I consider my hometown to be Andover, MA – that’s where I spent the most time as a child, even though we moved around a bit. My dad just sold his house there, and it was really sad. Anyway, here we go.
The Andover police log in the Andover Townsman (newspaper) is the most hysterical column ever.
Downtown consists of banks and expensive boutiques and Starbucks/Brueggers.
Almost everyone in Andover is very well off financially, and every teenage girl either owns a pair of Uggs or Birkenstocks.
West Andover is referred to as, “the boonies”
Phillips Andover (prestigious private high school – George W. Bush went there, etc) sucks. It costs more than college should, and all the kids at Andover High refer to the P.A. kids as “catboners” and do not hesitate to yell “CATBONER” out the window while driving by the campus.
There are like, three restaurants in Andover. You have to go to a neighboring town to get anything other than fancy food or Bertucci’s.
There are a lot of churches in Andover, and one synagogue. Most people are at least somewhat religious, and feel very closely tied to their particular place of worship.
South Church in Andover (my church growing up) had a schism (except we’re not Catholic, but same idea) based on the fact that half the church wanted to become “open and affirming” (allow gays to join the church and marry there after the state legalized it) and the other half did not want that. My dad and step-dad did a lot to help the church become an open and affirming church, and in the end it did. They were the first gay couple to be married there.
On the topic of controversial issues, in my experience people in Andover are either very right-wing or very left-wing. Not really in between.
Andover is kind of a Stepford town. There are pros and cons to this. I didn’t really like it in high school, but it is a very “community” based town, which I did like.
6 May 2015: Speech gave at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA: This develops more the theme that the central issue with our Republic is the corruption of a fundamental equality, and places ultimate responsibility for fixing this on our youth. Kind of a favorite version of this line.