Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine

Readers share thoughts on Boston’s surreal disaster.

I just wanted to let you know how very much I enjoyed the Globe Magazine article about the Great Boston Molasses Flood, which took place 100 years ago in the city’s North End (“A Flood Unlike Any Other,” January 13). I remember my parents telling me about this flood back around 1966 when I was 12 years old. It’s a piece of Boston history and folklore that I’ve been truly fascinated with because it is such a bizarre type of disaster.

Sam Ward / Mississauga, Ontario

I’ve read Stephen Puleo’s book Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, but knew about [the flood] as a child from my mother, a Boston native who was born in 1920. It’s as much a piece of Boston history as “one if by land . . . ” and should be part of our culture. Thanks for keeping the story alive.

Peter Simpson / Holliston

I have read with interest all the articles about the molasses flood, yet no one has mentioned Isaac Gonzales, a Puerto Rican employee of the firm who worked tirelessly to prevent the explosion. He lived at a YMCA and would wake up in the middle of the night and walk to the site, worried that something would happen. He was a key witness in the trial.

Frieda Garcia / Boston

Rude Relative Behavior


No one looks for needless confrontation, especially at family gatherings (Miss Conduct, January 13). But what a great example for the younger folks to see how bullying or rudeness can be dealt with by a reasonable adult.


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Sometimes it can help to reply to a rude comment on a topic with a frosty, “Really?” and a long, hard look. Then ignore any further things the person has to say on the topic. If rudeness begins on a different topic, rinse and repeat.


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