Good not goofy: portrait of the man as a young journalist, summer 1985



From the T&G:
LEOMINSTER — A 34-year-old father of three from Leominster is the only suspect in Monday’s hit-and-run accident in which a teenager was seriously injured, police said this morning.

The 16-year-old victim’s bicycle was dragged for a short distance before the driver of the car tossed it over an embankment, police said.

“His is a strong suspect,” Lt. Goldman said. Police are not close to charging him, he added.

The man has a criminal record, he said.

“He has dealt with law enforcement quite a bit, and is known to us,” he said.

Police are not releasing his name.

Lt. Goldman said he and Officer Michael Kochanski interviewed the man at the station Wednesday night and also his wife, who he used as an alibi. He said the man voluntarily agreed to go to the station for questioning.

Police confiscated his 2010 Honda and also have the bicycle. The State Police crime lab will pick both up around 11 a.m. from the Leominster Police Department, Lt. Goldman said.

Police are also in the process of searching the suspect’s cell phone records, for which they have a warrant, he said.

Police are investigating the hit-and-run accident that occurred in the area of North Main Street and Moore Street about 9 p.m. Monday. The 16-year-old victim’s bicycle was dragged for a short distance before the driver of the car apparently tossed it over an embankment.

WORCESTER — Forty-seven years after it debuted Off-Broadway, the rock musical “Hair” is still ahead of its time in some important respects, as the national touring production of the show that came to The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts Tuesday night for the first of two performances (the second Wednesday) energetically demonstrated.

“Hair” rang true with energy, passion and belief on Tuesday for an audience of about 1,300 people who rose to their feet to give a standing ovation at the end. The talented young cast of 16, many of whom also played instruments, included some wonderful voices. The well-choreographed set pieces were pulled off in a way that let the sun shine in musically and visually. They played their instruments well, too (except for a wonky trumpet), and the fact that the cast has been together for a while (“Hair” is actually nearing the end of its current run) no doubt helped in creating a sense of genuine camaraderie.

“Hair” centers around a free-spirited hippie “tribe” in New York City in 1967 whose lives are going to be affected one way or the other by the Vietnam War. The draft is in effect, so should the likeable guitar-playing Claude (played with a natural and appealing stage presence by Erik Kopacsi) burn his draft card, as his friends implore, or follow the wishes of his parents who want him to go off to war?

t was “another white glove sale” Wednesday of items from the collection of the former Higgins Armory Museum at Thomas Del Mar Ltd in London, the auction house said.

The second and final “de-accession” sale of the Higgins collection Wednesday raised £830,000, or $1.4 million in U.S. currency, with 100 percent of the items sold. The first sale last year brought in £1.2 million. In U.S. currency, the combined amount is more than $3.4 million.

“We were delighted to be able to repeat the remarkable success of the 2013 sale,” Thomas Del Mar said in a statement after the Wednesday auction. Last year’s auction had more items and lots (almost 450) but Wednesday’s sale with 372 lots had a “larger amount of good caliber traditional European arms and armor.” The £830,000 was “in excess of the sum of the low and high estimates,” Del Mar said. “The market continues to be strongly driven by quality and good provenance (ownership), which was a prevalent theme throughout.”

The Higgins Armory Museum at 100 Barber Ave. in Worcester closed Dec. 31 after more than 80 years. The museum was founded by Worcester industrialist John Woodman Higgins (1874-1961), and its collection of antique arms and armor was famous around the world.

WORCESTER — The Silverbacks, one of the most beloved bands to ever rock out in Worcester, is struggling to hold back the tears after the loss of one of its members.

Laurie A. Kollios, a singer and founding member of The Silverbacks, passed away Sunday after a battle with ALS. She was 60.

Not only did Michael Lynch share vocals duties with Kollios in The Silverbacks, the two were inseparable life partners for the last 30 years.

