Erie leaders chose to become a city in 1851 because they wanted a community that could draw and support other businesses and workers in the spirit of growth and capitalism. But their journey, led by colorful characters, hard-nosed businessmen, and ethnic heroes, took wild twists and turns to the present day. The talk includes passages from Erie, Pennsylvania MAYORS: 150 Years of Political History, written by the late William P. Garvey, Ph.D., and edited by the presenter.
Erie native Pat Cuneo, Coordinator of Publications at the JES, is a former reporter, editor and columnist for the Erie Times-News. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and studied journalism at Poynter Institute and the American Press Institute. He recorded his first "45" for Franklin Records in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1979 ("Lost and Lonely"), performed as a singer-songwriter for the Alex Findley Band at regional folk festivals for more than a decade and was a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association from 1992 to 2007.