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A common comment among the 2012 survey responses was an interest in hearing from other classmates.  A list of classmates who can be reached by email will be found on the Contacting Classmates page by clicking on valid email addresses.  The Contacting Classmates page also lists known Facebook users.

Requests for the email addresses should be sent to LEHS1953@comcast.net.

 
Clayton Curtis on Carl Goodwin's passing:  "Carl and his wife came out to visit back a few years.  I talked to him a couple of  weeks ago and he was having hospice at home but still optimistic that we could  get together soon.  He was still doing his artwork when he could.  He and Linda were married for 46 years and have one daughter plus Carl has two sons from a previous  marriage."

"I will miss his off the wall calls with some crazy idea or another or his sending me a sample of some new paint or other art material that he had found.  Carl was one of my oldest friends.  We have been friends from grade 6 at Aborn School,  joined the Air Force together right after we graduated  from Lynn English and had kept in touch ever since.  I will truly miss him."

Classmates can view the art work of Clayton and Carl on our website by clicking the link below:

Classy Art Web Page

 
Rick Donovan on Carl Goodwin:  One day a few years ago a long narrow package arrived at my home.  It turned out to be a new golf club, a hand made titanium driver sent by Carl as a thank you for our website.  My oldest son and I immediately headed off to our local driving range where I clobbered everything but the cars in the parking lot.  My son persevered though.  At the end of our session he hit the two longest drives of his golfing life and was walking on cloud nine.  Thanks Carl. 
 
Nadine Caldwell:  "...Art suffered greatly the last year with his lung disease.  He is in a better place and pain free but he will be in our hearts forever.  Art didn't want a funeral, just the military service.  It was beautiful ceremony with a 21 gun salute and a flag presentation. 

Art was cremated in his lovable Boston Bruins jockey jersey and the family all wore jerseys.  Art would have loved it.  He loved his '53'ers more than anything as they were the family he never had.  Thanks for making him part of the 'family.'  Much love, Nadine"
 
Joan (Cornwell) Brooks:  "Life is getting shorter for a lot of us senior citizens.  I am sending a hello to you and my friends from home and other distant classmates.  I have been very lucky to have good health.  But with my yearly mammogram test, it showed breast cancer.  I had a lumpectomy with lymph nodes removed and was told by my surgeon they got all of the malignancy and I was clear and free of cancer.  I am so happy and thank God I am going to be free from chemo and radiation. 
 
It has been 5 years since Jack my sweet husband died.  I miss him, but I am still living in my house and staying busy.  The family continues growing with 6 grandchildren and expecting my 7th great grandchild.  Wow!  I always realize how many when it is time to do Christmas shopping.  My best to all 1953 graduates and friends."
 
Jim Leonard:  "It seems impossible to believe that I have gracefully adapted to being an
octogenarian.  After all, it was only yesterday that I was playing in the dirt behind the imposing series of apartment houses that bordered my home at 9 Union Street.  At the time, I was aware that we were damn poor but my mother and grandmother showered me with so much love and affection that they sheltered me from that deadening reality.  The four friends I made in that little "'compound,' surrounded by clothes lines, barking dogs, and about sixty families are surprisingly still with me to this day.

My first day at Eastern was a disaster.  I was standing in the play area and had just decided that I wasn't prepared to return to school.  As I began to head for the street, this skinny kid (Art Boland) whom I had played baseball with that summer approached me with an interesting invitation.  He suggested that I tryout for the basketball team.  Although I had never even seen a basketball, his friendship and the opportunity he presented interested me. 

My entire life has been punctuated by a series of coincidences like that.  Rather than list them in detail, I would respectfully suggest that it has been my good fortune to have met some amazing people each one of whom has made me a better person in many ways.  It has been those experiences, and the desire to somehow, symbolically, return their collective generosity that
I have found good reason to keep going. 

I no longer have the strength, durability or flexibility to be competitive at any level, but as both life and I have slowed down, I've learned to enjoy the beauty of nature, the opportunity that solitude offers and the luxury of being in relatively good health.  I must admit that a day never goes by when the voices of those two wonderful women who raised me doesn't resonate in my mind and the images of good friends and the professional and recreational experiences of the past leave me smiling.  My three years at LEHS were magical.  It was a far less sophisticated time but one in which friendships and pleasant memories were formed that have stayed with me to this day.
 
Lee (Cliff) Ryan:  "Our weather is very strange:  way hotter than it should be for early springÖmore like the heat of summer.  All in all though it is still much better for my health than the cold of Massachusetts as I have severe rheumatoid arthritis.  My physician, Dr. Charles Tippets in Marblehead where I was blessed to have lived after marrying predicted if I stayed in the cold, damp climate there I would have a painful life and die 10 years sooner than I would living in a warm, dry climate.  Thankfully I do live in such a wonderful place.  Nevertheless I remember the beautiful change of seasons in coastal Massachusetts and the fun of winter:  skiing, sledding, etc.  So my dear friend, I hope you are also enjoying the fun of winter and protecting yourself from the harshness."
 
Lee (Cliff) Ryan:  (After introducing Lee to Allen Roland's blog)  "I just watched Allenís blog on my computer and even saw an hour video of one of his Radical Therapy sessions with a client.  It was interesting and quite a surprise to see his face again.  His kindness and cheerful manner were pleasant.  Thank you for suggesting I see it.  My cup of tea does sit on the same table as Allenís but it is a huge table with many fellow imbibers.  The field of metaphysics is limitless.  Divine Eros sits at the head of the table.
 
Joan (Cornwell) Brooks:  "Rick....That would be fine to use the pictures and  quotes from my letter [for the 60th reunion webpage].  When I Iook back and see how I wore my hair and the clothes I wore compared to the style today...then I know how much time has lapsed.  Am about to have a birthday, but I do not talk about my age because my grandchildren are always saying 'now when you get old Nana' etc.  Kinda funny!  I do try to be fit as a fiddle at this age.  I walk 30 minutes every day and stay busy.  Enjoy doing table decorations for parties and I now have 4 all booked for the holidays.  I also volunteer to read to children of preschool age. 
 
It will soon be three years since my Jack had a massive heart attack and died in the truck on the way to  the emergency room.  Miss him so much.  He was a Texas cowboy and I will always be a Yankee girl.  He was a director in the engineering department of General Dynamics which is Lockheed today.  He had three Master degrees.  As you can see I have had a wonderful life and the most loving man for husband and father.  Thank God we were world travelers and had some wonderful vacations in other countries.  Plus, we were big on camping.  I will stop as I sure got wordy.  Currently, I have 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and no wrinkles...ha, ha. [Editor's Note:  You can check out the wrinkles yourself...click here to see Joan's reunion letter.]
 
