William Small, 84, Retired Paver, Dorchester, Mass.*
*Thomas “Mumbles” Menino, 71, left office on January 6 as the longest-serving mayor in Boston’s history.
Menino – verbally and physically clumsy, oft-hospitalized, and beloved – mentioned several times toward the end of his fifth and final term that his biggest worry upon rejoining the civilian population would be getting around the city’s notoriously labyrinthine streets without a cop to drive him for the first time in 20 years.
“There was a button to turn on the engine!“ Menino told The Boston Globe last month after giving his new Lexus SUV a spin. He might as well have been describing a flying saucer. "A button to call somebody! I kept looking for the clutch!”
Toward the end of the piece, the Globe struck terror into the hearts of Menino’s future fellow commuters with these chilling lines: "Menino has been contemplating another amenity. He has been talking about buying an iPhone and could listen to music or audio books while stuck in traffic. Menino could learn how to send an e-mail or text message, which would be a first.”
When I told Mr. Small that all of this was why I was crouching behind his truck taking pictures, he thought it was pretty funny. Not as funny as I found it, but still pretty funny.
I officially want to visit Boston to shake this man’s hand. Chick-fil-A might taste good, but their actions and words have left a salty taste in my mouth. Times have changed, and they need to catch up. I don’t care what religion the creators of this company are. This is 2012, and we’re accepting homosexual people as they are.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino grimaced in pain. He bit his lower lip and pushed with both hands on the arms of his wheelchair Thursday, trying but failing to stand on a right leg confined in a cast.
Menino was undeterred. He tucked his elbows further under his arms and pushed harder, grabbing the lectern for balance and rising to his feet. In that moment, Menino seemed to embody the fortitude of his city, knocked down but fighting to stand.
Thomas Menino, the just-retired mayor of Boston, is currently fighting an advanced cancer of unknown origin, according to recent reports. Despite this, the former mayor appears fairly upbeat about his prognosis, describing this interaction with his doctor, Charles Morris, to the Boston Globe: “They did a scan and Morris called me and said, ‘You have to come see me.’ He was more shaken up than I was.“ Good attitude to have.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino at Chinatown Christmas Party, 2003 December 14
Thomas M. Menino with Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey, State
Representative Martin J. Walsh, City Councilor Maureen Feeney, State
Senator Jack Hart, Coleman Flaherty, and others at Savin Hill MBTA
Station opening, 2004 August 3
Mayor Thomas M. Menino with Senator Hillary Clinton, 2004 January 19
Mayor Thomas M. Menino at reception for new homeowners in Roslindale, 2003 October 29
All photographs are from Mayor Thomas M. Menino records, Digital photograph files, Collection #0247.001. For more photographs, click here
GUNS? NUTS! Boston mayor Thomas Menino and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg on the set of an anti-illegal gun commercial set to air regionally – not nationally – during the Super Bowl. “A New York-Boston Super Bowl is a perfect opportunity for the mayors to talk about fixing the nation’s broken background check system that allows criminals and dangerous people to buy guns illegally,” says a mayoral spokesman. The ad is funded by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and I hope it receives just as much attention as that ultimately lame Ferris Bueller car ad. (Photo via the New York Daily News)