Tag Archives: 1971

WHEN FAT MEN FLY by Peter Nolan Smith / Chapter 5

After work on Friday I hitchhiked to the Cape Cod. The first ride was to the Sagamore Bridge and the next one got me to Chatham. It was dark by the time arrived in Truro. Linda was happy to see me. Her daughter was shy at first, but after dinner I won her heart by […]

WHEN FAT MEN FLY by Peter Nolan Smith Chapter 2

Two days before New Year’s Eve Sookie and Marie arrived at Wayne’s house. The two girls wore matching white leather jackets, mini-skirts, knee-high boots, and turtleneck sweater. They were excited about their first trip to the big city and Marie asked Wayne’s mom, “Do we look like sisters?” “Like Eva and Zsa-Zsa Gabor.” Wayne’s mom […]

WHEN FAT MEN FLY by Peter Nolan Smith / Chapter 1

Fat people were a rarity in 1970. None resided in my neighborhood south of Boston and only a few attended my university. My best friend at work was well overweight, but I thought of Wayne as chubby, but not fat. Our menial duties at a chain discount store next to the Quincy Shipyard consisted of […]

THE SMELL OF MOONSHINE by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in the late 50s my Irish grandmother took my older brother and me for a monthly visit to downtown Boston. We left her house in Jamaica Plains and rode the trolley into Boylston Street. The El from Forest Hills to Washington Street was quicker, but Nana preferred the trolley. My late grandfather had driven […]

Aurora Borealis Maine July 4, 1971

On the 4th of July in 1971 John Gilmore, Mark McLaughlin, and Tommie Jordan and I left the South Shore of Boston to holiday in Maine. A large store in New Hampshire sold fireworks. John purchased $20 worth of M-80s and various rockets. The four of us stopped at my grandmother’s cabin on Watchic Pond […]