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Not everyone misses The Rat

Posted by Emily Sweeney December 7, 2006 11:10 PM

OUCH!...fellow Rat fans, you'll get a kick out of this. Check out what Mike Barnicle had to say about Kenmore Square, back in 1979:

"...Down in Kenmore Square, the punk rockers made their way down the steps of the Rathskeller where a band, The A's, was about to play.

The crowd, in their leather jackets, looked like they had been outfitted at the Boston Navy Yard around l949 and all of it, the discos, the kids at The Rat who think affection means whipping each other with chains, the 13-year-olds sniffing amyl nitrate for a cheap high, the 20-year-olds with enough pills in them to pass a pharmacist's exam, the paper debris in the gutters and the human debris passed out on the benches by the Kenmore MBTA station, jarred the mind and pushed your thoughts across the years to an earlier, easier time; an age when Kenmore Square was a small showcase of architecture and elegance.

The hotels - The Kenmore, The Braemoor, the Myles Standish - were full up. Zallen's was selling cream cheese and bagels and Channel 7 was next to Howard Johnson's and the whole place had a bit of life to it.

Now it is a pit of pills and drunk kids who become part of the night; a strip of clubs and fast-food joints where everything collides at two in the morning and makes the square resemble an open sewer where the worst that could ever happen to us walks by in one, long parade.

Stand there long enough, look long enough and one thought races across the brain: This country truly is in trouble."

-- published in The Boston Globe
Sept. 17, 1979


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