Thanks again for all the time you have spent faithfully for the LEHS class of 1953,  We were a good group of students.  Joan
 
P. S:  I watch the Pats all the time and the Red Sox.  Welcome mat is always out."
 
Art Caldwell:  "This year (2012) we took our Scandinavia & Baltic Adventure, starting with an overnight flight to London, England.  We not only had a great visit in London ... but also the White Cliffs of Dover ... we enjoyed our visit to Berlin, Germany and the view from the rebuilt Reichstag Building.  We visited Tallinn, Estonia and some of its medieval buildings.

Our two-day stop in St. Petersburg, Russia was an absolutely amazing trip!  A must see if you ever have the chance ... other stops included Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden ... Oslo, Norway ... and Stavanger, Norway with a cruise up the scenic Lysefjord to view the famous 'Pulpit' Rock ... after a cruise around the Hardangerfjord, our last port of call was Ulvik, Norway."  (Editor's Note:  You can see Art's pictures of this adventure at your own risk...he has 3,123 of them.)

 
Gary Getchell:  "I hope you are all set and hunkered down to ride out the storm. It appears that ... as bad as we are supposed to be ... you are in for a bigger one. Our snowstorm preparations have been honed by a decade of living in Maine. Our generator is full of fuel. My Ford F-250 plow truck is fueled; has tire chains, 4-Wheel Drive, and a big plow; and is poised to plow down our hill when needed. We have ten gallons of gasoline ready and waiting to use in both truck and generator if needed. The problems we have faced in past years ... where to put the newly plowed snow ... are not there this year since our roadsides are practically free of snowbanks at the present time. Where possible I plow out the road after every four-to-five inches of snow so as not to have to blast through huge amounts. However, much of this storm in Maine is going to hit after dark tomorrow night into Saturday AM, so I'll probably have to do some blasting when the dawn breaks on that day. Thank heavens that the temperature is supposed to stay quite cold so the snow will be light and fluffy and much easier to plow.

There are plenty of logs for our wood stove to keep roaring throughout this "weather event." The refrigerator is full of foodstuffs as is the beer cooler full of beer. We've got plenty of great books ahead of us to read and movies to watch on the Blu-ray thingme
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From our 2012 60th reunion surveys:  Vivian Varney wrote to say "I retired from teaching college art history, art appreciation and art studio (drawing, painting and photography) in 2004 and now am enjoying not having to get up early to prepare lectures and can spend time with gardening, friends and family.  I doubt I will be travelling to the 60th Reunion next year.  At 76 and having travelled much during my life, I prefer to stay away from the hassle of airports!!!  And Lynn is a long way away!  I have an extensive garden on my acre and spend my time, when possible, among the flowers which need lots of work.  The crocus and snowdrops are out and daffodils now beginning...many peonies, rhododendrons, poppies, etc. to come.  Luckily I am still in good health, so digging  is still not a problem.  Instead of travelling to the reunion, I will be doing battle trying to control deer, moles, voles, rabbits and particularly slugs!  But do extend my best wishes to all for a fun reunion."

Most survey respondents continue to make their contact information available to classmates.  Dick Gannon wrote enthusiastically "Share, Share.  Release everything except my weight and how much hair I've lost."

Art Boland sent us his new contact information and is still practicing part-time at Harvard and Mass. General  Hospital.  "I've stopped operating but still see patients and enjoy doing some clinical teaching with the medical students and residents."

Ron Natalie said "We are having a ball in Key West.  We're now going to Fort Myers to catch a couple of Red Sox games and then to Clermont to see six Bowdoin college spring training games (our granddaughter is a freshman and starting pitcher on the varsity softball team)..then back to Key West for a week and then home."

Art Nelson (LEHS '51) has a number of friends in the LEHS '52 and '53 classes and has been helping us track down some of our older missing classmates.  He wrote recently "All my friends in your class of '53 should have graduated with me in '51.  That's why I take such an interest in your class.  I wonder why they did so well in "53, but that's another story ."  He does visit family in Lynn regularly, was in town during the last week of March, 2012 and plans "another longer visit to Lynn and to attend the Meadowlarks dinner with Vinnie Sweetland, Walter Pohle and Joe Wescott.  I still love Lynn notwithstanding its stellar reputation."

During the survey, I commiserated with Bill Frisone on his serious battle with Macular Degeneration.  He wrote back recently to say "Had a physical (March, 2012) and have great health.  Everyone our age has problems, I feel very lucky."

Clayton Curtis' wife Pat wrote to say that Clayton is still painting and that his next exhibit will be at the King Hooper Gallery in Marblehead in November, 2012.

Other comments came from Jack Abare ("Happy St. Patty's Day)", Muriel Cameron ("Thanks for the birthday wishes" after being kidded about being so much younger than the editor, all eleven days), Elaine Adrien ("Hope to be around for the 60th"), Ted Bradbury ("Can't believe it's been that long"), Dick Dussault ("Interested in attending if I'm driving and walking"), Dave Gosse ("My best to all classmates"), Nancy Whitmore ("Has it really been that long??"), Ron Fitzgerald ("Where did the years go??") and Jim Wood ("Geez, 60 years...keep me posted").

 
Joanne (Tootie) and Bob Anderson:  (Christmas, 2010) "We are hoping to get into Senior Housing in Lynn, Lynnfield, Peabody or Marblehead...hope to be settled by Spring...We are so thankful to the family for supporting our desire to return to MA.  We have enjoyed the family get-togethers and so enjoy seeing the grandchildren.  Time flies by so fast now that Bob and I are older and we don't want to miss precious time with family...To our friends in Florida that are so dear to us, be happy for Bob and I.  We love and miss you so much, but felt the need to return home.  I used to think that home was where you hung your hat, but I know now what that old saying really means is where your Heart is."
 
Art and Nadine Caldwell:  (2010)  "Can you believe that a year has come & gone?  Come on, Father Time, slow down, you move too fast, got to make the best people last...Nadine spent a lot of time planning our 4th Cruise which was a colossal extravaganza, a once in a lifetime phenomenal happening.  Our European Mediterranean Sea & Near-East Excursion was on Holland American Lines, the ms Westerdam.  We left for this adventure on September 5th for a 24-day whirlwind cruise ending on October 1st...We visited 3 continents (Europe, Asia and Africa), 11 countries and 29 cities...This year, like all others, we had a few great friends pass on.  We miss them all as they had contributed to making our lives worthwhile.  We do hope that all of you have healthy, productive and many happy years to come.  After all, we need all of your inputs to our lives and well-being & all of that 'E' Mail !!"  

Editor's Note:  Art's letter has an extensive review of the places visited and their various experiences.  If you are thinking of a similar trip and would like to contact Art and Nadine, write to us at LEHS1953@comcast.net.  You can also write to Art and congratulate him on being in Cairo, Egypt in late September, 2010 instead of late January, 2011 and in time for the latest upheaval.  Apparently his recently-departed favorite cat Zazu was on her toes and watching out for him (or more likely watching out for Nadine and Art lucked out.)

