Townie Tidbits


Quote to note: “Surround yourself in shining souls that inspire you, lift you higher and bring forth the best in you.” 

Last week, I read the news story on the upcoming Lt. Michael Quinn Scholarship Banquet and can’t believe this is the 50th anniversary of this annual banquet, which was established back on Sept. 8, 1969.
Three Townies, who were friends of Quinn’s, got this going back then. They were Steve Driscoll, the late Eddie Johnson and Ronan Fitzpatrick.

Michael Quinn was a Townie’s Townie. He was born in 1946, two years before me. He graduated from both Boston Latin School and Holy Cross
in Worcester. He is enshrined at both schools as a Hall of Famer in both football and hockey.

Quinn had his whole life in front of him Upon graduation, he enlisted with the United States Marines to serve and defend  his country.  Quinn was deployed to Vietnam as a young 2nd Lieutenant and
made the ultimate sacrifice. He was given both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for saving many of his fellow Marines on that August day long ago while  on Patrol near  DeNang in Quang Nam province.

As a member of the Abraham Lincoln Post 11, GAR on Green Street I, often stop by that monument dedicated to our fallen Vietnam War heroes including the forever young Lt. Michael Quinn, whose generation, which
was also mine, died in defense of the country. Oh so young, gone, but never forgotten. Heroes to all forever.

This year’s banquet will take place at the Knights of Columbus on April 6. For more information, call Ronan Fitzgerald at 617-242 5493.


The New England Patriots did it again. Super Bowl LIII and the team’s sixth Super Bowl championship. Tom Brady is indeed the real Superman – the best quarterback ever in my eyes. I never thought anyone could be better than Johnny Unitas, but  TB12 is…..

This year, I attended the Patriots Super Bowl parade to honor the Number 1 team in the NFL.  However, in Charlestown while all love Gronk and Brady, but we also love Howie Long, who came from Charlestown. He still is A BIG HERO around these parts.


“Today’s decisions are tomorrow’s consequences!”

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