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October 4, 2013

Are you a legendary local of Salem?

SALEM — A book arrived in the mail the other day that we simply had to open: “Legendary Locals of Salem.”

The mind races at the thought. Who’s in the book?

Better yet — who’s not in the book?

There are obvious choices — Nathaniel Hawthorne, Samuel McIntire, Alexander Graham Bell and other legendary dead people.

There are not so obvious choices — the Samantha statue, doughnut master Ziggy Akatyszewski, the gang at Hayden Safe and Lock, and pinball wizard Bowen Kerins.

There are some unusual, possibly controversial choices. In the hometown of the hallowed Harringtons, only Mike made the cut. What are Kevin, Neil, Joe, Lee and Nancy — chopped corned beef?

There are some wonderful choices — Steve O’Grady, Sam Zoll and Lionel “Beaver” Pelletier.

The book, published by Arcadia Publishing, goes on sale Monday. There is a book launching Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Hawthorne Hotel, hosted by local historian Bonnie Hurd Smith, one of the legendary locals.

Sign of times

Have you driven down Webb Street recently and taken a left onto Fort Avenue?

Right there at the beginning of the road is a series of garage doors decorated with elaborate signs opposing Footprint Power’s proposed natural-gas power plant. It’s part protest, part science lesson and part public art.

It’s reportedly the work of a fellow who lives around the corner on Webb.

World record

That was quite a scene at Wynott’s Wands on Essex Street last weekend.

Aaron Zev Katz, drummer for The Dejas, did something never dreamed of by Buddy Rich, Ringo Starr or Gene Krupa.

He played the drums for 25 hours straight, breaking the world record set only months earlier in New York City by rock personality Andrew W.K. The record, in case you’ve forgotten, is for nonstop drumming in a retail store.

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