUNTER (1980) ACTRESS (Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner)

What you know her from: “Broadcast News,” “The Piano,” “Blood Simple,” “The Firm,” “Thirteen,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Raising Arizona,” “Saving Grace” and “Top of the Lake”

 

DANSON LONG PERLMAN

TED DANSON (1972) ACTOR (Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner)

What you know him from: “Cheers,” “Becker,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Damages,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Three Men and a Baby,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Ted”

 

Cherry Jones

CHERRY JONES (1978) ACTRESS (Emmy and Tony Award winner)

What you know her from: “24,” “The Beaver,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Signs,” “The Village” and “The Perfect Storm”

 

HONORABLE MENTION

— Zachary Quinto (1999) Actor/Producer

— Judith Light (1970) Actress

— Aaron Staton (2004) Actor

— Rene Auberjonois (1962) Actor

— Matt Bomer (2001) Actor

— Mark Frost (1975) Writer/director/producer

— Josh Gad (2003) Actor

— Michael Goldenberg (1986) Writer/director

— Megan Hilty (2004) Actress

— Joe Manganiello (2000) Actor

— Pablo Schreiber (2000)

— Laura San Giacomo (1984)

— Charles Haid (1968) Actor/director

— Barbara Feldon (1955)

— Robert Cummings (1930) Actor

— Gaius Charles (2005) Actor

— Abby Brammell (2001)

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A Yinzer’s Guide to the Summer

