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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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books "this book is made for vicarious living" This revelation caused Bob, Kevin's father, to review family photos until he came across a series of photos that chronicled their short time on Atwood Street—only a number of years. His older sister, Boots, filled in the details. The family lived there just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, when life still felt pretty good. The Depression was ending, Ted Williams and the Red Sox were stars, and Morses Pond was just down the road. The Walsh family was content with life, their four children— Bob and his twin brother, Dickie, were the youngest—and their dog, "When we wrote this book, we felt that so many people could read our stories and encounters with history and dogs as their own." – Kevin Walsh Dee Dee. Then December 7, 1941 came and changed everything. Life went from good to troubled quickly. Bob's father had graduated from the US Naval Academy but deteriorating eyesight had kept him from a regular naval profession. With the attack, he felt compelled to help his country and was enlisted in train- ing men—including those who later partici- pated in the allied invasion of Normandy. As Bob's dad left to join the war effort, the family moved out of Wellesley to live with family in the Rhode Island area, changing schools and homes a number of times. Their dog Dee Dee played an even more important role for Bob and Dickie. He was their second constant friend and playmate. However, even that happiness was doomed to be taken from them during the war years as a mean-spir- ited, curmudgeonly neighbor poisoned (!) 156 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012

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