A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ President Thomas J. Byrne of the Old Draper Gang announced today that it will meet in the Draper Room of the Florence Diner Wednesday night, Dec. 12 at 6:30 for the annual get-together.
∎ An overheated phonograph brought firefighters to Northrop House at Smith College last night. They responded to a report a second-story dormitory room was on fire. It turned out to be the phonograph that had burst into flames.
25 Years Ago
∎ To protest state funding decisions, University of Massachusetts Chancellor Joseph D. Duffey yesterday turned down a $9,000 raise, saying the money could be better spent elsewhere on campus.
∎ Despite the Planning Board’s unanimous vote last night to recommend in favor of the Lathrop Home’s proposed zoning change, a Bridge Road resident said today he is sure the City Council will vote against the change. The zone change would allow the home to build 80 single-story townhouses for the elderly.
10 Years Ago
∎ Thousands of newly released personnel files show that the Archdiocese of Boston went to great lengths to hide priests accused of abuse, including clergy who allegedly snorted cocaine and had sex with girls aspiring to be nuns.
∎ Former state Senate President William Bulger on Tuesday defended his decision to stay silent after his gangster brother contacted him shortly after he becamse a fugitive in 1995. Bulger, now president of the University of Massachusetts, said he did not feel compelled to alert law enforcement authorities after his brother, James “Whitey” Bulger called him in January 1995 and asked for legal advice.