1949 Chesterfield advert featuring Hollywood actress Joan Crawford for upcoming Flamingo Road.

Luckies taste better! Winston tastes good like a cigarette should. The new cigarette that doesn’t cop out on flavor. Only the flavor touches your lips. Pall Mall. OUTSTANDING…and they are MILD! These were slogans that were once heard in every American household on radio and television sets. It was once a family tradition at every holiday gathering at the dinner table. It was at one point the flavor that every man smoked that got him through the day. It relaxed and eased anxiety for our boys out at the battlefield. It helped you focus in school, made your breath smell…


Remaining New England Factories…

1.) Somerville Ford Assembly (Converted)

Address: 5 Middlesex Ave, Somerville, MA 02145

Today Somerville Assembly has been torn down and converted into the Assembly Square shopping mall complex. It’s the actual original mill where they produced Ford cars during the 1950’s and 60's.

2.) Framingham Assembly (Converted)


This is a story I challenged myself to write about for some time. If you are a baby boomer you may remember taking a field trip to one of these. Growing up in New England I would often hear stories from my relatives about the grand nuclear plants that once lined the Northeast and provided us with energy. The only proof I had with me was the stories and folklore I would often hear from my childhood at the dinner table and holiday gatherings. The most difficult aspect about future generations researching this topic of New England history is the…


When you think of the American universities that are pumping out our lawyers, doctors, and engineers into this century what words come to mind? “prestige”, “educated”, “smart”? Do you ever consider the phrase tax shelter? Many politicians and outspoken advocates on both sides of the aisle argue against and for free tuition, student loan forgiveness, overcrowding, raised testing standards. However almost everyone on both sides will say that higher education is good. Do know what any of this means though? In all of this noise is anyone arguing, why are we shifting the blame to students? Why are we shifting…


Look around you in America today. You may be feeling angry, confused, and have a hard time separating from what is truth and what is fiction. You may have lost complete confidence in the institutions you once respected and cherished, and better yet you are asking yourself if these feelings are okay. I am here to tell you that these feelings are very real and they are happening. Today I want to talk with you about the greatest tragedy that would ever happen to our free democracy, and it happened to us in the middle of the night while we…


There is a serious debate happening right now in the field of energy, and that is over the obligation of reducing carbon to reverse the threat of climate change and warming of the climate known as ‘global warming”. In this virtuous endeavor we have witnessed the substantial increase around the world of alternative energy forms in the category of renewable energies such as wind and solar. …


On February 1st, 2021, President Joe Biden’s promise to give $2000 checks to Americans within his first week in office will have reached its deadline. His fans in America took to Twitter to show their discontent to demand direct action coming from the President, at a time when many families risk losing their homes as the deadline for eviction is coming to a close. A new trending hashtag took the scores of the internet breaking through walls, reaching number the number one spot at exactly 5:22AM eastern time.

At 4AM there were already a reported 11.5K Tweets…


It’s the year 2020. We’re in a middle of a deadly pandemic, and on top of that we just experienced one of the most insane elections in our country’s history. At the same time in this election, over 360,000 Americans voted for the Green Party. In 2016 1.4 million Americans voted for Jill Stein. That is the progressive wing of the Democratic Party that may have felt disenfranchised or pushed aside in recent election cycles.

When people look at the Democratic Party today do they see a party that is united, or do they see a party that is divided…


Have you been keeping up with the news lately? Over the last decade or so we have seen a trend that was sweeping the nation, and that was the rise of the “anti-vaxxer” community. A new group of moms and dads that were refusing to give shots to their children being raised in the 21st century.

Chicken pox parties, herd immunity, and religious exemptions make up around 15–20% of the country surveyed that do not believe it is important to vaccinate their children. A big drop in confidence just in the last two decades. …


It’s been four years since Donald Trump first took office. The American people have had time to judge the job of this President. Our country is in the middle of a moral reckoning, with violent protests reaching out streets. Arguably racial tensions are at a worse point in this country than they have been in the last three or more decades. On top of everything else in the year 2020, add in a global deadly pandemic and you have a bucket of gasoline.

In the 2020 election Bernie Sanders came back with an attempt to take the party’s nomination again…

Ben Kleschinsky

Independent writer outside of Boston.

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