Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The Last Censor

Richard Sinnott
Image: Curry Magazine

From 1955 until 1982, Richard Sinnott possessed the authority to ban in Boston any obscene or indecent books, plays, magazines, movies & concerts. He died two years ago, on April 30, & during his lengthy career he was responsible for forcing changes to Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" & prohibiting the music of Marvin Gaye & The Jackson Five from distribution in our fair city.

Further reading on the life of Boston's last censor can be found over at Boston Magazine. Similarly, yr humble correspondent should note that townhall.com also did a write-up about the man, though he is loathe to reference his dear readers to such a conservative rag.


Blogger Charles said...

The passing of Dwight Strong, the last director of the New England Watch and Ward Society last December at age 98 should also be noted. The Watch and Ward Society was founded in Boston in 1878 by Phillips Brooks, rector of Trinity Church and the noted author Edward Everett Hale, among others, with the goal of supressing "depraved" materials, including Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass and H.L. Mencken's American Mercury. It was through the efforts of the Watch and Ward Society that "Banned in Boston" became known throughout the country. Strong turned the organization's attention away from printed materials and towards fighting organized gambling.

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Blogger Seriamente Tony said...

He is a sexxy fellow.

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