Everyone has heard of the Kennedy Family; truly the first American royalty hailing from the cities and shores of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We even made a kingdom for President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline. Jack and Jackie lived in a White House that was transformed by dreams and tragedy into the magical land of Camelot. As with the Camelot of the middle ages, there was no high speed internet service; heck, there wasn’t even any internet yet but I like to look at history through the rose-colored glasses of one who has a computer and Satellite Internet so excuse the title.
Sure, Massachusetts has Kennedys but in the broader sense that is actually a very small part of what the state is really like. First off, most of the population lives in and around Boston and Springfield. Small college towns and rural areas complete the numbers. So most likely if you meet someone from Massachusetts it’s a pretty good bet they live in the Boston area. They have a quaint way of speaking drawing out the a’s in a word and losing the r’s, e.g.: “Park the car in the yard” is pronounced “Pock the Ca in the Yaad”. Many a joke was made of our ex-president’s speech but it has made this particular regional dialect identifiable around the world.
Of course, there is also the Plymouth Colony settlement founded in 1620’s by the English; Harvard University which, being founded in 1636, is the oldest school of higher learning in America; and no one will ever forget the famous Salem Witch Trials resulting in the deaths of 27 men and women deemed to be possessed or bewitched. This certainly gives the term ‘mass hysteria’ a new meaning! Of note, the first woman’s college in the United States, Mount Holyoke College, was built in 1837.
The Adams families (the presidents, not the family on 1313 Cemetery Lane!) were both born and lived their lives in Massachusetts except for their terms in Washington. John Adams was the 2nd President and his son, John Quincy Adams was the 6th. Quite a feat not to be repeated again until the George Bush’s of recent history.
The beautiful seashore is a draw to locals and visitors alike. Many prominent people have summer homes on the capes and dunes of the Atlantic Ocean with those Kennedy’s being the most famous (or infamous, depending on which family member you speak of) and probably largest family in the state.
Central Massachusetts is made up of small cities, rural hill towns, forests and small farms so the availability of high speed rural satellite internet is a necessity more than a luxury. Whether you live on the beach or up in the blue hills you have the same ability to send and receive messages, run a business or just entertain yourself, as any urban counterpart. So plug in, turn on and start on a journey through the internet as exciting as a trip to Massachusetts.