Bruce Springsteen had a classic line in Thunder Road
"It's a town full of losers
and I'm pulling out of here to win"
(the "and" is from the piano version on the live box set, for all of you nitpickers).
Anyway, growing up in Schuylkill County, I always thought that was a great line. It was only later when I realized what the region had to offer. I'm glad I found my way back (well, most of the time; there's still the modern-day coal barons to deal with, who peddle everything from culm and wind energy to prisons and river sludge to a populace grown too cynical to care, but that's another day's battle). There's a great article about what the area has to offer here
, and something I needed to read today.