1970s boston

Throw Back Thursday to when the Boston Mayor’s office thought The Bald Headed Men of America Convention would be “tremendous” publicity for the City of Boston.

We’re not sure what Mayor White thought about this idea, but we don’t have records that indicate that the convention actually came to Boston.

Mayor’s Office Departmental Communication  from Paula Lyons to Dana, 1975 January 14, Box 19, Folder 42, Mayor Kevin White records, Collection 0245.001, Boston City Archives

A brief glance at the cartoon version of America makes you think the South is pretty racist. Look at them, with their Confederate flags and voter ID laws! But while you were sleeping, the blue states were up to some pretty racist shit too. It’s just that they’ve got better PR.

For example, one of the biggest and most violent anti-segregation fights in US history didn’t take place in 1950s Mississippi or Alabama, but 1970s Boston. The 70s! In Massachusetts! The land of Kennedys, Afflecks and liberal arts colleges was faced with the desegregation of schools and was like, “yo George Wallace, hold my beer!”

THIS WEEK: To discuss some of the secretly f#&*ed up modern history of the United States, Jack O'Brien and Michael Swaim are joined by the guys from ’The Dollop’: Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. They discuss the Boston busing riots of the 70s, the comically-liberal blue state with secret ties to the KKK and why we’re about to live through the Enron crisis all over again.

The Shockingly Recent Race Riot You’ve Never Heard Of

USA. Massachusetts. Boston. 1970. A boy affiliated to the Black Panthers Party posing with a gun. The Black Panthers believed in armed self-defence and had adopted a militaristic style. The group had notably developed as a response to police brutality, amongst other reasons.

Photograph: Stephen Shames/Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery

Side By Side/What Would We Do Without You
Side By Side/What Would We Do Without You

Dean Jones, who originated the role of Bobby in Company, passed away today at the age of 84. In his memory, here’s a recording of him singing “Side by Side/What Would We Do Without You” with the rest of the cast during the show’s tryout in Boston. At this point, the song came between “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Happily Ever After” toward the end of the show.