The quirky Babson Boulders, between Gloucester and Rockport, Cape Ann, Massachusetts, USA

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The quirky Babson Boulders, between Gloucester and Rockport, Cape Ann, Massachusetts, USA
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Roger Babson was an economist who graduated from MIT and who may have correctly predicted the Great Depression. He remained fond of his boyhood wanderings chasing cows across Dogtown Commons, the last remnants of a settlement that dissipated after the end of the War of 1812 made the coast of Cape Ann safe again. Besides trying to find ways to shield us from gravity (Identifying several Nobel laureates before the committee did), he sought to inspire by carving pithy self improvement mottos on more than thirty granite boulders scattered across the Commons by the last ice age. This was seen as, err, erratic, to which he replied,

My family says that I am defacing the boulders and disgracing the family with these inscriptions, but the work gives me a lot of satisfaction, fresh air, exercise and sunshine,

in his autobiography, Actions and Reactions. Unsurprisingly, his presidential bid in 1940 was not successful. A good map and virtual tour of the boulders is available here. My own, more limited contributions, are below.

If work stops, vale’s decay

Study. Really study. The professor says to. “Be on time” is carved on the reverse.

Intelligence. A virtue. Notwithstanding current political discourse.

Comments welcomed.

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