Happy New Year!

Hello and New Year's Greetings to all! 2016 was a wonderful year for the Easton Historical Society and Museum, and I am looking forward to a terrific 2017 full of surprises, events, and visitors.

Last night I was watching a bit of television and had a pleasant surprise. An old show, "The Equalizer" starring Edward Woodward (as Robert MaCall) was on. This particular episode was titled "Starfire" and the plot involved MaCall protecting a top secret aerospace engineer. As the show progressed, clue after clue led to another engineer who was once a friend of the intended victim. When McCall tracked down the suspect in his office, and the office door was opened, the real surprise was revealed - George Plimpton! In this particular role, he plays a character who quickly rose from engineer to a high ranking company officer who must choose between a very lucrative merger of two aerospace companies, or revealing the truth behind a rocket explosion that would sink the company. Ultimately, he chooses to support the merger, the truth is revealed by MaCall to the company directors, and Mr. Plimpton's character is led away in disgrace. This particular episode of The Equalizer first aired on April 13, 1989. George Plimpton (1927 - 2003) was the grandson of Oakes and Blanche Ames of Borderland. Mr. Plimpton had an exceptional career in many fields including author, actor, writer, and editor of The Paris Review. He made guest appearances in a number of shows and movies. For more information, check out the International Movie Data Base at www.imdb.com and search under his name. You will be surprised to see how many movies, plays, and television shows he was involved with. He also has many literary credits including best selling books based on personal experiences such as Paper Lion. I received many comments on the Main Street photo I sent last week. Thank you! It is through the support and generosity of Douglas A. King, David Howe, the Easton Garden Club, and the Easton Lions Club, (please forgive me if I failed to mention anyone else - all are deserving of recognition) that we have such a wonderfully decorated Main Street and Rockery, and a great Holiday Festival. And I would be remiss if I did not mention the Easton Clock on Main Street given by Avery Lee Williams, which has become a real Easton landmark. Wishing you all the best in 2017, Frank

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