 
Gary and Judy Getchell:  (2010)  In lieu of holiday cards, Gary has been sending a tongue-in-cheek missive titled "Not Your Usual Christmas Letter" which started several years ago to counter those letters in which "every member of the sender's family seems to qualify for some sort of Nobel prize."  Only a couple of snippets are included here..."2010 began with Gary providing the entertainment for a post-holiday 'gala' at a local senior citizens' center.  He loves his Maine Humor gigs with this age group because he tells the same stories each year...and tells them that these are the same stories...but the recall synapses in their brains always fail them, and they laugh just as hard!"

"...In September...saw a lot of the Bay of Fundy, and they visited the area of Nova Scotia where a large number of Gary's ancestors had lived...died!  He was both uplifted and downtrodden.  He likened it to a man viewing his mother-in-law going over a cliff in his new Cadillac...Judy and Gary hope that 2010 leaves you with warm memories of events that unfolded in your own life, that this holiday season is everything you wish it to be, and that 2011 brings you health, happiness, and fulfilled wishes." 

 
Jim (Dutch) Leonard:  (2010)  In some email exchanges with our website over the holidays, Jim wrote to ask that he be notified if anyone finds him in a newspaper obituary or in a social security search.  He also wrote to say "when I finally go to that big baseball field in the sky...I plan to have no service and no notice posted...just a bag of ashes to be thrown in the ocean to feed the fish."  This  site suggested that he could skip the cremation and have the medical examiner bag him up for bait for the next fishing boat out of a local port and that he could think of it as a green or blue way to go.

Jim liked the idea and asked for the Medical Examiner's number to see if he could get us a two for one deal.  He also revealed that he has "...no reason to believe that I will be making an ash of myself' for twenty or so years.  I believe it is fair for me to reveal to you that I actually didn't graduate from LEHS until 1967.  Therefore, I'm approaching (slowly) my 61st birthday.  Please do not refer to me as a classmate from this point on. The terms 'kid' or 'young man' may well be more appropriate."

 
Art and Nadine Caldwell:  (2009)  "We have lost some good old friends this year that we think of quite often and of the the joy they gave to us over the years.  Please be careful out there. We need you all very much.  Take care of each other and those close to you.  You'll never find anyone better.  Remember this:  there is only one thing in this world that make you beautiful to all of us, that's the uniqueness of being you.  EH!  (And you thought it was prunes!  EH.)  Hey, sport fans, keep the sunny side up!"
 
Jackie (Baklini) Casey:  (2009)  "Congratulations to all of you who work so hard and endlessly in creating these wonderful memories for us.  As I continue my life's journey, and as time flies by, I dwell on and cherish all of the experiences, past and present, I'm privileged to share with each of you."
 
Jim ( Dutch) Leonard:  Responding to Jim Starratt's suggestion that we look for a nursing home for our 60th reunion..."Nursing homes?  I think we need to look for a good cemetery with a peaceful lake and a picnic area.  Why bother to go home?  We'll have all we need right there!  We could even have a grill for those who choose to be cremated."

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Ron Natalie:  (2009)  On the occasion of his 50th wedding anniversary, Ron Natalie titled this picture The Three Amigos (Art Prentiss on the left and Bob Rhodes on the right).  Asked for his guiding principle on reaching this historic milestone, Ron was succinct:  "The wife is always right." 
 
Ruth (Rowe) Kalipinski had been mistakenly placed on our memorial page.  If you can help with her phone number or address, please drop the site a line at LEHS1953@comcast.net
 

 
Gary Getchell reported that he spent his 75th birthday with his wife Judy on a wild weekend "with friends in the Cambridge, MA area quenching our thirst in Harvard Square pubs, tailgating and attending the Harvard-Yale football game, pigging out on Chinese food and rushing back home to watch the Patriots game."

Over the past nine years, he has been involved in getting ready for the onset of another Maine winter, a process that he described as "routine...as weird as it sounds".  Among other things it includes setting up and servicing his truck for plowing, installing homemade inside storm windows, sealing up leaks in his 250-year-old cellar stone walls, getting all the inner and outer winter garb moved from his barn to his home and setting up his gas-fired generator and the necessary cables and extension cords for winter operation.  The generator is responsible for keeping the house warm, the water pump going, the food cold, the light circuits open and for keeping him and Judy connected to the outside world through the TV and the Internet.

He also noted that deer season ended on Saturday, November 27th..."so we can go outside without wearing our highway orange vests and hats!  Ah...life in Northern New England!"  (Note:  Life is not always that tough at the Getchell's.  This summer's remodeling projects in their new barn included adding a hot tub/spa and a sauna.)

 
Richard Marsh called to say that despite our Memorial Page, he is alive and well,  living in Maine and would like to hear from classmates.   To obtain his current contact information, email us at LEHS1953@comcast.net
 
Claire (McEntee) Hamilton and Wanda (Bartlett) Cummings have updated their email addresses.  William Croteau will have a new email effective 8-28-09.  Write to the above address for the latest one.
 
Mary (Cook) Pigott ran the 2009 Venice, FL and her inside report is available at the Off-Year Reunion page so that you can see the guilty parties she is talking about.
 
Joan (Cornwell) Brooks:  Joan wrote at the end of last year to say "...thanks for the update (in December) of our 1953 website.  It brought me such pleasure reminiscing those ole school days.  I think I chuckled more at the girls' attire and hair styles in the 50's.  I can just hear my teenage granddaughters making fun of my hair.  I recognize a lot of classmates to a certain age then I get lost figuring out the names with the faces.  I must say we were and still are a good-looking group of guys and gals.  Hey, we had no tattoos and rings in ears.  I have lots of good memories of my life and to look back at high school days, it was the beginning of a future of success and happiness.  God has been good to me with a wonderful husband (my riding cowboy, three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  You can just imagine our house on the holidays."
 
Eddie Briggs:  Hello to all LEHS '53's from what they would say in Boston is "The Far Flung Berkshires."  I hope you all have a great reunion and enjoy meeting the old gang...I'll be thinking of you.  I'm sure it's a bit warmer down there than it is up here...9 degrees this morning with 6" of new snow yesterday and last night.  Sorry we missed the 55th reunion as Sue (LEHS '54) was having some health issues.  Everything is OK now and we are both enjoying good health.

We saw Ron Fitzgerald and his wife Linda about a year ago, it's the first time since our 25th reunion.  He is doing well and looks great.  Say "Hello" to everyone for us and have a good visit down there!  Warmest regards...

P.S.  If you see Jack Abare, tell him that his good friend (and my neighbor) Henry Pierpan arrived home last Sunday.

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From Art Caldwell's history CD, the site of the 1981 Lynn fire and now the home of North Shore Community College.  The roadway at the bottom is the Lynnway coming up from the beach.

