Aerial views of old Dedham accompanied by quotes from Steely Dan songs
Some screen shots from Bing maps. Looks like their photos need to be updated!
“And I’m never going back to my old school…”
St. Mary’s was closed for nearly as long as it was open. I graduated from there in 1973, the year it was announced that the school would close in 2 years. It was torn down in the fall of 2010.
“Everyone’s gone to the movies…”
The Showcase Cinemas stood at the corner of Elm St. and Route 1 for 35 years, yet the Frosty’s ice cream stand that occupied this spot for 10 years seems to be more fondly remembered, at least with Dedhamites of my generation.
“Bad sneakers and a Piña Colada my friend…”
The bad sneakers were issued to me during my unexceptional stint on the Dedham High track team. They were black canvas with white stripes, a big white rubber toe and crepe-like soles. We called them bobos.
The Piña Colada (my friend) is a reference to the drinking that went on at the Practice Field (upper right in photo) back in my high school days, although it’s more likely they were drinking Schlitz. Today a renovated Stone Park and new Avery School can be seen in this view. 35 years ago this month, I received my DHS diploma here....all the old familiar places, Dedham Then and Now