According to this Globe story, John Kerry wants to celebrate (or, gawd forbid give his concession speech) in Copley Square on election night.
Personally, Copley Square is my favorite spot in Boston. I virtually grew up in the library and when my wife and were first dating, we used to meet in front the Pratt statue “Science”. I wasted hours in high school sneakily exploring the Hancock tower(those days are gone forever thanks to Osama bin Laden, I’m sure). I’ve watched the marathon finish from Boylston. Copley Square is Boston.
The article says:
Kerry campaign aides reportedly visited Boston in recent weeks to scout locations for an election night celebration, including the FleetCenter, the new Convention and Exhibition Center, and Fenway Park. Copley Square emerged as the top choice because of its proximity to commuter trains and subways, as well as hotel rooms for the thousands who are expected to work at or attend the event.
That all makes sense. But the poorly-written short story writer hidden in my brain, can’t shake the connection to the Copley Plaza Hotel. Frederick Kerry, John’s paternal grandfather, committed suicide in the Plaza’s restroom in November 1921. John Kerry’s father, Richard, was only 6 years old at the time. This kind of trauma can leave a psychological mark on any family. Is it possible that there is a connection to the choice of Copley Square?