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By adamg - 1/28/22 - 8:41 pm

After the snow ended in the Blizzard of '78, Mike Dukakis went on TV to discuss recovery efforts - wearing the best of his sweaters: Read more.

By adamg - 9/16/20 - 10:04 pm
Dukakis and White at Logan Airport

On Sept. 17, 1970, Boston Mayor Kevin White and Brookline State Rep. Michael Dukakis boarded a small plane at Logan for a campaign trip around the state during White's run for governor and Dukakis's for lieutenant governor. Read more.

By adamg - 11/28/19 - 11:21 am

Boston.com reports that Mike Dukakis is no longer asking people to drop off their Thanksgiving turkey carcasses at his Brookline home.

By adamg - 7/29/19 - 6:43 pm

At a Boston City Council hearing this afternoon on connecting commuter-rail lines that now end at North and South stations, former Gov. Mike Dukakis had a simple message: "Please kill any further work on South Station expansion; it's totally unnecessary." Read more.

By adamg - 11/23/17 - 9:45 pm

It's that time of year again.

H/t Mike Deehan and Laura Everett for the term.

By adamg - 12/10/16 - 12:04 pm

As you might expect, Mike Dukakis is a speaker at an MIT transit forum today. People of course wondered why he was sporting large bruises on his face and a bandage on the bridge of his nose. Cambridge City Councilor Jan Devereux, who posted a photo of the dented Duke, reports:

He fell picking up trash on the Emerald Necklace.

By adamg - 7/7/16 - 8:54 am
Mike Dukakis and trash

Michele Connors spotted Mike Dukakis walking along Longwood Avenue this morning - with the trash he picked up along the way.

By adamg - 11/27/15 - 11:47 am

Ali Dukakis, Mike's granddaughter, is chronicling the turkey carcasses that people are leaving outside his Brookline home (he did ask, after all). Read more.

By adamg - 11/25/15 - 7:15 pm

Yes, of course Mike Dukakis saves turkey carcasses for months to make into soup, and yes, of course he's been known to take them on Amtrak with him, and yes, of course he gives out his home address so people can drop off their turkey carcasses.

By adamg - 9/24/15 - 9:44 am

CommonWealth Magazine reports House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) has signed onto the Dukakis/Weld effort to build a tunnel between South and North stations.

Backers say the tunnel would not cost much more than the state's current plans to expand South Station and would provide far more benefits, including reducing the need for tracks at South Station, especially if the Postal Service decides to never move from its facility along Fort Point Channel.

By massmarrier - 7/18/15 - 11:06 am

Gov. Mike Dukakis (a.k.a. Prof. MBTA) was going into the Dedham Costco this morning as I exited. I hailed him and of course had to be the jerk saying the obvious, that he arrived by car instead of public transit. He laughed and also said the obvious, that any combination of MBTA services would be arduous and time-consuming.

That gave him the segue into his communication with Costco management. He's been pitching a Boston store. He says he told them it would be well received and profitable. He pointed out that his daughter lives in San Francisco where she is only 10 minutes from an in-town Costco.

By adamg - 5/5/15 - 7:58 am

David Weinberger reports on an encounter with a trash-bag-laden Dukakis outside Wheelock College yesterday:

He chatted me up: My name, what I do, etc. I complimented him on setting such an example. When I beat him to a ruptured styrofoam coffee cup, he offered to throw it out for me, but I instead relieved him of some of the trash he was carrying because Mike Dukakis.

By adamg - 11/11/14 - 8:28 am

WBUR reports on the ceremony yesterday formally renaming South Station as the Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station.

In addition to riding the Green Line, Dukakis also served on Amtrak's board. And when the BRA, which owned South Station, was about to have the whole thing torn down after years of neglect, Dukakis, as governor, stepped in and blocked the move. The BRA finally gave up and sold the station to the MBTA, which began the work to revitalize it.

By adamg - 1/30/14 - 1:17 pm

Boston Metro reports a transportation financing bill now wending through the legislature would rename the terminal the Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station.

It would be a fitting tribute for the former trolley-riding governor and one-time Amtrak board member, both for his longstanding support for public transit in general and because, as governor, he stopped the BRA from tearing down South Station altogether.

By adamg - 6/8/12 - 9:23 am

Dukakis on the T

Our roving UHub photographer assures us that's Mike Dukakis getting onto a crowded Green Line trolley at Longwood this morning - just like he used to do when he was governor.

By adamg - 7/8/09 - 11:30 pm

At least on days when he has to get from downtown to Northeastern, where he teaches a class. Rhea Becker reports on an encounter with the ex-gov - who still picks up litter.

By adamg - 2/5/09 - 7:52 am

Mike Dukakis, who knows something about the Green Line, cannot believe the snail's pace of the Green Line extension through Somerville and Medford and the reconstruction of the Kenmore Square bus stop:

... In Boston we're in our fifth year of reconstructing Kenmore Square. It's a joke. It’s absurd. They're talking about six years to extend the Green line from Lechmere through Somerville to Tufts on existing railway. Chinese and Irish immigrants were laying four miles of railway a day in 1867.

He also doesn't think much of the Perpetual Kenmore Busway Project. Also click the link to see his thoughts on rebuilding America (and why Amtrak would today be a great service, if only he'd been elected president).

Via CommonWealth Unbound.

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