Category Archives: boston

15 Ways to Know That You’re Old School South Shore

1.) You dove off Shipwreck and lived to tell the tale without getting a car antenna in your arm. 2.) You remember the SS Mayflower at Nantasket Beach. I had a head-on crash there in 1969. VW versus a Delta 88. It was no contest, but my four passengers and I walked away from the […]

Before Big Papi

Before he was Big Papi, he played for the Appleton Rattlers in the A League. Under the name David Arias. Twenty years ago. The Seattle Mariners went on a barnstorming tour of the minors. Their game in Appleton was rained out, but the Mariners’ catcher suggested a home run derby to make up the cancellation […]

Sly Stone At Franklin Park 1974

Sly and the Family Stone launched funky soul in the late 60s with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, and Parliament-Funkadelic. The group hit mega-gold with their 4th LP, STAND and its # 1 hit EVERYDAY PEOPLE. Success was not a friend to Sly. His cocaine habit infected the other band members. He no-showed a […]

DEMO DERBY Paintings by Jane Dickson / Writing by Peter Nolan Smith

On a summer night in 1969 a high school friend Dave Quaan drove my older brother, next-door neighbor and me to Norwood Arena in his family’s station wagon. The Ford Country Squire hit its top speed of 115 on Route 128. We got off the highway at US 1 and drove south to a ball […]

TIME HAS COME TODAY by the Chambers Brothers

In the late-60s I attended a Catholic Boys high school ten miles away from my house. No buses or trains ran between the suburbs on the outskirts of Boston and only connection between these bedroom communities was Route 128 orbiting Boston from Nantasket Beach in the South Shore to the North Shore fishing port of […]