An Archivist’s Chuckle

Readers perusing the Sunday Boston Globe issue of May 15, 1966 would have come across “Noble and Greenough: A Century of Excellence”: an article celebrating the centennial of the school.

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To prepare for the article, the writer must have read Richard T. Flood’s book The Story of Noble and Greenough School, since she quoted from it at length, describing the history of the school and pointing out that “The tradition of service on which Noble and Greenough was founded 100 years ago persists.”

The article continued on the next page with an impressive list of graduates who have distinguished themselves in various fields, from A. Lawrence Lowell (N1873), who went on to become President of Harvard University, to Leverett Saltonstall (N1910), who, at the time, was serving as one of the two senators from Massachusetts.

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The list (and the article itself) is definitely impressive, but I couldn’t suppress an amused smile when I noticed that Percival Lowell (N1872) was described as “internationally known,” but he had been transformed from an astronomer to an astrologer!

The smile turned to a roaring laugh when I examined the caption under the picture of our founder.blooper-GWCN

It is amusing to realize that, in 1966, W. Davis Taylor (N1927) was the owner of the Boston Globe and President of the Board of Noble and Greenough School.  I wonder how many hasty justifications were offered to him on the following day.

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