A Swampscott resident recalls her summer of song, technicolor and Snow White.
I read in the paper that the Walt Disney “Snow White” movie is seventy-five years old. That item triggered this happy memory from my childhood. My parents went from Dennisport, on Cape Cod, to Brooklyn, New York, for the wedding of my Aunt Sunny and Uncle Gil. It was 1939. New York was a very long drive and they’d never before left the four of us kids, who were all under twelve years old, in the care of others, for a whole week. But Aunt Sunny was Mother’s beloved younger sister and this was a very important occasion. While in New York, our parents went to see the Rockettes perform and they also saw the very first new technicolor full-length cartoon movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” They were enchanted. When they came back …
Swampscott High graduate and, now, a teacher, John Romano will travel from Philadelphia to Newtown, CT on Sunday.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
John Romano holds precious cargo within. It circulates between memory and the inner core where empathy stirs. He'll deliver it Sunday to Newtown, Connecticut when he hugs a Newtown teacher and a Sandy Hook Elementary School bus operator who had been the driver for children killed by gunman Adam Lanza Dec. 14. John Romano is no hugger, he said. But he will venture outside his comfort zone to fulfill a wish from a student. John, a Swampscott High Class of '96 graduate, teaches science in inner city Philadelphia at Girard College, a K-12 boarding school. It is endowed by old money for students with no money, children who come from a single- or no-parent, low-income background. The kids have an especially hard time around the holidays when…