Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Franco, George Leave Airport to Get a Polish

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Franco, George Leave Airport to Get a Polish

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Call it the Immaculate Refurbishing.

The statues of Steelers great Franco Harris and American founding father George Washington have left their popular stations at Pittsburgh International Airport for an overhaul.

The two icons have greeted travelers near the escalators in the airport's airside building for more than a decade. They have been among the most popular installations and the subject of innumerable selfies.

"Franco and George are going to get cleaned up, spit polished and shined, and come back to us," said Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which operates Pittsburgh International.

Both statues are expected to return this summer.

The rehab is being handled by the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip District. …

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