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From: Eleanor Jenkins [mailto:elfjen@msn.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 08,
To: melrose@media.mit.edu,
Subject: Havertowner visits Melrose

I spent a week in December at my daughter’s home in Melrose. When she knew I was coming and (would be in town on the Eleventh of December) she rushed off to the Sweet Thoughts to purchase tickets for the Melrose Symphony’s Christmas Concert. She got the last available three tickets. We got to the Memorial Hall, early, we thought, (7:30), but realized we were really very late.

We got the last three seats on the top row and quickly occupied them before they would disappear. The room was packed in anticipation and it was well worth the wait. I knew as soon as the maestro, Yoichi Udagawa, raised his baton in the air, we were in for a treat.

The guest soloist for the evening, often performing with the Boston Pops, was Renese King, who also was excellent.

It was a great evening. Several days later, my daughter and I were in the Sweet Thoughts shop picking out our sweets for the holidays. I told the proprietor that I had always wanted to hear the Boston Pops but I would take the Melrose Symphony as they are just as good.

Eleanor Jenkins
SilverStringer for Pennsylvania


To: melrose@media.mit.edu,
Subject: blizzard 78
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2005
I am emailing you to say thank you for the letter submitted by the woman 73 1/2 yrs old from Winthrop describing what she saw in that Blizzard. I was able to imagine it without even remembering the storm. I was seven when the storm hit my town of Somerset. My Mom and Dad have showed me pictures but I never realized we didn't have power or that the State came to a complete halt. I guess my parents must have used the wood stove to keep the house warm and at night fall we (me and my brother and sister) were always sent to bed anyway. Reading that diary segment really helped me to in-vision the reality of said storm and was nice to read, that is why I am taking the time to thank the person who submitted it. It's nice to know history does matter and can be made by the ordinary person.
p.s. my interest was sparked because we have blizzard conditions at this very moment and I was curious as to what we might expect.

Linda A.


Hupper Articles
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005
From: "Jo Keefe"  
To: melrose@media.mit.edu

To the Editors: I would like to pass along a word of thanks to the Melrose Mirror and to Paul Hupper, the author of a series of articles recollecting life in Melrose many years ago. My father, Robert M. Foster, age 92, was Melrose born and bred along with his four siblings (John, Dick, Bud, and Helene). Dad now has significant "memory loss" but not for his youth in Melrose. He sometimes asks when he can go “home” -- not to his prior home or homes, which he cannot remember -- but to his boyhood home on Goss Ave. Since Melrose is one of the few topics I can engage him in, I went online in hopes of finding some bits of information about Melrose back in the 20’s and 30’s, which is how I came across Mr.
Hupper’s articles. I printed them out and read them all out loud to him at his bedside in the nursing home. The articles were a tremendous source of pleasure for my Dad. I also passed them along to my uncle, Dick Foster, who at age 89 lives in Topsfield and is still very active. He enjoyed them as well. As an aside, my great grandfather (John Harrison Foster), a widower, and his nine-year old son (John Thomas Foster) came to Melrose from New Brunswick, Canada in the early 1890’s. John Harrison Foster opened a store on what is now Foster Street (named after him I believe). The Fosters were in Melrose until shortly after WWII.

Thanks again so much.  Jo Foster Keefe

Jo-Anwyl F. Keefe, Esquire
The Center of New Hampshire
650 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire 03101


Wed, 19 Jan 2005
From: "Philip Drugge"  
To: melrose@media.mit.edu

There are two educations, one should teach us how to make a living...
and the other... how to live.       James Truslow Adams


Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005
Subject: Scoring perfect hand
To: melrose@media.mit.edu
Please tell us how you score a perfect hand. We had it but cannot figure out how the points were added up. Thanks.      

Ed and Ceil


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