Category Archives: boston

THE CURSE OF A NE’ER-DO-WELL by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in 1974 I was going out with a fifteen year-old high school student from Brookline. Hilde’s father was separated from her mother. Ann was insane, but many insane people lived normal existences and Ann was the mother of six kids. Her new husband believed in a New Age cure for madness, but one winter […]

SNOW DAY by Peter Nolan Smith

This morning I woke up to a heavy snow falling fast on the Fort Greene Observatory and I asked the head curator AP, if he was sending his two young children to school. “Of course I am.” AP worked from home and his kids like all kids were attention-seekers. “So no snow day?” The blizzard […]

Emerson Lake and Palmer 1971 Loss of Viriginity Tour

Two years ago Moog Music announced that the company was honoring the 50th anniversary of the Moog Modular at Moogfest and that legendary company’s engineers had spent three years reconstructing Keith Emerson’s iconic Moog Modular System. “Using the original documentation as well as circuit board and art files for nearly every original Moog module, Moog […]

FLUTE THING By Peter Nolan Smith

In the Spring of 1969 I ran for president of the South Shore CYO Deanery. My older brother was the incumbent and my election was close to unanimous. Mid-summer I met with the other officers at the CYO headquarters in Weymouth and we planned out our event schedule for autumn, winter, and spring. The previous […]

$148 LEVIS by Peter Nolan Smith

My mother dressed my older brother and me in jeans for most of the 1950s and early 1960s, however when the hippies adopted the tough western trousers as part of their unofficial uniform, Cardinal Cushing of the Boston diocese banned Levis on his evening rosary program. A fierce Catholic my mother obeyed the Pope’s representative […]