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Suburban Diary

Taking a cue from his heroes

Yes, once again, I resolve to lose weight in the New Year. But I have to tell you, my heroes have mostly been fat men.

My father, Morris, who took me to Suffolk Downs and Wonderland with him; who took me to the wrestling matches at Boston Garden; and who taught me to always choose lean corned beef over grease saturated hot pastrami, never weighed in at less than 250 pounds and topped out at 5 feet 11 inches.

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