Arthur Kennedy, the well-known actor, Worcester native, and graduate of Worcester Academy, is 62 and living on 284-acre sheep farm in Nova Scotia. The last time Kennedy was in Worcester was about six years ago to attend a cousin's funeral.
Kennedy remembers the year, 1933, when he left to city on a 'permanent basis,' departing for schooling at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh.
'Worcester was staid. In those days, you got the feeling that [the city] didn't offer young people very much. There wasn't much opportunity in those days. Worcester was fairly dull, quite frankly,' Kennedy said.
Still, Kennedy went on:
'We had a hell of alot of fun in those days. I was crazy about baseball. I remember skating in Elm Park. It was alot of fun. None of us [his family] regretted growing up in Worcester.
'But even in those days, I wanted to live on a farm. I've never cottoned to city life. I was always trying to get in the country.
'The teachers I had I still remember vividly. They were wonderful. They always had a great deal of influence over me -- especially at Worcester Academy.
'The public schools in those days had a very high standard. I hope they still do. I think we were lucky.
'I still have a warm spot for Worcester. The ties are pretty strong.'
(This article was written in 1978. This is its first publicaton).