 
Joan (Cornwell) Brooks:  Thank you for the email and the scoop about the reunion.  I really look forward to seeing any photos that are sent to me.  It will bring the distance a little closer.  It is so wonderful to have such fond memories about our high school days and our youth.

When I left Lynn and continued my education, I became a dental technician.  The dentist where I was employed retired and married June Allyson.  I met my husband Jack at his mother's house in Ventura, CA and we married and moved to Millington, TN until Jack retired from the Navy.  His first employment was here in Fort Worth, TX at General Dynamics now Lockheed Martin.  We have three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  WOW!  Twenty of the family members were at my house for Thanksgiving.  What a blessing for us all to be together.  Oh, by the way, I just retired from working as the directory of our church pre-school for twelve years.  I love little children

 
Gary Getchell:  I know this may sound redundant...since I am constantly  awestruck by the fact that we are all so close after so many years...but those who have held us together for so long have added so much to our reclining years!  I used to be somewhat embarrassed when telling others about our continual contact with each other, but now I am proud.  The number of classmates who are just an email away is staggering.

I truly believe that the secret to "not going gently into that good night" is to look to the future with anticipation and excitement while one remembers the past with nostalgic comfort and satisfaction.  Our Class of 1953 leadership has made this so much easier.

 
Nancy and Vinnie Sweetland:  Nancy wrote to say:  "Please tell everyone we will miss them (at the reunion).  We had to come home to Florida due to illness and really feel badly that we are going to miss it...we know you people will have a ball."  The site manager has heard that Vinnie was especially upset at not being able to establish a class height jump record for the Holiday Inn pool, but will stay in training for 2013.
 
Len Fishman:  I'm still in Biloxi.  With regret, I'm unable to attend this year's reunion.  I'm no longer able to drive long distances and don't have the patience to deal with public transportation.  We are "Katrina" survivors (luckily).  The only damage we had was that we needed a new roof and fence.  Luckily the trees missed the house, but not by much.  Things are slowly getting back to normal here in Biloxi after three years.  Every 1 June through 30 November, we sweat (that's hurricane season).  We will be sending a check to support the fine art programs at LEHS.
 
Eleanor (Vegnani) Cornell:  Hi, and greetings from the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  I've just been exploring the class website and have to say it's terrific!  Don't know whether we'll be able to join you in September.  We're about to start construction on our new home and it may or may not be done by then.  Because music was such an important part of my LEHS days (you may recall that I was a choir soloist), I'd be proud to participate in the class gift by providing $250 for the stereo system requested by the school choirs. 
 
          

From Art Caldwell; recent foreclosures in Lynn and the roller coaster at Revere Beach

 
Gary Getchell:  While responding to the site manager's email lamenting the North Shore's cold and rainy spring, Gary commented about a few of the differences as one heads further north.  "I still need snowshoes to get to my outside summer living room.  The snow has melted from three-to-four feet to a comfortable foot of so on the path to that area...We are enjoying watching a beautiful resident female fox that appears almost on a daily schedule.  She is a bit skittish since she has some pesky adversaries.  A large family of ravens and a flock of about twenty wild turkeys seem to resent her presence and work diligently to "suggest" that she move her den elsewhere.  We love it since she and her kits do a wonderful job decimating the red and gray squirrel population on the property.  We've tried to teach the ravens and the turkeys to change their eating habits and realize just how succulent squirrels can be...but to no avail...looking forward to the 55th."
 
Gary Getchell:  Had some kind words for the reunion committee.  "I truly believe that our every-five-year extravaganzas plus our annual get-togethers for the early 50's grads in Florida make our high school class unique.  Judy and I patterned my Bridgewater State College reunions on the LEHS Class of '53 model.  We've co-chaired them for the past twenty years, and now every class reunion at that college is patterned after the LEHS model.  More money is raised for scholarship funds and more people attend by far over prior reunions...and our class of 1957 has become as close as our LEHS Class of 1953 has always been."
 
Art Caldwell:  wrote to ask if any of our classmates were in the LEHS Hall of Fame as he thought our reunion committee should be in there as well.  A Google search found the site and gave us William Bruce Stevens who was inducted in 2007 along with Carleton Varney, Vivian (Varney) Guyler's brother.  Inductees over the previous years included Jack Abare, Bob Barrasso, Dexter and Dwight Brothers, Art Boland, Jim Leonard and John McGloin.

The site that produced these names is no longer available and a Google search did not find any specific references to an alumni hall of fame for our school.  I did check with Jim Leonard and he thought this list was correct.

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Joan (Cornwell) Brooks:  "Thanks for being so faithful in tracking down our classmates and supporting LEHS for these many years.  WOW!...Jack and I are in good health.  I have just retired from my teaching job.  Sure miss my work, but we are traveling and enjoying our days of retirement with our new RV.  Our family has always been big on camping.  Our three children all live in Texas.  I have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Guess what?  My husband is bald, but I have no grey hair.

 :)  We really like living in Texas.  It gives Jack a chance to ride horses.  I just watch him!  I am from the city.  I do miss my Lynn family, friends, the beach in the summer and the snow in the winter.  Hope everyone is doing great.  Will be making a donation to the fine arts programs at LEHS and hope to see you in September."

 

 

From Art Caldwell's CD...great fun for everyone but the moms who had to wash our salty clothes.

 
Lee (Cliff) Ryan:  "This is to tell you how much I appreciate the fine work you are doing on behalf of our class.  I spent a good part of yesterday reading your account of the goings on of our classmates  and was especially saddened to read of all those who have died, including my dear friend Cecile Meara.  Art Boland's accomplishments didn't surprise me.  He was always an outstanding student and fellow human being.  My memory grows dim remembering the faces of so many whose names are familiar.  I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me and would like to correspond.

My accomplishments have been mainly domestic:  I had six children and assisted my ex-husband in running some excellent restaurants in Bear Skin Neck, Cambridge, The Tempura Huts and Manchester-by-the-Sea, Seven Central.  We moved to LaJolla, CA to build new restaurants in 1976 and continue to raise our children in a beautiful community.  Although I divorced in 1981, it was not bitter.  In fact we have remained good friends.  I remarried a golf professional and helped my husband in putting on many successful charity golf tournaments until he died last year.

I am presently busy doing little theatre productions and  loving it.  I always aspired to be an actress and now have the pleasure of entertaining many senior citizens and shut-ins. in nursing homes and senior facilities.  It's volunteer work, but it really isn't work; it's fun."

