Re: genius genes

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Aug 11 2000 - 08:04:42 MDT

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 10:43 PM 10/08/00 -0700, Spike wrote:
> >> Well, that was implicit in my irony, of course, but really I don't think
> >> the Kennedys have been around nearly long enough. This is Cabots and Lodges
> >> territory, no? (Speaking out of complete ignorance, you understand.)
> >
> >Cabots? Lodges? Never heard of them.
> Okay, so my ignorance is not as complete about American local history as an
> American's. :)

He's a Californian, a place that is much like its own planet, where they think
anything more than 50 years old is ancient history. Round these parts (NH), if
your house isn't over 150 years old and if you family hasn't been here for at
LEAST three or four generations, you are a transplant. The Cabots, Lodges,
Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts still play down the road a piece in Woodstock, VT
in the summertime.

> The Cabots, Lodges and Lowells are among the famous Boston Brahmin Yankee
> old money lineage that dates back to the Puritans, if I'm not mistaken. The
> Kennedys, by contrast, represented new money (not to say corrupt bootlegger
> money) and crass Irish power, disdained by the Brahmins. E.g.:

Actually, the Lowell's money dates back to the industrialization of Lowell,
Massachusetts, which is where the US industrial revolution started... to the
Cabots and Lodges, they were considered new money... ;) Having been born in
Lowell, and gone to school there up till 3rd grade, thats one of the things you
learn in school...

> The Bostonian establishment noted in a famous phrase that the Cabots spoke
> only to the Lodges, and the Lodges only to God. These Brahmins include the
> same Lowells who produced the great 20th century poet Robert Lowell, who
> created one of the most well-known of all American poems "For the Union
> Dead" for the 1960 Boston Arts Festival, and Percival Lowell who much
> earlier invented the canals of Mars. Or so I gather, but then what would an
> Aussie know about big city living?

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