More remembrances of Chet

The media have taken the measure of the man: Chet Curtis was a prince. Smart, caring, funny, calm and comfortable.  No argument there. Chet had many "princely" trappings - a huge salary for the time, what seemed to be an ideal family, a boat, a plane, a Nantucket vacation home. He and Nat were rich and …

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Hubie: 80 and going strong!

The marquee of the Citi Center for the Performing Arts, still known as the Wang, was lit up on Wednesday evening.  In bold colors and a dominating photo it read "Hubie80!"  For years now, Boston has known that "Hubie" is Hubie Jones, a man who has made an incomparable impact on this city. He came …

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Kirby Perkins A+ scholarships distinguish WCVB-TV5

Shootings, muggings, fires, crashes, sports and weather--  all the stuff of local television.  Then there are the Kirby Perkins A+ scholarship segments. Kirby was a Channel 5 reporter who especially  loved politics and sports. The station's "High Five" series had for years celebrated high school athletes. But he thought that academic performance should also be honored. …

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Ogunquit fireworks preserve charm of yesteryear

While tens of thousands of Boston concert-goers were being herded from the Esplanade to a tunnel under Storrow Drive under threat of storm, Ogunquit, Maine was celebrating July 4th as tradition would have it: simple and lovely.  Standing on the Marginal Way, overlooking the water, the friendly, appreciative crowd could see the fireworks unfolding along the coast: …

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Rick Perry’s lapse evokes sympathy more than ridicule

Anyone who has read this blog over the past year knows I am no fan of Rick Perry. But there’s no way I would delight in what he experienced in Wednesday’s Republican debate when he forgot that the third agency he would abolish is the Energy Department. There is nothing to compare to the humiliation …

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Kirby Perkins lives on in the A+ winners honored by WCVB-TV

Kirby Perkins was a great political reporter, a lot of fun and a good friend. He died of a heart attack 14 years ago at the shockingly young age of 49. While he rubbed elbows with every significant politician of the time, his most lasting public legacy comes from the series of profiles he initiated …

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John Kerry gets real

Something is happening with John Kerry. The state’s senior senator seems to be finding his real voice. He is coming across as authentic, not usually a word traditionally associated with him. Maybe losing the Presidency in 2004 has freed him to speak out without seeming to weigh the political consequences of each and every word …

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