 
Joanne (Pettigrew) Anderson:  "Have been going through this web site and totally enjoying every bit of it. I am here in Lakeland, Fl and so far from all of my Class of '53 except of course for those who are also here in Florida.  I do hear from Bibby Poor quite often and once and a while from Elaine Brothers.  If I can help you with any research of names, let me know.  I recently landed the job as Director of Music Ministries at our church and love every minute of it.  Loving music as I do, it is a joy to go to work and to get paid for doing something I truly enjoy.  God has been very good to both Bob and I and we look forward to the 55th with great anticipation.

After looking at all of the classmates that are deceased, it makes one realize how lucky we are, and how lucky we were to have known those classmates that we loved so well and who are no longer with us in body.  I am sure that they will be with us as we celebrate our 55th reunion and that they will live on in our memories.  My how lucky we were to grow up in Lynn and have such a wonderful education.  See you in September."

 
Gary Getchell:  Since retiring to Dresden, ME, Gary has become the Chairman of the Dresden School Committee, its representative to the Maine School Administrative District #16 and its representative on a five-town Regional Planning Committee.  At home, Gary satisfies his carpentry hobby on his 30-acre farm in several ways: building a two-story barn with a little help from his friends and neighbors, building a two-story three-bay garage, building a long roofed porch on the "new" addition that his grandfather built in 1907 and restoring the original home that was constructed in 1761.  (As those of us know who went through Eastern Jr., Gary's dad was Ray Getchell who taught shop in a large room with a lot of equipment and usually a lot of students.  Ray was the first person the site manager knew who used the computer technique called "pinging" to send a signal.  Only instead of electronics, Ray used  small wooden blocks which he delivered with Josh Beckett speed and accuracy to out-of-line students.)

Occasionally, his wife Judy puts something in Gary's cocoa and locks him in the trunk of their car to visit their two daughters living in MA and NH respectively as well as their son in GA.  In the end though, Gary says "Maine remains our nirvana as far as our retirement domicile is concerned.  After forty years on Cape Cod, it is always a welcome sight to cross the NH/Maine bridge into "The Way Life Should Be!".

 
                    

From Art Caldwell's history CD.  Both restaurants are still in business.

 
Sharon Harris:  "Hi:  I was delighted to find your Lynn English Class of '53 website recently, when searching for information on my Mom's high school.  My mom was Theresa (Thibodeau) Giggey.  She passed away from ovarian cancer in November, 1983.  It was wonderful to see her photo on your Missing Classmates page!

I found a photo in our family album and have scanned and attached it.  I think it was from cheerleading.  She is the third from the left in the back row.

I have a ring of hers that I'm not sure if it is her high school class ring or not.  If anyone knows if that was a style offered, I'd appreciate knowing.  Thanks, Sharon (Gigge) Harris"  

(Editor's note:  To date, classmates who have written do not think it is related to our class ring and the site has corresponded with Sharon.  If you have more information, please write to LEHS1953@comcast.net.  If you would like to see the picture, click Cheerleaders.

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Ed Cummiskey:  After his army tour of duty servicing aircraft, Ed went to work for Northeastern (aka the Yellowbirds) and then moved with his wife Elaine to Georgia when the company was bought by Delta.  Whenever they flew back to Lynn, Ed always wore his Yellowbird pin which I thought was a little funny until he explained that was how former Northeastern employees could spot (and take good care) of each other. 

Today Ed is active in large airplane restorations and although his visits to major air shows have diminished, he still maintains a large email correspondence with like-minded folks.  If you are interested in this field, Ed would be happy to add you to his list.  To obtain his email address, write to LEHS1953@comcast.net

 
Len Fishman:  I'm still in Biloxi.  With regret, I'm unable to attend this year's reunion.  I'm no longer able to drive long distances and don't have the patience to deal with public transportation.  We are "Katrina" survivors (luckily).  The only damage we had was that we needed a new roof and fence.  Luckily the trees missed the house, but not by much.  Things are slowly getting back to normal here in Biloxi after three years.  Every 1 June through 30 November, we sweat (that's hurricane season).  We will be sending a check to support the fine art programs at LEHS.
 
Gary Getchell:  Had some kind words for the reunion committee.  "I truly believe that our every-five-year extravaganzas plus our annual get-togethers for the early 50's grads in Florida make our high school class unique.  Judy and I patterned my Bridgewater State College reunions on the LEHS Class of '53 model.  We've co-chaired them for the past twenty years, and now every class reunion at that college is patterned after the LEHS model.  More money is raised for scholarship funds and more people attend by far over prior reunions...and our class of 1957 has become as close as our LEHS Class of 1953 has always been."
 

High Rock Tower picture courtesy of Art Caldwell

 
Gary Getchell:  While responding to the site manager's email lamenting the North Shore's cold and rainy spring, Gary commented about a few of the differences as one heads further north.  "I still need snowshoes to get to my outside summer living room.  The snow has melted from three-to-four feet to a comfortable foot of so on the path to that area...We are enjoying watching a beautiful resident female fox that appears almost on a daily schedule.  She is a bit skittish since she has some pesky adversaries.  A large family of ravens and a flock of about twenty wild turkeys seem to resent her presence and work diligently to "suggest" that she move her den elsewhere.  We love it since she and her kits do a wonderful job decimating the red and gray squirrel population on the property.  We've tried to teach the ravens and the turkeys to change their eating habits and realize just how succulent squirrels can be...but to no avail...looking forward to the 55th."
 
Eleanor (Vegnani) Cornell:  Hi, and greetings from the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  I've just been exploring the class website and have to say it's terrific!  Don't know whether we'll be able to join you in September.  We're about to start construction on our new home and it may or may not be done by then.

Because music was such an important part of my LEHS days (you may recall that I was a choir soloist), I'd be proud to participate in the class gift by providing $250 for the stereo system requested by the school choirs. 

 

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A little more history from Art Caldwell and one of the reasons for missing so many days in his senior year.

 
Nancy and Vinnie Sweetland:  Nancy wrote to say:  "Please tell everyone we will miss them at the reunion.  We had to come home to Florida due to illness and really feel badly that we are going to miss it...we know you people will have a ball."  The site manager has heard that Vinnie was especially upset at not being able to establish a class height jump record for the Holiday Inn pool, but will stay in training for 2013.
 
Gary Getchell:  I know this may sound redundant...since I am constantly  awestruck by the fact that we are all so close after so many years...but those who have held us together for so long have added so much to our reclining years!  I used to be somewhat embarrassed when telling others about our continual contact with each other, but now I am proud.  The number of classmates who are just an email away is staggering.

I truly believe that the secret to "not going gently into that good night" is to look to the future with anticipation and excitement while one remembers the past with nostalgic comfort and satisfaction.  Our Class of 1953 leadership has made this so much easier.

 
Joan (Cornwell) Brooks:  Thank you for the email and the scoop about the reunion.  I really look forward to seeing any photos that are sent to me.  It will bring the distance a little closer.  It is so wonderful to have such fond memories about our high school days and our youth.

