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In the comment section of several recent posts, Melissa and Toby have been sharing some super fun stories about growing up in Gloucester during the 60s. I know everyone doesn’t read the comments, so we are posting their conversation. Wonderful Gloucester history–thank you both so much for taking the time to write.
Melissa writes (see Toby’s original comment, posted yesterday, below):
“Very Funny Toby. I have never heard that story about C2 in Nick’s Pool Room. Women were not allowed in the Pool Room and it was like walking the gauntlet to walk in front of it carrying your school books. Once I was bet .50 to walk into the pool room and all the way around the back pool table and back out. I loved a dare so I did it amidst all kinds of cat calls and whistles. I think I was in the 8th grade at Central Grammar so it must have been about 1966 or so. Nick Danikas was in my class and such a nice boy. I think I took the .50 and went down the street to Connor’s Drug Store and bought some Cherry Cokes and hung around in the wooden phone booth with some other kids. Whenever I went into Connor’s Drug Store (now Sugar Magnolias) on Main St., the old man and his son Austin would nudge each other and stare at me. I later found out it was because my great great grandmother was named Mary Connors and she had been married to the 1880′s Halibut Highliner Schooner Captain Wiilliam Greenleaf who was my great great grandfather. Capt Willam had lost a Schooner called the Henrietta during a storm on a shake down cruise when they were tossed over by a rogue wave. Mary Connor’s brother was onboard and was lost with several others. My great great Grandfather was a finest kind of guy and he supported all of the families for the rest of his life till he died while living on Middle St in the 1930′s. He was known as the best cusser in Gloucester but he never swore and was a teetotaler. He and his brother Nathanial Greenleaf were well known on Gloucester docks as very fast and able men in the late 1800′s. Anyway, the Connor’s always nudged each other because apparently I looked like a Connors Girl and the genes had come through on my face. Dr Cohen had his office upstairs and Ina Hahn taught dance there. We bought all our shoes at Phillip Weiner across the street (Now mark Adrian) and if we weren’t in Connors drug store after school waiting for the late bus then maybe we were in the Tic Toc sharing a plate of French Fries in a book (now the Franklin). Like Toby mentioned, in those days Gloucester Youth sort of “came of age” in and around the “waiting station” in that area of Gloucester. We practiced swearing, acting grownup, smoked cigarettes, wore outfits from Adaskos, Goldman’s, or Empire Stores. All carried the same pocketbook bought at Mark Adrian and wore circle pins at our peter pan collars with matching heather toned wool skirt and cardigan sets. The Clique and the West End Kids rivaled each other like West Side Story only it was the Gloucester version and it was the 1960′s. Background music was Louis Louis, 96 Tears, and the Beatles.”
Toby’s comment, to which Melissa responded,
“I realize that many do not keep our early to bed, early to rise schedule…was hoping to hear from someone re: C2…well, here is the answer: where David Cox’ wonderful little shop is, there was Nick’s Pool Room…it was a wonderful place to spend time and make friendships…Mike Patil, one of the founders of Timberline, spent time there…Phil Mazzeo, who just closed his hair salon on Center Street, was one of the best shooters…I could go on and on…it was a place where you learned to mature and to respect others…It was run by the Danikas family, Artie, now in his 80′s, walks Essex Ave and Good Harbor Beach every day…and his son Capt. Nick is co-owner of the Hurricane II, the whale watch boat…anyway, I have gotten off track here, C2 was the number on the Juke Box for “It’s Over”, that great tune by Roy…and when you were about to finish off your opponent in a game one would often say “C2″…to this day when I am watching sports and one team has clearly claimed the upper hand I often say “C2″, although I don’t think many around me understand…”
Melissa adds more to the story:
Hey Toby, As you know, you and I go in the WAY BACK Machine together quite a bit and probably know where more bodies and buried on Cape Ann then we care to describe. The history is forgotten and the ways we relate to each other is forgotten as new generations emerge and new people move onto Cape Ann. Your post about Nick’s Pool Room certainly piqued up the memories of the Waiting Station and downtown Gloucester in the 1960′s. The streets and sidewalks were thronged with kids after school. This is where we made our “connections” and learned our social queues, that and passing notes in class were our social network. I thought about those times more this morning. I loved Grays Hardware across the Street (now the new stores where Kid’s Unlimited is located). Nancy Gray was my best friend in 6th and 7th grade and we