Want to see a friend or relative included in a history of Salem?
Recently three local writers contracted with Arcadia Publications to add a Salem edition to their successful new series entitled Legendary Locals. Each book in Arcadia Publishing’s Legendary Locals series delves into the history of some of the unique individuals and groups, past and present, who have made a memorable impact on their community throughout its history. This will be the third book of legendary locals in Massachusetts. Both Westford and Haverhill have recently been published.
Accepting the challenge of researching, identifying, and finding images of these people are Dorothy Malcolm, Nelson Dionne and Jerome Curley. Given the depth and breadth of Salem’s history the challenge is not so much to identify those individuals who had major impacts on Salem and beyond but to chose a representative sample since Salem’s history both past and present is so rich.
When thinking of Salem’s legendary locals it is easy to come up with lists of our famous citizens such as Elias Derby, Roger Conant, Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Peabody Sisters. The categories we’re currently using are: History, the Arts & Literature, Businesses, Public Service, Military, Sports & Entertainment and the Unusual.
Since this book is more than just past history, we’d like to give people an opportunity to recommend the less famous “legends” of recent and current days. We are looking for those people who while not ‘famous’ are indeed legends who impacted our lives and the fabric of Salem. You may consider them 'unsung' heroes. An example of this type of person would be ‘Pep’ Cornacchio who through his good humor and passion for Salem sports and activities was a living legend to many of us.
In order to include someone in the book we’ll need some biographical information about them, why they are a legend and a good photo we can include in the book. Whatever you can provide is appreciated. Go ahead and submit a legend, the person will be in good company.
All three writers have been or are contributors to Salem Patch.