When I left Lynn and continued my education, I became a dental technician.  The dentist where I was employed retired and married June Allyson.  I met my husband Jack at his mother's house in Ventura, CA and we married and moved to Millington, TN until Jack retired from the Navy.  His first employment was here in Fort Worth, TX at General Dynamics now Lockheed Martin.  We have three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  WOW!  Twenty of the family members were at my house for Thanksgiving.  What a blessing for us all to be together.  Oh, by the way, I just retired from working as the directory of our church pre-school for twelve years.  I love little children.

 
Eddie Briggs:  Hello to all LEHS '53's from what they would say in Boston is "The Far Flung Berkshires."  I hope you all have a great reunion and enjoy meeting the old gang...I'll be thinking of you.  I'm sure it's a bit warmer down there than it is up here...9 degrees this morning with 6" of new snow yesterday and last night.  Sorry we missed the 55th reunion as Sue (LEHS '54) was having some health issues.  Everything is OK now and we are both enjoying good health.

We saw Ron Fitzgerald and his wife Linda about a year ago, it's the first time since our 25th reunion.  He is doing well and looks great.  Say "Hello" to everyone for us and have a good visit down there!  Warmest regards...

P.S.  If you see Jack Abare, tell him that his good friend (and my neighbor) Henry Pierpan arrived home last Sunday.

 
Joan (Cornwell) Brooks:  Joan wrote at the end of last year to say "...thanks for the update (in December) of our 1953 website.  It brought me such pleasure reminiscing those ole school days.  I think I chuckled more at the girls' attire and hair styles in the 50's.  I can just hear my teenage granddaughters making fun of my hair.  I recognize a lot of classmates to a certain age then I get lost figuring out the names with the faces.  I must say we were and still are a good-looking group of guys and gals.  Hey, we had no tattoos and rings in ears.  I have lots of good memories of my life and to look back at high school days, it was the beginning of a future of success and happiness.  God has been good to me with a wonderful husband (my riding cowboy, three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  You can just imagine our house on the holidays."
 

From Art's CD, this accident in Swampscott took place in 1956 on the tracks opposite Jackson Park.

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Working Classmates

 
Dorothy (Hanson) Doucette says she is retired but you wouldn't know it from talking with her.  Dottie still paints professionally, offers art classes at her studio for individuals or groups of children, teens and adults, and has won numerous awards for her work in oil, pastels, watercolor and mixed media.  You can contact her at (978) 531-2674 or write to her at Dottsblog@gmail.com.  Her full site is at Dottie's Art Gallery and other pictures are at the Classy Art page.
 
Louie Mangifesti may still be working but not locally.  Lou has moved to Florida and current address information is in our database.
 
Dexter Brothers is retired from the G. E. and enjoyed the best golfing weather in recent memory at the Gannon golf course (Happy Valley).  When his wife can find him, he helps Lorraine operate Flowers by Lorraine.  They are an all-occasion florist shop and can be reached at (781) 599-3319.
 
Clayton Curtis has retired from the Swampscott school system and returned to full-time artistic duties.  He is a featured artist at the Gaga Gallery on 459 Humphrey Street in Swampscott and has had several major exhibitions in Boston.  Click here to see his recent activities.
 
Allen Roland is anything but retiring as you will learn if you check his web site at www.allenroland.com   He has a Ph. D in Psychology and an active counseling practice in California when he is not producing radio shows, blogs, newsletters, lectures, workshops, books and CDs.
 
Ron Natalie has left full-time lawyering but continues to consult on labor and employment law matters.  Early in his career Ron used his legal skills for the United States Commission on Civil Rights and served as Associate Director of the New York Bar Association's Special Committee on Civil Rights under Law.  Later he was the chief labor counsel for several major airlines and resorts.  Maybe he can get our class some discounts.
 
Fran Page has sung his last duet with the G. E. but is still active with barbershop singing.  In addition, he has a large computer setup at home and does PC consulting and service requests.
 
Carol (Pitcher) Faill wrote to say that she is looking forward to the 55th and that she has recently retired from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA after 27 years as an art history instructor and the curator and director of the college's Phillips Museum.  She still keeps her hand in the museum side and is currently serving as the guest curator for a major exhibit at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA.  This is good news in case we have to shanghai someone to run an art auction for us.
 
Gary Getchell:  Told us in 2003 he was retiring to Maine.  In corresponding with him recently, we found him anything but.  He still teaches a few courses at Kennebec Valley Community College as an adjunct professor.  He also consults around Maine for school systems, adult education consortiums and public colleges where he runs workshops on education's challenge in using emerging technology to enhance current teaching methods.  Gary has had a Maine humor routine that he has performed at summer festivals and fairs for the past 15 years.  Since retirement (with all its extra spare time) he has branched off into straight stand-up and has performed at Portland's Comedy Connection and a bunch of other places including the Camden Opera House.  Wait, there's more....see the Memory page.
 
Ed Mears:  After graduating from the Naval Academy, Ed followed Horace Greeley's advice until he ran out of land.  Today he is settled in Redwood City, CA where he works full time at his own law firm.  He also finds time for his grandchildren of whom he said "If I had known they were going to be so much fun, I would have had them first".

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Birthday Trivia Quiz Answers

 

 

Most popular day for births: July 6, 1935  Most popular month:  November, 1935

Most logical assumptions:  a really, really cold month for February, 1935 and a

lot of frost on the pumpkin around October 6, 1934

 

Jim Wood emailed us to insist that he was not the oldest active member of our class and named a classmate older than him.  That classmate agreed but then named another classmate even older.  The site manager sorted the database by birth date again and lo and behold, Jim was at the top of the screen but not at the top of the list.  Not displayed were six older classmates.

With apologies to Jim Wood, here's the results of a follow up birthday quiz.  Candidates were listed alphabetically left to right.  Birthdates were based on their LEHS office record cards. 

 

Find the First Active Classmate Able to Drink Legally

 

Walter Pohle - Dick Prime - Bill Serven - Dwight Small - Jim Smith - Owen Wykes

 

Most popular answer:  Walt Pohle; Correct answer:  Jim Smith

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Meadowlark Stories

 

One of the site manager's favorite reunion pictures is that of Pat (Mellyn) Mancinelli and her late husband Bill with whom she shared 52 years of marriage.  Pat was kind enough to give us permission to use the photo on the web site. 

Bill Mancinelli, a member of the Meadowlarks, passed away in December, 2007 after a long battle with the rigid form of Alzheimer's.  Bill was in the class of '51 and an excellent athlete (the site manager once saw him steal 2nd base, 3rd and home in the same inning).  He served in the Korean war and was awarded a Bronze Star.  Bill became a regular Lynn Police Officer in 1963 and served for over 30 years earning the Department's Medal of Honor in 1975.

 

We're guessing that Pat just asked Bill if he was having a good time.

