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Popular Mechanics (Dorchester Style)

Posted by Jim Botticelli  February 7, 2014 04:53 PM

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Photo by Eric Jamieson

There was a time when men were men, cars were cars, and the struggle for mastery by one over the other was dependent on the mood of either on any given day. That has all changed thanks to the fact that the car as become a computer on wheels, programmed and reset by trained technicians formerly known as mechanics. And we all know what has happened to men. Fried, dyed, and laid to the side, most men no longer master cars. Their cars master them.

Our DOB photo today takes a look back to a time when a man stepped up and mastered his machine come hell or high water. Such is the case with Eric Jamieson's dad, pictured above, who on one sunny day in 1950's Dorchester took charge. He had had it up to his eyeteeth with vehicular insouciance. Up he stepped with what many called the Universal Tool, the simple hammer, to have a heart to heart "chat" with his slippery servant. The results were not reported to this blog but we are almost certain that not once did Mr. Jamieson consult the Mr. Fix It Bible of the Era, Popular Mechanics.

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We only hope that the car responded positively to the gentleman's suggestions.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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