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It might be OK to finally say it.
Winter — that long, oppressive string of pipe-bursting months — is over. And spring, for that matter, seems to be passing us right by, if we even had one this year.
Long live summer. Who needs to wait for June 21? I’m calling it.
Temperatures are hopping into the 80s, the sun is shining at least a few times a week, and my mom is nagging me to mow the lawn of her North Side manse.
It’s a great time of year to live in Pittsburgh.
Sure, Western Pennsylvania is a full day’s ride from the ocean, and most Pittsburghers use these months to get out of town, but there are some great events and places to visit in the region while the weather is warm.
If you’re new to the area or a local who needs their memory jogged, here’s a quick guide to enjoying a yinzer summer.
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Kennywood and Sandcastle
This West Mifflin amusement park and its wetter Homestead counterpart are obvious entries in our guide. They’re the quintessential destinations in the region during the hottest months of the year.
No summer is complete without at least one visit to Kennywood. Billed as America’s Favorite Traditional Amusement Park, it’s a unique place filled with world-class roller coasters and good eats alike — not to mention a rendition of Noah’s Ark that even Darren Aronofsky would find a little far afield from the source material.
Short on time? Your humble guide submits the following as the park’s best rides. Depending on the lines, you can probably knock these out in a few hours:
5. Raging Rapids — Arguably, this trip through the un-laziest of rivers is the park’s best water ride. And if you’re the unfortunate one to end up under a waterfall, it’s definitely the wettest.
4. Jack Rabbit — Any local will tell you the secret to this rickety coaster: sit in the back and wait for the double-dip.
3. Turtle — Hey, it’s a traditional park with plenty of “safe” rides. Give this one a whirl for old times’ sake.
2. Phantom’s Revenge — There was a time when this ride carried the appropriate title “Steel Phantom.” Back then, it boasted a serious set of loops and could be pretty brutal on your neck, to boot. Now, the tallest, fastest coaster at the park is just a lean, mean machine with a lap bar and a 230-foot second drop even better than the cliff-hanging first.
1. Thunderbolt — This lauded wooden coaster opens with a pair of drops before you even get to a lift hill. That’s about the only time you can catch you breath on this thriller. Hang on to your hats.
As far as Sandcastle goes, the closer the temperature climbs to triple digits, the busier the place gets — and potentially closes its doors to late-comers.
Once you’re inside, the highlights include one of the region’s few wave pools and a set of speed slides that double as a test of bravery. For a more relaxed trip, try out the lazy river, or if you’re old enough, the Sandbar is a great place to unwind and catch your breath.
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Three Rivers Arts Festival
One of the keys to Pittsburgh’s growing recognition as one of the country’s up-and-coming cities is the growth of its arts and cultural scene. But the city’s massive arts festival has been a fixture for more than half a century.
This year’s 55th annual festival centered around Point State Park from June 6 through 15 features a rich blend of music, theater, film and dance. Simply put, there’s something for everyone — and it’s free, thanks to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and other supporters.
Not into the arts? No problem. The amount of food vendors practically matches the artists. Come hungry.
For a complete schedule of events and more, visit http://www.3riversartsfest.org.
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EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta
Let’s all say it together:
You gotta regatta.
Pittsburgh’s rivers are a treasure to the region, and this is the best use of the three you’ll see all year. The three-day event from July 2 through 4 is packed with races, food, music and culminates with one of the country’s best Independence Day fireworks shows.
The highlights include powerboat racing across the confluence, which will host the F-2 North American Championships on July 4. And for creative types or anyone up for laugh, the Anything That Floats race is a must see.
Even if you’re not converging on Point State Park for the fireworks, there are plenty of great vantage points to catch the show. A personal favorite is Mt. Washington, but the North Shore is great for an up-close view with a slightly thinner crowd.
For a complete schedule of events and more, visit http://www.threeriversregatta.net.
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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
There may not be a more unique summer event in the region. And certainly, few have a more worthy mission.
Starting as a single-day race in 1983, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has grown to a 10-day celebration of vintage cars, the people who maintain them and their drivers. At no other time of the year will car lovers find such an eclectic and fascinating mix of autos in Pittsburgh.
The highlight of the expanded event remains the July 20 race through a challenging Schenley Park course. Even better, that race and many other events are free to spectators, though donations are encouraged and go to a crucial cause.
Over the course of its three-decade life, the PVGP has raised $3.5 million, according its website, for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Last year’s record haul of $350,000 was split between the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.
Even if you’re not that into cars, this is one of the city’s great summer shindigs, one that should be experienced at least once. And every little bit helps.
For a complete schedule of events and more, visit http://www.pvgp.org/.
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Get your kicks
It’s no secret, Pittsburgh loves itself some football, but there’s a growing market for futbol, too.
The Riverhounds’ new Highmark Stadium has reignited interest in the franchise, and soccer continues to thrive at the youth level in the region. Another step on sport’s climb in Western Pa. will come July 27 at Heinz Field.
The Steelers’ home field will host two of the world’s top teams in Barclays Premier League champ Manchester City — think of them as you would the reigning Super Bowl champs — and Italian stalwart A.C. Milan as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup.
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Heinz Field Rib Fest
Ribs and football. There are few better pairings on this planet.
Celebrating its 15th year from Aug. 28 through Sept. 1, Rib Fest coincides with the start of football season — the Steelers are home for a preseason game Aug. 28, and Pitt opens its season Aug. 30. The addition of a row of vendors beside Heinz Field hawking Southern-style ribs and other barbecued items almost makes for too much awesome in one parking lot. Almost.
There are six free concerts, as well, featuring a mix of local and national acts — and one that holds both distinctions in The Clarks, who play Aug. 29.
Of course, the return of football signifies fall is just around the corner, but the fest makes for a great way to wave goodbye to summer.
For a complete schedule of events and more, visit http://heinzfieldribfest.com.
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Memorable NFL draft gems of the Steelers

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Earlier this week, we looked at some of the NFL draft busts that the Steelers have had over the past few years. Now, it’s time to look at some of the better picks they’ve made. These aren’t picks like Ben Roethlisberger or Mean Joe Greene. Those guys were picked high and delivered. No, these are afterthoughts, picked in the later rounds. Coming into the NFL with chips on their shoulders, they became starters the Steelers could depend on and went about establishing themselves in the NFL. Here are some of the hidden gems the Steelers have plucked from the NFL draft:

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10. Brett Keisel (2002, No. 242, Brigham Young) A standout defensive end for the Steelers, Keisel became a regular starter in 2006. He played on two Super Bowl-winning teams, and was named a Pro Bowler in 2010. Presently, Keisel is a free agent, and even if he decides on retirement, the defensive lineman known for his wild beard has had a solid NFL career, even after being picked in the seventh round.

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9. Ernie Holmes (1971, No. 203, Texas Southern) Picked late in the 1971 draft, Holmes, nicknamed “Fats,” became a key member of the Steelers’ legendary Steel Curtain defense as a feared defensive tackle with a knack for sacks. Holmes played six seasons with the Steelers, and was on the team that won Super Bowls IX and X. The Steelers dealt him to the Buccaneers in 1978, and he retired soon after.

