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Pittsburgh honors native son David McCullough

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Historian David McCullough may be the only Pulitzer Prize winner with a bridge named for him. The Pittsburgh native was honored by his hometown Sunday when the 16th Street Bridge was renamed the David McCullough Bridge. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the celebrated author of “Truman” and “John Adams” joins Hall of Fame ballplayer Roberto Clemente, artist Andy Warhol, and environmental pioneer Rachel Carson in having his name attached to a bridge spanning the Allegheny River. “If I were to ever imagine anything being named for me in the way of a tangible structure, [it would be] a bridge,” said McCullough, 80, who lives in the Back Bay and is also the author of the 1972 book “The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge.” “There’s something magical about a bridge. It’s an expression of aspiration and accomplishment of very high order. . . . No pat on the back has ever touched me to the heart, to the depths of what I am, the way this announcement of a bridge named in my honor has.”

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