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When my dad sold the house at 95 Lexington Street and we moved uptown to School Street in the early 1950s, he sold the house to the Cambridge School where it was named for many years "The Vaughan House." In present day, it is renamed "The Dushkin House." Dr. Cheek, Head of School, was a family friend who lived a few houses away. Since then the street was rebuilt, a stone wall went up where our driveway was, and the house became a numbered building within the Cambridge School complex... 95 Lexington Street, the address I memorized at age five to always get home, was gone.
Growing up, I thought the world was made up of people like those who lived in my neighborhood: well-educated, smart, and (really) good at what they do... like the Reissners and the Cheeks and especially Harrison Faulkner (W1BSY) on Legion Road, the radio scientist who let me sit with him in his attic radio room and gave me headphones and a crystal and helped wind the copper wire coil onto the cardboard toilet paper tube that became my first radio... I could only hear WHDH and WBZ, but it was enough for the Bruins, the Lone Ranger, X-minus-one, and the strange chants of Cardinal Cushing's rosary, which I memorized.
Cardinal Cushing's Radio Rosary
Boston in the 1950s