Francis Storrs

The Santa Files

Back in 1890 a Brockton shopkeeper named James Edgar went looking for a way to boost his holiday sales, and hit upon the idea of dressing up as a jolly old elf. Thus was born America’s first department-store Santa. These…

Real Dough-Getters

ON THE LIST OF JOBS no one wanted after the economic meltdown, the nonprofit fundraiser ranked somewhere south of, say, AIG brand manager. Extracting money from donors is tough in good times; after October 2008, it seemed impossible. And yet…

The Economics of Leaf-Peeping

So it’s looking more and more like we’re sliding into the dreaded double-dip recession. Luckily, it’s time for Massachusetts to receive the annual stimulus package we call fall foliage. Leaf-peepers will come by the hundreds of thousands this month, and…

The Greenway Problem

THE ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY GREENWAY has had its share of ups and downs. On the negative side, high-profile projects like the Boston Museum, the Greenway Center, and MassHort’s Garden Under Glass never made it as far as a groundbreaking. On…

Mass. Appeal: More-Than-Fair-Food

IT’S NICE TO KNOW there are places where guilt-free eating is alive and well. And one of the best, the 192-year-old Topsfield Fair, isn’t changing anytime soon. “You’d think there would be a trend toward healthier food, but I don’t…

Dunkin’s Run: A Love Story

OVER THE COURSE of six decades, Dunkin’ Donuts has grown from a single shop in Quincy to a multibillion-dollar behemoth. It’s expanded into 35 states and 31 countries, dramatically changed its menu, and even been unceremoniously sold to foreign conglomerates…

Person of Interest: Ken Burns Goes into Extra Innings

Ken Burns has always refused to return to the subjects of his famed documentaries. He adamantly rejected offers to churn out spinoffs of The Civil War, even though they would have earned him nice paychecks, and made sure to say…

Cape Cod Guide 2010: Itineraries: Chatham

FRIDAY 4 p.m. Check in at the regal Chatham Bars Inn and unwind before your evening outing. Doubles from $395, 297 Shore Rd., 508-945-0096, chathambarsinn.com. 4:30 p.m. Order takeout from the Pampered Palate, where the no-frills décor belies the gourmet…

Band of Brooders

IN HINDSIGHT, AEROSMITH’S 2009 TOUR looked like a slow, sad march to the end. [sidebar]Just before it started in June, the band’s rhythm guitarist, Brad Whitford, bumped his head climbing out of his Ferrari — surely one of the lesser-known…

There Will Be Blood and Money

ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST hospitals sits just off I-95 in Burlington, between the sprawling shopping mall and the office parks of tech firms. Founded in 1923, the Lahey Clinic has over the years built itself into a paragon of…