WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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an interview with joe avellone suits into a career that has ranged from wielding a surgeon's knife to And it wasn't until years later that his mother, Sandy, told him that running day-to-day operations as number two man at Blue Cross/Blue his father passed up a White House invitation to watch young Joe Shield of Massachusetts. debut with the Wellesley High varsity basketball team. But to the oldest of his three children, Joseph Jr., Avellone seemed For most of the past 30 years, the Avellones have lived in a 1929 vin- like any other dad. "I think I only realized in retrospect when I began tage house on a quiet street not far from the Wellesley Hills library. to make a career for myself exactly who he was at Blue Cross," the They expanded it to include a spacious family room, with facing walls younger Avellone says. of bookcases. On one side, the shelves are filled with family pictures, and on the other side with books, many of them biographies. Avellone cites among his favorite leaders Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry A Wellesley First? If elected, Joe Avellone would be the first Wellesley resident to serve as governor, according to the town's historian, Elizabeth We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 Hinchliffe. The last Wellesley candidate to make a serious run for the post was Royall Switzler. Switzler was the Republican nominee against Michael Dukakis in 1986, but he dropped out of the campaign prior to the election. S.Truman, and Winston Churchill. He admires how they adapted to changing circumstances, rallied their citizens, and made tough decisions. Indeed, Avellone says, among the appeals of being governor is that tough decisions are a big part of the job. "I think I gravitate towards this and others avoid it like the plague," he says, citing both his work as a doctor and a corporate executive. "You can never really have all the facts," he adds. "Somebody has to say whether we're going to go right or left." 62

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