The Statistical Improbability of Greendale Ave

Greendale Ave in the late 1970’s to the mid 80’s yielded a statistic improbability that can only be attributed to “something in the water”. For all the kids born in that stretch and graduated late 70’s-mid 80’s 68 % were boys Great Plain to Grosvenor Boys                                      Girls Leo Parlato                         Cecelia Brinkhaus Stevie Parlato                    Denise…

Remembering the boy that died behind Pollard

On August 31, 1980 three boys were digging a tunnel behind Pollard Junior High School in Needham, MA when the tunnel collapsed killing one of the boys. If you walk to the back of the field behind Pollard Middle School to the archway that brings you to Defazio field,you’ll see that access to the railroad track…

Email circa 1977

When you live in the void of middle school….too young for a car, old enough to work, you hustle when you can. I collected cans, shoveled snow, had a paper route, and babysat. I don’t know how many guys babysat back then, but it was across the street, nice family, and they always had ice…

The Power of an Innocuous Photograph

Life wasn’t better when I was younger, it wasn’t worse, it was just different. We often see the past through the lens of the present. As Herb Caen once said, “Nostalgia is history with the pain removed.” As much as there has been said about social media and its effects I wouldn’t have the opportunity to…

How I ended up working at Club Med

I have never been a team player. Not that I am “anti team” but as a middle child of 5 (with two older brothers) I always was …next in line. I did what my brothers did, Little League, Boy Scouts, Alter Boy, band, all fine organizations but I never really excelled at any role because what…

So my daughter and I went to Roller Derby

At Comic Con I was handed a card from some young women representing Boston Derby Dames, which is Boston’s local Roller Derby league. So I asked my daughter if she was familiar with Roller derby, she said, “No”. So a road trip was born. First off, this is not the theatric roller derby from some…

What I learned at my first Comic Con

     I brought my 8 year old son to Comic Con Boston last weekend. He is not really a Comic fan or remotely aware of most of what was displayed there, In fact he never asked to go. I found it surprising as we walked towards the venue that he did not point out that…

My Night with Miss Venezuela 1996

       While living in South Florida I learned that the Latino/Latino American culture Is more intricate than the marketing folks make it out to be.      I supported the admin staff at Nortel CALA (Caribbean  and Latin America) I provided network and graphics support to a building that combined eight smaller offices. Since…

Revere Beach 32 years later

My first visit to Revere Beach was in 1982. Growing up in Needham, I scoffed when I first read the   claim of “World Famous” Kelly’s Roast Beef. As I went through college on the North Shore I found that Kelly’s claim said more about me than it did about Kelly’s. When I graduated High School,…