“Canton High Graduates 208”


‘Canton High Graduates 208’


“Canton High Graduates 208”

The Canton Journal

Canton, MA, June 1964


— posted by Roger W. Smith



This story was told to me by my older brother. We both had the same outstanding English teacher in high school.

There was a student in our school, Canton High School in Canton, Massachusetts, named Kim Hubbard. His mother, known to us kids as Mrs. Hubbard, was the kindly and perpetually cheerful librarian at the circulation desk at the local library. She seemed to always accidentally on purpose not take note of the fact that a fine was required when a book was overdue.

Her son Kim was a student for a couple of years at a prep school before transferring to Canton High. He was in the graduating class one year ahead of my brother. I vaguely remember him as a high spirited, intelligent kid known for his sense of humor and penchant for acting zany to get a laugh.

For his first assignment in English class — as the story goes — Kim turned in a paper from his sophomore year at the prep school. I recall that my brother said that he got a C.

“This paper is rather sophomoric,” the teacher, Mr. Tighe, said.


Roger W. Smith

    May 2022

post updated; 50s and 60s songs


I have added some new selections.


50’s (and some early 60’s) songs

Have fun.


Roger W. Smith

“Use of A-Bomb Condemned”


See my post

“Use of A-Bomb Condemned”

at my Sorokin site


“Use of A-Bomb Condemned”

— Roger W. Smith

Glass, “Satyagraha”



I am posting here some of my favorite parts of Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha (Sanskrit सत्याग्रह, satyāgraha “insistence on truth,” 1979).

Loosely based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the opera comprises the second part of a trilogy of Glass operas including Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten.

The title refers to Gandhi’s concept of nonviolent resistance to injustice, Satyagraha, and the text, from the Bhagavad Gita, is sung in the original Sanskrit.

I have known the piece, which I admire, since the early 1980s.

— posted by Roger W. Smith

   March 2022

the last straw


I started to be interested in girls when I was eleven years old and in the sixth grade.

We had a few parties where we played spin the bottle, and it all seemed very racy.

There was a girl in my class who lived on the next block, Wendell Street, in Cambridge, Mass.

She was attractive  and very nice, smart and articulate. She had dark, curly hair — sort of spiky. I don’t recall her name.

She told us her parents were divorced. This kind of shocked me. It was the 1950s. Nobody’s parents got divorced.

She said her father hit her mother in bed late one night and her mother left him. It must have been bad; she said he broke her mother’s nose.

I thought about this today and about telling my wife the story. I haven’t thought about it for years.

Sometimes one suffers an emotional blow or gratuitous insults and meanness, and it’s the last straw.


— posted by Roger W. Smith

   March 30, 2022

more thoughts about Hiroshima and Nagasaki


An email sent today to my friend Ella Rutledge:


Dear Ella,


U.S., Japanese leaders visit Hiroshima as Russia nuclear tensions rise

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee

The Washington Post

March 26, 2022



HIROSHIMA, Japan — As Russia threatens the possibility of a “nuclear dystopia,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel paid tribute Saturday to victims of the atomic bombing here and warned of the human devastation caused by nuclear weapons.

In a somber moment in the rain, the men each laid a wreath at the Hiroshima victims memorial. They visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, near ground zero, and its exhibitions documenting the human toll of the atomic bombing. In 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, vaporizing the cities and instantaneously killing tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, in each.


Seems that most people don’t agree with me, even now.

220,000 killed. We talk about the Ukraine invasion, Children dead. Bombing of a maternity hospital.

I recall reading that there was an elementary school in Hiroshima in the epicenter where the bomb was dropped. All the children were killed instantly.

220,000 deaths (total for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings). US casualties in the whole Vietnam war were about a third of that.

You and I have discussed this via email before; and agreed (and you pointed out things I did not know). Where and when the bombs were dropped. Let’s say Hiroshima was chosen was a target for good reasons (which of course I would not agree with). So we had to drop another bomb on Nagasaki three days later?

We are preaching nuclear deterrence. We scold nations that have or are developing the bomb. We are the only country that has ever used a nuclear weapon (I am not talking, obviously, about tests). And we are sanctimonious about rogue states and war criminals?



— posted by Roger W. Smith, March 27, 2022



See also my post

thoughts about Hiroshima