We’ve always known Wellesley was a great place to call home. Its rich history, convenient location, small-town charm and educated population have virtually guaranteed our community a spot on many a list of best places to live. In 2015, these attributes continue to help make our town a magnet for the best and brightest. From technology to comedy, our community has produced or attracted people at the top of their fields, including these and countless others:
- Steven Tyler
- Sylvia Plath
- Roger Nash Baldwin
- Biz Stone
- Jane Curtin
Steven Tyler has the kind of staying power most musicians can only dream of. The Aerosmith frontman has survived personal trials and weathered the always-changing climate of rock-n-roll by adapting and evolving. In fact, Tyler stunned music fans this June with a country music video.
Sylvia Plath might have produced poetry of a different kind, but the author of The Bell Jar is another creative force who impacted and was influenced by our town. Plath spent her formative years in Wellesley.
As June makes way for July and we prepare to celebrate our independence, it makes us proud to think that freedom defender Roger Nash Baldwin is a Wellesley native. As the first director of the American Civil Liberties Union, he helped determine the direction the organization would take. Baldwin also participated in famous cases — the Sacco and Vanzetti murder trial and the Scopes trial, to name a couple — cases whose outcomes and histories are still discussed in 2015.
If you’re a social media user, Biz Stone’s “baby” has most likely been a part of your life. Anyone who’s used a hashtag has the Twitter co-founder to thank, at least in part. Stone’s graduation from Wellesley High School marked the last milestone in his academic career, but was only the beginning of a highly successful future.
Jane Curtin made a name for herself in hilarious depictions of Saturday Night Live characters during the 70s and into the early 80s. Even in 2015, though, fans remember Curtin for her work on SNL, as well as long-running sitcoms Kate and Allie and 3rd Rock from the Sun. It brings a smile to our faces as we run errands or enjoy June walks to think this funny lady strolled the same Wellesley streets growing up.
Wellesley is beautiful city and it is no wonder many notable residents feel the same. Do you think there is someone who deserves to be on our list. Share with us below.