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8. Antonio Brown (2010, No. 195, Central Michigan) Scooped up by the Steelers in the sixth round, the speedy and reliable Brown has solidified himself as a No. 1 receiver and dangerous kick returner in the NFL. In 2013, he put up big numbers, hauling in 110 catches for almost 1,500 yards. A two-time Pro Bowler and a member of the Super Bowl XLV team, Brown looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

Perry

7. Darren Perry (1992, No. 203, Penn State) After a solid career in State College, the Steelers grabbed this safety late in the 1992 draft. Perry was strong out of the gate, picking off six passes in his rookie season. With Rod Woodson, he solidified the defense, and helped to lead the Steelers to Super Bowl XXX. He finished with the Saints, and retired after the 2000 season. He’s now an assistant coach with the Packers.

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6. Andy Russell (1963, No. 220, Missouri) A tough LB, Russell played his entire 12-year career with the Steelers. Russell lead the team into the glorious 1970s, and he was a member of two teams that won Super Bowls. He also had his fair share of Pro Bowls, collecting seven over his career. He briefly left the team to fulfill an Army ROTC commitment, and he was stationed in Germany for two years.

Wagner

5. Mike Wagner (1971, No. 268, Western Illinois) A late-round draft pick, Wagner was originally looked at as a receiver, but he was switched to safety with the Steelers. The move worked out pretty well, as Wagner recorded 36 interceptions over a career that included two trips to the Pro Bowl and a key spot on a team that won four Super Bowls in the 1970s. Wagner retired in 1981 after a decade with the Steelers.

Lloyd

4. Greg Lloyd (1987, No. 110, Fort Valley State) One of the most-feared linebackers to ever play for the Steelers, Lloyd came to the team in the sixth round of the 1987 draft. Lloyd made his name as a pass rusher, and he recorded 54.5 sacks over a steady career that also included five Pro Bowls. He also played for the team that made it to Super Bowl XXX. Lloyd retired from the NFL after the 1998 season.

WEBSTER

3. Mike Webster (1974, No. 125, Wisconsin) A fifth-round pick in 1974, Webster learned the game for two seasons under Ray Mansfield, before stepping into the starting lineup in 1976. He would go on to become arguably the greatest center in NFL history. Webster made the Pro Bowl nine times, and he was a member of a team that won four Super Bowls. He retired from the NFL after the 1990 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

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2. L.C. Greenwood (1969, No. 238, Arkansas-Pine Bluff) The Steelers got a steal in the 10th round of the 1969 draft, taking Greenwood, a tall defensive end. Known for his gold-colored shoes, Greenwood was a big part of the team’s Steel Curtain defense. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times and won four Super Bowls with the Steelers. He recorded 73.5 sacks over a solid NFL career, before retiring in 1982.

Rocky Bleier

1. Rocky Bleier (1968, No. 417, Notre Dame) A member of a Steelers team that won four Super Bowls, Bleier had to battle back from a bad war injury — sustained in Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star — to become a remarkable success story. Bleier was a running threat for the Steelers, but he made his name as a punishing blocker for Franco Harris. He retired from the NFL in 1980.

CARLTON HASELRIG STEELERS

Honorable mentions: Carlton Haselrig (1989, No. 312, Pitt-Johnstown), Willie Williams (1993, No. 162, Western Carolina), John Jackson (1988, No. 252, Eastern Kentucky), Dick Hoak (1961, No. 90, Penn State), Dwayne Woodruff (1979, No. 161, Louisville), Frank Pollard (1980, No. 305, Baylor), Orpheus Roye (1996, No. 200, Florida State), Carlos Emmons (1996, No. 242, Arkansas State), Barry Foster (1990, No. 128, Arkansas), Clark Haggans (2000, No. 137, Colorado State), Lee Flowers (1995, No. 151, Georgia Tech), Myron Bell (1994, No. 140, Michigan State), Merril Hoge (1987, No. 261, Idaho State), Tunch Ilkin (1980, No. 165, Indiana State).

