, Salem, MA


February 24, 2014

Column: Updike's things in need of home


Moran has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in special education. He ran a shaved ice place called Dunkers in an amusement park in Salem.

The store was called that because it had a clown in a dunking booth who would trash-talk people as they came by. After being insulted, you’d pay to try to hit the target with a ball to soak the clown.

“Once we had a Hells Angel walk into our store who was insulted,” Moran recalled. “He picked up the ball handler and threw him across the room. He picked up the guy and threw him ... and he landed on a steel floor.” That sounds more like a Charles Bukowksi story than something from Updike, right?

“Basically, I try to find jobs where I don’t have to answer to people,” said Moran, who used to run a cart in a mall selling Batman souvenirs.

But these days, Moran has turned his attention to trying to share his thousands of slides of Updike’s photographs, invitations to Updike from the White House and Updike’s golf scorecard from the Myopia Hunt Club, with the world.

Which reminds me: Did Updike like shaved ice?

“Oh, I dunno. We didn’t get that close,” Moran said.


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