Totally UN-Friendly Neighborhood
Favorite thing: This was the site of Friendly's in Arlington. In June 2004 there was a hepatitis A scare here. One of the staff found out they had hepatitis A and the town went nuts. Everybody who ate at Friendly's around that time was asked to go to Symmes Hospital to get a shot in the butt. Of course Cory and I had eaten there so we got to leave work for the day. The atmosphere was a total circus, hundreds of people lined up to get jabbed in the ass. There's no way all those people ate at Friendly's. I think every elderly person in Massachusetts was there. We waited about 4 hours for our turn. It was a nightmare. The news was interviewing people in line and one lady near us exclaimed on television, "Friendly's will pay for this!" I have never seen more insane people. All the uptight yuppies were fighting over their place in line. It was freakin' hilarious. Dumb Dumb People.
After the "scare" Friendly's tried to re-open but almost nobody would eat there. Of course, Cory and I ate there. Shortly after, Friendly's closed for good.
God, people are dumb. As long as the waitress isn't bleeding on your food, do yourself a favor and calm down. Disturbing though it may be, if you knew 5% of what goes on behind the scenes in restaurants and supermarkets you WOULD NEVER EAT AGAIN.
Now one of the few chain restaurants in Arlington is gone. Heard they were putting yet another coffee shop here, Starbucks I think. Jeesh. Sing another tune.
Fondest memory: "Health officials warn that people who ate cold or uncooked foods at this restaurant between the dates of June 4 through June 15, 2004 may be at risk for developing hepatitis A. Cold or uncooked foods include salads and salad items, rolls, breads, hamburger and hot dog buns, fruit or vegetable garnishes, cold desserts including ice cream, hamburger or sandwich condiments such as pickles and onions, chips, and ice or beverages containing ice. Immune globulin (IG) provides immediate protection lasting for as long as 3-5 months when given within two weeks after a person has been exposed. Therefore, people who ate cold or uncooked foods or are unsure of what they ate from this restaurant between June 4 through June 15 should contact their health care provider and receive IG as soon as possible."
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Cyrus E. Dallin
Favorite thing: This is Dallin's beloved Arlington sculpture.
Cyrus E. Dallin is best know for his sculptures "The Appeal To The Great Spirit," in front of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Paul Revere statute in the Public Garden in Boston.
Fondest memory: I went to Dallin School, of course named after Cyrus E. Dallin.
Benjamin Franklin lives in Arlington!!
Favorite thing: Bill Meikle looks so much like Ben Franklin that many Arlington residents make the mistake of thinking he is just some guy who dresses up as him.
Bill Meikle is actually an Emmy Award winning actor who has been performing as Franklin for many years.
He does lectures and walking tours around Boston.
For current schedules and locations to catch his performance, Google "Bill Meikle" or look up a Boston Attractions website.
I wish I could give more information but it 's easier for you to research yourself to find relevant times and locations for his performances.
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Favorite thing: Ever wonder if Uncle Sam was a real person? Well, he was.
Samuel Wilson was born in Arlington. Later moving to Mason, New Hampshire. Sam and his brother Eben walked from Mason, NH all the way to Troy, NY in order to seek their fortunes. Sam and Eben started a meatpacking business. During the War of 1812, the government gave the Eben & Samuel Wilson Company a contract to supply meat to the United States Army. "Uncle" Sam Wilson (both he and his brother were called "Uncle" by friends) was appointed government inspector of meat. The barrels of meat were branded "US" for the United States. Some thought "US" stood for "Uncle Sam".
Uncle Sam became the national personification of the United States.
So, now you know.
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To Be One, Ask One
Favorite thing: No comment.
19 Academy St
Arlington, MA 02476
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