would go into her father’s store on Main St after school and see her mother and brothers there. Her father would give us a dollar and we would scamper off to Connors Drug store together. I was also friends with Wendy Wonson whose Mom and Dad were fantastic people and invited kids to their home on Eastern Point many times where we played 45 records and twisted in their living room. Dr Wonson was a dentist and he was upstairs from Nick’s Pool Room someplace. Other friends of that era that you could find on the sidewalk at the Waiting Station in the 1960′s included Donny Steele, Robbie Wonson (from Rocky Neck), Whitey Wonson and his older brother Todd, Peter Asaro, Fingers Mike Parisi, Edie Kuivanen, Rick Melanson, John Love, Eric and Brett Hawks, the Peloquin Brothers, Holly Davis, Holly Bell, Judy and Jack Gale, David Lacey, Charlie Abbott (my now husband AKA Wicked Abbott and yes he is still WICKED), David Abbott, Andy MacInnis, Pouchie, Jackie Chimaseno (now married to JJ Bell), Paul and Peter Jeswald, Scott MacNeil, John Ahonen, Isabel Natti, Cliff and Ralph Amero and their brothers from Magnolia, Maureen Viera, Fly and Linda Amero, Michael March, Jonathan Pope, Valerie Means, the McCarthy Brothers from Long Beach, Ralph Pino, Robert Hawkins, Miffy and Jay Somers, Jackie Alexander and even you Toby Pett. I am probably missing many more people but even to this day when I walk past Passports or Deborah Coull Salon I still can squint my eyes and see all the people I knew at Central Grammar congregating, waiting for the late bus home. I still remember my penny loafers, leather boots, knee socks, and the Carnaby Street style double breasted Maxi Coat I wore. White Lipstick and Vidal Sassoon haircuts were the rage for girls but many just grew their hair as long as they could. I was always looking for split ends and wishing my hair longer, combing it constantly between classes to get that smooth flat look. Everyone said I had the best manners in town, at least my friends parents told me that when I called and announced who I was, “Hello, This is Melissa Smith, May I please speak with…..” Everyone knew my name then, as I had the same name as my grandmother whose name was on loaves of Anadama Bread in the First National Stores and on the sign outside Easterly Inn on the back shore. Everyone had at one time worked for her and either loved her or hated her, there was no middle ground. Now a days, no one remembers our history. Everyone knew you Toby as Dr Pett’s son. The connection, the roots meant something and were respected. Nowadays it is quite different and thats ok. I like the anonymity to a certain degree. People often try to explain things in Gloucester to me and give me directions. I don’t even tell them that I could drive to that place in my sleep or with my eyes closed. I know the feel of driving on the streets with my eyes closed.
I am not sure if I could do an oral history on my own but once you get me started on something and my memory gets woken up I do tend to know who lived in what house and the history of almost any house or area in town having known people who lived there or been in the homes at one time or another and maybe even lived there myself. Some things are best left un-talked about and when I observed newcomers explaining Gloucester and Gloucester history to people on the social nets and even writing books about it, I do know they may be missing a certain flavor of the story because they hadn’t lived it and it becomes rote and disconnected from the truth and the roots, lacking the personal experience touch.
Toby, you and I could have a field day with the Kings Rook and Stonehenge Days. If I ever talk about those days to people, no one believes me. It was THAT cool. Yes, we saw J Geils Band 38 times before they were famous or listened to a young Bonnie Raitt open for people who got mad because she was so good with that bottleneck guitar and was a girl besides. You were the Manager and I was a waitress. I only worked there so I could hear the music for free. It was a good gig.
So while it is hard to believe that as a baby boomer, my stories about Gloucester and history are even something interesting. I documented my families businesses in my book “The Legacy of Three Melissas” but maybe there is more to the story and another book in me from that era. Not everything in the past was that great and mostly I am not sure the memories are worth talking about. I prefer to remember the good times and the highlights with affection. Thank-you Toby for sparking the story!!”
Melissa Abbott, circa 1960s
Originally this post was titled “C2 for Toby Pett” however when I ran into Kathy Chapman at Cape Ann TV today and told her about the post for Toby, she mentioned that she had taken a photo of Roy Orbison three days before he passed away. She shot the photo at the Channel nightclub in Boston and it ran on the cover of the arts section of the Boston Phoenix. Kathy writes, “He died of a heart attack three days later at the age of 52.” Thank you so much Kathy for sharing!
