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The Small State That Gets No Respect!

Updated on June 7, 2013
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Bill Russo is featured in the film & TV show, The Bridgewater Triangle & has written several books (both fiction & non) on Amazon Kindle.

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Massachusetts beaches - among the best in USA

Lighthouse Beach

Mass. Bike trail from Dennis almost to P-town

This little story is coming to you live and direct from the Rodney Dangerfield of the fifty states: Massachusetts.

The State that sounds like a sneeze….

. Mass (Ah-Choo!) setts.

The Bay State gets no respect.

  • -Massachusetts is small.
  • -The Patriots are led by Bill ‘Bellicheat’ and everyone caters to Tom Brady.
  • -It has cold winters.
  • -The last three Speakers of the Massachusetts House have resigned in disgrace and are convicted felons who are (or will be) serving time in a little place called 'Cedar Junction' (The State Pen at Walpole).
  • It's the home of 80 year old serial killer, Whitey Bulger.
  • .-The Celtics bullet man, Kevin Garnett, is a dirty player.
  • -“Harvard U, Boston U, and Boston College are okay to go to school in, but I wouldn’t want to live there after I graduate.”

If the little Commonwealth is so bad why does everybody come here to visit so often?

Who’s everybody?

Bill Clinton and Barack O’Bama to name just two, who spend part of their summers on one of the Bay State's little Cape Cod islands. Mike Wallace had a house there and Walter Cronkite had one for over 50 years. John Belushi lived here and is buried here. James Taylor lives here, Carly Simon used to. Oprah came here and fell in love with our state and the tiny Centerville Pie Company. She raved about the pies on TV and the company became a mega million dollar outfit overnight.

Barbara Walters was born in Mass., and Bette Davis was discovered working as an usher at the little theater in the Cape Cod Village of Dennis. Larry David (of Seinfeld and a teeny HBO show called Curb) has a summer home in Mass. You can jog on the streets of Lowell with the Real Fighter, Micky Ward.

New Country Star Aaron Lewis was born in Western Mass., and still lives there. He was a rocker with Staind and Limp Biscuit before doing a Conway Twitty and turning to American roots music. He teamed up with George Jones and Charlie Daniels on the Number One album Country Boy. The album was released in 2011 and hit the top spot on Billboard’s charts within two weeks. Folks in Nashville don’t know it, but the country town he sings about is not in Tennessee, it’s Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Don’t tell!

Of the top eight beaches in all of the 48 original states, Coast Guard Beach is rated number SIX! And truthfully that’s not even Massachusetts' best beach!!!!! In the town of Dennis (Mid Cape). West Dennis Beach is one mile of incredible sand and surf. Chatham lighthouse and beach is breathtaking - I am going to post a video so you will get to see it for yourself.

The top 8 beaches in the 48 States (The Contiguous States)

1. Coopers Beach (Southampton, N.Y.)
2. Siesta Beach (Sarasota, Fla.)
3. Coronado Beach (San Diego, Calif.)
4. Cape Hatteras (Outer Banks, N.C.)
5. Main Beach (East Hampton, N.Y.)
6. Coast Guard Beach (Cape Cod, Mass.)
7. Beachwalker Park (Kiawah Island, S.C.)
8. Cape Florida State Park (Key Biscayne, Fla.)

There are over 600 assorted Kennedys on display throughout the State.

(I wonder if we should follow the 'change the Y to I rule' to make Kennedy plural. That would be over 600 Kennedies.)

There’s a little community called Beverly Farms, which is so ritzy that its upper crust Cabot family only talks to the Lodge family, and the Lodges only talk to God.

 Massachusetts gave the U.S. a few presidents: George H. Bush (the good Bush) and John F Kennedy (The good Kennedy). The state also provided The Adams: John Adams - and John Quincy Adams (There were no good Adams).

Massachusetts also has given the nation former Senator Scott Brown.

Mitt Romney ) was Governor here and say what you will about him. HE DID THINGS. He championed and built the Cape Cod 'Flyover' that eliminated the traffic-busting Sagamore Rotary. (The rotary caused five mile back-ups in Summer).

He started Romney Care and before you go complaining about that. He at least tried to correct a serious problem. He did not just talk about it. He did something. And many people think it is a good program. Hey, it's not O'bama care ! !

There’s so many famous people here that the locals don’t even notice them. You could be playing golf in a foursome behind George Clooney and Ben Affleck, and in front of Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg and not even bother to say hello. No autograph hounds, No paparazzi. It’s easier to tell you who isn’t in Massachusetts than who is.

Justin Bieber is not here. Just about everybody else is - at least for a few weeks in the Summer.


Many of Hollywood's top hits of the last few years have been filmed in Massachusetts.

For a list of the top ones and for some background on the Mitt Romney program that boosted the Bay State's film production, follow this link...


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    • Billrrrr profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Russo 

      5 years ago from Cape Cod

      It's summer 2013 and the State is having its usual warm weather explosion. Provincetown, with a local population of 3,000, swells to 60,000 residents; with often another 40,000 day visitors! In the middle of the Cape, the town of Dennis goes from about 15,000 locals to over 60,000. The story is the same throughout the Cape and much of mainland Massachusetts. Come to the Bay State this Summer and join the fun!

    • Billrrrr profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Russo 

      7 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks for reading. Keep playing your music and letting your upbeat spirit help others.

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      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Great hub,thanks for writing and sharing your view.

    • Billrrrr profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Russo 

      7 years ago from Cape Cod

      OOPS...further correction....Aaron Lewis' new EP did hit NUMBER ONE on the Billboard Country Charts in its debut week. The EP is titled "Town Line" and is Number One, ahead of Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, and even Kenny Chesney. The numbers posted above are for the single from the EP, "Country Boy" which is #57.

      I recently posted a hub on the top 15 singers and bands from Massachusetts and I did not include Aaron, but it looks like I better add him to the list.

    • Billrrrr profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Russo 

      7 years ago from Cape Cod

      Please pardon the typo above... "Country Boy" is #7 in Ringtones...there are no 'Rongtones'.

    • Billrrrr profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Russo 

      7 years ago from Cape Cod

      I received an email about Aaron Lewis' new music. The album is actually a seven song EP. Three of the cuts are different versions of "Country Boy" The one that is charting is the one I posted. One of the other variations is in 'rock' style. The third is probably acoustic - Aaron kicked off an acoustic tour at Boston's House of Blues around Christmas and is playing Las Vegas at this writing. I mis-stated that the music has already hit the top of the charts.... After only two weeks it is #57 in Country, #87 on the Hot 100, #39 in Rock songs, #22 in Rongtones, and #7 in Heatseekers.

      One of the other songs in the EP is Aaron's new tune, "Massachusetts". You can hear a live version on Youtube, but the sound isn't the best, so I am not going to post it until I obtain a better copy of the video.


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