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Boston, Massachusetts

The City

Boston is arguably America's conscience. Calvinists and Puritans searching for religious freedom in the New World settled in Boston. Naturalists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau followed, and preached that man should live in harmony with his environment. Concepts such as the separation of church and state, manifest destiny, and free speech found an uneasy middle ground on New England.

Boston
Boston
Boston
Overlooking Prudential Plaza and the Charles River
Boston's Juliana Hatfield circa 1992
Del Fuegos: Zane brothers

The area is home to numerous colleges and universities. Boston College, Boston University, Harvard/Radcliffe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tufts, and Wellesley call Boston home. In 2000, the US Census lists the local population as 589.141. The six major academic institutions have a student body population of 12.500, 29.000, 20.000, 10.000, 9.000, and 2.400 respectively for a total of 82.900 students and even more faculty and staff.

Route 128 is where many high-tech industries and start-ups were established. In the late 70's and early 80's, the Boston metropolitan area was a significant player in the computer revolution, with leading companies such as Digital, Lotus, and Wang Computers. Today, MIT provides much of the brain power for software and other tech companies. Harvard supplies biotech know-how in Cambridge's Kendall Square area.

Boston is known as 'Beantown.' During the colonial era, there was a triangular slave trade. Carribean slaves grew sugar. This was turned into molasses and then rum. The rum was sent to West Africa to buy slaves. The slaves were then sent to the Carribean to grow more sugar cane. Beans and molasses are the key ingredients in Boston Baked Beans.

During the seventies and eighties, Boston produced popular and trend-setting groups. Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers merged Boston's the Standells with the driving rock of 'Loaded' era Velvet Underground. The drummer, David Robinson later joined new wave pop band the Cars. Muscular blues rock and party rockers, Aerosmith and The J Geils Band also came out of the Boston scene.

The eighties saw more new wave, roots, and punk-influenced rockers. Robin Lane and the Chartbusters, Til Tuesday, Del Fuegos, Blake Babies, and Pixies grew up in the Boston scene. Juliana Hatfield formed her own trio, went solo, and then reformed Blake Babies. After the Pixies split, Frank Black went one way, and Kim Deal went on to form The Breeders with Tanya Donnelly breaking off to form Throwing Muses. Despite playing critically acclaimed and very muscular rock'n'roll Robin Lane and Del Fuegos followed lovable losers Boston Red Sox into musical obscurity.

The Assignment

As part of our content management practice, we worked with the former Vality Technologies to build a reusable data cleansing engine. This engine was modified for GA release. The company was purchased in 2002 by Ascential Technologies, and the product has been integrated into their product suites.

The Team

The Vality team built the product in Boston. We cleansed data and tested integration in Chicago. For the live date and post-live support, the team moved to our client's corporate headquarters in St Louis.

Links

Boston's Rock and Roll Museum
Robin Lane and the Chartbusters Web Site
Juliana Hatfield Official Site

Photo Credits

Boston Photography for Del Fuegos


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