Toby shares a Gloucester story about one of his favorite Roy Orbison songs, “It’s Over,” in yesterday’s post about the recently released documentary about the making of Orbison’s album “Mystery Girl.” See post here. Toby’s comment:
“I realize that many do not keep our early to bed, early to rise schedule…was hoping to hear from someone re: C2…well, here is the answer: where David Cox’ wonderful little shop is, there was Nick’s Pool Room…it was a wonderful place to spend time and make friendships…Mike Patil, one of the founders of Timberline, spent time there…Phil Mazzeo, who just closed his hair salon on Center Street, was one of the best shooters…I could go on and on…it was a place where you learned to mature and to respect others…It was run by the Danikas family, Artie, now in his 80’s, walks Essex Ave and Good Harbor Beach every day…and his son Capt. Nick is co-owner of the Hurricane II, the whale watch boat…anyway, I have gotten off track here, C2 was the number on the Juke Box for “It’s Over”, that great tune by Roy…and when you were about to finish off your opponent in a game one would often say “C2″…to this day when I am watching sports and one team has clearly claimed the upper hand I often say “C2″, although I don’t think many around me understand…”
GloucesterCast With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/14
Topics Include: Gloucester MA, 01930, What up Homie?, Jim Casey, Lighten Up Francis, Toby Pett, Chamber License Plate, Bringing GMG Back Old School, Passports Wine Dinner, Killer Cheeses, Sidewalk Sweeping Day, Carry In/ Carry Out, Patti Amaral, 40 Barrels?, Masspirg, Effort To Get 5 Cent Deposit On Water and Juice Bottles, Big Mike’s Bikes, Getting Around Gloucester Via Bike and Water Taxi, Toby’s List of the Best Bartenders In Gloucester, Stoli O Tonic, Lime Shortage, Gene Silviera, Erika Baert, Ellen Tasker, Molly Marks, Halibut Point, Jack Muniz, Jamie Verga, Lobsta Land
I’ve been reading GMG for a couple of years now. (maybe even three). I’m originally from Gloucester and only visit once in a while to visit my wife’s relatives. She’s a Scola. I listened today to your pod cast for the first time and almost fell on the floor laughing so hard. I loved it. In response to some of your themes I would like to give my opinion. I have an asshole so therefore I have an opinion. The comment that the blog is going soft may be true but so what if it is? It’s your blog. If I don’t like it (and I love it) I’ll go somewhere else. I’m just an outside voyeur looking in on life from your point of view. You blog helps me keep in touch with the town I grew up in and love, Gloucester. I like how it changes from time to time and how it tends to meander based on what’s going on in the lives of your contributors. I remember Toby form HS and also his brother Barry. It’s nice to see people I used to know on your blog.
In regards to Donna or you posting pics of you kids and grandkids go for it and the hell with everyone else. It’s your blog not mine or anyone else’s like me who’s too dam lazy to start their own. In fact I like seeing the up and personal family pics. The comment that Sista Felicia was “marketing” her own book provokes this response from me “duh!”. Of course she has the right to do a bit of self-promoting on your blog. Do you know why? Because it’s your blog! I like the recipes and will most likely be buying the book for my wife. On a side note Sista Felicia should be on one of those cable cooking channels with her own show. Maybe you should take the next step and get her a producer and do a pilot. There’s no show out there that does Italian (Sicilian) cooking. I think it would be a hit.
The new format with the “read more” link to shorten the need to scroll is very nice though as you said it wasn’t a big deal scrolling through the pages. Fred Bowden’s pic of old time Gloucester is fantastic. I’d love to see more of them.
As a bit of constructive encouragement one thing I’d like to see is when you post pictures of people it would be nice to have their names. So many of us have changed in our appearance over the years it would help us who have been away from Gloucester put a name with a face. I know it can be done in all cases but if you could I and my wife would appreciate it. In the end keep doing what your hear tells you and to hell with the nay-sayers. It’s easy to tear things apart. It takes hard work to build something good. Keep up the good work since you are my only real connection that I have to Gloucester.
