S T R E T C H Goal? And a timely new idea.
We are thrilled that this campaign continues to attract backers and pledges! And we are hoping to finish out the last 4 days with a big kick! If we can go $20,000 over our initial goal, we are proposing that we add a seventh program to the NEBBY line-up.
I even want to propose a topic for the seventh program. I was reminded this morning that next year, 2018, will be the bicentennial of Pittsburgh's first river-crossing bridge, the wooden covered bridge called the Monongahela Bridge which crossed the Mon where our current Smithfield Street Bridge now stands.
It is 27 years since we made FLYING OFF THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE! AND OTHER TALES OF PITTSBURGH BRIDGES, and we think we could put together a new and entertaining program celebrating our city's spans and some of their surprising characteristics.
We'll have to be frugal with the budget, but we think if we're smart and efficient, we can squeeze such a program out for an additional $20,000.
In Thomas Leech and Linda Kaplan's recent book titled BRIDGES...PITTSBURGH AT THE POINT...A JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY, they quote the Pittsburgh Gazette's review of our first two bridges under construction back on Saturday, November 20, 1818:
"The beautiful bridge across the Monongahela has reached the northern shore and will probably be open for business by Christmas. The one over the Allegheny is not advanced, but yet enough is done to insure completion. Pittsburgh will then exhibit what no American city or town has ever done - two splendid bridges over two mighty streams, within four hundred yards of each other."
There is a lot to celebrate about this unusual City of Bridges.
Remind your friends that we have 4 days still to go, and if you like this new idea, it's easy to up your pledge! Thank you forever.