Boston is one of my favorite American cities, along with Seattle, Denver, San Diego, and Chicago. There are similarities to San Francisco, both surrounded by water, similar population, a certain sophistication, you know the facts. But here are some additional facts about Boston.
Boston Esplanade, where I will attend the famous July 4th POPS Spectacular, was just a wasteland before becoming a city park and concert venue. The Boston Fire Department, founded in 1678, is the oldest Fire Department in the U.S. They were helping the police, park rangers, and military police at the concerts. Uber works well here if the T is not convenient.
Boston also had the first public beach, Revere Beach, now home to the International Sand Sculpting Festival.
Happy hours have been banned since 1984. Does that date sound familiar, George? A drunk driver killed a 20 year old girl.
The Fig Newton is named after a suburb of Boston, Newton, MA.
The first Dunkin Donuts was located in nearby Quincy, a mere 11 miles away from Boston. Yet Boston’s 850 restaurants include only 40 fast food joints. And the cops get a free donut with their coffee. Uncle Larry, aka Barney Fife would indulge in that!
Fenway Green is a patented shade of green, and the color of the famous Green Monster at Fenway Park, the oldest in America (1912). Can you name the three big Red Sox stars who came from California?
The very first chocolate factory (1765) in the United States was build in the Lower Mills section in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. Do you know where most of the world’s chocolate comes from?
Massachusetts started issuing driver’s licenses and registration plates in 1903, but didn’t make people take a driving test beforehand. In 1920, Boston began requiring a driving test before issuing someone a license.
America’s first subway, the Tremont Street Subway, was built here in 1897, not in New York City as you might expect. BTW, I have not seen Charlie yet. But I did take a bite out of his sandwich!
Contrary to popular opinion, the city’s nickname is Beantown due to the popularity of the baked beans in molasses among it’s early residents. I intend to try some, lest I keep up with those Chinese national tourists on the plane back home.
The Ted Williams Tunnel is the deepest in North America, running 90 feet below the earth’s surface. Speaking of Ted, do you know his nickname?
Famous people from Boston include: Mark Wahlberg, James Spader, Jasmine Guy, Uma Thurman, Chris Evans, Madeline Kahn, Matt Damon, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Donna Summer, Amy Poehler, Eli Whitney, Paul Revere, Susan B. Anthony, John F. Kennedy, Emily Dickinson, Samuel Morse, John Hancock, Connie Britton, Leonard Nimoy, Taylor Schilling, and Barbara Walters.
Three of the Boston Red Sox big stars were from California: Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, and Bobby Doerr. Theodore was known as the “Splendid Splinter” during his days here in Boston.
Over 15% of Bostonians walk to work! Nobody seems to wear a suit in this muggy weather. A bunch of wimps if you ask me.
Cambridge, home to both Harvard (oldest, founded in 1636) and MIT, is only 3 miles from Boston on the Red Line Subway. Don’t bother looking for Charlie!
It is also home to the well respected Berklee College of Music. Some notable grads: John Mayer, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, Branford Marsalis, Melissa Etheridge, Aimee Mann, Meghan Trainor, Joe Walsh, Keith Jarrett, Joe Satriani, Rhianna, Don Fagen (Steely Dan), Bruce Hornsby, Roy Hargrove, among others.
Some Boston food you must eat include: Boston cream pie (invented at the Omni Parker House), Sam Adams beer, Boston clam chowder (never order New England style), Fenway Franks, Boston Baked Beans, and of course, lobstah!!!
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Boston in 1621, and lasted THREE days!
Incredibly, the John Hancock Tower houses 13 acres of glass. The building also displays colored lights that tell the weather.
Fully one third of Boston residents are college students. That leaves only 600,000 regular residents.
The world’s most famous foot race, the Boston Marathon began in 1897 with only 18 runners.
So, yes, I love Boston. If you have never visited, I strongly suggest doing so. If I could have afforded grad school at Harvard back in 1975, I would have gone, somehow.
Let’s hope for some cooler weather today, as I head to Cambridge for a meeting of the minds. No promises, they don’t seem to like outsiders!!!!