WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

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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let's start with this premise. For those of us drawn into the vortex otherwise known as Mary Mazzio — award-winning documentary filmmaker, lawyer, Olympic rower, Title IX agitator, whistleblower, champion of the underdog, mother/daughter/wife/sister/friend — we know this much to be an incontrovert- ible truth: She is a force of nature. The first time I met Mary was in Beijing in the summer of 1988, and, like her cohorts in the Luce Scholars Program, she was whip-smart, fearless about the convergence of West meeting East, tireless in her search for hutong curios, public square rallies, and back-alley food stops. Nothing fazed her. She was strong-boned, ath- letic, and audible even over the din of the capital's roar, ready to beat the punishing heat, and take on the van- ishing horizon of the Great Wall of China. Superbly educated and genetically hard-wired with an optimism based on little more than the ephemeral construct of "a wing and a prayer," Mary was a whirling dervish — a cacophony of her own self-styled, emphatic truisms, and blue-sky dreams. M a r y M a z z i o M I C H A E L C A S E Y B A C K G R O U N D A R T C O U R T E S Y O F 5 0 E G G S W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7 81

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