Paul Kix

Since You Asked… February

  Why are there no musicals (anyone’s ever heard of) set here?Leonidas Nickole, professor emeritus of performing arts at Emerson College: The best musicals are sentimental love stories: Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy loses girl….

Since You Asked…

Why was the Boston Garden named after, you know, a garden? Richard A. Johnson, coauthor of The Boston Garden and curator of the Sports Museum at the arena’s current incarnation, TD Banknorth Garden: Tex Rickard would have had something to…

Prescient to a T

James Michael Curley spent six decades in Massachusetts’ public eye, including four terms in Congress, four as mayor of Boston, and one as governor. In that time, he became known for a lot of things—including going to jail twice—but never…

Melee at the Manor

In Dover, everyone drinks in the basement of the American Legion, a wood-paneled space just off the town square where the day’s events—who died, who’s getting married, who’s pregnant—are posted above the Budweiser sign on the wall behind the bar….

Voicebox Hero

THE TROUBLE BEGAN IN THE LATE 1990s. That’s when the doctors got frustrated with John Ward. He had finally sought treatment for his raspy voice, and vocal therapist after laryngologist after ear, nose, and throat doctor recommended rest and therapy…

The Shocking Truth

This is the machine. It is a gray square of hard plastic, looks like a garage door opener but is perhaps double the size of one. Inside this square is the circuit board and all that is evil and beneficent…

The Man Who Would Save the Economy

For over a decade, Richard Field’s system for helping hospitals shore up their books has languished without takers. Now it just might hold the fix for Wall Street’s scary credit crisis. Richard Field is the founder of the financial consulting…

Click, Click, Boom

With nothing more than a pair of laptops, Joseph Shahda is waging a do-it-yourself war on terrorism that is proving very successful at frustrating his targets. Not to mention the federal government. Joseph Shahda is thinking of buying a gun….