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From presidents and patriots, to locals engaged in service both heartwarming and heartbreaking, Quincy has been a place where names endure. On Adams Street, a stately mansion evokes the nation’s second president and his storied kin, while the nearby Bernazzani Elementary School recalls a beloved educator who died after suffering a medical episode during a school committee meeting. In addition to two presidents and John Hancock, Quincy also birthed Dunkin’ Donuts and Howard Johnson’s, Hollywood stars Ruth Gordon and Bill Dana, punk rock legends the Dropkick Murphys, and a host of prominent industrialists who made quarrying and shipbuilding Quincy’s national calling cards. Less renowned but equally ingrained are the city’s local characters. Memories of Mike “The Winger” Zadrozny launching vinyl records like Frisbees around the city still elicit nostalgia. Generations who played Little League in the Koch Club recall Richard Koch’s commitment to community. The homeless honor Fr. William McCarthy, who founded the shelter Father Bill’s Place and personified charity. These legendary names—individuals both towering and humble—made Quincy a uniquely American city and kept it that way.

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