Hampton, NH 03842
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GloucesterCast Taped 1/26/14 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Kim Smith
Polar Vortex, Alberta flipper,local restaurant talk including DeWolf Tavern, new theme at Alchemy, The Mexican Touch, Sticky Fingers, Changes on the blog, addressing Craig Kimberley’s statement that the blog has gotten too soft, Bill O’Connor helps to streamline the blog, words to people who begrudge contributors to promote their work on the blog, Art Haven Buoy Auction Kudos, Kim’s Not So-Teasing Butterfly announcement.
GMG “Holiday” Party, Kudos To Fred Bodin, Weak Lobsters, Phobia About Eating or Drinking Food At Public Events, Ryan and Wood Knockabout Gin, Paul Morrison’s Gin Regimen, Mamie’s Kitchen Hilltop Special, Men’s Night, The Hive, Pop Gallery, Gretchen At Saltwater Massage, Craig Kimberley’s Proctology Exam, Nubar Alexanian’s Windmill Short Documentary, The Green Lobbying Steamroller, City Councillor Paul McGeary,
Shoutouts, That Nutty Redhead, Joey Fails The Listeners, Chunuka Gifts, Are Gift Cards Impersonal, Kim Smith’s Orange Infused Wine, Ryan and Woods Rye Whiskey, Cape Ann Brewing Rock Porter, New Schooner Lannon Rum Mugs, Skiing vs Lodging, VRBO, Amesbury Sports Park Tubing, Monster Sledding At Fenway, Antonio’s In New Bedford, Rocky Neck Polar Plunge, Open Door Food Pantry
GloucesterCast Podcast With Guests Lowell Peabody, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped October 6, 2013
GloucesterCast Podcast With Guests Lowell Peabody, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped October 6, 2013
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GloucesterCast Podcast with Lowell Peabody, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro.
Topics include introducing Lowell Peabody as a new official GMG contributor, Gloucester’s image now vs 10 years ago, Downtown Gloucester Real Estate Investments, GMG 2013 Gloucester Election Poll
To listen to past GMG Podcasts click here for the episode listings
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Congrats Lowell and welcome to the team-
GloucesterCast September22, 2013 With Paulie Walnuts, Ed Collard, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro
Paulie Walnuts refuses to tape a Walnuts Cam segment, Not A Fan of The GoPro, Robert Heidt Resigns From The Chamber, Lost Tortoise Bubba Goddard From Thatcher Road In Rockport, Jodi Swenson from Cape Ann Wildlife, iPhone 5c and 5s, cell phone decisions, cheap phone chargers and apple new os update, Olive Kitteredge and Wicked Tuna impact on local economy,Paul Frontiero Sr Art Exhibit
HOMIES EATIN’ EPISODE TWO PART ONE- WINES FOR STEAK
Our second installment of Homies Eatin’. We get together, cook man meals and learn about wine and food from industry pros. Chef Eric Lorden owner of Passports Restaurant and Toby Pett who has been around a bottle or two of wine will edumacate us in a casual setting.
Part I The Wine-
Toby Pett Selects Wine To Pair With Ribeye Steaks
We performed a blind taste test between three wines Toby picked out-
Wine A-2008 Lang & Reed “214” Cabernet Franc
Wine B-2008 Frank family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine C-2010 Domaine Virginie Thunevin Bordeaux
The wine we all independently agreed to be the finest selection with the steak was purchased at Savour Wine and Cheese
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With a head like that my boy Toby most definitely belongs in the movies. I mean without question, right?
The only thing is what role would be the ultimate?
I see him with a green visor in an underground gambling ring as a money counter (and that’s not just because he’s a jew)
Character? That face has character in spades. just look at the range of emotions. Casting agents around the globe just licking their chops imagining what juicy roles they could put him in.
Just remember when he’s big and famous where you saw him first. Right here baby.
Right fucking here. Only question is will he remember us littles.
Tremendous mellon right there, Tremendous!
Look for our next men’s night dinner video where we are gonna do up some steaks and Toby will be pairing the wine.
*I have no idea if Enrico Pallazo will be donning the shirt this time or not.
Toby, what ones did you say we were gonna feature again? Some smoky cabs?