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Memorable NFL draft busts of the Steelers

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Despite the success of the Penguins and the sort-of resurgence of the Pirates, the Steelers are still at the top of the mountain when it comes to Pittsburgh sports teams. Arguments can be made, but the Steelers still hold the key to the city. With the NFL draft upon us, hope springs eternal. Can the Steelers nail down a pick that will help out immediately? Can they snag a sleeper in the later rounds? Will they reach for a project that doesn’t pan out? Despite the success the Steelers have had, they’ve certainly had their share of busts in the draft. Here are some of the bigger ones:

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10. Ziggy Hood (2009, No. 32, Missouri) The defensive lineman’s NFL career isn’t over yet, but he never made the impact the Steelers were looking for up front. Hood had trouble cracking the starting lineup and didn’t do much in his time in Pittsburgh. Maybe that’s why the Steelers let him walk. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars before the 2014 season.

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9. Ricardo Colclough (2004, No. 38, Tusculum) The Steelers moved up to grab this unknown cornerback in the second round, and it wasn’t a wise move. Colclough struggled with the Steelers — on special teams and defense — before being bounced in 2007. Colclough’s been in the CFL since he was waived by the Chiefs in 2009.

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8. Will Blackwell (1997, No. 53, San Diego State) The wide receiver looked to be a can’t-miss prospect after enjoying a fantastic career in college, but he failed to make his mark with the Steelers. Blackwell’s highest output came in 1998, when he caught 32 passes. It was all downhill from there, and he was out of the NFL by 2001. He now coaches high school football in Oakland, Calif.

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7. Scott Shields (1999, No. 59, Weber State) Standing around 6-foot-4 with good speed, Shields was expected to bring some physicality to the defensive backfield. However, Shields never seemed to be a great tackler. His rookie season was OK, but his time was short with the Steelers. The safety lasted only two seasons with the team and bounced around a bit after that.

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6. Tim Worley (1989, No. 7, Georgia) A stud running back out of Georgia, Worley was expected to carry the load at running back for the Steelers for a long time. After amassing an impressive 770 yards in his rookie season, Worley floundered. The running back had problems holding onto the football and with substance abuse. The Steelers dealt him to the Bears for a fifth-round pick in 1993. More off-the-field issues plagued Worley with the Bears, and he was out of the league by 1994.

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5. Limas Sweed (2008, No. 53, Texas) A big target out of Texas, Sweed had all the skills to become a successful NFL wide receiver. Unfortunately, he had problems catching the ball. The drops plagued Sweed throughout his short career with the team. He was released in 2011 and failed to make another NFL roster. He’s presently trying to make his way in the CFL, but that’s not going too well.

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4. Alonzo Jackson (2003, No. 59, Florida State) With veteran Jason Gildon getting older, Jackson was selected by the Steelers as a possible replacement. The team looked to transition Jackson from defensive end — where he starred with the Seminoles — but it never worked out. Jackson was released before the 2005 season and had short stints with the Eagles and Giants.

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3. Troy Edwards (1999, No. 13, Louisiana Tech) An undersized receiver, Edwards scored a lot of accolades in college before landing with the Steelers. He even had a productive rookie season with the team, recording 61 catches and performing well as a returner. After that, Edwards sank, and he was traded to the Rams in 2002. He played a few more years in the NFL before ending up in the Arena League.

Stephens

2. Jamain Stephens (1996, No. 29, North Carolina A&T) Arguably the greatest reach the Steelers ever made in the first round, the team drafted the 6-foot-6 offensive tackle as a project. Stephens, though, didn’t last long due to a poor work ethic and a lack of development. He was quickly released by the Steelers in 1999 after coming into training camp out of shape. He landed with the Bengals soon after, and was released in 2002.

Huey Richardson

1. (tie) Huey Richardson (1991, No. 15, Florida) and Darryl Sims (1985, No. 20, Wisconsin) Richardson should be considered the Steelers’ biggest bust ever, but Sims is a close second. Richardson was an All-American defensive end for the Gators, and the Steelers tried to turn him into a linebacker. The plan didn’t work, and Richardson was out the door. He was dealt to the Redskins the following year for a late draft pick. He tried to catch on with the Redskins, Jets and Dolphins, but was out of the league by 1993. Sims was picked by the Steelers as a defensive tackle, and lasted a little bit longer than Richardson. He played two seasons for the Steelers, but never made an impact. He moved on to the Browns, and was out of the league two years later.

