During his years at Wittenberg, Dan McNichol never dreamed
that he would someday love research and find himself immersed
in a career that demands it.
best-selling author stopped by Wittenberg while on the first leg of “The Great
American Road Trip,” a 12,000-mile cross-country promotional tour for his latest
book, The Roads that Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate
A love of road trips made this the perfect gig for McNichol who
drove the first 3,000 miles in a borrowed 1953 red and white
Hudson Hollywood while his newly acquired 1951 Hudson
Pacemaker, “Goldie,” was made roadworthy.
12-city tour ended in Washington, D.C., in January.
A background in road construction coupled with a degree in
political science served McNichol well as he began to carve out
From his role as a White House appointee to the U.S.
Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., he moved
on to The Big Dig (the Central Artery/Tunnel Project) in Boston,
Mass., and later became its spokesperson.
He then appeared on
radio and television programs to discuss the project, which led
him to write his first bestseller, The Big Dig.
McNichol is now combining writing a political history of the
Big Dig for publication in the July 25 Sunday New York
with research for his next book on the history of asphalt. He also
intends to drive “Goldie” to Pittsburgh where he will give the
keynote address at the Hudson Club of America meeting.
McNichol, who will marry his fianceé Jin Ji in China this fall,
said that for him collecting and compiling the stories for his talks
and books is the greatest privilege imaginable.
“It’s an honor to sing the praises of and tell the stories of so
many peoples’ work and lives.”