Monthly Archives: July 2009

Henry Louis Gates-gate

So by now, you’ve most likely heard of all the brouhaha behind the Henry Louis Gates arrest by the Cambridge Police. Like everyone else in the Boston media, Gatesgate took over my life over the weekend as a result of President Obama’s remarks that the police acted “stupidly.”

I’m not complaining — it’s almost like my own personal stimulus package! I worked four-straight days over the weekend.

Here’s a few from the Cambridge Police’s press conference last Friday showing support for arresting officer Sgt. James M. Crowley.

7.24.2009 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley, left, listens as Massachusetts Municipal Police Association attorney Alan S. McDonald, right, addresses remarks from President Barack Obama on Crowley's arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at a press conference at Hotel Harlowe on July 24, 2009.

7.24.2009 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley, left, listens as Massachusetts Municipal Police Association attorney Alan S. McDonald, right, addresses remarks from President Barack Obama on Crowley's arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at a press conference at Hotel Harlowe on July 24, 2009.

7.24.2009 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Cambridge Police Sgt. Leon Lashley signals to the media his support of Sgt. James Crowley, left, at a press conference addressing remarks from President Barack Obama on Crowley's arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at Hotel Harlowe on July 24, 2009.

7.24.2009 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Cambridge Police Sgt. Leon Lashley signals to the media his support of Sgt. James Crowley, left, at a press conference addressing remarks from President Barack Obama on Crowley's arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at Hotel Harlowe on July 24, 2009.

The man behind the moon… landing

Just a few portraits from the weekend.

This first one is of Mr. Eldon Hall, who was managing MIT’s Draper Lab when they developed the navigation computer for Apollo 11. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, Hall gave a speech at MIT to show off some of the old school tech they sent up there.

7.19.2009 - WESTWOOD, Mass. - Eldon Hall was supervising MIT's Draper Lab in the 1960s when his team developed the navigational computers for the Apollo missions to the moon. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Hall will be giving a speech at MIT on July 20, 2009, showcasing some of the technology that was used in the original computer. Though he was present for the launch, he watched the actual landing a few days later with his wife, Grace R. W. Hall, from their home back in Massachusetts.

7.19.2009 - WESTWOOD, Mass. - Eldon Hall was supervising MIT's Draper Lab in the 1960s when his team developed the navigational computers for the Apollo missions to the moon. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Hall will be giving a speech at MIT on July 20, 2009, showcasing some of the technology that was used in the original computer. Though he was present for the launch, he watched the actual landing a few days later with his wife, Grace R. W. Hall, from their home back in Massachusetts.

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This next one is of Josh Gerber, owner of the 1369 Coffee Shop in Cambridge’s Central Square. He thought he was awkward and non-photogenic for some reason, but clearly, the man plays well in front of the camera!

7.20.2009 - CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Josh Gerber, owner of 1369 Coffee Shop in Central Square, says he enjoys the competition from the Starbucks down the street on Mass Ave. Despite Starbucks' marketing strategy to rebrand itself as a neighborhood coffee shop, Gerber says he expects his regulars to keep coming. "I think people are just starting to get tired of Starbucks," he said. But still, he said his own shop, which he purchased from another owner 7 years ago, owes much to its corporate competitor for making espresso and lattes mainstream.

7.20.2009 - CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Josh Gerber, owner of 1369 Coffee Shop in Central Square, says he enjoys the competition from the Starbucks down the street on Mass Ave. Despite Starbucks' marketing strategy to rebrand itself as a neighborhood coffee shop, Gerber says he expects his regulars to keep coming. 'I think people are just starting to get tired of Starbucks,' he said. But still, he said his own shop, which he purchased from another owner 7 years ago, owes much to its corporate competitor for making espresso and lattes mainstream.

I had to photograph him for a story on Starbucks changing their name in their Seattle shops to seem more like a local coffee shop, which would seemingly try to put them at odds with actual local coffee shops like Josh’s. Anyway, relax, Josh! Photos turned out great!

Summer in the City

So after literally a month and a half of nothing but rain and clouds, it appears that summer has finally arrived in New England. Swung by my favorite spot in the city — the Christian Science reflecting pool complex — Sunday while on duty for the Herald.

Made a few images by the fountain (IN the fountain, actually), and then back in front of my old stomping grounds in front of the Boston Magazine offices.

7.19.2009 — BOSTON — Nitin Madan brings his daughter, Sanika, 11 mo., of Woburn, in for a splash in the Christian Science Church fountain on Huntington Avenue on a sunny Sunday afternoon on July 19, 2009.

7.19.2009 — BOSTON — Nitin Madan brings his daughter, Sanika, 11 mo., of Woburn, in for a splash in the Christian Science Church fountain on Huntington Avenue on a sunny Sunday afternoon on July 19, 2009.

Some hacky sack, which I haven’t done in about 10 years!

7.19.2009 — BOSTON — Sam Marshall, center, gets ready for his turn with the hacky sack while playing with friends Sean Canedy passes and Lindsay Harris on the lawn of the Christian Science Church on Massachusetts Avenue on a sunny Sunday afternoon on July 19, 2009.

7.19.2009 — BOSTON — Sam Marshall, center, gets ready for his turn with the hacky sack while playing with friends Sean Canedy passes and Lindsay Harris on the lawn of the Christian Science Church on Massachusetts Avenue on a sunny Sunday afternoon on July 19, 2009.

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