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Dishonorable mention (in no particular order): Walter Abercrombie (1982, No. 12, Baylor), Mark Malone (1982, No. 28, Arizona State), Kendall Simmons (2002, No. 30, Auburn), Tom Ricketts (1989, No. 24, Pitt), Aaron Jones (1988, No. 18, Eastern Kentucky), Jeremy Staat (1998, No. 41, Arizona State), John Reinstra (1986, No. 9, Temple), Kraig Urbik, Gabe Rivera (1983, No. 21, Texas Tech).

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20 from 20 years ago: Alternative rock albums

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1994 proved to be a golden year for “alternative” music to hit the mainstream. It wasn’t easy to narrow the list down with plenty of albums that have stood the test of time.

We’ll just go in chronological order below:

Alice In Chains — “Jar of Flies” EP — Jan. 25, 1994

Other highlights: “Nutshell”“I Stay Away”

Green Day — “Dookie” — Feb. 1, 1994

Other highlights: “Longview”“Welcome to Paradise”“She”

Nine Inch Nails — “The Downward Spiral” — April 8, 1994

Other highlights: “March of the Pigs” — “Closer”

Soundgarden — “Superunknown” — April 8, 1994

Other highlights: “The Day I Tried To Live”“Black Hole Sun”“My Wave”

Various artists — “The Crow” soundtrack — March 29, 2014

Other highlights: Rage Against The Machine’s “Darkness (Of Greed)” — Violent Femmes’ “Color Me Once”

The Offspring — “Smash” — April 8, 1994

Other highlights: “Gotta Get Away”“Come Out and Play”

Hole — “Live Through This” — April 12, 1994

Other highlights: “Doll Parts”“Miss World”

Live — “Throwing Copper” — April 26, 1994

Other highlights: “White, Discussion” —  “Stage”“Lightning Crashes”

Sunny Day Real Estate — “Diary” — May 10, 1994

Other highlights: “In Circles”“Song About an Angel”

Weezer — “Weezer (The Blue Album)” — May 10, 1994

Other highlights: “Say It Ain’t So”“Undone — The Sweater Song”“In The Garage”

Beastie Boys — “Ill Communication” — May 24, 2014

Other highlights: “Sure Shot”“Root Down”

Stone Temple Pilots — “Purple” — June 7, 1994

Other highlights: “Unglued”“Interstate Love Song”“Big Empty”

Helmet — “Betty” — June 21, 1994

Other highlights: “Wilma’s Rainbow”“Speechless”“Rollo”

Kyuss — “Welcome to Sky Valley” — June 28, 1994

Other highlights: “Gardenia”“Conan Troutman”

Toadies — “Rubberneck” — Aug. 23, 1994

Other highlights: “Mister Love”“Velvet”“Backslider”

R.E.M. — “Monster” — Sept. 27, 1994

Other highlights: “Bang and Blame”“Crush With Eyeliner”

Smashing Pumpkins — “Pisces Iscariot” — Oct. 4, 1994

Other highlights: “Plume”“Hello Kitty Kat”

Nirvana — “MTV Unplugged in New York” — Nov. 1, 1994

Other highlights: “Polly” — “About A Girl” — “All Apologies”

Pearl Jam — “Vitalogy” — Dec. 4, 1994

Other highlights: “Not For You”“Immortality” —  “Better Man”

Bush — “Sixteen Stone” — Dec. 6, 1994

Other  highlights: “Everything Zen”“Little Things”

 

Missed the cut:

  • Ramones “Acid Eaters”
  • Meat Puppets “Too High To Die”
  • Beck “Mellow Gold”
  • Blur “Parklife”
  • Sonic Youth “Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star”
  • Rancid “Let’s Go”
  • NOFX “Punk in Drublic”
  • Dinosaur Jr. “Without A Sound”
  • Oasis “Definitely Maybe”
  • Bad Religion “Stranger Than Fiction”
  • Veruca Salt “American Thighs”
  • The Cranberries “No Need to Argue”
  • Korn “Korn”
  • Sublime “Robbin’ the Hood”
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