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Interview with Anthony Sammarco

Anthony Mitchell Sammarco grew up in Dorchester looking forward to the Clamboree, an all-you-can-eat clam night at the drive-in Howard Johnson’s. When the author and lecturer gave a presentation in Milton, the onetime home of the company’s founder and namesake, focusing on the now-defunct Massachusetts-based chain, he realized that many other locals had stories and memories to share of the place with the orange roof.

“I began giving this lecture at libraries and historical societies with the idea that I would write a book about it,” Sammarco says. “It took me probably four to five years but every time I would [give the lecture], I’d put out a pad of paper and I’d ask people to tell me little bits and pieces about what they remembered about Howard Johnson’s, along with their name and e-mail address.”

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