“I’m not gonna get into the 30-year relationship thing. You’ll have to see the movie for that,” Lynch said. “I will say that we were totally different people, different perceptions, tastes, approaches, opinions. But, she had a big voice. She was fearless. And she loved her audiences … I’m gonna miss her like there’s no tomorrow.”

Note: to get even that far with the telegram online, I had to give up my credit card info. there’s a bit of a bait and switch and that they offer you a one dollar day rate to keep reading, then suggest that for a penny less you can be a subscriber. Actually, it’s 99 cents the first month, then 15.99 after that, and it automatically renews — you have to call an 800 number to (try to?) cancel. I fell for this trap already with the New York Times, and then wrote about the experience, and still try to remind myself to check the Times each day to get my 50 cents worth. (although my apartment complex has a subscription, and I still buy the odd hard copy for $3, at Mac’s). I called the number to try to prepare myself and inoculate myself for the coming sticker shock — who knows, myself or my successors may be paying the $15 forever. “Nick” admitted he was in Manila not Worcester. I asked him how he pronounced the City. I gave him the “good not goofy” pitch and made him practice with me. He was not in “Wooster”; I tried to move him slightly, to not being in “Wuster”. I even commented on the Higgins Armory story, now that I am all in and vested as a Telegram dot com reader and subscriber.


I don’t remember seeing live music in summer of 1985 although Sophomore Summer, 1984, Brian Gaul and I plus our dates drove from Hanover, NH to the Worcester Centrum to see Elvis Costello. Maybe Laurie Kollios was there, too.

August, 21, 1984 set list:
Green Shirt
(Elvis Costello & The Attractions song)
Lipstick Vogue
Watching the Detectives
(Elvis Costello & The Attractions song)
The Only Flame in Town
Mystery Dance
Shabby Doll
New Lace Sleeves
Girls Talk
Worthless Thing
So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
Let Them All Talk
Sour Milk-Cow Blues
I Wanna Be Loved
Marie’s the Name His Latest Flame
The Greatest Thing
Young Boy Blues
I Hope You’re Happy Now
Beyond Belief
Inch by Inch
The Deportees Club
End of the Rainbow
Peace in Our Time
Encore 2:
The Only Flame in Town
Everyday I Write the Book
(Elvis Costello & The Attractions song)
Getting Mighty Crowded
Home Truth
Man Out of Time
Radio Radio
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Pump It Up / Ain’t That a Lot of Love / Tears, Tears and More Tears

Higgins Armory is or was about a half mile from Mrs. Clancey’s house, on Thornton, just other side of Dodge Park. Maybe she pointed it out as a selling point, to close the deal. I had driven down there, after accepting the job. I had found the listing in the weekly alternative paper. I remember a woman a class or two below me, from Worcester, who suggested that paper, for its listings. A redhead. Not on the newspaper staff but in the crowd I was on the fringe of. We talked waiting in line at the food court, or Collis. Or above Thayer. (Google actually has a picture of the house I stayed in).

Hanover to Worcester is about 140 miles, or 2.5 hours, 89 to 93 to 495 to 210 or something. I would think that Elvis Costello concert was my only trip; we rarely went to Boston (I remember going to a Red Sox game one summer when Kappa Sig guys rented a bus). But I would think that between interviewing at the T&G, finding housing, to and from the job, plus maybe one trip back to Hanover to hang, I probably only drove to Worcester four or five times total. Plus all the driving to the various outlying bureaus: Fitchburg, Leominster, Putnam, — I will have to look up the names, although I did save their little map, for years if not extant, somewhere in my files. They had about 20 little offices around Worcester per se, and that was my job, as summer reporter, at the T&G (which might have had separate bubbles to teleport the copy?), to fill for the various reporters who left for their vacations. My boss was Bill Clew and his deputy was Roger Leo I think. But not The Atlantic Reporter with a similar name.

I wonder if the Elvis concert seduced me into going Worcester somehow.


About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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