 
Meadowlarks:  The Meadowlarks are a group of adults who first met as kids at the park behind English High.  I asked the group's Big Bird, Jim Leonard, about playing baseball with Bill and the first printable story was about the biggest game of Jim's sophomore year, a 14-inning 5-4 win over Classical in which he pitched the entire game with Bill at shortstop.

It was also one of the very few games that Jim's mother attended during his high school career.  In the midst of the jubilation after the game, Jim and his mother had this brief conversation:

          Mom: "
Whose the boy that brings the ball to you?"
          Jim:   "Billy Mancinelli."
          Mom: "Don't let him do that."
          Jim:   "Do what?"
          Mom: "He's not supposed to pat you on the rear end."
          Jim:   "Why not?"
          Mom: "Doesn't look good; it's not right!"
          Jim:   "..."

This was probably the last time "Dutch" was ever left  speechless.  For a little history on the group, go to www.reunionsmag.com/reunionstories/stories_neighbor_reunions.html and look about halfway down that page for the short piece entitled "An Exultation of Meadowlarks" by John Dinan.
 

Hall of Fame:  It's been rumored for a while that another Meadowlark, who is also one of our classmates, had been inducted into the hall of fame of a national organization. Having been unable to get confirmation from the classmate or his spouse, Head Lark Leonard researched the web and was able to determine that Dr. Arthur Boland, M.D. (Meadowlark of Distinction) was inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Hall of Fame in 2005.  It's considered the Association's highest honor and Art is one of only 42 doctors to have received this award.

Art has served as a past president and been the recipient of other Association awards including the 2000 Robert Leach, M.D. Sports Medicine Award and the 2006 John Kennedy, M.D. Lectureship Award.  These awards are given annually to members who have provided outstanding service to the orthopedic community and made numerous contributions to the specialty of sports medicine.

We hope Art will forgive our intrusion.  As William Makepiece Thackery once said:  "Next to excellence is the appreciation of it."  (From Reflections For The Day and reproduced with the permission of the editor, Tom Fitzpatrick)

 
Next Meadowlarks Meeting:  The group is open to all who played at the Meadows in the past and to anyone else willing to listen to their stories.  They normally meet twice a year, usually in May and November.  To get on the group's mailing list, write to James Leonard, P. O. Box 879, Marblehead, MA 01945.

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Art Caldwell:   How Did It All Begin

 

A minute part of the cosmos; colorful stars galore inside the globular star cluster of Omega Centauri.

                                    How  Did  Our Universe Begin? 

Some 13.7 Billion years ago our entire visible universe was contained in an unimaginably hot, dense point a billionth the size of a nuclear particle. The ďBig BangĒ began and since then it has expanded at an astronomical rate,  fighting gravity all the way.  Where did that unimaginably hot, dense point a billionth the size of nuclear particle come from?  No one ever explains where it came from because no one knows the how, when and whys of its appearance.

Discoveries in astronomy and physics have shown beyond a reasonable doubt that our universe did in fact have a beginning.  Prior to that moment there was NOTHING; during and after that moment there was SOMETHING:  OUR UNIVERSE.  The big bang theory is an effort to explain what happened during and after that moment.

According to standard theory our universe sprang into existence as a "Singularity" 13.7 billion years ago.  What is a singularity and where does it come from?  Well to be honest, we really donít know for sure.  Singularities are zones which defy our current understanding of physics.  Many believe that singularities do exist at the core of  black holes which are areas of intense gravitational pressure.  The pressure is thought to be so intense that finite matter is actually squished into infinite density (a mathematical concept which truly boggles my mind).

After the initial appearance of the singularity, it started to expand and cool going from a very, very small and very, very hot point to the size and temperature of our current universe.  It continues to expand and cool to this day and we are inside of it!  A group of  incredible creatures living on a unique planet, circling a beautiful star clustered together with several hundred billion other stars in a galaxy soaring through the cosmos.

In the late 1960ís and early 1970ís three renowned British astrophysicists, Roger Penrose, George Ellis and Steven Hawking published papers on Einsteinís extended Theory of General Relativity which included measurements of time and space.                                                           
According to their calculations, time and space had a finite beginning and that it corresponded to the origin of matter and energy.  The singularity didnít appear
in space; rather, space began inside the singularity!  Wow!  Prior to the singularity nothing existed, not space or time or mater or energy.  NOTHING!  So where and in what form did the singularity appear if not in space?  All we really know for sure is that we are inside of it and at one time it didnít exist and neither did we.

What is the major evidence which supports the big bang theory?  First of all, we are reasonably certain that the universe had a beginning.  Second, galaxies appear to be moving away from us at speeds proportional to their distance.  It's know as Hubble's law and named after Edwin Hubble (1889-1953) who discovered this phenomenon in 1929. His observations support the expansion of the universe and suggest that the universe was once compacted. 

Third, if the universe was super hot as the big bang suggests, we should be able to find some remnants of this heat.  In 1965 radio-astronomers Arno Penzia and Robert Wilson discovered a 2.725 degree Kelvin (-454.765 degree Fahrenheit) cosmic microwave background radiation which pervades the observable universe.  This radiation is thought to be a part of the remnants which scientists have been looking for.  Finally the abundance of the light elements of hydrogen and helium found in the observable universe are thought to support the big bang model of origin.

There are other theories for the origin of the cosmos by astrophysicists, but itís the big bang model that happens to have the most support in the their community.

Any discussion of the big bang theory would be incomplete without asking the ultimate question, what about God?  This is because cosmogony, the study of the universe, is where science and theology meet.  Religious stories of creation describe a supernatural cause that took place outside the natural realm.  This fact begs the question:  is there anything else which exists outside of the natural realm?  Specifically, is there a master architect out there?  We know that this universe had a beginning.  Was God the first cause?

There is the human mental state of faith which develops as we age. What a person believes during his or her life creates a path which each of us follow as we see fit.  Is there a God?  Only you can answer this question.  

 
Editor's Note:  Art and I were big fans of the Hubble Telescope.  30 of the Hubble pictures we liked best form the side border for our Manager's Mix webpage.  To check them out, click here

Just after Art's piece on how the universe began was added to our website and while he was still alive, scientists reported they had finally been able to record the gravitational waves that Einstein had predicted 100 years ago and is another plus for the Big Bang theory. 

The picture below is a visualization of those waves and scientists have likened it to the change sound had on silent films.  Shades of Al Jolson's  "Wait a minute, wait a minute, I tell yer, you ain't heard nothin' yet."  

 

 

Art Caldwell's Man Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viewing arrangements for the Man Cave.  Above, the Best Bud setup while below you have the arrangement for Nap Time Between Baseball Doubleheaders.

 
                        The Cave Master

    

Our thanks to Wanda (Bartlett) Cummings for this picture of Art Caldwell suited up for a little Colorado Fall street hockey.

