WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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is what interests us so much about Lincoln." It is well known that the president had a habit of writing notes to himself. A personal diary would be logical, he reasoned, and might have contained Lincoln's evolving private thoughts about slavery, abolition, and current political realities prior to writing and signing the Emancipation Proclamation. "[Revealing] such truths might have altered the depth and breadth of how race was viewed in 19th-century America and what followed for the next 100 years," he says. Martin writes scenes worthy of the big screen. President Lincoln goes skinny-dipping in the Potomac, washing away sweat and overwhelming fatigue after visiting his beleaguered army in the heat of Washington summer. Lobbyists and politicians, then and now, ply their trade in the capital city's legendary Willard Hotel bar. Young soldiers, many with amputated limbs, lie dying near battlefields and in rudimentary hospitals where infection and illness killed more men than did the fighting. He visualized them from reading such sources as Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches and Walt Whitman's Memoranda During the War. Martin received a degree in English from Harvard and an MFA in Motion Picture California. He has written both a PBS documentary on George Washington (which he narrated) as well as Roger Corman's cult classic horror film, Humanoids from the Deep. 173 s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e Production from the University of Southern

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