Green Machine

As a child growing up in rural Wisconsin, my next-door neighbor, Little Jeff, got a Green Machine for his birthday.

Like the Big Wheel before it, the Green Machine featured a jointed back end that allowed you to race like a bat out of hell up the street, then yank the wheel to the right or left, jam on the back wheel brake and execute a rip-roaring doughnut.

It was awesome—and instantly vaulted Little Jeff to best friend status in my book. Yes, I was really that shallow.

Ironically, he was also my best friend in the winter, because his dad created an ice rink in his back yard each year. So, Little Jeff had a lot going for him.

In any event, reading through this month’s GREEN issue, I kept flashing back to the hours and hours of fun I had growing up outside in rural Wisconsin.

The whole pack of kids who lived on our street spent every free minute outside. We played baseball for hours. We explored the acres and acres of wooded, hilly farmland across the street. We roamed the neighborhood and huge open spaces that separated it from the rest of the world.

During the winter Olympics, we created bobsled courses. During March Madness, we played outdoor tournaments on our driveway hoop. And so on.

This issue is dedicated to the pursuit of keeping environments like the ones you and I grew up in healthy and happy—as well as a few surprises thrown in for good measure. I think you’ll enjoy the read.

A couple of my favorites are “Rebuilding Boston,” which starts on page 14. In it, the good folks at Boston Parks and Recreation Department share how they’ve turned the concept of “green” on its head by taking existing, run-down structures and turning them into new-use facilities by re-furbishing the existing facility and re-using the materials already on hand.

I also got a laugh out of “Take A Trip To Sandwich Street” on page 26. In it, David Waddell tells of his experience building and leading bus tours to historic landmarks. I won’t ruin the surprise, but I think you’ll enjoy the story.

All-in-all, it’s another fine effort by our team. If you have a moment, drop us a line and let us know how we did.

Till next month…

Rodney J. Auth


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