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Diane S.

SOMERVILLE, MA

Somerville, MA in the 1940’s and 1950’s was a unique place in which to grow up.  A populous city of over 100,000, a short bus and train ride into Boston.  Mostly middle-class, 2-parent families who lived in the same 2-family house or around the corner from grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  That was my world.  And I loved it!

Some pleasant high school memories are my Junior and Senior Proms.  I met my husband, Peter, also a 1960 SHS classmate, in our junior year and we attended the proms and many dances.

I do remember participating in Project Talent but do not remember how many days it lasted.  I think it was 4 days.

In 1960 not many women went on to 4-year college.  The commercial courses at Somerville High trained me well for a secretarial position after school.  All seniors in this course were required to take the Federal Civil Service exam.  So I took a position at Hanscom AFB in Bedford which was paying very well in those days compared to positions in insurance companies or banks.

Today I work part-time as a travel agent.  I have been doing this for 20 years.  Before that I worked in direct sales.  I am definitely a “people person,” and enjoy where I am today.

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