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January 11, 2004

That's my Dad!

I've been surfing around some community sites about my home town of Melrose Massachusetts. One thing I found is something called The Melrose Mirror. It's a collection of pictures and stories about the town and its people, past and present. It's created by members of the local senior center.

One story is called
"Caning and Wickering for All"
. It's an April 2000 piece about a class in furniture restoration at the center.

My dad teaches this class.

The story features photos and descriptions of the class members and concludes with this:

"And then there is JOHN !!  John has been teaching this craft for close to 20 years. He is currently making furniture for an American Doll. I'm sure his granddaughter will love it. He is our teacher, our guru, our mentor, our inspiration, and the general Chief Cook and Bottle Washer."

He still teaches this class every Thursday morning.

Posted by jghiii at January 11, 2004 11:54 AM
Posted by: Jo Ann on January 13, 2004 05:26 AM

Hey Jack, this is really, really cool! Very fun. :-)

Posted by: beth on January 13, 2004 08:02 AM

So did you tell Dad you were putting his pic on the weblog before you did it.

Posted by: MGA on January 14, 2004 12:36 PM

Actually, I was thinking it's nice to see your Dad. How's your Mom? Does she get equal time?

Posted by: dah on January 14, 2004 12:46 PM

So I took a moment and surfed over to The Melrose Mirror web site. I was impressed. I grew up here, and don't really want to go back. Now living in Vermont, were most homes are new styles or old Farm house, I appreciated seeing pictures of all the old Victorians. I suddenly realize what a Museum Melrose is. Some of those homes got to be $750K and up. That town is worth some “Mucho” bucks. Good to see it again, only from the comfort of a reasonably populated state like Vermont. The only thing I ever hated about Melrose or Massachusetts is Too many people!!!

Posted by: Jack Hodgson on January 14, 2004 01:55 PM

MGA, My Mom was the focal-point of a project I worked on last spring.

This received a pretty decent response for awhile, but it has faded lately. I've been thinking about reviving it.

Posted by: Jo Ann on January 14, 2004 07:46 PM

So, this Melrose place you keep talking about... I think I've heard of it.

Did you know anyone at 4616 Melrose Place? It's an apartment building with a lot of beautiful, young professionals (I don't know how that worked out--I guess everyone from Melrose is amazingly beautiful and successful).

Last I knew the woman who owned the building lived there too and ran an Ad Agency, Amanda Woodward. And then there was Billy Campbell and Allison Parker (they were a couple for a long time) and Dr. Michael and Jane Mancini (they broke up and he married a few other gals!) and there was this photographer named Jo Reynolds and this guy she dated on and off who rode a Harley, Jake Hansen--they both ended up moving away.

Anyway, a lot of other really lovely folks moved in and out of there all the time... they always had some drama happening in their lives and they were always dating each other! Pretty crazy, really. It was like a real-life soap opera!

Anyway, just thought I'd ask if you knew these folks, since you're from Melrose.

Posted by: beth on January 16, 2004 01:15 PM

You may have featured her in your seminar, but you didnt include a pic.

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