Say Hello To Pottsville

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Ever heard of Pottsville, Pennsylvania?

Until last week, the answer to that question, for me, was a firm “no.”

Pottsville is the hometown of author John O’Hara, who wrote Appointment in Samarra. In the literary community, O’Hara is either loved or scorned (but mostly scorned) for being a brutal self-promoter. Though he’s widely disliked, his novels are impressive and played a major part in making him famous.

So when a famous author is from small town USA, you might think he might be the reason said town gets “put on the map.” But, in this case, you’d be wrong.

In fact, John O’Hara might only be the third most famous thing to ever come out of Pottsville. What are the two others?

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