David McCullough: JAHA honors Johnstown flood author McCullough

‘Where it all began’ JAHA honors flood author McCullough

Source: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Democrat, 5-1-11

— Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough returned to Johnstown on Saturday, more than 40 years after he wrote his 1968 classic, “The Johnstown Flood.”

McCullough traced the story of the earthen dam that burst in 1889, unleashing a thunderous wall of water that killed more than 2,000 people.

The book launched McCullough’s career as an author and historian.

It was life-changing, he said.

“It made my career. It made my profession. It was my beginning,” McCullough, 77, said in an interview at the Holiday Inn in downtown Johnstown.

“So every time I come back here, I feel I’m back where it all began,” he said. “I’m extremely grateful for this subject, for this city, for this story.”

The Pittsburgh native received the Outstanding Achievement Award at Johnstown Area Heritage Association’s Heritage Preservation Awards banquet at the Pasquerilla Conference Center….READ MORE

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