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" Page 2 :" 23,2()13 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. BENJAMIN HARRISON Benjamin Caroline Mary DATE OF BIRTH: August 20, 1833 ]PLACE OF BIRTH: North B.end, OH DATE OF DEATH: March 13, 1901 PLACE OF DEATH: Indianapolis, IN SPOUSE(s): Caroline and Mary PRESIDENT: 23rd - March 4, 1889 - September 19; 1893 Benjamin Harrison was our twenty-third President, Came in between Cleveland, was a White House President; Ben's great-grandpa William, our ninth C.E.O., Died of pneumonia as our records will show. They say Ben reduced the public debt, Was the best supporter civil service could get; He even improved theArmy and Navy, But this rivers and harbors was just pork and gravy. To annex Hawaii, was his fondest of dreams, But his bill under Cleveland fell apart at the seams; Some characteristics men keep, even when they get old, His patronage was limited and his personality was cold. When speaking in public he ranked with the best, Always sincere, got it all off his chest; When speaking in private there was no connection, And because of this ttere was no re-election. The first Mrs. Harrison, was bom Caroline Scott, The daughter of a minister and they liked her a lot; She conducted a school exclusively for girls, Then married Ben Harrison after just a few whirls. Overtaken by ill health and Causing some tears, She died in the White House after only three years; Her hostessing duties had long been assigned, To the F/rst Lady's niece who was ever so kind. At the end of his term Ben shrugged off all pity, And married that niece while in New York City; His love for her was sincere and true, She was just thirty-seven and he stxCy-two. Publica by David TrumbuU Charlie (or Mike) on the MTA When Walter A. O'Brien, Jr. (December 19, 1914 - July 1998) ran for mayor of Bos- ton in 1949, he could not have foreseen that his cam- paign song would, a decade later, reach #15 on the Bill- board chart, in a recording by the Kingston Trio. I've long thought it would be swell if the tradition of campaign songs were to be resurrected. Many politi- cians today have a "theme" song associated with the campaign -- think of how the 1992 Bill Clinton cam- paign employed, to good ef- fect, the Fleetwood Mac song "Don't Stop." In the 2012 presidential race Messrs. Obama and Romney each had a "play-list" of popular songs to set the mood at campaign rallies and sell the candidate. What Clinton's, Obama's, and Romney's uses of music as a motivational tool have in common is that they all turned to hit songs, not a campaign song, writ- ten by a local person and with local references relevant to the race. The lyrics, '"Charlie on the MTA," were written by O'Brien supporters Jackie Steiner and Bess Hawes, and have become so em- blematic of the MTA (now MBTA) that our fare cards are, even officially, called "CharlieCards." The music dates back the 1865 song "The Ship that Never Re- turned," by Henry Clay Work. As an MBTA rider (I haven't owned a car since I moved to Boston nearly a quarter century ago, a move prompted, in part, by Boston's good subway, trolley and bus system) I am pleased to see that mayoral candidate Mike Ross has pledged to be "A Strong Voice for Improv- ing the MBTA." I'm still undecided in the mayoral race, and I don't want this to become an endorsement of Mr. Ross, so I'll just quote three bullet points from his website: Fight for full funding of the MBTA through regional partnerships Bring back late-night MBTA service Modernize zoning of tran- sit-oriented development to promote T ridership The MBTA is vital to Bos- ton's successful future. In a recent conversation with another candidate, John Connolly, I learned that the majority of Bostonians are not originally from Boston. That is a good sign for our city and region. We are attracting and retaining bright, innovating people from all over the world to live and wqrk in the Hub. One selling point Boston has over Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, or just about any American city is that here it is not necessary to spend an inordinate amount of time in your car driving to and from work. And if you balk at spending more money on the MBTA, just think what we are paying to maintain all those roads, plus the cost of maintaining a private automobiles. Late night service? No brainer! The bars close at 2:00 a.m. and the MBTA shuts down an hour-and- a-half before that. That is ridiculous. Modernization? YesI In my time in Boston I've seen the MTBA decay. We deserve better. Will Mike Ross resurrect Walter A. O'Brien's 1949 campaign song? Perhaps not. Perhaps he might think it "jinxed." O'Brien came in dead last in a five-man race, with 1.2 percent of the vote. Now, citizens of Boston, don't you think it is a scandal, That the people have to pay and pay? Join Walter A. O'Brien and .fight the fare increase. Get poor Charlie off that MTA! Boston Arthritis Walk Seeks Volunteers The Arthritis Foundation is hosting the Boston Arthritis Walk on Sunday, Septem- ber 8, 2013 from 9:00 am-l:00 pm at DCR's Artesani Park in Brighton, MA. The Walk committee is seeking volun- teers to help on the day of the event with set up, take down and the running of the day. The Walk is a community event (Continued on Page 12) The Rental Registration & Inspection Program requires the annual registration of all private rental units and the inspection for all non-exempt rental units to be conducted every five years.This year the registration period begins on May 1,2013 and ends on August 1,2013, The initial registration fee is $25/unit. Failure to register will result in fines and further enforcement actions. Benefits: Educate owners on Stat and local housing codes. Provides owners with a written record of the conditions of the property. Ensures rental units meet minimum Housing Code Requirements Our representative will be available to: Accept payments. (Check or money order on -no cash, p/ease.) Process elderly or disabled persons discount Forms. Arrange payment plans.for delinquent accounts. Resolve billing or service complaints. Review water consumption data for your property. Explain BWSC customer programs. : o~:~. For more information or to register go to www.cityofboston.govlisdthousing, emaif: rentalprogram or call 617-635-1010 Need more information? Call the Community Services Department at 617-989-7000. Boston Water and Sewer Commission 980 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02119 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM