Sunday, January 20, 2013

Transmission 213

The Town of Swampscott has a long history and beautiful beaches, but no swamps - nonetheless, we find ourselves in it up to our ears with help from Blur, Tool, The Nomads, Five Man Electrical Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Soulive, Talking Heads, Instinct, Johnny Jenkins, Alfred Lewis, Swamp Dog and Drive Band!

T213 is a 56.4mb 128k mp3 1:01:38 in length made loud to be played louder!

"I've come to take you home"


My wonderful and talented friend Terri Sheppard led me to a great site about Swampscott, MA.

The town’s first piece of fire fighting equipment, the Atlantic One Handtub, was built 1852 by Walter Hunneman, an apprentice of Paul Revere.

The Town Hall is the former home of Elihu Thompson who founded the Thompson-Houston Electric Company which is now General Electric.

The late great former Red Sox third baseman and pro baseball coach Johnny Pesky lived in Swampscott for many years.

 Leslie Stahl of CBS’s 60 Minutes grew up and attended school in Swampscott. .

Detroit Lions running back Dick Jauron grew up and attended schools in Swampscott. He’s now head coach of the Chicago Bears NFL football team.

TV and movie star and Oscar winner Walter Brennan grew up in Swampscott. He was Grandpappy Amos McCoy and lawman Will Sonnett.

The center of town, called Monument Avenue, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same designer of New York’s Central Park. It’s shaped like the sole of a shoe and most the streets off the Monument were named for Civil War generals or admirals like Grant, Walker, Farragut, Devens and Sheridan.

After it's invention by Archibald Query in Somerville c. 1900, the recipe was sold to two young men, H. Allen Durkee and Fred L. Mower, both graduates of Swampscott High and veterans of the United States Infantry in World War I, had formed a partnership in the manufacture of Marshmallow Fluff. The actual date that they started working together is hard to pin down, because they had been making candies together before they started making Fluff. The company numbered two men in those days, and they started out cooking their confections in the kitchen at night and selling them door to door in the daytime.

Thanks for the fluff, TS!

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