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.