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David McClure Brinkley (July 10, 1920 – June 11, 2003) was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997.

From 1956 through 1970, he co-anchored NBC's top-rated nightly news program, The Huntley–Brinkley Report, with Chet Huntley and thereafter appeared as co-anchor or commentator on its successor, NBC Nightly News, through the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, Brinkley was the host of the popular Sunday This Week with David Brinkley program and a top commentator on election-night coverage for ABC News. Over the course of his career, Brinkley received ten Emmy Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He wrote three books, including the 1988 bestseller Washington Goes to War, about how World War II transformed the nation's capital. His books were largely based on his own observations as a young reporter in the city.


Mary McCahill (1907-1996) Mary McCahill was inducted in the Broward County Women's Hall of Fame in 1993, recognizing her contributions to Nova, the art museum, the American Red Cross, the Visiting Nurses Association, the American Hearing Society, the Opera Society, and the Philharmonic Orchestra.

She was the president of the museum and directed the museum's growth from a small, former hardware storefront on Las Olas Boulevard to a 63,000-square-foot, $7.5 million building in 1986. They also brought exhibits of the works of painter Norman Rockwell and photographer Ansel Adams to the museum.

Mrs. McCahill’s intuitiveness and determination for helping the Nova, the Davie-based campus grow from 500 students in 1972 to more than 6,000 in 1989.

She served as the private university's first - and only - chairwoman of the board of trustees, from 1975 to 1987. She remained the only former board member to be given the power to vote on any issue for life.

Nova officials named the palm tree-lined main street on campus in her honor.


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