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Todd Larson
Worked at Pressley Associates Landscape Architects
Attended Bowdoin College
Lives in Watertown, Massachusetts
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Chic alors! I loved learning French with this tape/filmstrip method back in the pre-Web, pre-app, pre-DVD and pre-PowerPoint days of the 1970s. I really got a sense of the language by following it closer to how it was really spoken (though some of it was a bit corny, but always amusing). Merci mille fois!
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Willie Mays was my baseball hero when I was a kid - hence my elation at his transfer to the New York Mets (I lived in NYC then), followed by my letdown at his retirement the following year and my move to Boston. Willie and I "died" together, in a sense, and, of course, I converted to Red Sox Nation, because New York baseball would never be the same without the Say Hey Kid. He was also the hardest for me to get on a baseball card...until I found two of them in Raisin Bran boxes (part of Kellogg's holographic "3-D" baseball card series). Thanks for posting!
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Wow, I had an Instant Replay when I was a kid. (I'm surprised yours still works.) By today's digital standards it had such a tinny, warped sound and uneven speed - and no wonder, it was powered by a rubber band - but it was fun to listen to those little records and hear the sound effects of those sports stars' legendary hat tricks. I had the records of Willie Mays (my hero back then), Bart Starr, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then still called Lew Alcindor), and drag-racing. Thanks for bringing back this memory.
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I thought no one remembered this! I watched it only once or twice, but I recall it for its '60s-'70s mod animal grooviness, like Richard Scarry or those Toast'em Animals toaster pastry commercials. Thanks for bringing it back alive!
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This was my favorite song on the album. I loved it for its tongue-twister challenge, its hee-haw hillbilly rhythm, and its inventive alliterations. Thanks for posting it!
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And two more H-words-hee-haw and hillbilly.
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This song was actually not from the original 1971 cast album (or the 1973 movie version), as it was added later, probably for Godspell's transfer to Broadway. It sure is good - a vigorous "apéritif" before the musical's main entrée, and a great example of a "song suite" of the kind Stephen Sondheim was doing in "Company" a few years prior. Thanks for posting this rare "out-take"!
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never knew that! cool! :D
im in godspell currently 
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Chic alors! I loved learning French with this tape/filmstrip method back in the pre-Web, pre-app, pre-DVD and pre-PowerPoint days of the 1970s. I really got a sense of the language by following it closer to how it was really spoken (though some of it was a bit corny, but always amusing). Merci mille fois!
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Wow, I had an Instant Replay when I was a kid. (I'm surprised yours still works, and still sounds so good.) By today's digital standards it had such a tinny, warped sound and uneven speed - and no wonder, it was powered by a rubber band - but it was fun to listen to those little records and hear the sound effects of those sports stars' legendary hat tricks. I had that record of Willie Mays (my hero back then), as well as records of Bart Starr, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then still called Lew Alcindor), and drag-racing. It was great to hear that again - thank you. Now can you make a video of the B-side?
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I saw this at summer camp in '73! I remember being shocked by Big Jim's abrupt assassination and feeling sorry for him dying on his birthday, mob boss though he was. (I didn't know until now that Edward G. Robinson played him!). But my emotions were soon mitigated by the great songs, especially "My Kind of Town" and, my favorite, "Don't Be a Do-Badder." This represents a bygone era of Hollywood, when movie songwriting was king. Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, who penned my favorite Frank Sinatra song, "High Hopes," did their stuff again to make this otherwise middling mafioso movie mildly memorable. Thanks for bringing back this memory!
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I loved the Hudson Brothers on Saturday in the Seventies. It was good, clean fun that recast the knockabout slapstick comedy tradition of the Three Stooges (they stole Curly's "snap-clap" for their weekly "No thanks, we're trying to cut down" routine with the bespectacled Fabulous Freddie), the Ritz Brothers and the Monkees in the cool, hip modern idiom, poking fun at its own inanity. This was a great way for a band with middling musical talent to leave their imprint on American culture and hundreds of childhood memories. Thanks for the memory!
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This was my favorite song on the album. I loved it for its tongue-twister challenge, its hee-haw hayseed rhythm, and its inventive alliterations. Thanks for posting it!
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I vividly remember the "smoking machine" and "Like Father, Like Son" ads from my childhood. They were the kind of anti-smoking PSAs that you couldn't get out of your head, as a constant reminder from your conscience to quit, or don't start. I also remember a companion ad from the American Lung Association featuring a doctored-up Rudy the Robot toy marching around, demonstrating how a machine can be repaired, but a smoker's lungs can't. If someone could post that, it would be great to see it again. Thanks!
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Marketing Director, Freelance Writer & Editor
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  • Pressley Associates Landscape Architects
    Marketing Director, 2011 - 2012
  • Writer, Editor, 2012
  • Boston Business Journal, 2010 U.S. Census, Community Newspaper Company, MIT, Dakota Partners (formerly Architectural Partners)
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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New York and Boston - New York City
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A professional writer for 21 years, I love to write on a wide range of subjects, including architecture, real estate, business and travel. I have published in the Boston Business Journal, Victorian Homes, The Improper Bostonian, the Boston Herald, Banker & Tradesman, Boston Homes, the Cambridge Chronicle and other leading publications.

For Pressley Associates Landscape Architects of Cambridge, MA, I wrote project summary sheets, proposals, business query letters and press releases, three of which I published in the New England Real Estate Journal, Landscape Architect Business Magazine and High-Profile Monthly. For Dakota Partners of Waltham, MA (formerly Architectural Partners of Watertown, MA), I wrote newsletters, project sheets and press releases, one of which was published on a section front of the New England Real Estate journal.

My 21 years of copyediting experience includes book manuscripts, school papers, doctoral dissertations, screenplays and Wikipedia entries. I am also an expert researcher, online and in the library.
Education
  • Bowdoin College
    Philosophy, 1980 - 1984
  • Brookline High School
    English, French, History, Drama, 1977 - 1980
  • The Park School
    English, French, Mathematics, Biology, History, 1974 - 1977
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