With a shout out to Kathleen Erickson from Savour Wine and Cheese
Made with Only The Finest Ingredients Including Damariscotta Oysters, Captain Joe and Sons 2.5 lb Lobsters, Entre-Deux-Mers Vino, Oysters, Crabmeat, ect, ect, ect…
Directed by Joey Ciaramitaro, with thanks to judges Ed Collard, Chris DeWolfe, Craig Kimberley, and Brian O’Connor. Special thanks to Alicia and Chris at Mamie’s Kitchen for hosting the challenge. Thanks to Bex and Toby for all their help with keeping the competition organized.
The top four Steak Bomb challengers, voted for by the Good Morning Gloucester community, are: Cape Ann Brewing, Captain Hooks, Destino’s, and Leonardo’s.
James Bond Theme (Dr. No)
Peter Gunn Theme
Mambo Italiano Dean Martin
Produced by Kim Smith for Good Morning Gloucester
Judges Ed Collard, Chris DeWolfe, Brian O’Connor and Craig Kimberley took their judging duty very seriously. The one part I would say would not be a fair comparison is Cape Ann brewing based on price since their price includes fries, slaw and a pickle. However even if you threw the value category out Cape Ann Brewing would have come in last.
Captain Hooks wins People Choice with far and away most number of nominations.
Overall Best Gloucester Steak Bomb Challenge winner Based on Value, Taste, Packaging, Lack of Sogginess and Equal Distribution of Meat is Destinos.
Once again it was noted by all four judges that each one of these subs was a winner. To be nominated out of all the incredible sub shops in Gloucester is in itself a testament to how great each one of these Steak Bombs are and Cape Ann Brewing, Captain Hooks, Leonardos and Destinos all deserve accolades
Thanks To Mamie’s Kitchen for providing a neutral stage for judging. Thanks to our sub picker uppers. thanks to Kim Smith for filming (look for her awesome video Thursday).
You’d be happy to patronize any of these fine eateries. Today at Mamie’s Kitchen Chris will be serving up his killer Cheese Steak Sub in honor of yesterday’s competition.
I decided to end the nomination period early so we could perhaps catch the nominated sub shop/bakeries off guard. There was 4 nominees clearly in the lead at the time of the tally.
Our judges Craig Kimberley, Ed Collard, Toby Pett and Erik Lorden each individually placed their orders for a large Italian sub with oil and seasoning at the respective sub shop/bakeries. Again, wanting to perhaps throw off the nominated sub shops/bakeries that may have been on the lookout for a sub order for a “Large Italian Sub with everything on it”.
I assigned a point system that heavily favored taste (totally subjective) and value cost per pound (totally non-subjective) with 40 possible points awarded in each of those two categories.
Remaining was 20 possible points for equal distribution of meat and condiments. 5 points for the least equally distributed meat and condiments 20 points for the sub with the most equally distributed meat and condiments.
The scoring went as follows-
Cost per pound
Sclafanis $6.09 per lb- 40 points
Virgilios $7.14 per lb 34 points
Destinos $7.16 per lb 34 points
Jeff’s Variety $7.44 per lb 32 points
Taste 1-40 possible points
average of all 4 judges-
Sclafanis 33 points
Virgilios 21.25 points
Destinos 26.25 points
Jeff’s Variety 25.75 points
Equal Distribution of Meat
5-10-15-20 least Equally distributes to most equally distributed
Total of Scores Combined for Your Winner
JEFF’S VARIETY 77.75
Again I’d like to thank the four judges- Ed Collard, Toby Pett, Craig Kimberley and Erik Lorden. Thanks to Kim Smith and Craig Kimberley for taking photos.
I’d also like to reinforce that there’s no shame in coming in 4th.
It’s true what they say, just like the Oscars, just to tally the number of votes to be nominated makes you a formidable joint to get a sub in the first place. No losers all winners in my book. I wouldn’t hesitate to order a sub from any of these places as well as many other sub shops in GTown that didn’t get nominated.
We’re crazy lucky that way, spoiled with great eateries in Gloucester.
Judge Craig Kimberley and Moderator Joey
Judge Ed Collard
Paul Morrison’s actual feet^^^^^^
Check out the study here-
Thank you Toby Pett for forwarding the article along
To think it all started with an innocent little post back in May-
If you wear these I WILL make fun of you.
Seen in the window of a shop in Newburyport.