 
                                      
In the middle, the grade 6 version of Art Caldwell who as a member of the St. Pius Cadets would go on to play in the same ballpark as the big guy on the right.  On the left, a sample of his artistic side with his own hooked rug tribute to the Sox.

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Massachusetts Guys Will Understand

Our thanks to June (Scotty) DeRoin for donating this popular fun piece.

 

 1.   The Red Sox world series win was, and will always be, one of the greatest moments in your life.
 2.   The guy driving in front of you is going 70 mph and you're swearing at him for going too slow.
 3.   When ordering a tonic, you mean a Coke.
 4.   You went to Canobie Lake Park, Whalom Park or Paragon Park as a kid.
 5.   You actually enjoy driving around rotaries.
 6.   You do not recognize the letter "R" as part of the English language. 
 7.   Your social security number starts with zero.
 8.   You can actually find your way around the streets of Boston.
 9.   You know what a "regular coffee" is.
10.  You keep an ice scraper in your car year-round.

 

11.  You can tell the difference between a Revere accent and a Dorchester accent.
12.  Springfield is located "way out west".
13.  You almost feel disappointed if someone doesn't flip you the bird when you cut them off or steal their parking space.
14.  You know how to pronounce the names of towns like Billerica, Gloucester, Haverhill, Leominster, Peabody and Worcester.
15.  Anyone you don't know is a potential idiot until proven otherwise.
16.  Paranoia sets in if you can't see a Dunkin Donuts or CVS Pharmacy within eyeshot at all time.
17.  You have driven to New Hampshire on a Sunday just to buy alcohol.
18.  You know how to pronounce Yastrezemski.
19.  You know there's a trophy at the end of the Bean Pot.
20.  You order iced coffee in January.
 
21.  You know that the MBTA Purple Line will take you anywhere.
22.  You love scorpion bowls.
23.  You know what they sell at a Packie.
24.  Sorry Manny, but number 24 means Dewey Evans.
25.  You know what First Night is.
26.  You know at least one guy named Sean, Pat, Whitey, Red, Bud, or Seamus.  Bonus:  You know how to pronounce Seamus.
27.  McLobster = McCrap
28.  You know at least 2 cops in your town because they were your high school drinking buddies.
29.  You know there are 6 New England states, but that Connecticut doesn't count.

30.  You give incomprehensible directions to tourists, feel bad when they drive off, but then say    to  yourself, "Ah, screw them."

 
31.  You know at least one bar where you can get something to drink after last call.
32,  You know holding onto the railing when riding the Green Line is not optional.
33.  You remember Jordan Marsh, Filene's, Grants, Bradlees, Caldor, Zayers and Ann and Hope.
34.  The numbers '78 and '86 make you cringe.
35.  You've been to Good Time Charlie's.
36.  You think the rest of the country owes you for Thanksgiving and Independence Day.

37.  You have never actually been to "Cheers."

38.  The words "Wicked" and "Good" go together.
39.  You've been to Fenway Park.
40.  You've gone to at least one party at U Mass.
 
41.  You own a "Yankees Suck" shirt or hat.
42.  You know what a Frappe is.
43.  You've been to Hempfest.
44.  You know who Frank Averuch is.
45.  Advanced:  You know Frank Averuch was once Bozo the Clown.
46.  You can complete the following:  "Lynn, Lynn ...."
47.  You get pissed off when a restaurant serves clam chowder and it turns out to be Snow's.
48.  You actually know how to merge from six lanes of traffic down to one.
49.  The TV weatherman is damn good if he's right 25% of the time.
50.  You never go to Cape Cod, you go "down to the Cape."

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51.  You think that Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon are more evil than Whitey Bulger.
52.  You know who Whitey Bulger is.
53.  You went to the Swan Boats, House of Seven Gables or Plimouth Plantation on a field trip in elementary school.
54.  Bobby Orr is loved as much as Larry Bird, Tom Brady and Ted Williams.
55.  You remember Major Mudd.
56.  You know what candlepin bowling is.
57.  You can drive to the mountains and the ocean all in one day.
58.  You know Scollay Square once stood where the Government Center is.
59.  When you were a kid, Rex Trailer was the coolest guy around.  Can you still hum the song from the end of Boom Town?  
60.  Calling Carrabba's an "Italian" restaurant is a sacrilege.
 
61.  You still have your old Fexible Flyer somewhere in your attic.
62.  You know that the Mass Pike is some sort of strange weather dividing line.
63.  The only time you've been on the Freedom Trail is when relatives are in town.
64.  The Big Dig tunnel disaster wasn't a surprise.
65.  You call guys you've just met "Chief" or "Boss."
66.  4:15 PM and pitch black outside means only 3 more shopping days until Christmas.
67.  You know more than one person with the last name Murphy.
68.  You've never eaten at Durgin Park but recommend it to tourists.
69.  You can't look at the zip code 02134 without singing it.
70.  You voted for a Republican Mormon as Governor just to screw with the rest of the country.
 
71.  11 PM?  Drunk?  It means one thing:  Kowkloons!
72.  2 AM?  Drunk?  It means one thing:  Kelly's Roast Beef on Revere Beach.
73.  5 AM?  Drunk?  It means one thing:  you wish you had a blanket in your back seat.
74.  You know that P-Town isn't the name of a new rap group.
75.  People you don't like are all "Bastids."
76.  You took off school or work for the Patriots first Super Bowl Win Parade.
77.  You've used the phrase "wicked pissa." 
78.  You'll always get razzed for Dukakis.
79.  Saturday afternoons meant Creature Double Feature with Dale Dorman.
80.  Sunday mornings meant the Three Stooges on channel 38.
 
81.  You've slammed on your brakes to deter a tailgater.
82.  No, you don't trust the Gorton's Fisherman.
83.  You know that Papa Gino's usually has a jukebox.
84.  You think Aerosmith is the greatest rock band of all time.
85.  Your town has at least 6 pizza and 6 roast beef shops.
86.  You know at least three Tony's, one Vinnie and a Frankie.
87.  20 degrees is downright balmy as long as there's no wind...then it gets wicked cold.
88.  You were very sad when saying goodbye to the Boston Garden.
89.  Thanksgiving means family, turkey, high school football and the long version of Alices's Restaurant.
90.  You know the guy who founded the Boston Pops was named "Atha Feedlah."
 
91.  You know what the Combat Zone is.
92.  You actually drive 45 minutes to New Hampshire to save $5 in sales tax.
93.  You've pulled out of a side street and used your car to block oncoming traffic so you can make a left turn.
94.  You've bragged about the money you've saved at the Christmas Tree Shop.
95.  You've been to Hampton Beach on a Saturday night.
96.  Playing street hockey was a daily after school ritual.
97.  Hearing an old lady shout "Numbah 96 for Sioux City" means it's time for steak.
 

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