Movie Review: The Night James Brown Saved Boston (2008)


Title: The Night James Brown Saved Boston Release Date: 2008 Director: David Leaf Summary/Review: April 5, 1968. Cities across the United States are in turmoil as grief and anger over the murder of Martin Luther King leads too violence and rioting. In Boston, city officials considered canceling a scheduled concert by James Brown, but instead…

Book Review: Wild Women of Boston by Dina Vargo


Author: Dina Vargo Title: Wild Women of Boston Publication Info: Charleston, SC : History Press, 2015 Summary/Review: This slender volume is chock full of stories of about two dozen women of Boston who bucked the societal norms of their sex and made an impact of history.  These women include leaders, innovators, and activists, but they also include…

Boston By Foot Walking Tour: Benjamin Franklin’s 310th Birthday


Sunday is the birthday of early American leader Benjamin Franklin,  born in Boston on January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705].  Come learn more about this Son of Boston on a Boston By Foot tour lead by knowledgeable Boston By Foot guides (including yours truly).  The tour visits sites associated with Ben Franklin’s life in Boston from…

What is the Future for Public Schools in Boston?


Once again, Massachusetts public schools are ranked the the best in the nation. This may be surprising to many based on the constant political rhetoric that public schools in Massachusetts are a “disaster.”  One of the major issues is the great gap in achievement between low-income students and their more affluent peers.  For me and…

Beer Review: Tasty Ale


Beer: Tasty Ale Brewer: Boston Beer Company Source: Draft Rating: ( of 10) Comments: Served in a frosty mug at Tasty Burger, this golden beer holds a thin foamy head with a mild grassy aroma.  The flavor is grainy with malt sweetness, but I think much of the flavor is deadened by the iced glass….

2015 Year in Review: Memorable Events


I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list.  That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list…

Book Reviews: A People’s History of the New Boston by Jim Vrabel


Author: Jim Vrabel Title: A People’s History of the New Boston Publication Info: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2014] Summary/Review: This book is a short social history of activism in Boston in the 60s, 70s, & 80s as people coalesced around causes to make the city better, although sometimes the populist ideals could lead to conflict…