Francis Storrs

Unsung Hero: Lewis H. Latimer

You know Alexander Graham Bell. You know Thomas Edison. But chances are you don’t know Lewis Latimer, the Chelsea-born inventor and engineer who helped make those two famous men, well, famous. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston aims to remedy…

Part 2: Living History: Ted Kennedy, Remembered.

In 2004, Kennedy was hopeful that John Kerry, whom he had served alongside in the Senate for 19 years, would prevail in his presidential run against George W. Bush. As Kerry’s loss became clear late on election night, Kennedy and…

New England's Best Small Towns: Putnam, CT

  Putnam’s pretty downtown hosts a wealth of shops, such as Vintage to Vogue (art deco furniture), Wonderland Comics (vintage X-Men!), and the 40-dealer-strong Jeremiah’s (dishes, dishes, dishes). All that pales, though, in comparison with the Antiques Marketplace. The largest…

Dispatch: Sex and the School District

In 2004, when the Arlington school committee went looking for a new superintendent, it realized it had a momentous opportunity. The reputation of the town’s schools had been slowly improving for decades, but now ambitious parents could finally hire a…

Builder's Notebook: One Year, One House

THE BACKSTORYAfter bouncing around the country for nearly a decade, Sundar Srinivasan and Lara Bodie bought their first house, a five-bedroom English cottage in Brookline. Embarking on their maiden renovation project, the couple enlisted the help of construction consultant Bruce…

Genius, Explained: The Beatles: Rock Band

Much to the frustration of fans, Beatles music has never been available for online downloading (though luckily it’s still available on these things called CDs). But now Harmonix has gone and done the seemingly impossible: struck a deal with Paul,…

The Dan Brown Code

PrologueMarch 2003 IT WAS LIKE A SCENE RIPPED FROM THE PAGES OF A THRILLER. Dan Brown was startled by the ring of his cell phone. He was at a Starbucks in Seattle, alone and sipping a cup of dark coffee….

Exhibit B: The Game Too Big to Score

It may only be July, but the best baseball game of the year has already been played—and not by the Red Sox. The honor instead goes to another hometown team, the BC Eagles, who made history in their 5/30 playoff…