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Control Room Centers In Focus: Poison Control Pittsburgh

New parents in Pittsburgh can probably recite the telephone number for the Pittsburgh Poison Center (PPC) from memory, perhaps with a little help from Mr. Yuk.

The character was created in 1971 by Dr. Richard Moriarty, a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Moriarty, whom also founded the Pittsburgh Poison Center and the National Poison Control Center Network, designed the prohibitory mascot as an alternative to the traditional skull and crossbones motif. He felt that the former image could too often be confused with the Jolly Roger symbol of the local baseball team, The Pittsburgh Pirates.