Meet the Authors

Yanni Tsipis is a Boston native who holds degrees in civil engineering and urban planning from MIT. Long fascinated by the history of his hometown, he is the author of two recent books that document the construction of the cityís major highways in the 1950s and early 1960s. His primary areas of interest and expertise are the history of Bostonís transportation infrastructure and historical construction practices and materials.  Yanni recently completed his Masterís degree in civil engineering at MIT, and sits on the editorial board of Civil Engineering Practice, the journal of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers. He resides on Beacon Hill and works at Meredith & Grew, a Boston-based real estate services firm.  Yanniís other publications include Boston's Bridges (Arcadia 2004), Boston's Central Artery (Arcadia, 2000), and Building the Mass Pike (Arcadia, 2002).  Yanni can be reached via email here.


David Kruh is a former New Yorker and a 1978 graduate of the University of Maryland.  While earning his Masters in Computer Engineering at Boston University, David worked as an engineer at WRKO Radio. He has also worked full time as a copywriter, computer programmer, radio producer, radio engineer and, for a few years in the mid-1990s, as a spokesman and web master for the Big Dig.  He retired a few years ago from a semiconductor manufacturer, where he was the Direct Marketing Manager.  He is also the author of several other books, notably two on Boston's Scollay Square and, most recently, a novel based on the infamous 1962 escape from Alcatraz by three men in a raft. David can be reached via email here.